Our 12 best things to do for families
Camera Obscura - Seeing is definitely not believing inside the Victorian Camera Obscura and World of Illusion. Bendy mirrors and giant kaleidoscopes will delight young eyes at the Magic Gallery, and in the Electric Room, blue tendrils of light spark across the Giant Plasmasphere
Our Dynamic Earth - Step back billions of years at this huge interactive museum, where the time machine takes you back to before dinosaurs walked the earth. You can even witness the Big Bang from the bridge of a spaceship through the Hubble telescope
Deep Sea World - At 112 metres long and holding a million gallons of water, the underwater tunnel at Deep Sea World is one of the longest underwater tunnels in the world. Here you will find the largest collections of sand tiger sharks, as well as 2,000 other fish including rays and conger eels
Gorgie Farm - Meet the horses, goats and sheep at this city farm. Children can get their hands dirty and work at being a farmer, or just cuddle a cute guinea pig
Royal Commonwealth Pool - Swimming Pool - Diving Pool - Children's Pool - Clambers child's play area (a multi level adventure area for children)
Edinburgh Science and Edinburgh Children’s Festival - Children's International Theatre Festival aims to ensure that children of all ages can experience the delights of live theatre. Edinburgh International Science Centre promises to shed light on everything from outer space to the inner workings of the mind
Edinburgh Zoo - Edinburgh Zoo is the largest and most exciting wildlife attraction in Scotland, and now with the Giant Panda's at Edinburgh Zoo. You can see over 1000 wonderful animals!
National Museum of Scotland - Explore the diversity of the natural world, world cultures, art and design, science and technology and Scottish history, all under one roof at the National Museum of Scotland
Scottish Storytelling Centre - In this contemporary building along the Royal Mile, let your family experience Edinburgh’s history coming alive at the Scotland’s Stories exhibition
Edinburgh Dungeon - Deep beneath the pavement at locations across Europe, chilling tales and petrifying aspects of our history are re-enacted, providing eerie, spine-chilling fun for anyone who dares enter the world of the Dungeons!
Time Twisters - Time Twisters is far more than your average "soft play" centre, it offers a completely unique experience for both children and parents; with its state of the art play facilities, unique Ancient Egyptian themed environment, lots of comfortable seating, a healthy café that serves a range of tasty, freshly prepared meals and snacks
The Royal Yacht Britannia - This magnificent ship has played host to some of the most famous people in the world. But, above all, she was home to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family, now in Edinburgh you are welcome on board to discover the heart and soul of this most special of royal residences