Visit Edinburgh in the School Holidays

Edinburgh Family Holidays

Edinburgh School Holidays - Old Town

Edinburgh, as capital city, reflects the rich heritage of history and culture of Scotland. Visit Edinburgh in the school holidays for a family vacation. Edinburgh family holidays will let you enjoy the magnificent views that suddenly appear when you turn a corner. You discover points of interest tucked away in nooks of the narrow winding roads. Don’t be misled by the Old town because newer parts of Edinburgh are destinations for shopping. Be ready for an active short break in Edinburgh with its steep climbs and walks in and around the city.

What to do?

What to Do in Edinburgh

Family Attractions

Things to do in Edinburgh with Family

The iconic Edinburgh castle is steeped in history and you can manage to get around with a buggy too. Tickets are £16.50 for adults and £9.90 for children (5-15)

Edinburgh Zoo – The only place in the UK to see Koalas and Pandas, the Edinburgh Zoo is very attractive to children. Ticket prices are £17 for adults and £12.50 for children between 3-15 years when booked online.

Museum of Childhood – is a fun way for children to learn about how children lived in the past. Entry is free and the museum is at 42 High Street, Royal Mile, High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1TG

National Museum of Scotland – Discover the history of Scotland, nature and many more things here. Entry is free.

Edinburgh Treasure Trail -Ideal for anyone >6 years, the treasure trail is a self-guided route and you solve clues to reach the treasure. The trail is 1.75 miles long and typically takes 2 hours to complete. A trail booklet costs £6.99 and is good for 4-5 people. This is not push chair or wheel chair friendly. 

Gorgie City Farm is a farm in the city with a set of cute farm animals. It’s free to visit and good fun for the whole family. You can find this at 51 Gorgie Road, Edinburgh EH11 2LA

Free Edinburgh Tour – If the family is game for a walking tour, then join this free tour to have an informative and enjoyable time seeing Edinburgh. 

Edinburgh Botanic Gardens for a stroll through this nearly 350 year old garden for free

Edinburgh School Holidays - Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle

Getting there

Getting To Edinburgh

Get there by Car

Get there by Bus

Get there by Train

Get there by Air

Hotels and BB

Where to Stay in Edinburgh

Edinburgh is a city where finding budget accommodation isn't easy. Accommodation get even more expensive in the summer during the festival when it can be impossible to find a room anywhere.  


Independent Self-Catering/Hotels



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Cowgate Tourist Hostel  

Dorm Style costs £15 for a family of 4 per night

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Premier Inn

Hotel costs £50-140 per night depending on the season for a family room

Innkeeper’s Lodge, Corstorphine  

B&B, from £59 a night

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The Balmoral

Hotel £500 per night for a family of 4.

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Edinburgh is a charming and quirky city to visit in the UK.

It might be overwhelming for young families going to Edinburgh in August during the festival time. A short winter break is also beautiful in a very different way.

What others say

What others say

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