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Top 10 Things to do in Edinburgh this Easter

11 April 2017

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

Explore extreme environments that are both in and out of this world at Dynamic Earth! Throughout the Easter holidays until the 16th April, Dynamic Earth is inviting families to experience life at the limits in Earth's Polar regions, as well as consider if life could exist elsewhere in the universe with activities on Astrobiology. Events include Meet the Scientist opportunities as well as fun, interactive, hands-on drop-in activities to offer something for all the family. For dates, timings and booking online visit Dynamic Earth’s website >

Edinburgh International Science Festival

Edinburgh International Science Festival 2017

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 that will show you how to  “Get Connected", 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 the Play On exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland, Moments in Time that can be explored free of charge on The Mound, a Mini Maker Fair, events, interactive exhibitions and children’s science lessons. Running until 16th April, be sure to download their on-line brochure at

The National Museum of Scotland

Monkey Business 600

There are some great events and exhibitions taking place over the Easter period at the National Museum of Scotland. Fossil Tales, a new display exploring how fossils have been understood and interpreted through the ages, is now open and will run right through the summer until the 10th September.

There's also still time to make new furry friends at Monkey Business, which explores the world of primates from the tiny mouse lemur to the mighty gorilla. Discover how different primates move and communicate, how they have developed tools to get hold of food and how their complex social systems work. Catch this exhibition now before it swings out of Edinburgh for good on the 23rd April. 

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle Easter Puppet Show 2017

It promises to be a magical Easter at Edinburgh Castle filled with magic, mirth and merriment. Join the Easter puppets on Wednesday 12 April and Thursday 13 April for their special Easter holiday show, included in the price of your admission to Edinburgh Castle. Easter is here and the Alba puppets are gearing up for their annual outing. Join them to find out what fun and mayhem is about to 'hatch'! Find out more on Edinburgh Castle's website >

The Palace of Holyroodhouse

Palace of Holyroodhouse Easter

All the family will enjoy taking part in a search for hidden Easter eggs this Easter Sunday at The Palace of Holyroodhouse. 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 basket before dancing the day away in the family ceilidh run by CeilidhKids in the Grand Gallery. These activities are free with standard admission to the Palace. See details >

Royal Botanic Gardens

Botanics Kids

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 the Easter Bunny's very special chocolate!

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 treat from the Easter Bunny himself. 

The Royal Yacht Britannia

Kid With Cuddly Toy Royal Yacht Britannia

Explore the Royal Yacht Britannia and discover what life was like on board the Queen's floating residence this Easter. Bring along your favourite cuddly toy and you will both get in for free! Find out more, including terms and conditions, on the Royal Yacht Britannia website >

Lauriston Castle

Lauriston Castle Autumn

The beautiful grounds of Lauriston Castle, designed by William Henry Playfair, are worth viewing at any time of year.  Visit this Easter Monday 17th April 10am - 1pm and you can enjoy a lovely day with woodland trails, egg and spoon race, crafts and Easter treats for only £7 per person. Take a look at Lauriston Castle's complete event programme >

Gorgie City Farm

Easter is always a special time down on the farm as it welcomes its new arrivals. This year there are 12 newborn piglets to get aquainted with! Tour the farm and get up close with new 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

Held in venues across Scotland since 1984, The Puppet Animation Festival offers children and their families the opportunity to be transported to magical worlds of make-believe over the Easter holidays. Joined by our puppetry friends who’ll be appearing at the Out of the Blue Drill Hall 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 more 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'll share it!

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