Edinburgh in July is a great choice for a summer stay with the kids. Scotland's capital is gearing up for its world-famous Fringe festival which means street food stalls are popping up, restaurants are rolling out to the streets and buskers are upping their game, but the city hasn't quite been taken over with festival fever. This means it's a great time to enjoy the city in all its summer glory without the hustle and bustle of the festival. Check out some great things to do in Edinburgh with the family this July and book your summer break now.
Make the most of the sunshine in July and plan a trip to the historic Edinburgh Castle. We recommend following one of the attraction's itineraries, like the Royal Route, which takes you around St. Margaret's Chapel, James VI Birth Chamber, The Great Hall and the Honours of Scotland (or the Crown Jewels as they're more commonly known). If you stay at our Apex Grassmarket Hotel, you'll be just a short stroll to Edinburgh Castle, and you can even book a room with a view of the iconic attraction, which the kids will love.
The Scottish Parliament is open to visitors Monday - Saturday and is both an educational and exciting day out for visitors and locals alike. Immerse yourself in the world of politics in this active parliament and see where MSPs discuss issues in the Debating Chamber, or book a free guided tour to learn more about Scotland's fascinating parliamentary history. With the Scottish Parliament being in recess in July, it means you'll get an all-access tour and will get to see behind the scenes of Scottish politics. It's a great way to get kids interested in politics in a way they'll enjoy! Our Apex Waterloo Place Hotel is just a 12-minute walk from the Scottish Parliament so is the perfect place to base yourself if you're visiting.
A great day out for all ages, a trip to Edinburgh Zoo is guaranteed to put a smile on everyone's faces. Visit a range of exotic animals including lions, giant pandas and chilean flamingos to name a few. And of course, a trip to Edinburgh Zoo wouldn't be complete without seeing the famous penguin parade! Plus, there are lots of other exciting attractions and exhibits that's the kids will love. Find out more about visiting. What's more, our Apex Haymarket Hotel is just a 5-minute drive to the zoo, which means you'll be perfectly placed to visit when you stay with us.
Soak up the true essence of Edinburgh by taking a summer stroll along the Royal Mile. Lined with quintessentially Scottish shops and eateries, the Royal Mile stretches from the city's bustling Grassmarket all the way to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, snaking its way through Edinburgh's vibrant New Town in the process. Walking the Royal Mile is a great way to see some of the city's highlights and capture some great pictures along the way. Plus, if you stay at our Apex City of Edinburgh Hotel, the Royal Mile starts on your doorstep.
Royal Yacht Britannia
One of Scotland's top visitor attractions, the Royal Yacht Britannia was home to the Royal Family for over 40 years and is now permanently berthed in Ocean Terminal in Leith, a 20-minute drive from Edinburgh city centre. The Royal Yacht travelled over a million nautical miles during its service, transporting Queen Elizabeth and her family and friends around the globe, and now you can explore the very same ship in all its grandeur. Find out more about this iconic vessel of history. What's more, the quirky waterfront district of Leith is a beautiful place to explore in the sun. Once you've seen the Royal Yacht, dine al fresco in one of the chic eateries overlooking the Firth of Forth.
We hope we'll see you for a stay in one of our Edinburgh hotels this summer!