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Edinburgh is very family friendly with plenty of attractions to appeal to children as well as adults.

Top of the list is the Zoo in Corstorphine Road, an easy bus ride from the city centre. It was established in 1913 and extends over 82 acres with more than 1000 different species to be seen. Most popular are the penguins who perform their own "March of the Penguins" every lunchtime. The first penguins were given to the Zoo in 1914 when a few arrived in Leith on board a Salvesen whaling ship from the Antarctic and they have thrived in the Zoo ever since. Another popular attraction is the Gorgie City Farm where children can meet up with more people-friendly animals like sheep, goats, ponies, ducks, geese - and even a tortoise. A centre that specialises in sporting birds is Falconry Scotland based in Dalhousie Castle. Visitors can watch hunting falcons at work and even handle the birds.

Water is always popular with children and Edinburgh is well provided with centrally located baths and swimming centres, including top of the range Royal Commonwealth Pool and the Leith Swimming Centre which is the largest in the city. The Leith Centre allows children over nine years old to swim unaccompanied by an adult and it is open every day during the school holidays. There are several other swimming baths in various parts of the city and their opening times can be obtained from the Edinburgh Leisure Centre - telephone 01316502299.

The evening ghost tours of Edinburgh's Old Town can be scary, but Auld Reekie Ghost Tours have laid on less terrifying ones for children in the afternoons.

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