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Holiday Apartments In Edinburgh: Family-Friendly

Edinburgh is a brilliant city to visit as a family and in this guide we’ll give you great tips and ideas for places to stay and things to do whilst you’re here. Plus, our collection of family-friendly Edinburgh holiday apartments makes sure that everyone in the family will be happy with the place you choose to call home during your stay.

I’m Louise Dickins and as well as living in Edinburgh and running Dickins, I have two lively and enthusiastic young sons who love to travel. Whenever we take a trip, we normally choose to stay in a home rather than a hotel because we find it works so much better for us.

We love the space a home gives us. Often in hotels, we’re all in the one room and whilst that’s OK from time to time, it always feels so much better for all of us when we have a bit more space and especially our own bedrooms. We love eating out, but there are always times you want to decide what to eat and when – something simple or quick or just what you know your child loves and will eat. When your children are young or different ages, it means that going out in the evenings isn’t the relaxed affair it used to be before you had kids (!) so being able to cook is a life saver. And of course a holiday apartment really comes into its own the moment they get into bed and you can relax in the sitting room with a glass of wine or two!

When we created Collections at Dickins, I used my experience as a parent for our Family-Friendly homes. In them, you’ll find the stuff that’s a pain to travel with – like a travel cot and high chair as well as children’s crockery and cutlery. Often the homes we look after are the second homes of the owner,  so they’re set up to work for their families too.


Our intrepid, enthusiastic and rather noisy travellers!

Great Edinburgh family friendly holiday apartments

Here’s a selection of great places to stay in Edinburgh with your family.

Chester Street

This fabulous home on Chester Street is located in Edinburgh’s West End. The styling is modern with beautiful oak parquet flooring, quality furniture and lots of space. There are two bedrooms, sleeping 4 (both doubles) and a large living and dining space. A bonus for families in this home is the snug room with a TV and also a private patio garden.

Eildon Street


This peaceful, homely home can be found on the ground floor of Eildon Street in Inverleith. There are two double bedrooms, the master bedroom with kingsize bed is located at the back of the apartment and has an ensuite shower. The smaller second bedroom is a pretty room with plenty of storage. There’s also a family bathroom with a shower over the bath. The home is just a short walk to the Botanics which is a great day out with children and there are easily accessible parks with dedicated play areas nearby. This home is dog friendly too, meaning your four legged friend can come along.


Royal Crescent

This fabulous home is located on Royal Crescent in the heart of Edinburgh’s Georgian New Town. It sleeps 5 in three bedrooms. There’s a double and a single and in the third bedroom, the bed can be set up as a double or a twin. There are two bathrooms, too, very useful for larger families. The highlight of this home is the fabulous dining kitchen and also the location because just along the street, there’s a pathway to the Scotland Yard pack, which has a long slide and excellent play park for younger children and plenty of space to run about.

Things to do with children in Edinburgh

Edinburgh’s a brilliant city to visit with kids and it’s great living here with children, too. As I’m a parent with active boys who like to do things, I’ve got good experience to pass onto our guests, which is why we wrote our blog on 10 great things to do with children in Edinburgh. We have so much fantastic outdoor spaces (Edinburgh’s the greenest city in the UK), like The Meadows (in the photo below), Bruntsfield Links, The Water of Leith Walkway, Princes Street Gardens, and Calton Hill, so there’s always somewhere nearby to run around and let off some steam away from cars.

Edinburgh is famous for being a Festival city and as well as Edinburgh Fringe and Edinburgh International Book Festival in August, both of which have specific children’s sections, there’s the Edinburgh Science Festival in the Easter school holidays and The Edinburgh International Children’s Festival towards the end of May.

Photo: The Edinburgh Science Festival

In the winter months, when spending the whole day outside isn’t on the cards, there are some brilliant Warm Places For Cold Days in Edinburgh that can keep the whole family happy AND warm.

Edinburgh Zoo is a brilliant place to visit at any time of year and as well as being able to see the only two pandas in the UK, there’s a penguin parade every day too.  Here are 7 Reasons to Visit Edinburgh Zoo and Never Forget The Experience. 


Finding places to eat when your children get a bit older is easy, but when they’re toddlers, that’s a different story, so you’ll find this blog on 10 Toddler-Friendly Cafés and Restaurants in Edinburgh, really useful.

We hope you’ve found the tips we’ve put together on finding the perfect family-friendly Edinburgh holiday-apartment and what to do when you’re here very useful. If you’d like to book a family-friendly Dickins home, please follow this link

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