Edinburgh Recommends: Top family attractions

Camera Obscura. Picture: Ian Georgeson
Camera Obscura. Picture: Ian Georgeson
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Guide books are useful for visitors, but for locals it’s word of mouth that gives you the most reliable information.

As part of our new feature, we will be asking you to recommend your favourite places in the city centre.

We will publish the best of them in the paper every Friday with the top recommendation winning dinner for two, tickets to a show or attraction and £40 of shopping vouchers. Not bad for just telling us what you like!

Each week, in association with This Is Edinburgh – the new campaign that highlights the huge offer in Edinburgh city centre – we will choose a new category and ask for your recommendation. All we need is around 50 words and you can add a picture if you like.

We will also be asking for submissions through our website – edinburghnews.com – and our Facebook and Twitter pages. We want your comments on what others say

So get recommending!

YOU JUST CAN’T TRUMP A VISIT TO OBSCURA

Kathryn MacKinnon e-mailed recommends@edinburghnews.com: “Camera Obscura is a definite do-not-miss rain or shine attraction for all the family! We took our four and one-year-old along with a 60-year-old visitor and had a ball. You can’t argue with the hilarity that a farting chain induces! Educational and extremely fun.”

DESIRABLE DUNGEON IS NO HORROR SHOW

Nicola Dowling: “Edinburgh Dungeon, it’s a great way to learn all about local history in an extremely fun interactive way. Definitely something the whole family can enjoy.”

GLORIOUS GARDENS

Shirley Adams: “The best family attraction for me was on lovely summer days, taking a picnic to Princes Street Gardens with my three children and them having fun at the children’s play area.”

ALL ABOARD FOR MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR

Anne Lawrie: “The bus tours are brilliant! They take you to places you haven’t noticed before or didn’t even know about. The children love sitting upstairs and you can hop on and off all day whenever you see something you want to explore more thoroughly. Something for everyone.”

NATIONAL TREASURE HAS GOT IT ALL

Gillian Sproule: “The National Museum in Chambers Street without a doubt.”

OUTDOORS OR INDOORS IS NO BOTHER

Beth Thomas: “The Royal Botanic Garden is my favourite place to go with my husband and our children, stunning and a must visit. In the city centre, the Museum of Childhood is a favourite too – in fact the Royal Mile in its entirety, I love just a lovely walk taking in Edinburgh’s history and stunning buildings.”

GREAT DAY OUT IS NO ILLUSION

Louise Carlisle: “Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, so much to do for all ages and Tesco days-out vouchers are accepted. We love going there, then head down the High Street to the Museum of Childhood. It’s fab.”

HOURS OF FUN TO KEEP KIDS AMUSED

Ellen Monteith: “The National Musuem because it’s free and has three floors of entertaining things, there’s kids play and dress-up and an arts and craft room. There is also a big room that you can bring your own packed lunch and sit and eat it in. You could spend a good few hours there and not get board.”

TAKE A TRIP BACK IN TIME

Sam Potts: “The Museum of Childhood, something for everyone of all ages to enjoy.”

TORN BETWEEN TWO FAMILY FAVOURITES

Claire Darragh: “I’m torn between the Camera Obscura (probably go a few times) and the Museum of Scotland (keep going back).”

SOMETHING SPECIAL FOR ALL BUDGETS

Julie Logan: “When I’m skint, museum very interesting, educational and it’s free. When I’m flush, Dynamic Earth is also educational and interesting.”