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Edinburgh is a city to beat all others; stunning and compact, it’s easy to walk around its cobbled streets, set against a backdrop of mountains and the sea. Famous for its castle and the Edinburgh International Festival and the Fringe (the world’s largest international arts festival), there are plenty of other attractions and events throughout the year to keep you happy.

Start with Edinburgh Castle, strategically positioned to look over the city (and apparently built on the site of an extinct volcano!) its history is over 1000 years old. Enter the castle for a glimpse of the Crown Jewels and the Stone of Destiny before heading out for a stomp around Arthur’s Seat, which has commanding views.

The Royal Mile is a must, with great shopping and a couple of museums thrown in for good measure; try the Museum of Childhood and get all teary-eyed with nostalgia or head to the Edinburgh Museum to learn more about this city.

Craigmillar Castle is perfect for stirring the imagination, fantastic ruins that you can explore from head to toe. Edinburgh Zoo is a family favorite for budding naturalists or for more space to relax in, try out the Princess Street Gardens, Royal Botanic Gardens or Hollyrood Palace, a 16th century castle with abbey tours.

A good way to see the city and keep young minds interested is to go on a walking tour, combine it with spooky elements and you’re on to a winner but possibly leave it for the brave-hearted.

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National Museum of Scotland

The history of Scotland presented in one excellent venue catering to everyone from tots up.

Edinburgh Zoo

A conservation-minded zoo where all ages can learn about koalas and other wildlife, cuddly and otherwise.