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Museum of Childhood

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Old Town
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Address: 42 High Street | Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1TG, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 131 529 4142
12:00 - 17:00
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Mon - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No

Adults can indulge in a nostalgia-fest and children discover how their (not...

Adults can indulge in a nostalgia-fest and children discover how their (not so) aged parents amused themselves as youngsters in a world before video games. There’s a wholesomeness to the construction kits and embroidery sets that once kept little fingers busy in a world that embraced the notion of "Improving Sunday Toys," while train sets and dolls houses have enduring appeal. If the implacable stare of the massed ranks of a compendious collection of dolls becomes a little unnerving, there are dressing-up boxes, and regular organized activities to provide diversions.

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Worth a stop if you are interested in old toys

We popped in briefly and really enjoyed looking at all the old toys and furniture that babies and children were given in the past. Makes us look very safety conscious now though... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Popped in briefly as was mentioned on our bus tour previous day. A very strange place in a fascinating way!!! Takes you back to your own childhood. Some of the exhibite items were very full of antiques and oldy world items. No admission fee just do a donation if you want. No pressure on time spent inside either.

Thank Anna W
Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We popped in briefly and really enjoyed looking at all the old toys and furniture that babies and children were given in the past. Makes us look very safety conscious now though! Friendly staff and free to visit (although recommended donation is £3)

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

From the street it doesn't look much, but once you are in it seems to go on for ever. Our short visit lasted about 3 hours. We were surprised with the amount of exhibits and we are also of the age that we saw some toys, etc. that brought back memories. Well worth the visit and it is free, but... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A collection of toys of the past and the present. I spent around half an hour, because it was not too interesting for me. The museum looks good and well-maintained.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

there is a good amount of toys some which seem to be making a come back. take the kids and show them what you use to play with

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Bromsgrove, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Right in the heart of the Royal Mile, on the High Street, this is not the largest venue. This time capsule of amusement brought much laughter, reminiscing & sharing of childhood adventures. The layout is pushchair/wheelchair friendly except for the top floor which didn't have lift access. Viewing is clear for all heights & there are hands on opportunities too.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

For a free attraction this is very interesting. We only spent about 30-45 mins here as our children (4&7) were not that interested. However, there were some toys/dressing up which they enjoyed playing with. I would recommend you pop in here on your way up the Royal Mile.

Thank EnglandPenny
Durham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Came here for a little wander and was surprised to see quite a big collection of childhood memorabilia. It's housed in a small building, but quite cosy. There are 5 small galleries, which are all different with toys, clothing and many more. It gives you an insight to the older generation of toys to how it's changed over the years,... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Love this place. It's on the Royal mile and it's free. The toys bring back good memories of toys I had as a kid in the 60's. It also has toys from other decades. There is a shop that also sells toys that can envoke memories. I bought scraps that I had as a child. You need to visit this... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We almost bypassed this place, but so glad we didn't, it was a real treat. My daughter loved seeing the old toys, and for us adults it was a real trip down memory lane. We particularly liked the dolls and prams, really interesting.

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Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly visitors, tartan-flavoured souvenir shops, and pipers that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.
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