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Edinburgh October with 8 year old

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Justtrying · 02/03/2019 16:21

What are your hints and tips for must do visits and meals in Edinburgh with an 8 year old. Planning some mother daughter time during October half term, will fly up and use public transport. Planning on staying in a Premier Inn. Initial thoughts are Castle, Zoo, city bus tour and lunch combined with Britannia. Tia

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Ricekrispie22 · 02/03/2019 19:53

Defiantly make time to fit in Dynamic Earth. www.dynamicearth.co.uk
Camera Obscura and World of Illusions www.camera-obscura.co.uk
The Museum of Childhood is great fun. There are lots of hands-on activities and games, including a puppet theatre and dressing up area. Admission is free.
The Witchery Tours are great for children, and aren’t that scary! www.witcherytours.com
Badger and Co is a fun restaurant loosely on Wind in the Willows and has a children’s menu www.badgerandco.com
Coro the Chocolate Cafe is worth a visit.

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Doidontimmm · 15/03/2019 08:03

All of the above, an 8 year old will find them much more fun than the castle & Britannia.

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Wimbledonwomble · 17/03/2019 09:59

Walk to Arthur's seat, Mary Kings Close, National Museum of Scotland is excellent & free, Greyfriars Bobby, walk up Carlton Hill. We stayed at Premier Inn York Place, very central and walkable to most of the main attractions.

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FriendofDorothy · 17/03/2019 20:56

We went last October. The Camera Obscura was brilliant and our kids (age 4 & 5) really enjoyed Brittannia. She would be about the right sort of age for Dynamic Earth - mine wee a bit young.

The best thing was the National Museum of Scotland - so much to see that we went back three times!

It's a fabulous city. Enjoy.

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thaegumathteth · 17/03/2019 20:59

We live locally and my 8 year old loves the museum of Scotland on chambers street

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ruby1234 · 22/03/2019 09:47

Go to the Bank Of Scotland museum - they have £1 million pounds in £20 notes in a huge glass box.
It's free to go in too.

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juneau · 22/03/2019 09:55

Oh I love Edinburgh! Yes, definitely Dynamic Earth, Arthur's Seat (if the weather isn't too wet and windy), National Museum of Scotland, Jenner's, Royal Yacht Britannia, and have a good walk along The Royal Mile and the streets off it - all those little alleyways are quite atmospheric and fun and there are some good independent shops on Cockburn Street. I love Victoria Street too and the Grassmarket (my kids liked eating at Mamma's pizza, which is an American-style restaurant),

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