With the King’s Coronation just around the corner, it’s never been a better time to visit Edinburgh, where many exciting celebrations will take place. If this special occasion brings you and your family to the Scottish capital for the first time, why not add some fun things to do to your Edinburgh bucket list?
From royal experiences to kids’ activities, there will be something for everyone to enjoy and here are suggestions for activities to make your Coronation weekend a special one.
Reach the top of Edinburgh Castle
The Castle will be hosting a special exhibition showcasing the Royal Family’s history and the role of the Castle in past coronation ceremonies. Alternatively, enjoy the breathtaking views from Edinburgh Castle as the Castle sits on a hill right at the top of the city. Once you reach the top, get your smartphone out for spectacular selfies!
Immerse in Royal History at The Palace of Holyroodhouse
Enjoy the ultimate royal experience with various events and exhibitions at The Palace of Holyroodhouse, home of Scottish royalty. Discover some of Scotland’s renowned historical figures, such as Mary, Queen of Scots, or walk throughout the Palace Gardens and try an afternoon tea experience. The little extra? Kids can decorate a crown to wear whilst visiting the Palace or design a flag and badge to take home.
Enjoy a Royal Afternoon Tea at Edinburgh Zoo
Take your kids to the Edinburgh Zoo to see their favourite animals on the Coronation weekend and try a delicious afternoon tea in the Mansion House. For adults and children, the afternoon tea menu offers tasty sandwiches and delicacies, freshly brewed coffee, and a selection of teas.
Attend a glorious Scottish Coronation Ball at Greyfriars Place
Want the best fun and the most smiles? Make your way to The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society of Edinburgh’s Coronation Ball and dance with James Coutts and his Dance Band for an unforgettable evening and local food served throughout the night.
Discover The Royal Yacht Britannia
This impressive yacht sailed over a million miles on 968 state visits with the Royal Family. On The Royal Yacht Britannia, see original photos and other personal items belonging to the Royal Family. Try on the captain’s hat, explore the Grand State Apartments, or participate in the cuddy corgi toy treasure hunt.
Visit Camera Obscura & World of Illusions
The little ones and their families will enjoy the mind-blowing exhibits and tricks at The World of Illusions. Find your way in the Magical Mirror Maze and try not to lose your balance in the Vortex Tunnel. Kids can also participate in a creative workshop to paint on the wall using LED torches.
Try guaranteed pottery fun at Doodles
Here, at Doodles, children and adults can create any pottery they want, i.e. a fruit bowl or a jar. You’ll have a choice of 80 under-glaze colours to craft something unique for your interior and bring back as a souvenir!
Now that you have added fun experiences to your Edinburgh bucket list, it’s time to start the celebrations! And if you’re keen to discover more of Edinburgh from London, this full-day rail tour will take you to the most iconic sights with the most qualified expert guides.