Famed for its iconic architecture, buzzing nightlife and rich literary heritage, Edinburgh has long been a magnet for tourists looking for a getaway north of the border. But whilst ‘Auld Reekie’ may be most often associated with history, universities and whisky, Edinburgh is in fact the perfect location for a family holiday, whether it be a weekend city break or a full-fledged staycation. If you’re thinking of taking a family-friendly trip in the UK this year, Edinburgh could be just the ticket – let’s find out why:
Beautiful landscapes and scenery
Combining the best of both rural and urban living, Edinburgh is one of the greenest cities in the UK, with around 49.2% of its total area made up of green space. If you’re thinking of exploring the great outdoors and soaking up some stunning natural views with the family, Edinburgh has plenty of beautiful scenery to take in. From gazing across the city from Edinburgh Castle to visiting the amazing Jupiter Artland and so much more, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
You can reach Edinburgh quickly and easily by train from Glasgow, London and Leeds, so it won’t take long to get away from it all. In and around the city, you’ll find notable natural landmarks such as the world-famous Arthur’s Seat and a variety of hiking trails suited to every age and ability.
Top family destination in the UK
Praised for its safety, welcoming locals and abundance of family-friendly attractions, Auld Reekie has been named the best family-friendly travel destination in the UK. Edinburgh boats more child-friendly tourist attractions than any other British city except London, with 12.23% of its attractions rated as ‘good for kids’ and 7.56% of its restaurants rated as ‘child-friendly’.
Rich history and tradition
Edinburgh is famous for its soot-blackened buildings and cobbled streets, which summon a tangible sense of history and tradition that’s sure to perk the interest of the kids. With charming historic treasures like Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile and Greyfriars Bobby waiting to be seen and experienced, you can turn your trip away into an educational experience for the younger ones.
Places to eat and drink aplenty! (and great locals)
Edinburgh is packed with restaurants, bars and historic pubs where you can find world-class food and drink to suit you and the nippers down to the ground. Whether you choose to soak up some live folk music at Sandy Bell’s or keep the kids happy at The Storytelling Cafe or Toots Play Cafe, you and the family are sure to get your fill in Auld Reekie. The city is also famed for its welcoming people and quality service, so you should feel right at home from the moment you arrive.