Edinburgh in March

EdinburghMarch sees the start of the two-week Science Festival in Edinburgh, making it the ideal time to visit with older children. Alongside the festival, you'll find excellent attractions, activities and entertainment.

In a nutshell

  • Will suit: families with children of all ages
  • Flying time: flights from UK airports to Edinburgh Airport are usually less than an hour
  • Time difference: none
  • Average temperature: 2-11˚C
  • Tourist information: Edinburgh Information Centre, Princes Mall, 3 Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 2QP or phone 0131 473 3868

How to get there

  • Flights are regularly scheduled from many UK airports.
  • Rail and bus services will take you into the city centre. For travel information visit travelinescotland.com.

Where to stay

  • Hotel website laterooms.com has 400 hotels to choose from in the city, to suit all tastes and budgets.
  • Mumsnet partner Cottages4You has cottages within the city and surrounding area, which are ideal for larger families or those who want a more 'home-from-home' experience. Mumsnetters receive discounts when booking via this link

What to do

  • Edinburgh International Science Festival offers interactive experiments, talks and much more for all ages. To celebrate its 25th festival in 2013, the Edinburgh Science Festival is looking to the future with a special series of events that sees scientists, technologists, artists, designers and futurists ask what the next 25 years might have in store.
  • You can't miss out on a visit to Edinburgh Castle
  • National Museum of Scotland is free and has great sections for children.
  • Camera Obscura has lots of optical illusions and a great panoramic view.
  • An open top bus tour is a good way to see the city and rest weary legs at the same time.
  • For teenagers (and brave parents) a ghost walk is a fun way to spend an evening. 
  • Climb the extinct volcano that forms Arthur's Seat and take in fabulous views across the city and beyond.

Top tips

  • If you plan to see lots of attractions, pick up the Edinburgh Pass. It's a great way to see all that the city has to offer and it will save you money and time. You get free entry to a huge choice of attractions, as well as many special offers, and a free Airlink return from the airport.
  • The Edinburgh Farmers' Market is open on Saturday mornings and is a lovely way to start your weekend.

What Mumsnetters say about holidays in Edinburgh

  • Edinburgh Zoo is known for its penguin parade (so worth timing to coincide if you can - I reckon kids would love it). You can get the 26 bus from Princes Street (the main shopping street) to the zoo, but there may be better ones. Lothian busses has a website with all its routes. Queenofplaids
  • Henderson's on Hanover Street is a lovely vegetarian cafe that serves child-sized portions of soup and baked potatoes. My son especially loves their pizza. theoriginalandbestrookie
  • The National Museum of Scotland on Chamber Street is fantastic and free, you could easily spend half a day there. There's a great big play park on the Meadows and the Museum of Childhood on the Royal Mile is also free and worth a visit. pizzaqueen

Last updated: about 3 years ago