Easter weekend in Edinburgh is always packed full of activities and fun days out, with special events taking place around the city. Along with the traditions of eating hot cross buns and exchanging chocolate eggs, there is plenty of choices if you’re looking for something fun to do this Easter…

The longer days give you hours and hours of playtime during your Easter holiday in Scotland. At this very special time of year, you could get some last-minute skiing done – if the snow has held on the mountains – and the next day smell the fragrance of the new spring flowers in a blossoming garden.

There are plenty of family activities to get stuck into too, from short walks that are ideal for all the family to top attractions that kids will love too. We’ve selected nice things to do this year:

Inchcolm Island


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The Maid of the Forth’s first oversea crossings from South Queensferry to Inchcolm Island will begin on Good Friday (4th April) this year. The island is home to an abundance of wildlife, two beautiful beaches and Inchcolm Abbey, which dates back to the 12th Century.

Edinburgh International Science Festival

The Science Festival will return in 6–21 April 2019 with the theme of Frontiers.

Inspired by the 50th anniversary of the Moon landings, the 2019 Festival theme is Frontiers, exploring the boundaries of knowledge and the spirit of adventure and enquiry that drives science, technology, engineering and maths. Within this theme, specific areas of focus will include Healthcare Frontiers, Engineering Frontiers, Digital Frontiers, Environmental Frontiers and Planetary Frontiers. They provide a platform for some of the brightest minds in science, technology and engineering to share big and exciting ideas from the cutting-edge of their research domains.


Hopetoun House


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The stately home on Hopetoun Estate will re-open in time for the Easter weekend and offer activities such as clay pigeon shooting and an Easter exhibition featuring work by six local artists.

Family Easter Fun  
Sunday 21st April

Drop in anytime between 12 and 4pm and take part in Hopetouns’ Easter activities. Try the trail, find hidden treasure and make some Easter Crafts. Fun for all the family! Suitable for all ages and abilities.

CostGrounds entry fee £4.75 adult £2.95 child – No need to book!


Easter at Lauriston Castle



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Join the annual family Easter event at Lauriston Castle which kicks off our 2019 events programme. There will be trails, games, crafts as well as lots of chocolate treats! Of course, there will be our annual egg and spoon race.



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£7 per person – adults and children both need to purchase tickets as this workshop is designed as a family experience. Children under 3 go free.

Sunday 21 April, 10 am – 1pm

Book your ticket(s) here >> www.eventbrite.co.uk

Easter Egg Hunt at the Georgian House

19th April to 22nd April

The Georgian House is hosting a special Easter Egg hunt for the whole family. The event has been specially designed to feature the sights of early spring and nature-themed clues will be left by the Easter bunny. Only those who are able to become proper nature detectives will finish the day with a yummy chocolate treat.

Easter Bunny Breakfast at Dobbies

This event is suited to families with children aged 12 years and under. To relax and fully enjoy the experience families will be seated and served at their own table. Easter Bunny Breakfast costs £8.99 per child and adult prices start from £6.99, from Friday 19th April until Monday 22nd April*, 9:00am-10:30am. Here is what you can expect on the day as part of the experience:


Whatever your plans are, we hope you have a great Easter weekend!
Please note, we are still open and classes are still running on Good Friday and Easter Monday