Edinburgh Tour for Kids with the Museum of Scotland

Unlock the secrets of the city's past, hosted by an expert in Scottish History
From US$466 privately
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Tour Details
2 hours
Product Type
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Greyfriars Tolbooth and Highland Kirk
  • Writers' Museum
  • National Museum of Scotland
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  • Immersive learning to introduce kids to the history of Edinburgh
  • Led by an experienced guide who will engage your children as they learn
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Tour Description
Edinburgh teems with stories of kings and queens, castles and bards just waiting to be discovered. On this 2-hour Edinburgh Old Town Tour for Kids, we'll travel through time from a 400-year-old school for orphans, to an imposing castle, to mysterious Victorian rooftops. 

National Museum of Scotland: Medieval Mysteries and Daily Life

We'll begin in the National Museum of Scotland, where we'll discuss the origins of Scotland and its people. Specifically, we'll learn about the mysterious Picts people, taking a look at the fascinating stones with intricate carvings they've left behind, and examine some artifacts left behind to try to figure out what Norse people were doing in Scotland at the time. We'll also take a look at the Lewis chessmen, beautifully carved 12th century chess pieces, to help us learn about games and daily life in Scotland almost 1,000 years ago.

Edinburgh Old Town for Kids

From here, we'll venture out into Old Town to examine up close what it would've been like to live here. We'll encounter secret passages and medieval alleys, and uncover traces of Scotland's history and traditions in every small detail. Taking in Victoria Street and the Grass Market, we'll learn about water, markets, and daily life in the city—like how at one point, ale was actually safer to drink than water! You'll discover the history of bagpipes, learn about ancient bards, and discover how Scotland eventually became part of the United Kingdom.

Take Aways

By the end of the tour, we will have discovered numerous fascinating characters and stories throughout Scotland's colorful history. Children and adults will come away with a better understanding of Scottish history, and the role of Edinburgh in history and today.

For a more magical look at the city, consider our Harry Potter Tour of Edinburgh for Kids.


Where do we meet?
After your order is placed and confirmed, we will send you a full confirmation with meeting point details and all the information you need to know.

Do we go inside the venues or just see them from the outside? We will go inside the National Museum of Scotland and possibly some other buildings, depending on the weather and the day.

Will you pre-purchase tickets?
Tickets are not necessary as the Museum is free

What if it’s raining?
Tours operate rain or shine, but in the case of inclement weather, your expert will modify the tour so more time is spent indoors. It never hurts to have an umbrella on hand.

Is this tour good for kids?
Yes! This tour was specifically designed for families with kids. Feel free to provide us with information such as their favorite school subjects, and hobbies. This will help us match you with the best possible expert.
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Kate was wonderful! Let us ask so many questions and was able to give info that pleased both our kids and us!
What a great way for families to learn about Edinburgh together and have fun while their doing it.
We very much enjoyed our time with Irene. She is a FANTASTIC teacher. She wove together a rich story of Scotland through the ages from the Picts to Mary, Queen of Scots, and Harry Potter. My boys (11 and 13) were engaged. We recommend Irene to all!