It may surprise some people to know that Edinburgh is the second most visited city in the United Kingdom behind London. However, when you consider everything the Scottish capital has to offer it may seem less surprising than first thought. Edinburgh’s popularity stems from its reputation as a versatile city that can accommodate every group of people from the city night-crawlers looking for a memorable weekend to families looking to spend some quality time together. If you do happen to find yourself in the fortunate position of having the family together in Edinburgh then you are guaranteed to have a memorable experience. Here are a few things you and your family can do together when you stay at one of our Family Apartments.
The Royal Yacht Britannia
First launched on the 16th of April 1953 the Royal Yacht Britannia served the British Royal Family for over 44 years travelling over a million miles to every corner of the globe. On its voyages the yacht was host to various royal receptions, extravagant dinners with notable guests, royal honeymoons and more. Now permanently docked at Leith harbour in Edinburgh, the Royal Yacht has opened its doors to members of the public with an unforgettable tour that offers an insight into how Her Majesty lived at sea with her family. At modest prices this is a fun day out for the entire family to visit the most famous ship in the world.
Museum of Childhood
This museum really does have something for everyone with its enormous collection of over 220,000 children’s toys hundreds of years old with the oldest dating back as far as 1740. The museum takes you chronologically through the decades showing the progression of childhood entertainment throughout history to the present day. Children can enjoy an huge array of toys to play with while their parents can reminisce in their own childhood memories.
Do the little ones love animals and all things wildlife? Take them on a hands-on journey through Gorgie City Farm and safely introduce them to all manner of animals including chickens, ducks, cattle, pigs, sheep, goats and more. Gorgie Farm is a charity supported by the local community that aims to educate Edinburgh’s young population about the world of animals and their environment. It is a family oriented organisation offering a memorable day out with the kids free of charge.
For the more active children among us or for those who wish to make certain (for once) that their children have a long sound sleep, Ryze trampoline park in Edinburgh is the place to be. With a 19,000 sq ft floor made up solely of trampolines, foam pits and launching decks this experience is sure to etch itself in your children’s memories. If you can only think of what safety risks are present in a populated trampoline park then we do not blame you. A Kids Zone is available for 2 - 6-year-olds to enjoy without fear of be trampled by the older visitors. If your children exceed this age then there are classes taken by an instructor for all ages to attend.
Scottish Story Telling Centre
This arts venue allows families to experience Scotland’s rich storytelling heritage through various live story readings, theatre and music productions, exhibitions and festivals. Scotland’s literary characters are always making an appearance at this venue and introducing kids to their stories through every storytelling medium. Meet the likes of Grey Friar’s Bobby, Oor Wullie, Wee Willie Winkie and follow them through their literary journeys while simultaneously developing your own story telling abilities.