Official Guide to Edinburgh
  • 11°C

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

04 July 2019

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 Atlantic Adventures to discovering the city's dark past, there are lots of ways to keep the little ones amused during the 2019 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 when quoting our This is Edinburgh Offer.

The whole family will love spotting Clarence the cuddly corgi and friends in the Cuddly Corgi Treasure Hunt. Explore five decks with a fascinating audio tour, included in the admission price. Children get their own version, ideal for the under 10s.

Atlantic Adventures at Dynamic Earth

Dynamic Earth Atlantic Adventures

Dive into the deep this summer and go on an Atlantic Adventure at Dynamic Earth.  Get hands on with daily drop-in activities that are fun for the whole family. Intrepid explorers can go on a VR expedition to the Arctic, pilot a virtual underwater robot and discover the creatures that lurk at the bottom of the ocean! Show off your skills by taking the Lego challenge and get creative with amazing augmented reality crafts.

There are also special celebrations taking place to mark the 50th anniversary of the moon landings. Learn the epic story of humanity’s first voyage to another world through fun, family activities and demos 19-22 July.

Find out more at Dynamic Earth > 

Summer at the Palace

Summer At The Palace

Join The Palace of Holyroodhouse over the summer and explore the grounds and gardens with their 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. 

Find out more >

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. This daytime tour departs at 11am on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the summer, with even more dates added for the school holidays. Explore some of the city’s most horrible haunts, including a Mercat Tours’ famous Blair Street Underground Vaults. 

Read more about Mercat Tours' Gory Stories tour >

Meet Burke and Hare at Edinburgh Dungeon

Burke And Hare Business Of Murder

Meet Burke and Hare at the Edinburgh Dungeons new show for summer 2019. You’ll come face to face with Edinburgh’s most notorious serial killers as they murder their way across Edinburgh and discover the fateful demise of Burke, betrayed by Hare. It’s not safe on the streets, or in your sleep! 

This new show runs daily as part of the overall Dungeon tour. But beware - Burke and Hare would kill for a body like yours.

Find out more >

Back to the blog >