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Dynamic Earth

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Southside & Holyrood
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Address: 112 Holyrood Road, Edinburgh EH8 8AS, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 131 550 7800
10:00 am - 5:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes

A visit to Dynamic Earth is like nothing else on Earth. It's a chance to...

A visit to Dynamic Earth is like nothing else on Earth. It's a chance to experience the primeval forces of nature as they shaped our planet, to journey through space and time and even go on a 4DVENTURE around the world. You'll be embarking on the interactive adventure of a lifetime - the lifetime of our planet. As if this wasn't enough, Dynamic Earth is home to Scotland's only 360 degree full dome film theatre. We have a variety of films showing throughout the year.

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Pleasantly Surprised!

Great place to visit in the winter months. It's very well thought out and quite original. We all enjoyed the time machine and my kids loved the glaciers and the flight simulator... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW via mobile

Visited this recently with our 2 boys age 11 and 14. An excellent couple of hours spent in various zones explaining the evolution of the planet and beyond, in ways that keep adults and kids(even moody teens :-)) interested. Well with a visit!

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Telluride, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Dynamic Earth is an wonderful journey into geologic history, done in an incredibly engaging way. The kids will say "oh another science museum..." but this is different than anything they've experienced. Entertaining and educational about something we all take for granted: this tiny little blue marble that somehow formed and rests in the "Goldilocks Zone" at the perfect distance from... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great place to visit in the winter months. It's very well thought out and quite original. We all enjoyed the time machine and my kids loved the glaciers and the flight simulator. Very interesting and educational for all ages. Well worth a visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Dynamic Earth has some really original ideas which work well and are fun and informative for all ages. The time machine and trips into the volcano and glaciers were nicely done and I especially liked the 4d flight simulator. However I agree with previous reviewers that other areas could have had more interactive experiences for children, especially as they are... More 

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Denny, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

2nd visit to Dynamic Earth. Bought tickets online to benefit from discount. I enjoyed it here but really feel its over too quickly and would benefit from more interactive activities for the kids...

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We spent a wet afternoon here with our 8 year old. It was an ok afternoon out but not as interactive as we expected and expensive. I'm sure 10+ years ago this was an amazing quite ground-breaking experience telling the story of how the earth was formed and is still very educational but could offer so much more as technology... More 

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is an attraction oriented around children, something that we didn't understand before we got there (whoops). However, we were entertained enough to not want to leave. Essentially, you walk through different time eras using a "time machine". The whole time machine was extremely well done. Some of the time eras are warm, some are cold. The temperatures in the... More 

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Grangemouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I attended a daytime conference here, followed by an evening event and found it to be a really good venue. It was reached via a long, shallow hill (great if you're in a wheelchair, but pretty tough if you walk with a stick like me!) but fully accessible once inside with lifts to every level and flat access to all... More 

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Bergen, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Could recomend this for everyone! Both adult and kids had a lot of fun and learned some as well:-) Good value for your money!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fantastic for kids, school groups and families. Fun interactive exhibitions and layout guaranteed to keep children amused. Good plantation and fun science based activities. Fun for adults travelling with children too and suitable for children of all ages. Learn about planets, rainforest and the stages of the earth in a fun way. Not the cheapest day out but look out... More 

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Southside & Holyrood
Many of Edinburgh’s student hangouts gather around university buildings in Southside, the sort of neighborhood that supports a long string of second-hand shops and eateries serving ethnic food for just a few pounds. In August the student population is replaced by vast numbers of boisterous visitors here for the Fringe, Edinburgh’s world-class comedy and arts festival which headquarters itself here. Flanking Southside are two great parks. The Meadows is a vast flat and sporty space where football, rugby, tennis, cricket, croquet, and golf often all take place side by side. Kids in its big playgrounds add to the joyful noise. Far bigger and much wilder, Holyrood Park extends to the east and provides a real hike up Arthur’s Seat, but the district is best known as the site of Scotland’s Parliament and its premier Royal Palace—and their steady stream of sightseers.
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