If you’re planning a visit to Edinburgh and looking for things to do, then here is our list of newly opened attractions that you can visit.
What attractions can I now visit with my family in Edinburgh, July 2020?
If you’re planning a visit to Edinburgh and looking for things to do, then here is our list of newly opened attractions that you can visit. There are several options, all of which are set in beautiful outdoor surroundings. Many are limiting capacity and we think this will actually improve the visitor experience, as crowds are reduced and you can enjoy a relaxing visit with your family. If you’re also needing a place to stay in Edinburgh, then we have a number of holiday apartments that are available to book: https://www.letsgetlocal.co.uk/holiday-rentals
This wonderful art and sculpture garden is open via pre-booked slots. The grounds are large, and with plenty of space for social distancing. There is also a café which is serving a take-away menu of coffees, teas, sandwiches, icecreams and sweet treats.
Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh
Edinburgh’s Botanics are also allowing guests who pre-book a time slot online. This time of year is ideal for visiting the gardens, and the plants are looking spectacular.
One of Edinburgh’s main family attractions, the zoo offers a fantastic day out. Visitors can now visit, by booking online in advance. As with many other newly opened venues, capacity is limited and the venue is operating with a one-way system around the park.
Conifox Adventure Park
Conifox is located about 20 minutes outside of Edinburgh, near Kirkliston. The company have been working hard to reopen the adventure park safely, and are now offering ticketed slots (morning or afternoon) daily. The adventure park is perfect for kids of all ages, with a 9-hole footgolf course, go-karts, jump pillows, swings and more. There is a café offering takeaway food, as well as plenty of places to picnic.
Fruit picking at Craigie Farm
Just a 10 minute drive out of Edinburgh, Craigies is a family farm, with café, play area and woodland walks. They are currently offering fruit picking, tickets for which need to be booked online in advance. Their website provides up to date reports on what fruit is available, along with costs to buy.
Archerfield Walled Garden
Located in East Lothian, near North Berwick, Archerfield Walled Garden has now opened its garden, fairy trail, grounds, food market, gift shop, courtyard, play park and toilets. The garden is beautiful to explore and younger children will particularly enjoy the magical fairy trail, with fairy houses dotted along the way. The gardens are not ticketed, so there is no need to book online in advance.
Dalkeith Country Park and Fort Douglas
This gorgeous country park offers large wooded grounds and a river for exploring but the main attraction for many is the huge adventure playground, Fort Douglas. With wooden forts, slides, bridges, tunnels and more, the kids absolutely love it. Parents will enjoy the lovely cafe / restaurant and onsite shop, Restoration Yard. Another venue which requires booking in advance.
For all of the attractions that we have listed, please do check online before visiting. Many require tickets to be booked in advance, and opening hours and restrictions may have been updated since this article was written. We also ask that visitors read the Covid-19 guidelines provided by the venues, before visiting.
We will continue to keep an eye on what attractions and venues are becoming open to visitors, and we look forward to welcoming guests back to our holiday lets in Edinburgh!