Choosing the Best Area of Edinburgh for Young Families is certainly a tough choice – and it’s perhaps no surprise that this one of our most read posts. But in all honesty, everywhere has it’s pros and cons – so we’re here to help you explore the city a little more with our Neighbourhood Guides.

Old Town

With Edinburgh Castle at it’s heart, here’s where you can meander through history with many a surprising twist.

New Town

New Town is a Central Area of Edinburgh, characterised by broad streets and open squares.

Stockbridge and Comely Bank

A short walk from New Town, Stockbridge as a more village vibe – lots of unique shops and hidden foodie gems. The more residential area of Comely Bank is incredibly popular for families with some great local schools.


Over in the west of the city, this is a popular area for families with the zoo and many a trail to explore on Corstorphine hill.


In the North of the city, this bustling port has plenty to discover – from trendy bistros on the Shore to majesty the Royal Yacht Britannia.


A coastal suburb that’s an easy bus ride away. Portobello’s sandy beaches are a great allure for a family day out – no matter the weather!

Bruntsfield, Marchmont and Morningside

Separated from the Old Town by the Meadows and Bruntsfield Links, the South side is the perfect base to stay with plenty of places to eat and vibrant wee shops to explore.

South Queensferry

In the shadow of the bridges, the ‘ferry’ lies to the West of the City. Famous for the ‘loony dook’ at New Years Day when people dive into the freezing waters of the Forth. For fun.


Located to the South of the City, Midlothian offers an easy escape from the city. With vast green spaces and majestic woodlands, there’s a huge amount on offer for families.