Edinburgh: the perfect city for a great school break

With summer well and truly gone, autumn is a tempting time to start making the most of that Netflix subscription – but tear yourself away from the TV and central heating long enough and there’s still a world of activities to enjoy.

It’s a wonderful time for families to get together – and the October half term holiday in particular represents a great excuse for some fun and relaxation while the schools are off.

A standout option for city breaks, Edinburgh offers wonderful architecture, a strong sense of culture, deep history, great eateries, and the crisp, bright autumn weather only serves to intensify its charm.

There’s always something to do

There’s always something to do in the Scottish capital, whether it’s visiting the iconic Edinburgh Castle, enjoying street entertainment on the Royal Mile, taking in the exciting atmosphere of a rugby international at BT Murrayfield Stadium, exploring the cobbled passages of the Old Town, or touring the amazing Scottish Parliament.

Young and old Harry Potter fans will love to see where the world famous boy wizard was first dreamed up by JK Rowling, from the Elephant House café where first instalment ‘The Philosopher’s Stone’ was born, to the Balmoral Hotel where the final chapters of ‘The Deathly Hallows’ were completed.

Halloween Magic School

With that in mind, there’s a Halloween Magic School taking place at Lauriston Castle on 20th October where youngsters can learn, create and perform their own magic at a spooky workshop.

But there’s so much more to enjoy this autumn. On 14th October, children are invited to Dynamic Earth to become a trainee environmental scientist and take part in their ‘Operation Earth’ programme, while on the 17th, they can join Holyrood Holiday Club for ‘Unbe-leaf-able’ in Holyrood Park with the opportunity to join the Park Rangers for an autumnal adventure, make some art, forage for brambles, and make some jam on an open fire.


Furthermore, from 26th October to 10th November, the city is home to the Edinburgh Short Film Festival, while on 31st October, Calton Hill will host the Samhuinn Fire Festival where attendees are promised a hotly-anticipated spectacle thanks to a dramatised ‘stand-off between the Summer and Winter Kings’ that’s brought to life through fire play and drumming.

View from Calton Hill towards Edinburgh Castle – Scotland

A stay at any of our Apex Hotels in Edinburgh could be a great place to kick-start your Edinburgh experience. With the ever-welcoming and knowledgeable staff at our Waterloo Place, Grassmarket, City of Edinburgh, and Haymarket locations all helping to give you the inside track on what’s best to do this October.

Edinburgh has so much to offer this October half term – and our hotels with our great facilities and central locations would be your best choice of all.