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  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Factfinder Guides Ltd (1 Aug 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956414826
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956414823
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 1 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 838,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. WEST-SOLEY TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Dec 2010
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For a really different take on visiting Edinburgh and the surrounding regions, you can't get much better or quirkier than this book. All the obvious sights are included (the castle, Holyrood and so on), but some 'everyday wonders' are also to be found here - experiences like 'walking between the waves' on the Crammond sea path - which are well worth a little trip out of the city centre for. And in fact the book is great for this - as well as the city centre focus, there are lots of interesting recommendations outside the immediate confines of the centre which will appeal to families.

It's not at all patronising - the style is a little like the excellent 'Horrible Histories' range - and even adults can have fun using it to explore! It's nice that you learn a bit about the history of the region as you use the book, too. The peelable star stickers are a great idea for tracking how you're notching up the sights in the book - a nice interactive touch. Thoroughly recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Navigator on 6 Nov 2010
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Just a pity this arrived the week after a trip to Edinburgh!

This is a great resource, packed with things for kids in Edinburgh, and a very necessary addition to those of us trying to visit a town and still keep the kids happy. The authors have most certainly identified a gap in the market.

The one small drawback is that it only describes the kids activities and there is little or no information about the place it's recommending. Sometimes this is of no importance - for instance visiting the ice rink. Other times, such as playing children's games at Georgian House, it would be very nice to know what else the house offers and whether its worth struggling onto 2 buses to get there. So you really need a grown up book too, but then you've probably already got one if you are doing this kind of trip.

So an easy 5 stars, and can't wait to get back to Edinburgh to try it out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tealady2000 VINE VOICE on 2 Nov 2010
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Ignore the ghastly cover illustration - the contents of this book are excellent. This guidebook to Edinburgh and its surroundings is aimed directly at children and encourages them to to make their own decisions about what to see and do. Each of the 48 attractions has its own double-page spread and there is just the right amount of background information on each. The book features a very wide range of destinations including castles, parks and beaches to appeal to all youthful tastes. 'Stuffier' places like galleries and museums are also included, but as an Edinburgh resident I can confirm that the authors have taken care to select the ones which will appeal most to children. 41 of the attractions are in the City itself, but 7 are further afield, including Stirling Castle (better than Edinburgh Castle in my opinion) and the Museum of Flight, which features Concorde. Children can rate each attraction afterwards using the sticky stars provided.

For parents there is a guide to opening times and admission costs, where relevant, and web addresses for further information.
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Although I don't actually have children myself, I ordered this book having recently moved to Stirling, in the hope that it would provide some interesting ideas for things to do on a day out. Though we haven't tried all of the various attractions featured, it certainly has been useful for trips to Edinburgh.

Each attraction gets a two page spread that, to be honest, is mostly taken up with pictures and not a lot of text, the book being aimed at children of around 7-11. There's plenty of emphasis on things to do, though attractions include castles, museums, and parks.

Information about each attraction is fairly minimal - for instance, they're categorised according to budget, but exact prices aren't given because these would soon go out of date. They do provide opening hours, including where appropriate seasonal variations, and addresses (physical and online) though, which allows you to check the necessary information for yourself. I should add also that there's no proper map. There's enough indication of roughly where things are that you can plan to see two or three nearby attractions in the same day, but presumably it's assumed that adults will have a 'proper' guidebook or at least map for navigation.

I think this would be most use for a family planning a holiday in or around Edinburgh, as you could give this to the children in advance and help them plan what to go and see. It also has gold star stickers that allow them to rate attractions afterwards, though I don't suppose it will have much lasting value after the occasion. Unless, of course, you visit Edinburgh again! (3* mainly due to that somewhat limited shelf life for most people; though I think it's probably worth it to improve a holiday.)
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By Bill Crawford VINE VOICE on 19 Mar 2011
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A great colourful book aimed at children with enquiring minds. It contains 48 suggestions for visits and/or activities in and around Edinburgh. I come from Edinburgh and can vouch for the fact that there are loads of things to do, but there are many in this book that I was not aware of.

Each suggestion is on a double page, with colourful pictures, a short description and some associated information, including contact details / web address. What little text there is, is written in a child-friendly format with explanations of concepts that might not be familiar, and there are a few jokes / fascinating facts / top tips thrown in for good measure.

The book is broken down into area chunks so you can focus on the 8 or so activities that are closest together. There are some "top 5" selections at the back for matters of particular interest and a very brief section for adults. The book does not include boring details of "how to get there", which could be a problem if you have not done your homework, but there are addresses and phone numbers, which will do, if you are stuck.

In summary - a great book, packed full of ideas to make the most of your time. You can just hand it to your child and ask them to plan out your trip.
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