Kids & Families in Edinburgh
|| Unless the children
in your life enjoy modern art or royal history you may
think that Edinburgh is not the place for them. However
despite its stuffy image there’s plenty for young
people in the Scottish capital.
The National Museum of Scotland [map] is the latest museum to be added to Edinburgh’s
vast number of attractions. Opened in 1998, the museum’s
developers made the effort to get the input of over 800
children on what they would like to see in the museum
and continued to work with their ‘junior board’
throughout the planning process, resulting in a museum
which makes it fun to learn about Scotland’s people
For a journey through space and time to a galaxy not so
far far away… try Our Dynamic Earth [map] near
the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Welcoming more than
a million visitors since it opened in 1999 this interesting
and imaginative attraction will captivate children and
Another attraction that crosses the generational divide
is the Museum of Childhood [map].
With toys and games from all over the world this
museum conjures the images of childhood from the past
and the present. Found on the Royal Mile this heart-warming
attraction is the first museum to specialise in the history
If the history of the Old Town is lost on your children
then the Brass Rubbing Centre [map] may unveil the appeal. Housed in a 15th century gothic
church on the Royal Mile entrance is free but there
is a charge for brass rubbing.
Climbing a volcano is something you may expect
on a more adventurous holiday but Edinburgh gives the
whole family the chance to experience the thrill. Arthur’s
Seat is a 822 ft. tall extinct (!) volcano in the
heart of Edinburgh. The hike may leave you a little out
of breath but it’s the stunning views from the top
that are really breathtaking.
Other popular places to take the kids are Edinburgh
Zoo [map] to see the largest colony of penguins in Europe
and Commonwealth Pool for all the thrills and spills
of the big indoor pool and waterslide complex.
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