5 Fantastic Things To Do on a Rainy Day in Edinburgh

Take a look at our guide to activities you can enjoy in Scotland's capital city when the weather is a bit wet to be out on the street all day.

Dynamic Earth

Find out how the earth was formed and understand the forces that help to do so on a journey that takes you through space and time. Your adventure starts with a trip on a time machine back to witness the big bang and is followed by a trip that spans billions of years and takes you to lava spewing volcanoes, the Polar ice caps, the depths of the ocean and bustling rain-forests. Perfect for children and adults to enjoy together, Dynamic Earth is not to be missed.

Camera Obscura and World of Illusions

The perfect blend of learning and mind-bending entertainment. Spanning several floors, starting from the Camera Obscura itself at the very top, where you can also enjoy incredible views across Edinburgh. As you make your way down, each floor has a different theme, including magic, light, vision and fun & games. Look out for the mirror maze and vortex tunnel, two of the venues most popular attractions.

National Museum of Scotland

Enjoy a diverse collection that guides you through the history of Scotland and around the world. You'll take in wonders of the natural world, art and design, science and technology all under one roof. From ancient monsters to fine art and fashion, there's something for everyone in this incredible museum.

Climb at Edinburgh International Climbing Arena

Put yourself to the test at Europe's largest indoor climbing arena. You can take on the hundreds of climbing routes, whatever your skill level there will be something for you. In 2016 the venue introduced Clip n Climb, an exciting and colourful indoor  adventure playground that features 15 climbing elements that are suitable for children and adults. Kids can also enjoy the soft-play area at the venue that allows them to climb, bounce and scramble in a safe environment.

The Royal Yacht Britannia

Explore this floating Royal residence and see how some of the world's most famous people have been hosted. You will learn about the history of Royal Yachts and explore the Britannia's fascinating past. The audio handset tour is available in a range of languages and is included for everyone, it explains features across the five decks, starting at the bridge and taking you through Royal Apartments, Crew's Quarters and the Engine Room. The Royal Deck Tea Room enjoys stunning waterfront views, serving speciality teas and coffees and home-made scones, sandwiches and soup.