5 things for kids to see and do in Edinburgh

25 July 2019


Edinburgh is a fantastic family-friendly city with so much to do! Steeped in history, the city is easy to navigate and neatly separated into Old-town and New-town, with its centre dominated by the majestic Edinburgh Castle. 

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 five attractions to visit with your kids.

  1. THE MUSEUM OF CHILDHOOD

Situated on the famous Royal Mile, this is the first museum in the world dedicated to the history of childhood. The Museum of Childhood has 21 rooms containing more than 2,000 toys and games from days-gone-by.

From early Steiff Bears and Corgi cars to 1980’s Barbie dolls, this is a beautiful collection and a lovely way to spend the afternoon. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.

  1. FOLLOW THE HARRY POTTER TRAIL

Harry Potter fans aged five and up will love The Potter Trail tour, which includes the café where JK Rowling wrote the first Harry Potter book. The tour stops at some creepy locations that inspired the author and there are a few scary historical details, but it’s aimed squarely at kids and there are plenty of interactive elements.

The tour focuses on the books and films but includes some of Edinburgh’s literary history as well as real characters, so you don’t even have to be a Potter fan to enjoy it. The tour involves around one and a half miles of walking and can’t be booked in advance. Tours are free and depart from the Greyfriar’s Bobby statue on George IV Bridge every day at 1500 with additional daily tours in June, July and August.

  1. Gorgie City Farm

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 and the railway line for over three decades. It operates as a working farm, but also offers courses in agriculture, gardening and handicrafts for both adults and children.

The farm is home to a wide range of animals including sheep, pigs, goats, chickens, ducks, ponies and jersey cattle. There is also a petting lodge where you can meet tortoises, snakes, rats, hamsters, guinea pigs and rabbits. When you get hungry you can enjoy some wonderful home-cooked food (including delicious home baking) in the farm café.

  1. Royal Botanic Gardens

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 over 70 acres of shrubs, blooming plants, and trees are great fun to explore.

There is also a serene Chinese Garden and a duck pond. Some of the plants date all the way back to the dinosaur age. You will also find exhibitions and interactive activities for children in the main building and there is a shop, a restaurant and a couple of cafes. On a sunny day you'll enjoy the peace and beauty you'll find here. There are also some spectacular views of the city.

  1. LITTLE BABY BUM LIVE AT ASSEMBLY

Step into the magical and colourful world of Little Baby Bum. Join Mia, Jacus, Twinkle and their Nursery Rhyme friends at the world premiere of a brand new live show. 

Little Baby Bum is the world's largest educational YouTube channel with over 21 million subscribers and 20 billion views. Combining puppetry, live action and digital animation, it's time for families to join in the fun, sing along and dance to favourites; Old MacDonald Had a Farm, Wheels on the Bus, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Incy Wincy Spider, The Muffin Man and loads more!

Looking for fun things to do in Edinburgh? Not sure what to do in Edinburgh with kids? Check out Little Baby Bum Live showing at Assembly from Monday 5th August to Sunday 18th August. Book your tickets now and see for yourself how fun Edinburgh is for toddlers!

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