Great Attractions to Keep Your Kids Entertained in Edinburgh

Busy, entertained children make for happy relaxed parents, and Edinburgh has a wide range of excellent attractions which are perfect for delighting and stimulating children of all ages. So, come with us as we take a look at the top ten attractions to visit with your kids.

The National Museum of Scotland should be at the top of every parent’s list of things to do in Edinburgh. As well as fascinating exhibits about ancient Egypt, ancient Scotland, Natural History, and Science and Technology, there are some inspired interactive activities. Children can dig for dinosaur bones, get behind the wheel of a Formula 1 race car, try out a miniature trebuchet, or dress up in the traditional costumes of different cultures.

Perhaps your little darlings need to burn up some excess energy? A trip to Time Twisters, Edinburgh’s best soft play center, could be just the ticket. Children of all ages will love this Egyptian-themed attraction and there is a better than average café where adults can enjoy a well-deserved treat while the little ones play.

If the weather is good, the Royal Botanic Gardens is the perfect place to enjoy a picnic. The winding paths and steps of the rock garden are great for the kids to explore and any leftovers from your picnic can be fed to the ducks!

With no shortage of great activities for kids, you can be sure that you and your wee ones will enjoy a great day out in Edinburgh.

Edinburgh's Camera Obscura (meaning "dark room") is a fascinating and delightful way to take advantage of the wonderful views of the city from Castle Hill. Located immediately beside Edinburgh Castle, this intriguing attraction is housed in a...  Read More

The original Netherbow Port was demolished in 1764 and the site is now home to the Netherbow Theatre which is owned by the Church of Scotland. It is small and intimate, making it a dramatic place to see live modern drama and dance. The...  Read More

EICA is a fitness center, climbing arena, soft play and spa all rolled into one. Children will love the playroom and soft play (which has areas for babies, toddlers and older children) and its own café where adults can relax and watch the wee...  Read More


The penguins are one of the main attractions at Edinburgh Zoo. See them walking or swimming in the globe's largest penguin pool. It is also the only place in the UK where you'll find giant pandas. The couple, called Yang Guang and Tian Tian, is...  Read More

Edinburgh Butterfly and Insect World is a great attraction situated at the outskirts of Edinburgh, just off the city bypass. It is a tropical rain forest in a series of hothouses linked to a large garden center where you can get up close and...  Read More

Gorgie Farm is a great, free attraction situated in the heart of Edinburgh's East End. Set up with the laudable aim of educating inner city children and adults about farming and animal husbandry, this little gem has nestled between a busy road...  Read More

Our Dynamic Earth

This phenomenal museum celebrates the beauty of the earth via innovative technology. It is situated at the opposite end of the Old Town from the castle, near Holyrood Palace in the shadow of the crags and Arthur's Seat. Interactive exhibits...  Read More

Royal Botanic Gardens
Photo courtesy of Calum McRoberts

Any plant or flower, rare and common, can be seen and enjoyed at the Royal Botanic Gardens. It was originally developed as a learning conservatory for students, but it has grown to become an example to the world. The rock garden, arboretum, and...  Read More


Time Twisters is Edinburgh's premier soft play center. It has an ancient Egyptian theme which proves very popular with children and adults alike. The main soft play area (for those aged four and over) is very large. It is split over four levels...  Read More

National Museum of Scotland
Photo courtesy of Simon Hill

The diverse collection at the National Museum of Scotland encompasses the history of Scotland along with exhibitions of international interest. You can learn all about Scotland's past from the age of chivalry through to the industrial revolution...  Read More


Meet Simon Hill

Simon has lived in various corners of Edinburgh over the last 18 years. He fell in love with the city as a small child after visiting the castle and returned to study Scottish History.

After...  More About Simon

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