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Top 10 Things to do in Edinburgh this Easter

11 April 2014

This Easter there are some fantastic things to do in Edinburgh taking place throughout the city. Our handy Top 10 Things to Do List will appeal to all ages and help keep the family entertained.

Dynamic Earth

Harry Potter style magic meets the latest in science interpretation with the opening of Scotland’s Time Lords, our Dynamic Earth’s biggest every redevelopment. This fascinating tour starts in a Georgian-style classroom complete with magic blackboards and talking portraits and will take you right back through Deep Time to the Big Bang and beyond. You can join a time travelling tour in Holyrood Park. See if you can spot evidence of ancient seas, exploding volcanoes and creeping glaciers as the fascinating geological history of the area is unravelled through an engaging mix of storytelling and activities. For dates, timings and booking online, visit Dynamic Earth’s website:

International Science Festival

There’s an abundance of jaw dropping things to do and see at this year’s Edinburgh International Science Festival. In a program packed with events celebrating “Science at the Heart of Everything”, it will delight and inform all ages. It reveals how our everyday lives are connected to science and technology, food and drink, politics and even art and literature. Highlights include a GastroFest, a World of Bubbles, a Mini Maker Fair, events, interactive exhibitions and children’s science lessons. Running until 20th April, be sure to download their on-line brochure at:

National Museum of Scotland

There are some great events and exhibitions taking place over the Easter period at the National Museum of Scotland. In its 49th year, the renowned Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition will captivate photography fans of all ages with breathtaking wild landscapes, inspirational animals and a superb selection of awe-inspiring images. These are on loan from the Natural History Museum in London and this is the only Scottish venue at which the exhibition will feature.

There’s still time to meet wild furry animals at the Mammoths of the Ice Age exhibition. This fascinating display reveals what life was like for these iconic creatures during this period. Joust with mammoth tusks, touch the teeth of a gigantic mastodon and then say hello to Lyuba, a replica of a 42,000 year old baby woolly mammoth.

These are two fantastic events offering plenty of things to do and see that all the family will enjoy.

Edinburgh Castle

It promises to be a magical Easter at Edinburgh Castle filled with magic, mirth and merriment. Join Kramus, the Magical Wizard for some tricks and conjuring. Young explorers can take part in an Easter quiz to test their knowledge of the castle and there’s even an entertaining science show which will delight all ages. This wizard event runs from 19th-21st April from 12 noon – 4pm.

The Palace of Holyrood

All the family will enjoy taking part in a search for hidden Easter eggs at Holyrood Palace. Explore the palace and gardens and learn about its history, solve riddles and get creative in the Palace Family Room to make your very own Faberge Egg. Running until 21st April, there is no need to book in advance.

Royal Botanic Gardens

Children and chocolate lovers will be queuing up to carefully scrutinise these beautiful gardens this Easter. However, they won’t be looking for exotic plants or fragrant spring flowers, but by following clues and exploring the garden, will be on the hunt for a Lindt Gold Bunny.

Enjoy some great family fun in this exciting treasure trail. Collect an activity pack at the Visitor Welcome Desk and if you successfully complete all the clues, you will be rewarded with a delicious Lindt Gold Bunny. What a treat.

Riddles Court

From the Great Wall of China to Niagra Falls, you can visit all the wonders of the world this Easter created from LEGO bricks! As part of the Edinburgh International Science Festival, the Brick Wonders exhibition is at Riddle’s Court transforming the A-listed former merchant's house at the top of the Royal Mile into a LEGO-lovers haven.

The exhibits were created by Edinburgh born Warren Elsmore who is a full time artist in LEGO bricks creating detailed sculptures of various aspects and areas across the world.

The exhibition is open daily from 10am to 4pm until 20th April.

Lauriston Castle

The beautiful grounds of Lauriston Castle, designed by William Henry Playfair, are worth viewing at any time of year.  Visit this Easter and you can enjoy a guided tour of the castle and on Saturday, 19th April there is a special Easter workshop from 10am to 1pm.  Try your hand at creating special crafts and explore the trails outdoors. 

Gorgie City Farm

Easter is always a special time down on the farm as it welcomes its new arrivals. This year there are newborn goats, lambs and chicks. Tour the farm and get up close with their feathered and furry friends. Take a moment to recharge your batteries with a refreshing brew and some delicious home cooking in their popular cafeteria.

Puppet Animation Festival

Celebrating their 30th birthday this year, the Pupper Animation Festival have an entertaining program of events at the Festival Threatre’s new Studio space form 14th-19th April including a 30th birthday party with Cinderella. Joined by our puppetry friends who’ll be appearing at the Brunton Theatre and a variety of community venues across the city, they will be performing classical childhood tales, animated box office hits and offering the chance to create your own puppets and animation. Visit their website for further details . . .

What are you doing this Easter?

We would love to hear what things you are planning to do in Edinburgh this Easter. Why not tell us on Twitter @Edinburgh and if it’s something that can be enjoyed by everyone, we shall share it. If you mark it with #thisisedinburgh, be sure to look out for your suggestion appearing on our trending page: /trending/