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Museum of Childhood

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Address: 42 High Street | Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1TB, Scotland
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+44 131 529 4142
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Mon - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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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Another excellent free attraction at the heart of the Old Town. Four floors of childhood nostalgia. Mostly visited by older people like myself who find ourselves holding... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We didn't spend much time there but it is an interesting option if you have some spare time. There are pretty cool objects there, although I must confess that I found some of toys really creepy. It is free and very well organized.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

So when I was little every time I went to Edinburgh I wanted to go here! So I took my little boy and it's not how I remember! I thought it was way more interactive! You can't touch most of the toys that are out on display, seen a few kids having a melt down not being able to have... More 

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Thank Michaela K
Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Another excellent free attraction at the heart of the Old Town. Four floors of childhood nostalgia. Mostly visited by older people like myself who find ourselves holding conversations with complete strangers as we see things in the display cabinets which are just like what we had when we were small.

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Thank 674Jen
East Kilbride, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I was excited to take my 9 year old sons to show them the toys I used to play with when I was younger (late 70's/80's). Have to say I was a bit disappointed. I felt a lot of the toys were even more ancient than me! I had to explain to them a lot of the toys were what... More 

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Thank Mags B
West Jordan, Utah
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

They had some really fun things in here. It's worth taking a look around. Lots of old toys and things.

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Thank Michelle C
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

First of all: this museum is suitable for families with small children,too. From the entrance you will pop in the shop, and later on , you can start to explore the museum. In this fantastic place, there are at least 5 rooms for toys. In the middle of the first room, you can see some nice cars to children up... More 

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Thank Katalin N
Northampton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Quirky little museum. Relaxing stroll round with not an iPad in sight. This little place is going to make you smile from the sheer simplicity of a bygone childhood.

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Thank Liz C
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Takes you on a trip down memory lane and is worth a visit though small. Lovely museum spread over 4 floors

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Thank Emma L
Bristol, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Once again a FREE museum in an area where many exhibits and their like are very expensive indeed. Lots of memories come flooding back as you remember these items - Dinky cars and trains especially for me. Much more here than you think to begin with and some of the areas have created a shop window or a child's room... More 

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Thank Terence K
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a gem of a museum located on the Royal Mile. It is crammed with memories of childhood past and present. There is something of interest for all ages. I can thoroughly recommend this attraction.

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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-flavoured 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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