For our final edition of our 4-part series, we have put together our top 10 free things to do in the vibrant city of Edinburgh.

With many historic sites, museums and parks to visit, Edinburgh is packed full of family activities to do at the weekends and the holidays to keep everyone occupied. 

 

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Our Top 10

1. Explorathon

On Friday 30th September and Saturday 1st October Explorathon will take place in Edinburgh. This year, coming back with even more events planned, Explorathon will be ready for all ages to enjoy and experience all sorts of new events and activities. Download the program today and see what family activities and organisations are taking place including; whale arts and curiosity forest. 

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2. Sandemans free walking tour of Edinburgh

On this FREE 3-hour walking tour they cover all the main sights of the Old City of Edinburgh. Starting on the famous Royal Mile, the tour continues up to the fascinating sites of execution, cloned sheep and the birthplace of Harry Potter. The tours start outside Starbucks, Tron Kirk and begin at 10am, 11am and 2pm on every day of the week, Monday – Sunday. 

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3. The Museum of Childhood

Have a fun family day out, at the museum of childhood and learn about growing up through the ages. Why not take along the grandparents and learn about what games they played and what it was like for them to go to school! Parents can have a slice of childhood nostalgia while children learn about the children of the past from toys, to games and music. The museum is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 

 

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 4. Gorgie City Farm

Visit Gorgie City Farm, one of the only free farms in the city! Open 7 days a week, 9.30am-4pm. The farm is packed full of animals including; horses, cows, ducks, guinea pigs and tortoises that will keep your children occupied for hours. The farm also includes gardens growing fruits and vegetables and attracting all sorts of wildlife in the green houses.

 

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5. Holyrood Park

If you feel like a long country walk with scenic views of the city and country side, then take your kids on a family day out in Holyrood park. The park has a five-mile radius of land and has been a royal park since the 12th century. Holyrood Palace is the royal residence in Edinburgh and is situated on the edge of the Royal park which is also a beautiful scenic spot to visit. The highest point of the park that can be seen from the city is Arthur’s seat. This is an ancient volcano attracting many tourists to take a look. 

 

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6. Saughton Park

Saughton Park is a fun park to visit with all the family, tailored to all ages. This beautiful park includes scenic views of rose gardens, flower displays and greenhouses. For the kids there is a large play area with lots of different climbing frames, swings and adventure trails as well as a football pitch and skateboard/bmx park. 

 

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 7. Portobello Beach

If your needing a break from the city, then take a day out to the beach! A perfect place to relax in the last of the sunshine or even go for a walk on a colder day. Take a bucket and spade for the kids to build sand sculptures and see what new creations you can come up with. You could even invest in a metal detector and see what hidden treasures you can find under the sand for endless fun and adventure!

 

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8. The National Museum of Scotland

The museum is family friendly and welcomes all ages of visitors. Family run events and activities are held regularly, welcoming children to the museum and take part! A free event held every week on a Wednesday for your little ones is the magic carpet, which introduces objects in the museum through stories, songs and activities! This event will run every week until Wednesday the 21st December between 10.30 and 10.55 and 11.30 and 11.55. The class is held at the green fountain in the Grand Gallery on Level 1.

 

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9. Royal Botanic Gardens

Check out the beautiful royal botanic gardens, a perfect place to explore with your kids on a sunny afternoon. The gardens are home to some of the rarest plants and flowers, covering 70 acres of land as well as accompanying glasshouses, restaurant, café and gift shop. 

 

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10. Cramond Beach

A popular family spot is Cramond beach, a beautiful place with views across the fifth of fourth. This sandy beach is perfect to take a long walk, cycle, rollerblade or just sit down and get some sea air. 

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