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Museum of Childhood

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Address: 42 High Street | Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1TB, Scotland
Phone Number: 0131 529 4142
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12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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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
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Adults can indulge in a nostalgia-fest and children discover how their (not...

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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A lot smaller than I thought it would be. Good to see lots of old toys from childhood and some from before then. Free to get in and a must for families. We went as a couple so... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
suzienewt
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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Lake District, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Not sure who enjoyed this place more myself or the kids (that includes the husband). With things to see and do it is an all round good family attraction which if it hadn't been free I would have happily paid. So many memories of childhood days and games. The gift shop was well stocked, reasonably priced and the staff a... More 

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A lot smaller than I thought it would be. Good to see lots of old toys from childhood and some from before then. Free to get in and a must for families. We went as a couple so not quite the same but def worth a visit.

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cumbria
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

had a look round as we had seen off our bus tour mostly toys etc from different times. free to go in

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

What a little gem in the centre of Edinburgh. Lots of interesting talking points. My daughter who is 24 was flabbergasted at the array of toys . She had never heard of them let alone seen them. She thoroughly enjoyed her walk round. Definately worth a visit.

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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

So much potential that goes to waste. Basically it is just a set of small rooms with displays of old toys. It's pokey and shabby and lacks any interaction. This on a grand scale would be immense.

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Thank ESTN1
Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

lovely little nostalgic trip into the history of childhood in the UK, and museum to childhood. we really enjoyed it, and it was free.

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

Came here as my Mum and Aunty wanted to visit. They could of stayed there all day! Was lovely too see them reminisce about childhood toys and memories. Only a few things I remember from my own childhood from the 90's I think this museum is for people a touch older. Lovely layout and easy to follow.

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Israel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Located in the Royal Mike it is easy to get there. A beautiful FREE museum. Tons of old and new toys, like those we played with 40 years ago. It is amazing looking the children's eyes as they watch and play with all the toys Very nostalgic.

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Thank Eitan M
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited here with friends and spent an enjoyable hour or so reminiscing. Great place to bring children and let them see what toys were around when you were growing up. Well worth a visit and it's free

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What an amazing museum displaying all different toys from books to dolls from around the world of all eras. A lovely little giftshop on ground floor also. Free entry but donations accepted. My 4yo daughter loved it ☺

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Old Town
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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