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Edinburgh is a great place to visit with your kids. The city boasts various family-friendly activities and there are loads of fun places to explore and of course learn, there is something for everyone.

Here is our list of Family-Friendly Things to do in Edinburgh this Summer. We have compiled a list of some of our favorite events, festivals and activities, and attractions that we recommend that you add to your list this year.

Events & Festivals

Scotland Festival of motoring 18th July

Edinburgh Art Festival 29th-29th July

Edinburgh Fringe Festival 6th – 30th August

Edinburgh International Festival 7th – 29th August

International Book Festival 14th – 30th August


Activities & Attractions

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Zoo

Our Dynamic Earth

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

National Museum of Scotland

Museum of Childhood

Scottish National Gallery

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

Camera Obscura

Royal Yacht Britannia

Edinburgh Dungeon

Alien Rock Climbing Centre

LOVE Gorgie Farm (formerly known as Gorgie City Farm)

Gravity Trampoline Centre


Looking for free things to do with your kids?

As you’ll no doubt know, your wallet can take a serious hit when visiting a city and a trip to Edinburgh is no exception. So if you’re on a tight budget, we’ve got lots of ideas to share with you that won’t cost you a penny. Save your pounds for a visit to the castle and mix it up with plenty of other free activities. Here are our top five free Family-Friendly Things to do in Edinburgh this Summer.

National Museum of Scotland

Gorgie City Farm

Portobello Beach

Climb Calton Hill

Walk the Water of Leith


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