Charming Edinburgh City Victorian Villa
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Also located in Edinburgh is Lauriston Castle, which was kindly gifted to Scotland by the last owners to live there, the Reid Family, back in 1926. The Castle is more of a grand mansion, built in the 19th century around a 16th century tower house. The interior has been left in its Edwardian style as the Reids decorated and furnished the mansion. The grounds are magnificent and fun for picnics with its 30 acres of parkland, formal gardens, Japanese garden and lawns, all with magnificent views over the Firth of Forth. If you're visiting in September children highly enjoy hunting for conkers among the many horse chestnut trees. The grounds are free and so is the parking,  there is an admission charge to enter the castle for the tour. As of September 2009 a family ticket (2 adults and 3 children) costs £12.50.  Older kids will enjoy the tour, there's a secret room, false doors and much to see!

Check out Edinburgh councils lauriston webpage for tour times.

This is a 10 minute drive from Edinburgh Villa or catch the No.24 bus that says Edinburgh Park. This stops at Lauriston Castle.

Visiting Edinburgh with Children - What to do,where to go & recommended child friendly pubs for drinks and food!
Our Edinburgh Holiday House is ideal for children. The Villa is located within walking distance of the zoo, parks and a family friendly lovely pubs and hotels.
Train Journeys (Scotrail currently have Family Weekends where children travel free!)

For something unusual Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway hosts special events all through the year. Bo'ness is a short drive from Edinburgh Villa, there are also buses to Bo'ness or take a Train.

Thomas the Train lovers will thoroughly enjoy the 'Day out with Thomas the Train' event - Check their calendar for schedule information on this and other events at Fathers Day, Christmas, Easter and Halloween.


Visit their Scottish Railway Exhibition open between April and October
and explore 100 years of Railway history while you are there.

The Edinburgh 'Gruesome' bus tour is aimed to attract families with children who may enjoy gorey stories from Edinburghs past. The 55 minute tour from Waverley bridge includes realistic sound effects adapted from the popular Terry Deary books, famous for the 'Horrible Histories' series.

Brass Rubbing at the Edinburgh Brass Rubbing Centre in the Trinity Apse (just off the Royal Mile). This center is located in the only surviving section of the 15th century Trinity College church and hospital. Here you'll find a nice selection of replicated monumental brasses. Admission is free, there is a small charge for rubbings. Open April to September. Shop with gifts. One short bus journey from Edinburgh Villa!

Deep Sea World is located near the Forth Road Bridge and about a 20 minute drive from Edinburgh Villa. This underwater experience is home to the worlds largest underwater viewing tunnel. Events are held throughout the year.

The Scottish Storytelling Centre is situated on the Royal Mile and offers a fine selection of family entertainment throughout the year with storytelling, theatre and literature. The Centre includes John Knox House, the Netherbow Theatre, the George Mackay Brown Library and the Storytelling Café.  Seasonal events include Yulefests, Robert Burns nights and storytelling Ceilidhs.

Dynamic Earth A journey of discovery and exploration near the Salisbury Crags, Palace of Holyroodhouse and the Scottish Parliament.

Bo'Ness Special Event
The 246 in Morayshire. Thanks to the SRPS for providing the images!
Link to Edinburgh Butterfly and Insect World
Edinburgh Butterfly and Insect World.
Brass Rubbing at a 15th Century Church located just off the Royal Mile.
Edinburgh Merry Go Round - Princes Street Gardens
Lauriston Castle in Edinburgh
The Royal Edinburgh Bus Ticket costs £40 for an Adult and £20 for a child and includes admission into Edinburgh Castle,  The Palace of Holyroodhouse, The Royal Yacht Britannia, and 2 Days unlimited travel on the Major Edinburgh Tour Buses.
Edinburgh Playhouse often has great theatre for kids. Ideally you can get the tram from our Edinburgh Villa almost to the door of the Edinburgh Playhouse!

Edinburgh Self Catering & Holiday Accommodation - travelling with children
A favourite train trip of ours is to the seaside town of North Berwick. Lovely beaches, tidal pool, Scottish seabird centre.

North Berwick is an enjoyable 30 minute train journey through lovely countryside to the beach, magnificent views!

The Bass Rock seen in the background is situated in the Firth of Forth,two miles east of North Berwick and one mile off the mainland and rising 313 feet. The gentler slope to the south has the ruins of a castle which dates back to circa 1405. This is where James the II, son of Robert the III, later to become James I was sent by his father until a ship transported him to France. The king's brother, Duke of Albany was interested in the throne. Albany tipped off the English who intercepted James's ship and  the prince was imprisoned in the Round Tower at Windsor for nearly 20 years.

North Berwick one July evening
Dynamic Earth and the Scottish Parliament seen from Salisbury Crags and Arthurs Seat. Fine walk and wonderful views, suitable for children.
Edinburgh Playhouse Mary Poppins
Check out our family friendly Edinburgh pub guide here!
December 2008 with German markets, Ferris wheel and ice skating beside the Sir Walter Scott Monument on Princes street.
Christmas in Edinburgh is wonderful! The month of December in Edinburgh offers German markets, fun fairs and a city centre ferris wheel, pantomimes,
santa grottoes, ice skating in Princes Street Gardens, and much more! Edinburgh Christmas lights are switched on late November and the festivities last through to Hogmanays (New year) four day festival!  Edinburgh Villa is also decorated for the holiday season with a Christmas Tree.

Christmas at the Castle . Music, shows and meet  Father Christmas. There is also a puppet performance and listen to some Christmas musical entertainment in unrivalled surroundings.
Lauriston Castle
lauriston castle library collection
lauriston castle views towards the firth of forth