Top five family attractions in Edinburgh
From the birth place of Harry Potter to the fantastic beasts at Edinburgh Zoo, the Scottish capital is a great city for families of all ages to explore. We would like to give you our list of top five places to visit with your family during your stay in Edinburgh. Booking yourself in to our family-friendly Richmond Place Apartments bases you in the city centre, within walking distance of the Royal Mile and with great bus links to all the attractions we recommend.
Home to over 1,000 rare and endangered animals, this is one of Scotland’s most popular attractions. From chimps to creepy crawlies and everything in between (including the UK’s only giant pandas), this is a must for any visit to Edinburgh. We would recommend the famous penguin parade that takes place at 14:15 every day, along with the host of other daily talks. If your little monkeys need to burn off some excess energy there are a few great play parks scattered around the Zoo too. Whether you bring a picnic or eat at one of the fantastic restaurants you can make a day of it.
Camera Obscura & World of Illusions
Standing next to Edinburgh Castle is an old Victorian tower that is home to one of Edinburgh’s most interactive and engaging attractions. Filled with illusions that will blow your mind, along with great fun family photo opportunities, Camera Obscura has plenty to keep all ages entertained for hours. See if you can keep your balance through the vortex tunnel, find your way out of the mirror maze and turn the kids into giants. At the top of the tower you will see crystal clear images of Edinburgh projected into the room using Victorian ‘state of the art’ technology.
National Museum of Scotland
From a giant T.Rex skeleton to meteorites that fell from space, this huge (and free) museum is a gem of a family attraction. With a wide range of exhibits covering the natural world, science and technology and world cultures, there is something for everyone here. Kids can be kept busy for hours unearthing dinosaur fossils, racing a Formula 1 car and dressing up in historic clothing. The short-term touring exhibitions can be well worth a visit as well, extra charges may apply. And, before you leave, make sure you take a trip to the roof terrace for breath-taking panoramic views of Edinburgh.
Nestled in the shadows of Arthur’s Seat sits Edinburgh’s very own natural science museum. Dynamic Earth allows you to travel back in time to the Big Bang and experience the forces of nature as they shaped our planet. Make sure you hold on tight as the ground underneath shudders from an exploding volcano, touch an iceberg and become immersed in a 360⁰ cinema experience. A popular place for school groups to visit, this place is built for kids. There is so much for them to see and do that they won’t want to leave!
The Potter Trail
Wizards, witches and muggles won’t want to miss this award-winning (and free) magical tour that will take you to all the sites around Edinburgh that inspired JK Rowling as she conjured up the world of Harry Potter. You will see the café where she wrote the very first book, see where Lord Voldemort is buried and walk down the street that inspired Diagon Alley. A hugely entertaining 90-minute tour, this is the ultimate ‘must do’ for any Potter fan. Some tours even include a spot of real life magic, check online first when planning your trip. No booking necessary.
Home from home…
After running about Edinburgh for the day, burning off all that excess energy, you will want somewhere to relax for the night and recharge of the next day. Our self-catered Richmond Place Apartments are absolutely ideal for families looking to stay in the centre of town. With everything from a kitchenette, fridge/freezer, flat screen TV and free WiFi, our apartments allow you and your family to set your own schedule for your trip to the capital. If you would like a break from cooking, there are plenty of great restaurants nearby and you also have the option to add breakfast on to your stay.
Richmond Place Apartments are within easy walking distance of the Royal Mile as well as being well connected by bus to the rest of the city. In fact, the number 300 bus runs directly from Edinburgh Airport to our apartments.
If you would prefer a hotel to self-catering, we have two other recently-refurbished hotels available close by. KM Central is next door to our Richmond Place Apartments, still in the hustle and bustle of the city. Salisbury Green Hotel & Bistro is at the foot of Arthur’s Seat, still within easy walking distance of the city centre and with great bus links this is the perfect location to sit back and relax after a fun filled day with the family.
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Edinburgh is a great place for family breaks so our list of attractions could be endless but we think the five we have suggested are a great start.