Here are some must-sees if you're planning to be in Edinburgh over the summer.
For a balance of the old and the new, be sure to visit Edinburgh. The summer is a great time to come to Scotland, where, during a season of festivals, Scottish cities celebrate in style, adding a traditional twist to their cosmopolitan atmospheres. Families are welcome to explore and experience these vibrant centers of culture, and children and adults alike will find something to enjoy at family-friendly venues.
Edinburgh Fringe Festival
August 3-25, 2008
This huge festival sells out fast, and so do hotels, so make sure to book early (tickets go on sale June 11th) if you want to take part in this fun event. Summer days are long in Scotland, with sunlight lasting until 10 pm. This year, more family-friendly events are available in the Children’s Programs, including youth theater, arts and crafts, music, and more.
Our Dynamic Earth is an exhibition in the center of Edinburgh. Learn about the past, present, and future of our planet, all in one spot. Visitors see everything, from Scotland to the rainforests to the center of the Earth.
One thing you truly can’t miss is Edinburgh Castle. It’s rarely out of sight! Located at the top of the Royal Mile, this Scottish “castle of castles” lies above the city, offering a wonderful view of Edinburgh and a fascinating story of its history.
Located at the top of the Royal Mile, the Camera Obscura and Outlook Tower is right next to the Castle and is a fun stop. While climbing the six stories, stop by the various rooms to see art, photography, optical illusions, and fun hands-on exhibits, such as the live city viewcams you can control. When you reach the top, enjoy the panoramic view of Edinburgh with the free telescopes, and check out the camera obscura demonstrations.
The Balmoral Hotel offers great family packages. For more information on the “Five-Star” programs for children of all ages, visit the site for booking information.
The Inverleith Hotel is a family-run Victorian town house hotel in central Edinburgh. With two family rooms, this spot is great for families. Right next to the Royal Botanical Garden, the hotel is close to the city center and local attractions.
If you’re looking for self-catering accommodation, Fountain Court Apartments are a great option. Cots and high chairs are provided at no extra cost and video games and a selection of children’s DVD’s and books are available at the concierge.
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