Rhino at Edinburgh Zoo

It’s not very often that as a family we venture into Edinburgh, and there are many places to visit in Edinburgh with kids, that you are sure to wonder where to start! You will definitely need more than one day to explore and coming at Christmas time is even more special with the Christmas Markets open! We still haven’t managed to explore all of Edinburgh but below you will find my top 4 places to visit in Edinburgh with kids!

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My 4 Best Places to Visit in Edinburgh Area With Kids

Dynamic Earth

This is in the Holyrood area of Edinburgh not that far from Arthur’s Seat. Dynamic Earth is very informative and tells you all about planet Earth and now it all “started”. There are lots of interactive sections and things to keep the kids involved. I have been once with my boys, however, I have also been without kids and enjoyed the experience.

View over Edinburgh

Edinburgh Zoo

I have been to Edinburgh Zoo with kids many times now. It is a great day out and the whole family enjoys going. We all love animals and the penguin parade is great to see. The ape house is really good and you can see them inside and out enjoying their enclosures. Make sure you have your porridge in the morning as pushing a pram around can be exhausting!

Lion family

National Museum of Scotland

If you are looking for a budget-friendly option, or just somewhere to go to keep the kids entertained for a few hours then the National Museum of Scotland is great. There are so many things to see that we didn’t get around the whole building on our last visit. It is pram friendly too which is great if you have little ones.


Exploring on Foot

Princes street garden and the Royal mile are great if you just want to walk about and explore. The Royal Mile can be extremely busy and from memory, there are cobblestones. If you are taking a pram then it could get a bit bumpy. The gardens are also a great place for a picnic if the weather is decent. You will find many great photo opportunities while exploring. If you get tired you could even jump on the tour buses and go exploring by bus!

Have you been to Edinburgh before? Where did you enjoy visiting?

Our 4 best places to visit in the Edinburgh area with kids

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I have always had an interest in travel and now I have My two boys I want them to see more than just the UK. I hope to give advice and tips to other parents who are anxious about travelling with their children.

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  1. Nice list. I know it’s perhaps a typical tourist thing to do, but our kids really enjoyed learning about Greyfriars’ Bobby when we were in Edinburgh. I read them the story in advance and then, starting at the statue, we discovered all the places in the graveyard and surroundings (sometimes needing a bit of imagination) before finally – of course – paying our respects at Bobby’s grave itself. The kids were totally captivated. Cheers and greetings from Luxembourg. #MondayEscapes

  2. Great suggestions. I’ve been to Edinburgh a couple of times but not with our girls. I love the idea of walking around on foot to soak up the city. I have a feeling my girls would enjoy the zoo more though 🙂 Thanks for linking up with #MondayEscapes

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