Edinburgh things to do with kids

Edinburgh Things To Do With Kids

Edinburgh has so much to offer when it comes to things to do with kids. But we’ve lived in Edinburgh for two years and had plenty of time to find the best activities for a family day out. I’ve put together our things to do with kids in Edinburgh.

National Museum of Scotland

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The Museum is one of our favourite things to do in Edinburgh. Especially on those rainy and cold autumn days. It’s a day out for the whole family, even for the little ones. There are lots of interactive things to do for the kids and so much to see. From Dinosaurs, the Animal Kingdom to Lewis Hamilton’s race car. If you go on their website which I have linked below, you can also download different trails ahead of your visit.

We love that they have a lunch area, so you can save some pennies and bring your own lunch for the whole family. And did I mention that there is no entry fee!


Cost: Free 🙂

Edinburgh Zoo

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Edinburgh Zoo is the only zoo in the UK that has Giant Pandas. Without a doubt a great day out for kids, as there are so many different animals to see and several picnic areas throughout the zoo. One of the highlights is the penguin parade that they run daily and the feeding of animals. All the event times can be found on their website.

In addition to the daily events, they also run several special events throughout the year and you can book tickets online for them. The Chinese lantern event every November is one of the most popular ones.


Cost: £19.95 per adult, £9.95 (3-15 years), Under 3s go free

Camera Obscura and World of Illusions

Photos courtesy of the Camera Obscura

Camera Obscura is one of the most unique and interesting places to visit with your family. It is set up over 5 floors of interactive displays and clever illusions. The kids can discover many things from a swirling light vortex to a maze of mirrors and any more things.

On the rooftop, you can view the whole city with their telescopes and binoculars. Not only that but you can learn about the city’s history in a new way and watch your kids face light up, as they use the interactive map.


Cost: £16 per adult, £12 (5-15 years), Under 5s go free

Dynamic Earth

Dynamic Earth takes through the interactive story of our planet. From the big bang to nature’s forces such as volcanic eruptions and the sounds of the rainforest. You can experience how the primeval forces have shaped our planet throughout history.

Furthermore it is also home to a 360 Degree full-dome film theatre, where they show different educational movies throughout the year. These current movie listing can always be found on their website.


Cost: £15.95 per adult, £9.95 (4-15 year), Unders 4s go free

Arthur’s Seat (Holyrood Park)

Arthur’s seat is a great place for a long walk with an amazing view of the city. How often do your kids get the chance to climb an extinct volcano otherwise? It’s situated in Edinburgh’s Holyrood Park, which is just a short walk from the Royal Mile.

There is also a medieval chapel to visit in Holyrood Park. Not only that, why not stop to see the swans at St Margarets Loch?


Cost: Free 🙂

Gorgie City Farm

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Gorgie City Farm is the right place to go if you’ve got kids who love animals and the outdoors. They have lots of different animals, such as chicken, pigs, and sheep. In addition to the animals, they also have a sensory herb and sensory garden, as well as greenhouses.

There is also a small play park and you can purchase fresh produce from their shop.


Cost: Free 🙂 – Donations are welcome

Edinburgh International Climbing Arena

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The Edinburgh Climbing Arena is perfect for a rainy day activity. They have a range of activities for the whole family; you can go rock climbing or try assault course that 30m of the ground.

In addition to the more grown-up fun, they also have a soft play area with a more child-friendly climbing wall and lots of other activities for the younger kids.


Cost: £43 family ticket, £15.50 per adult, £10.00 per child



  1. 2nd November 2019 / 5:37 pm

    I loved Arthur’s seat even though I couldn’t quite make it to the top and loved the camera obscure too.

  2. 2nd November 2019 / 7:55 am

    Wow so many things to do. Will check out train fares for me and the girls.

  3. 2nd November 2019 / 3:11 am

    Ohh I love Edinburgh, I actually lived there for a while pre-kids and took the boys there last year. We love the museum, its fantastic and Arthurs seat and Calton Hill are great too

    Laura x

  4. jennifuchs
    31st October 2019 / 12:36 pm

    We live in Edinburgh too, and apart from the climbing arena (my son and I are both scared of heights) we love all these places too. We live really near to Gorgie Farm so have visited there quite often, and I used to work at the National Museum of Scotland for almost eight years 🙂

  5. 30th October 2019 / 8:00 pm

    We haven’t been to Edinburgh since before we had the kids. I’m thinking we definitely need to get back there very soon!

  6. Momma McGovern
    30th October 2019 / 4:55 pm

    How fun! We plan to take a trip to Scotland and Ireland when the baby is a bit older!

  7. 30th October 2019 / 4:01 pm

    Thankyou for sharing awesome ideas and tips.

  8. 30th October 2019 / 9:02 am

    It all looks great, such a vibrant city. The museum, zoo and camera obscura would be great to visit!

  9. 30th October 2019 / 8:11 am

    I have never been to Edinburgh, my cousin lived there for a while and raves about it! I would love to see the pandas and just visit the city in general it looks fab!

  10. 29th October 2019 / 6:31 pm

    Camera Obscura looked like a blast! Definitely would love to go there!

  11. 29th October 2019 / 6:01 pm

    Edinburgh Zoo is my favourite zoo. I haven’t been for years though.

  12. 29th October 2019 / 5:50 pm

    I love this post full of fun stuff in a beautiful city. That is a cute, lazy panda, by the way. Edinburgh looks like the perfect place for couple travel and family travel. Lots of history and nature activities.


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