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Child Friendly Hidden Gems to visit in Edinburgh

Updated: Jan 2

Your Ultimate Guide to exploring off-the-beaten track child friendly locations scattered around Edinburgh.

Whether you're looking to explore the sights of Edinburgh, or discover hidden gems perfect for picnics, this guide will lead you to some of Edinburgh's best-kept secrets, ensuring a memorable and family-friendly experience for all!

Here are some of our favourite hidden gems in Edinburgh which are child friendly, however we do recommend doing your own research, as each child is different.

So grab your walking boots, pack your picnic (or a change of nappies!), and get ready to explore the hidden gems that await you and your little ones in the captivating city!

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1) Dean Village

Dean Village is a spectacular place, offering you the beauty of an outdoor inside Edinburgh. The mixture between building style, architecture, colours, nature, and birds singing really is breathtaking.

The kids will really enjoy the little walk all across the village along the water of leith pathways. The place is open all year long, and you can spend as much time there as you'd like.

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2) Lauriston Castle

Lauriston Castle is definitely one to be visited; even if it's just to walk around, there is a lot of space, fields and beautiful nature which we're sure the kids will love!

The castle itself is not huge from the outside, but it is truly a part of the history. There is also a lovely cafe to have a rest and some food!

Image of Lauriston Castle in Scotland

3) Jupiter Artland

Jupiter Artland is a selection of stunning art installations located in a secluded area – almost like a nature retreat away from the hustle and bustle from Edinburgh. It really is the perfect way to spend a day exploring and admiring the views!

The concept is brilliant and inspired and quite honestly it's a lot more than just the above. There is wildlife and animals to be found and other more sinister taboos, so get exploring!

Image of Jupiter Artland in Scotland

4) The Water of Leith Walkway

You can easily spend the whole morning on The Water of Leith Walkway in Edinburgh, exploring this beautiful and peaceful trail that takes you on a journey through some of the city's most picturesque scenery.

The trail winds along the river, passing through Dean Village and into the heart of Leith. Along the way, you'll encounter historic mills, cool waterfalls, charming old buildings (which give out serious Harry Potter feels), and plenty of opportunities to spot local wildlife!

Image of The Water of Leith Walkway in Scotland

5) Holyrood Park

Holyrood Park is free for visitors and we would say half a day is required to visit this park properly. There is a viewpoint called Arthur's Seat, from which you can enjoy the spectacular views of Edinburgh!

Whilst you're here, you can also visit Holyrood Palace and Edinburgh Parliament.

Image of Holyrood Park in Scotland

6) The Royal Botanic Garden

The Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh is a captivating botanical paradise that leaves visitors enchanted. The meticulously curated gardens showcase a diverse collection of plants, trees, and flowers from around the world.

The Rock Garden, with its alpine plants and cascading waterfalls, is a highlight, while the Glasshouses offer a journey through different climatic zones.

Image of The Royal Botanic Garden in Scotland

We hoped you enjoyed discovering the local finds and less known child friendly hidden gems which are scattered around Edinburgh. We are confident that visiting some of these hidden gems will make your Edinburgh trip even more memorable!

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