Visiting Edinburgh with kids

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Edinburgh is a place with educational festivals, a perfect place to introduce children to literary history.

Every wall of the city speaks its own story and keeps a record of medieval history so visiting Edinburgh is like exploring a museum.

Destinations

Take the kids to form memorable experiences at these wonderful attractions in Edinburgh.

Don’t worry, the city isn’t completely made up of history, you’ll also find super fun kid friendly activities to do!

Camera Obscura & World of Illusions

Enjoy the world of Camera Obscura and World of Illusions with over 100 illusions to entertain you and the kids.

It’s one of the oldest attractions built in 1835, so the place has no elevator to any of its floors.

Strolling the place will take two hours to discover all the illusions with some outstanding visual effects.

The popular attractions of the place include a swirling light vortex, mirror maze, city view cams, shrinking room and rooftop terrace.

Camera obscura offers five floors filled with interactive optical illusions and full safety guidelines for a fun and enjoyable visit.

You can play or touch everything regardless of age, nationality and weather.

Opening hours: 

Monday to Thursday: 9.30 am to 7 pm

Friday to Sunday: 9 am to 9 pm

LOVE Gorgie Farm

Love Gorgie Farm is the best place to connect your children with farm life and domestic animals.

This place is run majorly by volunteers and is owned by a community of locals.

Kids love to get close to the animal residents like sheep, goats and pigs and learn about farming and food production.

For 8 to 12-year-olds, the farm offers educational tours and holiday clubs so kids get to experience real farming with their own hands.

The farm is freely available in the public domain but relies on the donations of its visitors to continue to keep this beautiful educational attraction running.

Opening hours: 

Daily: 9.30 am to 4 pm

Edinburgh Zoo

Edinburgh Zoo ranks at the top of the attractions visited by family and children with its flourishing wildlife.

This zoo offers more than 1,000 animals which include penguins paddling and chimps chatting with giant pandas.

Schedule your visit to attend daily events where you can get up close and personal with your favorite animals

Opening hours: 

Daily: 10 am to 4 pm

Tours

Edinburgh is popular for two main tour types, the ghost tours and the Harry Potter series tours.

Both of these tours are the subject of interest for the kids so these places are a must visit!

Ghosts, Gore and Grime with Mercat tours

What childhood memory can be better than ghost-hunting stories?

Curb your curious ones into the mysterious world of Edinburgh with Mercat Tours and learn about the Ghosts, Gore and Grime.

The tour brings up tales of stinking streets, terrible tortures and ghostly stories of Edinburgh’s Old Town and helps you learn more about the past.

With this daytime tour, you will visit the city’s haunted places with kids like Edinburgh’s underground vaults.

Learn about the terrors of Scottish witches, find out the treasure of 19th-century graveyards, know the meaning of gardyloo and forever wish you never hear it again.

Your tour will end beneath the streets in Mercat Tours’ exclusive Blair Street Underground Vaults with tales in abundance!

Tour prices:

Adult ticket (16 to 64 years): £20
Senior ticket (65 to 99 years): £18
Students ticket (upto 99 years with valid ID): £18
Child ticket (5 to 15 years): £15
Children upto 4 years old are not permitted.

Harry Potter tours

All the Potterheads cannot help themselves but visit Edinburgh for Harry Potter tours, which are genuinely worth their efforts.

These tours take you on an adventure to discover your favorite locations from the movies to the souvenir shops and cafes.

There is more than one tour and each differs in location and timing, so make sure you select the place you wish to visit.

Here are some amazing Harry Potter themed tours in Edinburgh that you can book at affordable prices:

Night events and festivals

Edinburgh is filled with events and festivals that are expressed through lights and music.

Enjoy the light shows and evening markets specifically designed for people who wish to immerse themselves into the night buzz of Edinburgh.

Military Tattoo

A royal festival called The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is performed at Edinburgh Castle’s floodlit Esplanade in August evenings.

Experience the most authentic Scottish event with Scottish dancers in all their tartan glory and listen to Scottish pipe and drum bands.

The festival began 70 years ago as an inspiration from a show ‘Something about a Soldier’ in 1949 performed in Princes Street gardens.

Opening hours: 

Monday to Friday: 10 am to 4.30 pm

Christmas lights festivities

There are Christmas celebrations in Edinburgh at the Castle of Light scheduled between 18 November to 30 December. Its the perfect holiday treat for kids!

Unsurprisingly, visiting Edinburgh during Christmas is one of the best destinations due to its colorful nightlights and merry citizens.

Discover the Alnwick Garden’s Christmas Light Trail projections across every inch of the gardens and enjoy the evening light show.

Along with being a wonder for children, this might even be the best trip for a hand-held stroll beneath the fairy lights and family outings for quality time.

Opening hours for Alnwick Gardens: 

Daily: 10 am to 5 pm

Seasonal markets

Regardless of Christmas eve or summer’s fringe festival, you will find a lot of seasonal market events happening in the evening.

During the Christmas season, you can stroll around in the decorated city streets and pick up holiday goodies with mulled wine in the Christmas market. 

During the festival, you will find theater and comedy shows organized in pubs and dinners to celebrate this cultural event.

There are also seasonal festivals like the International Book Festival which is a must-attend event for all book lovers.

These festivals and markets are the perfect place for children to gain cultural knowledge and exposure at an early age.

Opening hours for Stockbridge market:

Every Sunday: 10 am to 5 pm

Featured Image: EdinburghNews.scotsman.com

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