With the cost of living crisis continuing, Scotland’s Capital offers a number of family activities that won’t get you reaching for your wallet.
Families across the country might be tightening their belts but that doesn’t mean day trips and short breaks have to stop.
With a little planning it’s possible to see some of the country’s most beautiful spots – and enjoy a range of activities – with no need for expensive admission fees or tickets.
Here are 10 options for the October half terms holidays.
1. The National Museum of Scotland
Even if you've been numerous times in the past, there's always something new to discover in the National Museum of Scotland, on the city's Chambers Street. Youngsters particularly love the huge natural history section, with everything from dinosaur skeletons to whales.
Photo: National World
2. The Royal Botanic Gardens
Set in over 70 acres of beautiful landscape and just one mile north of the city centre, the Royal Botanic Gardens offer superb panoramic views of the city skyline featuring Edinburgh Castle. The Botanics, as the garden is affectionately known locally, is breathtaking at any time of year. Garden highlights include the Rock Garden, the Alpine Houses, Woodland Garden, Pond, the Arboretum or tree collection, the Chinese Hillside, the Rhododendron Collection and the Scottish Native Plants Collection in the Heath Garden.
Photo: The Royal Botanic Gardens