Experience what Edinburgh has to offer

From the birth place of Harry Potter to the fantastic beasts at Edinburgh Zoo, the Scottish capital is a great city for families of all ages to explore. We would like to give you our list of top five places to visit with your family during your stay in Edinburgh. Booking yourself in to our family-friendly KM Apartments bases you in the city centre, within walking distance of the Royal Mile and with great bus links to all the attractions we recommend.

Edinburgh Zoo
Home to over 1,000 rare and endangered animals, this is one of Scotland’s most popular attractions. From chimps to creepy crawlies and everything in between (including the UK’s only giant pandas), this is a must for any visit to Edinburgh. We would recommend the famous penguin parade that takes place at 14:15 every day, along with the host of other daily talks. If your little monkeys need to burn off some excess energy, there are a few great play parks scattered around the zoo too. Whether you bring a picnic or eat at one of the fantastic restaurants, you can make a day of it.
View Website
Camera Obscura & World of Illusions
Standing next to Edinburgh Castle is an old Victorian tower that is home to one of Edinburgh’s most interactive and engaging attractions. Filled with illusions that will blow your mind, along with great fun family photo opportunities, Camera Obscura has plenty to keep all ages entertained for hours. See if you can keep your balance through the vortex tunnel, find your way out of the mirror maze and turn the kids into giants. At the top of the tower you will see crystal clear images of Edinburgh projected into the room, using Victorian ‘state of the art’ technology.
View Website
National Museum of Scotland
From a giant T.Rex skeleton to meteorites that fell from space, this huge (and free) museum is a gem of a family attraction. With a wide range of exhibits covering the natural world, science and technology, and world cultures, there is something for everyone here. Kids can be kept busy for hours unearthing dinosaur fossils, racing a Formula 1 car and dressing up in historic clothing. The short-term touring exhibitions can be well worth a visit, extra charges may apply. And, before you leave, make sure you take a trip to the roof terrace for breathtaking panoramic views of Edinburgh.
View Website
Dynamic Earth
Nestled in the shadows of Arthur’s Seat sits Edinburgh’s very own natural science museum. Dynamic Earth allows you to travel back in time to the Big Bang and experience the forces of nature as they shaped our planet. Make sure you hold on tight as the ground underneath shudders from an exploding volcano, touch an iceberg and become immersed in a 360⁰ cinema experience. A popular place for school groups to visit, this place is built for kids. There is so much for them to see and do that they won’t want to leave!
View Website
The Potter Trail
Wizards, witches and muggles won’t want to miss this award-winning (and free) magical tour that will take you to all the sites around Edinburgh that inspired JK Rowling as she conjured up the world of Harry Potter. You will see the café where she wrote the very first book, see where Lord Voldemort is buried and walk down the street that inspired Diagon Alley. A hugely entertaining 90-minute tour, this is the ultimate ‘must do’ for any Potter fan. Some tours even include a spot of real life magic, check online first when planning your trip. No booking necessary.
View Website