There’s no need to venture far from home for the perfect family holiday. This summer, why not opt for a fun-filled holiday within the UK and head off to Edinburgh? With this inspiring infographic from Citybase Apartments, you’re sure to keep your kids happy and fully engaged at all times. Let’s have a look at what amazing activities the capital of Scotland has in store for the family.
Fun in the Sun
Seize the sunny days of your holiday and get some fresh air! Fortunately, the sights and sounds of Edinburgh are not only breathtakingly beautiful, but also highly entertaining for adults and children alike.
Cadies & Witchery Tour: If your children are little daredevils, they’re sure to love the spookiest tour in Edinburgh. On this short – and award-winning – excursion, you’ll travel back in time, learning about the city’s past with a ghost as your guide. You may think that Edinburgh’s history is wholly charming now, but you’ll realise soon enough that it also has a ghastly side!
Edinburgh Zoo: Got some animal lovers in the family? If the answer is a resounding yes, you’re in luck: the RZSS Edinburgh Zoo is famous for its two giant pandas, called Sunshine (Yang Guang) and Sweetie (Tian Tian). Although visiting the pandas has always been an exceptional experience for families – especially because they’re the only giant pandas in the UK – it gets better: Sweetie is about to give birth to a baby panda!
Dalkeith Country Park: Although typical parks quickly get boring for children (unless they have an epic playground), Dalkeith Country Park is a delightful exception. This space is home to some of Scotland’s most exciting wildlife, including foxes, badgers, rabbits, otters and roe deer. Prepare yourselves for spotting these awe-inspiring animals on an adventurous outing, during which you definitely won’t hear a single “I’m bored”.
Rainy Day Outings
Although you’ll probably be able to soak up some sunshine, it’s always good to have some indoor sightseeing options up your sleeve. Even when it’s not rainy, the following activities are sure to tickle your (and your children’s) fancy.
Edinburgh Castle: Just like on the Cadies & Witchery Tour, visiting the city’s twelfth-century castle is like going back in time. To make the place come alive for your children, it’s best to participate in a tour, as the guides are not only knowledgeable, but also draw kids into the experience with their tantalising stories. What’s more, the cultural gems inside the castle, which include the National War Museum and a sizeable prison, are perfect for learning more about Scotland’s history in a fun and captivating way.
Museum of Childhood: If you think that museums and children are incompatible, you’re bound to change your mind when you venture inside the Museum of Childhood! As its name suggests, this venue is known for its exciting exhibitions on child-related objects, including historical costumes and toys. In addition to establishing connections to their own lives, the displays are sure to put big smiles on your children’s faces.
You can be sure that you won’t experience a single dull moment on your family holiday when you follow this itinerary. And, of course, don’t forget to eat plenty of shortbread during your breaks!