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Free Days Out in Edinburgh With Children

Free Days Out in Edinburgh With Children

Four children does not equate to cheap days out. The zoo alone would cost us as a family £60- for one day. However, we have found out and about round Edinburgh there are many great places to go with children, that will not cost a penny (well perhaps parking- Edinburgh council doesn’t seem to like visitors, so charge a small fortune to park- but that’s a rant for another day!)

    1. Botanical Gardens The Botanics are great for walking, running and picnicing. They are free, except the glasshouses. Parking is free on the streets outside at the weekend. Keep an eye on their website (or Like them on Facebook) as they often have activities for children in the John Hope Gateway building. Last time we were there they had free storytelling sessions, inside a Bedouin Tent. I am a fan of anywhere the boys can run about, without fear of them running onto roads, so the Botanics fits the bill. There is also a duck pond. Note, dogs are not allowed in the park.
    2. Arthurs Seat Edinburgh’s very own mini-mountain, the extinct volcano Arthur’s Seat is great for children. There are various places to park around the hill. You can easily loose yourself on the gentle slopes, and have lots of adventures. If you are feeling fit, it is a small enough hill that even young children can hike to the summit- something that fills a child with a sense of achievement.
    3. Edinburgh’s Museums The National Museum of Scotland has recently reopened after an extensive refurbishment, and it is stunning. There are hands on activities and displays for children. The space if open and inviting. It is well worth a visit. The only negative is parking- or the lack of it! Also near by is the Museum of Childhood, on the historic Royal Mile. I remember loving it as a child, however the old building it is housed in does not lend itself to buggies.
    4. Cramond Parking at old Cramond Kirk and walk down to the sea front. There is a lovely promenade to walk along, and a beach. Check the notice board for tide times, as at low tide you can walk the half mile out to Cramond Island.
    5. Gorgie City Farm This is a fantastic inner city project. This small farm allows easy access to farm animals and vegetable growing to children from the city. It is a charity project, so a donation would be gratefully received. The farm has sheep, pigs, chickens, and a pet corner. There is also a play area for children.

    Something that has surprised me as a mother is the best days out we have had have been free. Edinburgh is no different from many other cities- well apart from the extinct volcano in the center! There are great places to take children in every city, that are free, and will give your children fantastic memories.

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