Things to do in Edinburgh with Kids

Want to know which cities make the best playgrounds for kids, but also give grown ups a chance to get a foodie or cultural fix? We’ve teamed up with our family travel blogging friends this week to share some tried and tested destinations. Pick the right city, buy them an ice cream and you might just be able to squeeze in one of those pre kid romantic city break moments too…

Five Family City Breaks from the Space in Your Case archives:

London has loads of fun things to do with the kids. So many, in fact, that choosing five is pretty hard. But here at Space In Your Case, we’re all about doing that helpful edit that will make life easier for you when you’ve visiting somewhere. So with that in mind, here are our favourites, see below for some alternative gems too.

Bologna may not be the first place you think to visit when you plan a visit to Italy, but what few people realise is it is the foodies’ paradise of the country. Child friendly, warm Italian welcomes are also exactly what you need when taking a city break with kids. Bologna also has lots to keep children entertained, as Penny discovered on a weekend break courtesy of Bolgona Welcome.

Cardiff Bay is beautiful, from the bay itself, to the stunning range of architecture, to the imaginative sculpture, plaques and poetry. It also has an indoor hands on science centre, Techniquest, World of Boats and the Doctor Who Experience. Penny spent the day exploring all that Cardiff Bay has to offer families.

Edinburgh is such a great city for family breaks; compact, easy to navigate, bursting with history, incredible attractions and museums. You are spoilt for choice for great places to eat and there are plenty of open spaces for kids to run free. Penny shares her three day Edinburgh family break itinerary.  No need to stress over planning your visit to Edinburgh – history, culture, family friendly shopping, cultural cake stops  – it’s all covered and fully tested by a real family.

Zürich might top a lot of ‘best places to live’ charts but it’s not often a city that people consider for a holiday. Known predominantly for its banking community and its airport’s proximity to some of the fanciest ski resorts in Europe, it’s also a place that can make for a great few days away with children. Rachel from The Ordinary Lovely shared her 5 things to do in Zürich with kids.

Brighton has everything.  It’s traditional seaside, mixed with the urban coolness of a city much larger than itself.  It’s got a bustling nightlife, some brilliant eateries, yet it also really child friendly too. Katie took a trip to Brighton with kids.


More Family City Break Inspiration:

For more city break inspiration, why not check out these amazing city break posts from some of our family travel blogger friends:

Nell Heshram will revisit Oslo, one of her favourite cities, this summer. On her blog the Pigeon Pair and Me she’s put together a round-up of the top family-friendly museums in the Norwegian capital.
Samantha from North East Family Fun has visited Barcelona on numerous occasions with her three children and highly recommends the Catalonian capital as a fantastic city to visit with the kids. Did you know that Barcelona is one of the few cities in the world with it’s very own beach? Find out why Samantha rates Barcelona so highly and recommends as the perfect option for a family city break here.
Emma from A Bavarian Sojourn is well qualified to recommend a family trip to Munich having lived there up until recently for the past five years. This city is surprisingly child friendly, and really does have something for everyone. Explore Munich’s green spaces (look out for the surfers in the Englischer Gartens!), visit a local museum, swim in a nearby crystal clear lake, or explore the biggest science museum in the world. Emma’s list of things to do and see here goes on (and on)…
Parentshaped shares a treasure hunt in Amsterdam, for this family travel carnival, a city packed with invitations to play and new things to discover and learn as a family.
Lisa from Travel Loving Family shares her five must see sights in the capital of Madeira, Funchal. Her recommendations include a scenic cable car ride to a view point at an incredible 1,800 feet overlooking the whole island, a thrilling toboggan ride in a wicker basket and a visit to Blandy’s Wine Lodge to taste the famous Madeira wine.
With three hundred days of sunshine, six theme parks and miles and miles of golden sandy beaches, Jane Batt from Taking 5 says you should definitely consider Benidorm when planning your next family holiday. Pop over to Taking 5 and have a look at Jane’s recommendations for what to do and where to stay in Benidorm as well as her family’s top ten Benidorm activities.
Daisy over at Dais Like These Family Travel Blog shares a few ideas on how to keep kids entertained during 24 hours in Bruges, Belgium.
Ting from My Travel Monkey spent a week exploring snow covered Iceland and discovered there was so much to see and do in Reykyavik – even for young children…
If you have visited all of the bigger London icons and are looking for Alternative things to do, hop over to Like Love Do. Donna shares 10 hidden gems in London
Check out POD Travels if you’re looking to visit Berlin in the near future. Charly shares the top 30 places to visit with kids and where you can explore without them. With posts on the Berlin Wall, East Side Gallery and Wall Museum, a round up of the top Christmas markets in the city and a look at the Berlin street art scene, there’s more than enough to keep you occupied
If you are planning to visit the UK during your European break, Zena talks about why her family loved their visit to Liverpool and why it’s worth visiting if your looking for a vibrant and cultural city outside of London.
Pop over to Mums do travel to find out why Gretta Schifano and her teenage daughter think that Belfast is a great place for a family city break.
Susanna from A Modern Mother tells us the 12 reasons that families should visit Costa Barcelona.