A to Z of Destinations
Australia, NZ and South Pacific
A to Z of Experiences
Walking and trekking
Diving and snorkelling
Wildlife and safaris
Meet the locals
Frontier and expedition
Cycling and Mountain Biking
Visiting the Poles
Career breaks and BIG trips
Body and soul
Volunteer and conservation
Australia, East Coast
Everest Base Camp
Trans-Siberian and Trans-Mongolian railway
Aurora Borealis/Northern Lights
Climb Mount Kilimanjaro
14th November 2016
The Scottish capital is compact, manageable and packed with family fun. Sally Wray reveals the places you must visit...
Plane made from Meccano (Museum of Childhood)
Up on the Royal Mile, the Museum of Childhood doesn’t look very grand from the outside. And inside, the ramshackle nature continues with six floors of glass cases crammed with toys and books from different decades.
The collection is just as much fun for parents as for kids. You’ll probably spend a lot of your time saying “I had one of those”, to the astonishment of your kids. It is a real trip down memory lane. I had practically all the original Ladybird books they had on display.
It’s also a good opportunity for kids to see how children have played throughout the years. They get so much so easily these days, and exhibits like the old boot fashioned into a doll from the 1800s is a gentle reminder of how circumstances have changed.
Edinburgh Ghost Tour leader (Merkat Tours)
If you go to Edinburgh these days, it's almost become mandatory to go on a ghost walk, especially if you go any time near Halloween, like we did. The good news is that they sneak in a lot about the city’s history, much of it gruesome, that the kids lap up. If your kids love watching Horrible Histories, they'll love this.
Most of the Ghost Walks set off from the Royal Mile and spend time underground in the city’s vaults. Some of the guides dress up. Some are scarier than others. We did a ghost and torture walk, and it was definitely not for the under 12s. There are plenty of less scary walks. Just ask around.
Natural World gallery (Dreamstime)
The National Museum of Scotland is one of the best museums I’ve ever visited. It has great collections and is imaginatively set out. Putting a giant sloth skeleton next to a giraffe and not far from a T-Rex gives you a new perspective on the scale of different animals, as well as their similarities and differences. The skeletons strung from the roof make an impressive display too.
The science section is really strong, featuring everything from Dolly the Sheep to robots. There are loads of good interactive displays to challenge and educate your kids. Make sure you swing by the World section too. The display on Inuits is very good.
The staff at the museum are particularly helpful and well-informed. There are plenty of people happy to answer your questions. It's also worth checking out the great view of Edinburgh from the top floor.
Scott Monument at night (Dreamstime)
Rising conspicuously amongst the shiny department stores and posh hotels on Princes Street, and evocatively blackened by pollution, this elaborate gothic tower looks like something straight out of a Harry Potter movie or Ghostbusters. 287 steps take you to the top, but be warned: the stone spiral staircase is a bit of a squeeze, and you have to shout down or up the stairs before you set off.
There are stained glass windows in the centre chamber on the first level. The man in the little wooden hut at the bottom will loan you a guide/info book, too, if you ask for one.
Giant pandas eating bamboo (Dreamstime)
A 10 min bus ride from the centre of the city, the Edinburgh Zoo is the only place you can see pandas in the UK. If you want to see the pandas you need to pre-book a 15-minute viewing slot before your visit. If the pandas aren’t out during your timeslot you can come back at a later time and try again.
Panda viewing is included in the entrance price, which is cheaper if you buy your tickets online at least 48 hours ahead. The Zoo is on a hillside so there’s a lot of walking up and down. There are various enclosures you can walk through – wallabies, limas, monkeys –a good program of talks given by keepers.
Main image: panda chewing leaves (Dreamstime)
View all posts from
You must be logged in to leave a comment. Login or get more from Wanderlust - register today!
I am going to say that you did great work and this is an awesome blog. I enjoyed reading your articles. This is truly a great read for me. I have bookmarked it and I am looking forward to reading new articles on the same matter.http://www.desertsafaridubairates.com/
She and I have similar taste in bags (for example, on this particular day, we were both carrying medium-size burgundy top handle bags with crossbody straps), and our attention turned to the Céline Sangle Shoulder replica mulberry Bag. and the ample size, multiple interior and exterior pockets and interchangeable straps make it a solid choice for anyone looking for chanel replica to take to the office. I didn’t have one on hand to try it, but I bet it would even fit a small laptop.
Time Out writer Keith Davidson lifts the kilt on his hometown of Edinburgh with tips on what to see, do and eat in the city year round
Heading to Edinburgh for the Festival Fringe? Here are a few tips on seeing the city without spending a penny
Its summers are packed with festivals, but there are plenty of reasons to head to Edinburgh once the curtains fall says Clare Wilson
The top 7 lesser known things to do in Edinburgh on your weekend away
United Kingdom travel guide, United Kingdom tourism and travel information including facts, maps, culture, transport, weather in United Kingdom, and popular pla
We asked 3 of Santiago’s best tour guides to tell us the city’s secrets, from must-sees to hidden gems, from the best bars, restaurants and museums to things to do for free. Here are their expert tips…
Already visited Gullfoss Falls, the hilltop church and Blue Lagoon? Phoebe Smith befriends a local to find an alternative way to enjoy a short stopover in the capital…
From sucking on ancient icebergs to dressing up as a Viking, Peter Moore reveals the things that kids and adults alike will enjoy most in Iceland
The Cagols have just returned from a 12-month trip through Africa with their young family. They reveal the items you absolutely must pack - and the things you can leave at home
The Cagols have just spent a year travelling the world. 11-year-old Madeline shares her diary entries from their last week in Africa, revealing what she really thought about her family’s big adventure.
Simply select the destination you’re interested in or the activities you’re looking
for and we’ll send your request to a select panel of tour operators.
Each operator will respond to your request individually. Your details remain private
and are not disclosed to any partners unless you decide to proceed with a booking.
Experience our brand new Cuba Beach Extension for FREE!
18 Days in Bangladesh from £1,590 per person or less
Book your Peru Luxury 4x4 adventure NOW and get a FREE Nazca lines dawn flight for 2, worth £200
Wanderlust sends out regular email newsletters – be the first to know about web
exclusives, competitions, hot offers and travel jobs. Register today!
I have read and agree to the Terms &
Where in the world are you? Add
#wanderlustmag to your tweets and share your latest travel adventures with
fellow Wanderlusters on wanderlust.co.uk
Get to know Wanderlust on facebook and bring all your travel-minded friends, too