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WHAT CAN I DO IN EDINBURGH WITH A BABY?

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Edinburgh is the perfect choice of destination for a young family. The city is very family-friendly, and there’s plenty to see and do. Visiting with a young baby will involve a bit more planning before you can go on a perfect trip.
The first consideration is the accommodation. Many hotels in Edinburgh cater to kids. Make sure your accommodation choice provides a cot. A kettle is also handy if you are weaning or bottle-feeding your baby. It would help if you stayed near the city center, so you’re within easy reach of the key sights and attractions.

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Buying a ticket for the hop-on-hop-off bus is a great option. You’ll be guided around the city to get on and off as you please at the major sights. This way, you can visit the outskirts of Edinburgh without having to walk long distances or worry about getting a car seat in taxis.
In terms of things to do, there are plenty of options. Some of the best things to do in Edinburgh with a baby include exploring the Royal Botanic Gardens, visiting Edinburgh Zoo, walking in Princess Street Gardens, and visiting the Scottish Parliament. Traveling to the nearby coast stopping for a walk along Portobello Beach is also a fantastic idea.

  • Explore Edinburgh Castle
    Edinburgh Castle is Scotland’s number one paid-for tourist attraction, dominating the Edinburgh skyline from its position atop an ancient volcanic crag. It is fun to explore the rugged ramparts of Edinburgh Castle with kids and admire some of the best views across the city from its gun-holes.
    The highlights of Edinburgh Castle for kids include the Scottish crown jewels, the weapons and armory displayed in the Great Hall, and Mons Meg – a medieval cannon and one of the largest in the world.
  • Discover Camera Obscura and World of Illusions
    Right next to Edinburgh Castle on the Royal Mile, you will find Edinburgh’s Camera Obscura and the World of Illusions, one of the most unusual things to do in Edinburgh for kids. It is a fun way to learn about the city and its history. The Camera Obscura show sees live moving images of Edinburgh projected onto the viewing table, where you can pick people up and even make traffic drive over paper bridges.
    Also within the Camera Obscura is the World of Illusions, which includes the Magic Gallery, where you can make your hands glow as though they are being x-rayed or see yourself multiplied in a giant kaleidoscope. Then there’s the Illusion Lab, full of mind-boggling optical illusions, and the Light Fantastic exhibition, with its unique holograms – watch out for the giant tarantula!
  • Take A Journey Through Dynamic Earth
    Dynamic Earth is a fun yet educational way to spend a few hours in Edinburgh for children. Take a visually stimulating journey through time to witness the story of Planet Earth, starting with the Big Bang and experiencing the primal forces of nature such as a volcanic eruption, the chill of polar ice, the sights and sounds of the rainforest, and the magical Aurora Borealis.
    Dynamic Earth is also home to 4Dventure, a 4D film experience that flies you from the Arctic to deep within the tropical rainforest and brings you face to face with a shark, a rhino, and the sting in a scorpion’s tail. Don’t miss the ShowDome, Scotland’s only 360-degree full-dome film theatre, allowing a fully immersive movie experience, which shows a variety of educational films throughout the year. Note that Dynamic Earth is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays from November to March.
  • Meet The Animals At Edinburgh Zoo
    Home to the only Giant Pandas and koalas in the United Kingdom, Edinburgh Zoo is one of Edinburgh’s most popular things to do with children. Set within 82 acres of sloping parkland, Edinburgh Zoo is home to over 1,000 rare and endangered animals and makes for a great day out with the kids in Edinburgh.
    The animals are all well looked after in spacious enclosures, and there is also plenty of vast open space for the kids to run around.
  • Take A Harry Potter Tour
    If you have little Harry Potter fans in your family, this is a must-do in Edinburgh. My kids have yet to reach the Harry Potter phase, so we haven’t personally done this tour. But I have heard good things about it and wanted to share it with my readers. This Edinburgh family tour lets you see Edinburgh through the eyes of Harry Potter author J.K Rowling.
    You will see the sites that inspired Hogwarts and the beautiful characters and see where JK Rowling wrote the Harry Potter books. This is on a fun walking tour of Edinburgh, filled with Harry Potter trivia and a fun audio-visual quiz that will enthrall Harry Potter fans.
  • Tour Mary King’s Close
    Mary King’s Close has a reputation for being haunted, and there are plenty of gruesome stories associated with it, but this tour provides a fascinating insight into Edinburgh’s history. The close (narrow street) was blocked off in the 18th century and closed to the public for many years and is now only accessible via guided tour.
    During the one-hour tour of this ancient underground street, you will learn stories of plague, pestilence, murder, and intrigue from your character tour guide. Learning history has never been more entertaining!
  • Brave The Edinburgh Dungeon
    Equally grisly but fascinating from a historical point of view, the Edinburgh Dungeon is a fun yet frightening way to learn about Scotland’s dark past. This interactive 70-minute walk-through experience has full-on immersive sets, live actor shows, thrilling rides, and special effects to help bring history to life.
    Each show introduces a character or chapter from Scotland’s history in a fun way and features plenty of gruesome humor. They are not recommended for children under 8 years old.
  • Have Fun At The Edinburgh International Climbing Arena
    If you’re looking for Edinburgh kids activities for a rainy day, then Europe’s largest indoor climbing arena is just on the outskirts of Edinburgh. This indoor arena is built in a disused quarry and is one of our top indoor activities for kids in Edinburgh. Adrenaline junkies will be pleased to know that it’s not just about the climbing wall here – there is also bouldering, and an aerial assault course built 30m off the ground.
    If that all sounds too much for the little ones, then fear not – there is also a Scrambles soft play area, complete with its mini climbing wall, and the Rock Tots Playroom, with dressing up, bouncy castle, bikes, trikes, puzzles, and games. Once they’ve burned off all their energy, you can recharge in the café before some more sedate fun at arts and crafts studio Honey Pot Ceramics. All perfect rainy day fun!
  • Have A Picnic In Prince’s Street Gardens
    Prince’s Street Gardens are a beautiful and unique feature of Edinburgh’s city center. One of our favorite things in Edinburgh for families is having a picnic here (weather permitting, of course!).
    Dividing the Old Town and the New Town of Edinburgh, the gardens are divided into East and West, with both sides boasting acres of sloping green lawns, perfect for running around on a clear day and enjoying a family picnic.