City breaks with the kids can be tough to get right. It’s unlikely that young ones are going to be up for ‘culture breaks’ or schlepping around the sights from dusk until dawn. However, don’t be put off travelling with the children. It’s wonderful to be able to introduce little explorers to new places – just think carefully about your planned itinerary.

Edinburgh is a great choice of city for families, with a wealth of family friendly attractions to keep everyone happy. You’ll also find fantastic budget family accommodation in the city. Check out the Travelodge website for cheap rooms in Edinburgh that accommodate four in one room (double bed, plus sofa bed).

Take a look at including the following attractions for all ages in your itinerary, and you can be sure of a fantastic city break stay without tears or tantrums from any member of the family! 

Camera Obscura and World of Illusions
This amazing attraction is something that all ages can enjoy, with illusion, amazing light shows and a wealth of amusing attractions. Be sure to take your camera to capture some fantastic light and colour shots, and expect everyone, young and old, to have a really great time.You’ll also be treated to panoramic views of the city from the rooftop terrace.

Gilmerton Cove
This curious archaeological wonder is sure to intrigue family members of all ages. Consisting of a labyrinth of underground caves and tunnels, the origins of this spooky mystery are yet to be uncovered!

Princes Street Gardens
The beating heart of Edinburgh city centre, the Princes Street Gardens are a joy. Surrounding the infamous Edinburgh castle, these impeccable gardens are an oasis of calm in a bustling city. Until you get to the kid’s play area of course!

Edinburgh Castle
Little princesses and knights will love a visit to Edinburgh castle as much as mum and dad, and Edinburgh is one of the UK’s finest. With free guided tours every ten minutes it’s a fantastic opportunity to brush up on your Scottish history. If that sounds too full on for your kids, they’re still sure to love the firing of the canon at 1pm, the Scottish crown jewels and the Stone of Destiny.

Royal Yacht Britannia
This vast floating palace is sure to hold the interest of all ages, from boat loving kids to oldies intrigued to see its elegant apartments and stunning Royal Deck tea room. Adults can take the audio tour if they wish.

Arthur’s Seat
Arthur’s Seat is a hill gorge offering stunning views of the city, however, it can be quite a walk for little legs. Why not hire bikes and cycle it instead? Little ones can go in trailers and enjoy the ride while you enjoy the views (and get some exercise!) – everyone’s happy!

City breaks with the kids don’t have to be all play centres and playgrounds. It’s perfectly possible to keep all ages happy on a trip to Edinburgh – just plan your itinerary carefully for an amazing family trip in the Scottish capital.