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Edinburgh for families with young children

Britain's only giant pandas, Victorian high jinks and an earth-shattering experience
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 8.4 miles
Duration: Half day
Family Friendly

Overview :  Happy hearts and happy faces,
Happy play in grassy places—
That was how, in ancient ages,
Children grew to kings and sages.
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Tips:  Be sure to carry a waterproof or windcheater - even on the sunniest day, sudden downpours are frequent, and hailstones can suddenly... more »

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Points of Interest

The flurry of banners that line the main road through the pleasant suburb of Corstorphine confirm the rock star welcome that was given to the giant pandas Tian Tian (Sweetie)and Yang Guang(Sunshine)when they arrived in Edinburgh in December 2011.
The first hint that the zoo was once best known for a different black and white resident colony comes ... More


Camera Obscura is a sort of periscope with mirrors that spies on people and vehicles all over central Edinburgh. The operator zooms across the city pausing here and there while delivering an enjoyable narration.

After explanations of the science and history (it was developed by a Victorian optician), visitors are invited to become hands-on,... More

Scotland's flagship museum has recently had a multi-million-pound makeover, and has been winning rave reviews. Positive feedback and great word-of-mouth publicity means that it is the UK's most-visited attraction outside London. The much-extended Victorian building is designed in the style of an Italianate palace, and the soaring, light-flooded... More


Sitting beneath Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh's highest peak, and the adjacent cliffs of Salisburys Crags, Our Dynamic Earth occupies a most appropriate spot, because it was amid those formations that James Hutton, the father of modern geology framed many of his most important theories.

Theories of geology may not seem like the most obviously... More