Hop along to Edinburgh this Easter

Knowing what to do in the Easter holidays can be tricky. Have no fear, as we have put together a list of great activities for the whole family. Read on for our top finds in Edinburgh.

Hop straight into Easter festivities with a visit to Her Majesty’s Palace of Holyroodhouse to try out their new Easter trail, spotting weird and wonderful hats, wigs and crowns worn throughout the ages. Head to the Family Room where you can design a special bonnet for The Queen.

<Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2019.  Photographer: Sandy Young>

With the Palace set in the beautiful Holyrood Park, walk along to Arthur’s Seat after your tour where you can explore this ancient volcano in the middle of the city. Those who manage to climb to the top will be rewarded with stunning views to the New and Old Town.

For an ‘egg-citing’ weekend of chocolate treats, head to one of the National Trust for Scotland properties where you can take part in a magical Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt! There are five locations within Edinburgh, the Lothians and Borders (Georgian House, Harmony Garden, House of the Binns, Newhailes and Preston Mill).

Children at the Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt at NTS

For even more Easter fun, discover the Easter Treasure Hunt at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Pick up your clue sheet and walk your way around to learn about the astounding 100,000 plants within the Gardens. Complete the trail for a yummy Easter treat! £2 per trail from 6 - 22 April.

Easter Trail at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Hop on the Majestic Tour Bus from outside the Botanic Garden to sightsee around the capital city, come rain or shine! Take in the sights, passing the Scot Monument and historic Royal Mile, as well as stopping right outside Ocean Terminal, where Britannia is permanently moored.

Walk in the footsteps of Royalty with an afternoon touring this unique ship. View the 11-foot replica LEGO model of Britannia and spot the cuddly corgis as you tour Britannia’s five decks, from the State Apartments to the Crew’s Quarters, with a complimentary audio guide. Why not treat the kids to a milkshake in the Royal Deck Tea Room where you can relax and enjoy the sea views. 

This Easter, up to two children go free (with an adult or senior) when they each bring along their favourite cuddly toy (click here for T&Cs and more information).