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School's Out! Things to do with the kids in Edinburgh this summer

19 July 2018

School's out for summer! Banish summer holiday boredom and have a fantastic day out for all the family at these top attractions in Edinburgh. From building your own dinosaur to discovering the city's dark past, there are lots of ways to keep the little ones amused during the 2018 school holidays in Scotland's capital. 

Kids go free at The Royal Yacht Britannia 

The Royal Yacht Britannia Summer 2018

Enjoy a family day out for less at The Royal Yacht Britannia. Once home to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family for over 40 years, The Royal Yacht Britannia is now berthed in Edinburgh. Explore Scotland's Best Attraction (VisitScotland) and one child can go free with each paying adult or senior citizen.

Look out for the 11 foot LEGO replica of Britannia, try on a Captain’s hat and spot the cuddly corgis hiding around the yacht. Explore five decks with a fascinating audio tour, included in the admission price. Children get their own version, ideal for the under 10s.

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Design a Dinosaur at Dynamic Earth

Designosaur At Dynamic Earth 2018 600

Dynamic Earth is welcoming families for a draw-rassic adventure this summer as it brings dinosaurs roaring into the digital age. Visitors to the attraction now have the chance to design their very own dino, choosing everything from colour to camouflage, before bringing it to life before their eyes.

Brand new to Dynamic Earth for this summer, the unique “Designosaur” activity sees youngsters use an iPad to build their personalised dinosaur, then interact and even snap a selfie with their monstrous creation using clever mixed reality technology.

Find out more at Dynamic Earth > 

See the city from a new perspective on the Edinburgh Festival Wheel 

Edinburgh Festival Wheel

The iconic red and white Ferris wheel returns to the heart of the city centre, offering spectacular views across Edinburgh and beyond. Riding the Edinburgh Festival Wheel is the perfect family day out, with a special ticket price for families of 4 (max. 2 adults & min of 1 adult) and a 20% discount for EH postcode residents. 

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Summer at the Palace

Summer At The Palace

Join The Palace of Holyroodhouse over the summer and explore the grounds and gardens with their new family trail. Find out what happens during a royal visit, what you might eat at a Garden Party and where HM The Queen holds her meetings.

Don't forget to make time for a visit to the Family Room, where you can dress up in historical costumes and choose from a selection of stories and games. 

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Discover Gory Stories with Mercat Tours

Mercat Tours Summer 2018

Spend the school holidays learning about Scotland's historical capital with Mercat Tours. With an award-winning team of professional storytellers, Mercat Tours can show you a side of Edinburgh that others don't see, providing an informative and fun way to learn about the city. 

It's well worth checking out their Gory Stories tour, a perfect day out for all the family which includes a special gift to take home. This daytime tour departs at 11am on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the summer. Explore some of the city’s most horrible haunts, including a Mercat Tours’ famous Blair Street Underground Vaults. 

Read more about Mercat Tours' top tours for all the family >

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