Family-Friendly Things to Do in Edinburgh, Scotland

Family-Friendly Things to Do in Edinburgh, Scotland

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  1. Edinburgh is a bustling capital city that houses two towns: the Old and the New. Old Town Edinburgh is one of cobbled streets and centuries-old buildings, while New Town features picturesque Georgian avenues and homes. The city is a mixture of historic attractions and commercial comforts such as shopping and all levels of dining. With annual military and comedy festivals, the city is a touristic paradise with a wealth of things to do for the whole family.

     
    Edinburgh Zoo
    Opened in 1913, the 82-acre Edinburgh Zoo is a place for the whole family to get up close with an array of animal life from around the world. The zoo features around 1,000 rare and endangered animals including a pair of Giant pandas who arrived in late 2011 and will remain at the zoo until 2021. It is the only zoo in Britain to have Giant pandas on exhibit since the early 1990s. The kids will love the daily penguin parade that takes place at 2:15pm and offers a close-up view of the cute little waddlers without a wall of glass separating the penguins and their fans. With thousands of exotic animals, attractions and a picturesque setting, the zoo is fun for all ages.
     
    Edinburgh Castle
    Since 1130 a royal castle has sat atop the extinct volcano in the heart of the city of Edinburgh. Built by David I of Scotland, part of that original castle still stands today in the form of a chapel built in honor of his mother. Rebuilt several times over the centuries due to damage from ongoing war with England, it is an attraction that shows architecture that spans generations. Today it is a historic monument and museum that tells the story of Edinburgh and the Scottish Royals. It is an interesting site for the whole family to visit and offers an education in British history.
     
    Museum of Childhood
    An education in toy history for the kids and a trip down memory lane for the grown ups await at Edinburgh’s Museum of Childhood. It was the first museum in the world dedicated to the history of childhood and features collections of vintage toys and games. Antique dolls, teddy bears and peddle-powered cars are on display, as is a re-created Victorian street scene with outdoor toys. The family will enjoy the education and memories that the museum provides.
     
    Murrayfield
    Sporting families will be attracted Edinburgh’s own Murrayfield sports stadium, the home to Scottish Rugby. Daily tours are offered at the still active stadium allowing guests to look around the facility alone or with a guide. Game days are also an attraction for the entire family with various sporting events taking place including international and league rugby matches. 

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