Planning family outings can sometimes feel like a daunting task, especially when you’re trying to cater to the interests and needs of everyone in the group. But worry no more, adventurous parents!  

From historic landmarks to outdoor adventures, there’s something for every member of the family to enjoy. And when it comes to finding the perfect place to stay for your Edinburgh adventure, look no further than Black Ivy. With spacious rooms, luxurious amenities, and a warm, welcoming atmosphere, Black Ivy is the ideal home base for your family-friendly trip to Edinburgh.   

So, pack your bags, gather the kids, and get ready for an unforgettable adventure in Scotland’s capital city! 

Family adventures in Edinburgh 

In Edinburgh, family fun knows no bounds. From its historic castles to its scenic parks, Edinburgh offers a wealth of opportunities for families to create lasting memories together.   

Whether you’re exploring the cobblestone streets of the Old Town or admiring the views from Arthur’s Seat, there’s no shortage of adventures to be had in this vibrant city. 

Kid-friendly attractions in Edinburgh  

When exploring Edinburgh with the family, there’s no shortage of exciting attractions to discover.  

Here are some kid-friendly spots that we love that are sure to entertain both young and old alike: 

Camera Obscura and World of Illusions 

Step into a world of wonder at the Camera Obscura and World of Illusions. With five floors of interactive optical illusions and mind-bending tricks, this attraction promises hours of fun for the whole family. From the head-spinning Vortex Tunnel to the bewildering Mirror Maze and the mind-blowing Shrinking Room, there’s something to delight visitors of all ages.  

Plus, don’t miss the chance to experience the 170-year-old Camera Obscura itself – a truly magical experience for kids and adults alike. 

National Museum of Scotland 

Take a journey through history and culture at the National Museum of Scotland. With exhibits covering everything from the natural world to Scottish history, there’s something for everyone to enjoy under one roof.  

Kids will love exploring the diverse galleries and getting hands-on with interactive displays, making this museum a must-visit for families visiting Edinburgh. 

The Chocolatarium 

The Chocolatarium Edinburgh's Hands-On Chocolate Tour

Are there any sweet tooth in the family? Indulge your sweet tooth at The Chocolatarium, where chocolate lovers of all ages can learn about the art of chocolate making. From discovering the secrets of chocolate production to crafting your own dream chocolate bar to take home, this 90-minute tour is a chocolate lover’s dream come true.  

Plus, with over 40 varieties of chocolate to sample in the Tasting Room, there’s plenty to satisfy even the most discerning palate! 

BobCat Alpacas 

For a unique animal encounter, head to BobCat Alpacas for a visit to an alpaca farm. With options for guided tours and hands-on experiences, kids will love getting up close and personal with these adorable creatures.  

Just be sure to book your visit in advance, as weekends tend to fill up quickly. 

Edinburgh Zoo 

For a wild adventure, spend a day at Edinburgh Zoo, home to over 1,000 rare and endangered animals. From chimpanzees to sun bears to the UK’s only koalas, there’s plenty to see and explore at this sprawling zoo. With educational events, hands-on animal encounters, and plenty of play areas, Edinburgh Zoo promises a day of fun for the whole family. 

Edinburgh iCentre 

And for all your travel needs, stop by the Edinburgh iCentre on the High Street. From booking tours to purchasing transport passes to finding the latest information on events and festivals, the friendly staff here are ready to help you make the most of your time in Edinburgh. Plus, don’t forget to browse the gift shop for quality Scottish souvenirs to remember your trip by.   

With so many kid-friendly attractions to explore in Edinburgh, your family is sure to have an unforgettable adventure in this vibrant city.  

Best family activities in Edinburgh 

When it comes to family-friendly activities in Edinburgh, there’s no shortage of exciting adventures to embark on. Here are some of the best activities that promise fun for the whole family: 

Museum of childhood in Edinburgh 

Museum of childhood in Edinburgh 

Step back in time at Edinburgh’s Museum of Childhood, the world’s first museum dedicated to childhood. Located on the Royal Mile, this enchanting museum showcases a fascinating collection of toys and games that have kept kids entertained for generations.  

From vintage dolls to classic board games, there’s something to delight visitors of all ages. Parents will be equally spellbound as they take a nostalgic trip down memory lane, making this museum a must-visit for families exploring Edinburgh. 

Dynamic Earth 

For a hands-on science experience, head to Dynamic Earth, a science center that offers 35 workshops and learning programs for kids. This interactive museum takes visitors on a journey back billions of years, with exhibits that explore the Earth’s history, from the Big Bang to the present day.  

Kids can step into a time machine, witness the birth of the universe, and even explore the depths of space from the bridge of a spaceship through the Hubble telescope. With its immersive exhibits and engaging activities, Dynamic Earth is sure to ignite a passion for science in visitors of all ages. 

Water of Leith Walkway 

For a scenic outdoor adventure, explore the Water of Leith Walkway as it winds its way through Edinburgh’s Stockbridge and Dean Village neighbourhoods. This picturesque route follows the river as it spills into the Firth of Forth, offering stunning views of the surrounding landscape.  

Keep an eye out for wildlife along the way – you might spot a great spotted woodpecker or a heron, and if you’re lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of an otter or badger. With over 12 miles of trails to explore, the Water of Leith Walkway is the perfect destination for a family hike or bike ride. 

Edinburgh Old Town 

For older kids with a taste for adventure, a spooky walk-through Edinburgh’s Old Town is sure to thrill. Costumed guides lead visitors on a journey back to the 17th century, exploring underground townhouses and sharing stories of the people who once lived there. From tales of witchcraft to stories of plague doctors, these guided walks offer a fascinating glimpse into Edinburgh’s dark and mysterious past.   

So, gather the family, put on your walking shoes, and prepare to be transported back in time on an unforgettable adventure through Edinburgh’s Old Town. 

Making memories in Edinburgh 

Making memories with family and friends in Edinburgh is an experience like no other. From exploring historic landmarks to indulging in delicious cuisine, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in this vibrant city. And when it comes to finding the perfect place to stay for your Edinburgh adventure, look no further than Black Ivy.   

We offer the perfect blend of comfort, luxury, and convenience for families. With spacious rooms that provide ample space for everyone to relax and unwind, our boutique hotel is the ideal home away from home for your family getaway. Plus, with luxurious amenities and a warm, welcoming atmosphere, you’ll feel right at home from the moment you arrive! 

But the perks of staying at Black Ivy extend beyond the hotel itself. Our prime location puts you within easy reach of all the city’s top attractions, making it easy to explore everything Edinburgh has to offer. Whether you’re strolling through the cobblestone streets of the Old Town or admiring the views from Arthur’s Seat, you’ll love being just steps away from all the action.  

And when it’s time to refuel after a day of adventure, Black Ivy has you covered with our delicious menu and drinks selection. From hearty breakfasts to mouthwatering dinners, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at our onsite restaurant. And not to mention, with our scenic outdoor terrace, you can soak up the stunning views of the city while you dine al fresco with family and friends.   

So why wait? Start planning your family adventure in Edinburgh today and make memories that will last a lifetime at Black Ivy. 

Book your stay with us today and get ready for an unforgettable journey through Scotland’s capital city!