Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland is not only a world class heritage location that is enjoyed by thousands of tourists through out the year, but it is also a great place to bring children as families are spoilt for things to do that will keep everyone entertained.
EDINBURGH CASTLE is the major visitor attraction in Scotland. The rock on which it is built was formed 70 million years ago and had Bronze Age inhabitants as early as 850 BC. England’s Edward I captured the castle when he invaded Scotland in 1296. However, it was taken back in 1314. In 1568 it was necessary to begin rebuilding what was a shattered castle, and today it remains a magnificent structure that is a must see! (Tip – listen out for the 1’oclock cannon which is set off every day from the castle).
OUR DYNAMIC EARTH is a science center right in the heart of Edinburgh which tells about the past, present, and future of our planet. It also tells the processes that shaped Earth. This project is supported by the UK’s Millennium Commission and is a fun and interactive hands on experience. Great for the whole family.
The ROYAL BOTANICAL GARDEN in Edinburgh is the main scientific center for the study of plants of the four sites that are across Scotland. Founded in 1670 as a medicinal plant garden, its living collection now has more than 15,000 plant species and more than 3 million specimens in its herbarium. (entry to the gardens are free)
The MUSEUM OF CHILDHOOD on the Royal Mile is not only is a learning experience about children’s lives in the past, but there are also fantastic games and toys to be viewed dating back of the last 200 years. (entry to the museum of childhood is free)
The EDINBURGH ZOO is Scotland’s largest wildlife attraction. There are more than 1,000 animals in the Zoo’s parkland. Enjoy attractions and daily events that show off the animals in this spectacular place devoted to the conservation and welfare of animals as well as giving education on the environment.
The GORGIE CITY FARM is another free place to go to view animals and gardens. Children will adore the pony rides, cuddling with rabbits and other small animals, and perhaps working alongside a farmer. There are also sheep, pigs, guinea pigs, goats, horses, poultry, and more. Garden produce is available during the summer from the herb and vegetable garden.
THE CERAMIC EXPERIENCE is fun for all ages. Customers are supplied with everything they need to paint blank ceramic mugs, jugs, animals, money banks, and other pieces. Included are the non-toxic paints, brushes, tiles, aprons, stamps, and stencils.
The IMAGINATION WORKSHOP is another extraordinary creative experience. There are workshops for approaching holidays, birthdays, and other special events where you can decorate appropriate items such as spooky Halloween masks or Christmas presents. Friendly employees are there to guide you as you and your children create something unique.
The EDINBURGH BUTTERFLY AND INSECT WORLD is the longest running butterfly house in the world. also featured are insects, frogs, iguanas, other lizards, and more. There is a Butterfly Talk, Animal Handling and Feeding, Fish Feeding, and other daily events. You can stroll through a landscape of tropical plants, an exotic rain forest, and see pools and waterfalls.