Keeping kids entertained on holiday is one of the most difficult tasks known to man. They often get bored and restless very easily. Luckily, that won’t be the case if you visit Scotland, as there’s plenty to do and see, especially during half-term or the summer holidays.
Scotland has a number of child-friendly attractions to visit, many of them within easy reach of Edinburgh hotels and hotels in Glasgow. We’ve got a range of museums, parks, castles and art galleries which all represent a great way to spend an afternoon.
If your kids like football, then they’ll love to visit the Scottish Football Museum at Hampden Park. Glasgow is also home to the award winning Glasgow Science Centre, which has its own IMAX theatre.
If you’re staying in the Edinburgh area, then maybe you’d like to take your kids to the Museum of Childhood. It details the history of childhood throughout the past few centuries. It is jovially described as ‘the noisiest museum in the world’.
Other family-friendly attractions in Scotland’s capital include the National Museum of Scotland and, perhaps the jewel in the city’s crown, Edinburgh Castle (above).
Outside the walls of museums and historic landmarks, Scotland boasts many parks where your kids can run about endlessly while you sit down and take in the scenery. Perhaps you could take them to visit historic towns and cities such as Stirling and Inverness (both of which have impressive castles of their own), where there’s plenty to do and see. If one of your kids’ birthdays falls during a school holiday, you could take them shopping around the centres of Glasgow, Edinburgh or Aberdeen, or perhaps to the gleaming shopping centres of Livingston.
When in Scotland, you don’t have to restrict yourself to seeing sights in just the one place. There’s so much to do in all corners of the country that keep both you and your kids occupied. Scotland boasts a stack of museums, shops, art galleries, visitor centres, zoos, parks and historic landmarks which offer something for people of all ages.
If you’re looking to visit as many attractions as possible over the course of a week or fortnight, then there are many hotels within Glasgow and Edinburgh which cater for families. It’s easy to travel around and between the two cities, and getting to the Highlands, the Central Belt, the North East and South of Scotland is similarly simple.
For the budget-minded family, make sure your spending goes toward Scottish attractions and not travel or accommodation costs. Get yourself a cheap ticket, look for low-priced B&Bs and you’ll have more money for your holiday fun!
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