With its medieval castle and haunted vaults, spectacular holiday celebrations and world-famous summer festivals, Edinburgh could capture the attention of even the most hard-to-amuse traveler and there are few better cities for a family getaway. Whether you’ve got toddlers in tow or teenagers in need of entertaining, there are plenty of amazing things to do with kids in Edinburgh – here are some ideas.
The UNESCO-listed Scottish capital might be one of Europe’s most beautiful cities, but it’s also notoriously one of its wettest, with an average 191 days of rain each year. You might want to pack an umbrella, but don’t let the drizzly weather put you off sightseeing – there are plenty of fun ways to spend a rainy day in Edinburgh. Here are a few ideas.
With spectacular window displays and illuminations, later opening times and streetside vendors selling mulled wine and roasted chestnuts, Christmas is the most atmospheric time to enjoy shopping in Edinburgh and whether you’re searching for the perfect gift or looking to sample some delicious seasonal treats, there’s no better way to soak up the Christmas spirit.
With the recent referendum over Scottish independence making headlines around the world (for those who missed it, the Scottish people voted to remain part of the United Kingdom), the Scottish government has found itself thrust into the spotlight and the Scottish Parliament building in Edinburgh has been at the center of the action. As the first official, purpose built home of the Scottish government, the Parliament building was seen by many as the first step towards Scottish independence and since it opened its doors back in 2004, it’s welcomed over 2 million visitors.
Scottish cuisine is hardly renowned for its decadent desserts, but don’t be fooled by its whisky-drinking and haggis-eating reputation – Edinburgh also nurtures a seriously sweet tooth and the city is full of candy stores, bakeries and cafes.