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There are endless things to do this Easter in Edinburgh, as well as a variety of events and activities specially designed for kids there are many FREE attractions and tours across the city. There are loads of Family-Friendly Things to do in Edinburgh this Easter, the city is crammed full of fun places to explore and of course, learn. Whether you are into extreme sports, art, science, or walking. Designed to suit all tastes and budgets, there is something for everyone whether you are visiting for a short weekend or week.

From family days out to cultural pursuits, Edinburgh’s top attractions satisfy all tastes, including some of Scotland’s most visited free and paid-for attractions. The city’s backdrop of Arthur’s Seat, the Pentland Hills, and Edinburgh’s Waterfront make the city a remarkable place to visit.

Here Are Our Top 10 Things to Do This Easter in Edinburgh

Take a free tour

Head out on one of the many free tours whether you are a Harry Potter fanatic or just want to learn more about the cities rich historic past there is a free tour for everyone. Click here to see Visit Scotland’s list of tours

Things to Do This Easter in Edinburgh

Free Attractions

The city is crammed full of free attractions. Head to the National Museum of Scotland where you can learn everything from Scottish history to robots. If you are more into art then head to one of the many free art galleries such as the Scottish national portrait gallery or if you are more drawn to the modern touch the pop to the Edinburgh gallery of modern art. Also, check Visit Scotland’s list here.

Things to Do This Easter in Edinburgh

Landmarks & Monuments

Cameras at the ready – we have a lot of monuments and landmarks. Edinburgh is such a photogenic city, with beautiful views, cobbled streets, and historic details around every corner. Each has a fascinating story to tell too, and can, of course, be photographed for free. Our top suggestions are Carlton Hill to see the National Monument, Edinburgh Castle Esplanade, Arthur’s Seat, and the Forth bridges.

Street Food Galore

Edinburgh’s pioneering street food market is located on Pitt Street in Leith which is a short bus or walk from the city center and is crammed full of great food vans and stalls which provide a mix of some of the finest cuisines. As well as great food and bars they also have live music and you can watch rugby matches – kids and dogs welcome. Click here to learn more about upcoming events.

Beer Gardens

Who doesn’t like a cold drink in the sun? Well we can’t guarantee you will have sun it is Scotland after all but there are many great beer gardens across the city. Click here to see This is Edinburgh’s top 10 list 

For Kids

Edinburgh Science Festival

The Science Festival runs 6–21 April 2019 with this year’s theme of Frontiers. Inspired by the 50th anniversary of the Moon landings. There are many activities for kids to get involved in various venues. See their website for more information.

Gorgie City Farm

Gorgie City Farm is a free-entry city farm.  It serves as a unique outdoor resource offering hands-on education and learning opportunities for all our visitors and offers educational tours and workshops for organised groups. Click here for more information. 

The Palace of Holyrood House

Visit the Palace of Holyroodhouse and search for hidden Easter eggs. Learn about the history of the Palace and gardens, solve riddles, and hunt for the eggs to gain a special Easter treat. Get creative and visit the Palace Family Room and make your very own Faberge Egg take home from Monday to Friday at 11:00 – 16:00. All activities are free with a standard admission price. No booking required. Find out more

Edinburgh Castle Puppet Show

Easter is here and the Alba puppets are gearing up for their annual outing. Head to the castle to see incredible views and magic puppeteering. Click here for more information.

Royal Botanic Gardens

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is a highlight of any visit to the Scottish Capital.  A national treasure of Scotland, this spectacular Living Collection is nearly 350 years old.

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