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Museum of Childhood

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Address: 42 High Street | Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1TG, Scotland
Phone Number: 0131 529 4142
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No
Description: Adults can indulge in a nostalgia-fest and children discover how their...
Adults can indulge in a nostalgia-fest and children discover how their (not so) aged parents amused themselves as youngsters in a world before video games. There’s a wholesomeness to the construction kits and embroidery sets that once kept little fingers busy in a world that embraced the notion of "Improving Sunday Toys," while train sets and dolls houses have enduring appeal. If the implacable stare of the massed ranks of a compendious collection of dolls becomes a little unnerving, there are dressing-up boxes, and regular organized activities to provide diversions.
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Lovely museum

A lovely little museum along the busy royal mile. Lots of interesting facts and information about childhood and a lovely gift shop too. Well worth a quick visit

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

A lovely little museum along the busy royal mile. Lots of interesting facts and information about childhood and a lovely gift shop too. Well worth a quick visit

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

A very interesting museum that gives you the rare opportunity to revisit your childhood and think "Oh I had one of those!"

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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

This place is amazing. Toys from about 1900- 1970 set out in 4 different galleries there may not be a lot of space to move when its busy but theres a lot to see i would recommend it to everyone because everyone will go in there and see at least one toy they used to have

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Nice museum. Very deceiving from the outside, looks small but quite big inside, spread across several floors.

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Nice, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

I love taking visitors here, this museum houses the most extensive and original collection of toys, dolls, craft items, automatons and childhood relics you can imagine. Particularly enjoy the dolls from all around the world-amazing craftsmanship. I've heard it'll be modernised soon so now is the time to go!

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Ostrava, Czech Republic
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Great collection of toys and childhood memories. Many floors, free entrance. Definitely worth a visit. You might skip the creepy dolls collection.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Free to visit, though we always put in to the donations box. Really fascinating seeing all the old fashioned toys. The kids love it too. There are games out throughout for you to play with so adds extra interest for the kids. Nice wee shop with varying items. We have visited here numerous times.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

charming little museum set on the royal mile Free to visit and full of toys and pastimes from everyones childhood

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

You'll remember everything from your childhood when you reach there. Its built in five floors , that means its huge, toy lovers, story lovers must go and those who have forgotten their childhood, - do visit!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

I love this place always reminds me of happy times growing up my favourite part is the teady bears and I love being able to get lovly gifts in the shop . Just a great place .

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Address: 42 High Street | Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1TG, Scotland
Phone Number: 0131 529 4142
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Old Town
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly visitors, tartan-flavored souvenir shops, and pipers that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.
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