Fun for all the Family
Edinburgh is a great place for all the family to visit. You'll never be short of places to go and even the bigger kids won’t be disappointed. We'd recommend a trip to Camera Obscura, which is filled with interactive optical illusions – you can even spy on the shoppers of Princes Street!
Edinburgh Zoo is also a top attraction. Pop along and see the Penguin Parade and meet Sir Nils Olav; it's not everyday you get to meet a Penguin with a knighthood!
Finally, explorers of all ages will love taking advantage of Edinburgh’s very own time machine. Situated in the leafy surrounds of Holyrood Park, the astounding science of Dynamic Earth is a sure-fire way to keep children (and adults) entertained, while sneaking in some education at the same time.
Enjoy Some Peace and Tranquility
It’s incredible how many green spaces there are to escape to in Edinburgh; all you need is a good book and a little time and you’d soon forget you're in a capital city. The Botanic Gardens is a vast space which is begging to be explored, whilst Princes Street Gardens, the Meadows and Inverleith Park are all perfect and picturesque spots for a picnic (weather permitting of course).
Edinburgh has had a lead role in a number of great films, such as the iconic run along Princes Street in Trainspotting and the upbeat song and dance numbers of Sunshine on Leith. Revisit these scenes before popping along to one of Edinburgh's many cinemas. Try The Dominion for its sofas that provide the ultimate comfort, The Filmhouse for a great selection of art-house films or The Cameo for a sense of the theatrical.
The weather in Scotland has a habit of being unpredictable, but the saying goes "There's no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothing". With this in mind, it's always a good idea to have some waterproofs to hand, but don’t let a little rain get in the way of your adventures – there's still plenty to do indoors!
Edinburgh has a whole host of indoor attractions, many of which have already been mentioned in this guide. There are also plenty of museums and galleries to enjoy and Edinburgh Castle is a must see attraction for anybody visiting.
Edinburgh is more than just spectacular views. There's also a thriving nightlife scene with something to please everybody. Cocktail enthusiasts will be spoilt for choice, with Bramble, Lucky Liquor and Panda & Sons all in close proximity – cocktail crawl anyone?
Edinburgh also has some great clubs, with Liquid Rooms hosting live acts and DJs. Alternatively, if you are hunting out a more underground scene, you could always have a rave in a cave at Cabaret Voltaire. Whatever you're looking for, it's safe to say Edinburgh has it all!
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