Our Dynamic Earth

Price guide: Mid-range

Holyrood Road, Edinburgh, EH8 8AS

Price guide: Mid-range

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By Alison Craig, your Edinburgh expert

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expert-rated things to do in Edinburgh
Expert overall rating:4.7 out of 5
Value for money:
Recommended for:
Families with younger children, Education, Nature / wildlife

Expert review of Our Dynamic Earth

Great fun for the youngsters!

If you have kids this is the one to take them to. If you don't, to be honest I wouldn't bother.

It's like a sort of mini-Disney attraction. If you are five years of age it may be the most thrilling thing you have ever seen. My son used to love it and it was worth going just to keep him happy. On that basis, adults will not be disappointed. If you expect it to be a sophisticated all-singing, all-dancing attraction to keep people over the age of 14 amused, then forget it.

For what it does, it does well though. Dynamic Earth takes you on a journey through our planet’s past, present and future, with interactive exhibits including some animatronics and special effects, both 3D and 4D. The final part is a planetarium, which is fun and very effective.

If you are in crowd of adults and kids I would get a couple of adults to herd the kids in to Dynamic Earth whilst the rest of you go and see The Scottish Parliament or Holyrood Palace just next door.

Price advice: 

Adult £10.50, child (3-15 yrs) £7. You can get a discount if you book and pay online.

Expert tips: 
If you pay online in advance you can get a small discount.
During UK school holidays - summer especially - it can be very busy.
For the kids - if you don't have any with you, don't bother.

More information on Our Dynamic Earth:

Price guide:
Playground, Science / technology
Holyrood Road, Edinburgh, EH8 8AS
0131 550 7800
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
10am-5.30pm or 6pm, see seasonal variations on their website

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