Edinburgh Guide: Royal Mile Child Style
The Royal Mile is not just a typical tourist destination, but a street full of great wee places for you to explore with your family.
Here at ClicketKids we'd like you to see The Royal Mile in a new, child-friendly light. We’ve created a Royal Mile Child Style trail for you to follow up or down the High Street and listed some things to look out for along the way, so keep your eyes peeled.
So gather up the troops and explore Edinburgh with the family.
The Queen's Gallery
At the bottom of the mile, this gallery offers lots of activities for children and families. There are activity bags available at the entrance and interactive e-pods to play with throughout the exhibition. You can also download activity sheets from their website to keep your kids entertained at home. At the end of your visit, don’t forget to ask a Warden to stamp your ticket and convert it into a 1-Year Pass so you can visit again for free.
If you’re feeling peckish already then the Cafe at the Palace serve drinks, light snacks and lunches.
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Museum of Edinburgh
Fly over the city at the refurbished Museum of Edinburgh. Their latest attraction, Foundation Edinburgh, is a 17-minute-film that unfolds the history of the city at your feet. You’ll see Arthurs Seat erupt, meet the city’s first settlers, watch the battles for the castle and meet the famous wee dog Greyfriars Bobby.
No need to book beforehand, just turn up and buy your tickets on the door. There is a family pass for £10 (two adults & two children, or one adult & three children). Otherwise its £4 per adult, £3 concession and £2 per child.
Make sure you explore the museum upstairs and take a trip to the Learning Space where you can try on different costumes and get creative. We've also created a photo trail to help you get the best out of the exhibition. Start the trail here.
Museum of Childhood
This museum has a wonderful collection of games and toys that date from the late 20th century onwards. You can see what school and home life was like through the ages. Kids will love seeing all the different toys and it will be a trip down memory lane for adults. There are activities to busy yourselves with, a dress-up area and a puppet show to keep you entertained throughout your visit.
There are also drop in activities at the weekend. Go to the venue page to see what activities are coming up.
The Camera Obscura is a great place to spend time with the family as you can all enjoy the optical illusisons, light shows and the magic gallery. There are also fantastic views across the city
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Can you spot?
The Royal mile is full of wee treasures that you can easily walk right past. As you walk up (or down) the mile, keep a look out for these objects and places of interest along the way. The kids will love trying to hunt them down.
The Witches Well at the entrance to the Castle Esplanade? It’s a tricky one to find to keep your eyes pealed.
Robert Burn’s Plaque in the Lawnmarket?
The golden bird perched on Gladstones Land?
The Well Heads? Until 1820 these stone wellheads were the only place that thousands of people living in the Old Town could access water. It’s an important landmark to notice.
The Old Tolbooth Prison in Parliament Square? Keep an eye out for the brass plates embedded in the cobbles.
We'd love to see what other treasures you come across on The Royal Mile. Take a picture and tweet it to @ClicketKids and we'll add it too the list.
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