Shrouded in mystery and magic tales, Edinburgh offers plenty of exciting spots to choose from when looking to spend a family-friendly day out. With so many tourists visiting Scotland’s capital annually, expectations are high when it comes to providing children and parents with a wide range of entertaining activities – and Edinburgh doesn’t fail to deliver. From scary stories to amusing places and quiet farms, the city really does have it all.
Camera Obscura and World of Illusions
It is mostly fitting for such a peculiar yet highly entertaining place to be found in the city where Harry Potter and his magical world were born. Camera Obscura, with its dazzling lights show, magic gallery, laughter-inducing illusions and the secrets behind them, as well as its mysterious rooms and ultimately the breathtaking views of the Old Town from the rooftop, is one of the most sought-after attractions in the city.
Perfectly located at the foot of Edinburgh Castle and thus on the path of millions of tourists, Camera Obscura and World of Illusions makes for a brilliant afternoon for children (and parents!) looking for a unique experience in the city of magic.
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Mary King’s Close
Plenty of children love scary and mysterious places, mainly because they offer a view of our world closer to those fantastical realms portrayed in children’s books and films. One such place is Mary King’s Close, an underground street swathed in ghost stories, myths and fanciful tales of kings and murderers. Just down the street from Camera Obscura, and easily reachable from Edinburgh’s luxury apartments in the city centre, the close is another must see attraction for children this summer.
There are few other better ways to discover the great Old Town of Edinburgh than by undertaking a fascinating journey and completing the Treasure Trail. Starting on Cockburn Street and continuing along the Royal Mile, the trail guides you through the maze of cobbled streets as you try to solve the clues and peer through the mysterious layers of a murder. Don’t worry if you get stuck: a free text service is available for answers – and all solved mysteries automatically enter into the annually £1,000 prize draw.
Georgie City Farm
Georgie City Farm has been a popular attraction for around for 30 years. A roll up your sleeve attitude is definitely required but there is so much to get out of it: for kids who love animals and the outdoors, Georgie City Farm offers plenty of both at no cost – entry is free!
Time Twisters has recently celebrated a decade of putting a large smile on children’s faces. The venue is still the most entertaining soft play centre in Edinburgh and welcomes hundreds of children under 12 on a daily basis. Parents and grandparents are also certain to have a good laugh accompanying the little ones and the great food prepared every day by the award-winning restaurant is exactly what is needed to round off the experience nicely.
National Museum of Flight
Just a short drive from central Edinburgh, the National Museum of Flight is perfect for indulging any child’s natural inquisitiveness and love for planes. The former airfield offers something for all the family with aircraft dating back to the end of the World War 1 to modern supersonic jets.
A combination of interactive exhibitions and huge winged feats of engineering means that this museum is much more than a dusty old collection of bones.
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