Morning Activities


To start your Family Day Out make your way to Edinburgh Butterfly & Insect World – Indoor tropical environment with habitats for creatures including snakes, insects and spiders!

Inside you can join the experts and get the chance to handle tarantulas, snakes and millipedes twice daily at 12 & 3pm! There is also many other fascinating daily occurrences that you can witness while in Edinburgh Butterfly and Insect World such as Glowing Scorpion Display, Snake Feeding every Saturday (4pm) and Tropical Gardens.


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Outdoors & Nature

Edinburgh Butterfly & Insect World
Dobbies Garden World, Melville Nursery, Lasswade, Edinburgh, EH18 1AZ
(0131) 663 4932

Adults: £7.95
Concessions: £6.95
Children (3 – 15 years old): £5.95
Children (Under 3 years old): Free
Families from: £26.50

Opening hours

Just a few steps away from Butterfly and Insect world there is Dobbies Garden Center – Chain retailer of garden products, many locations with plant nurseries, food halls and restaurants. Today Dobbies is one of the UK’s largest Garden Centre retailers. We have 35 Stores across Scotland, England and Northern Ireland. Naturally, we have one of the biggest and best ranges of quality plants and gardening equipment around.

You don’t have to be an avid gardener to enjoy Dobbies because, as well as having everything to make your garden grow, we have everything you need to simply relax and enjoy your garden – and much more.

Dobbies Garden Centre
Melville Nursery, Lasswade, Edinburgh, EH18 1AZ
(0131) 663 1941

Opening hours

Getting There

By Car

From Edinburgh drive via A7. Dobbies is located just off the Edinburgh City Bypass at the Gilmerton exit or at the Sheriffhall roundabout. This will take approximately 25 minutes.
From the Borders drive via A7. This will take approximately 50 minutes.
Dobbies Garden World offers free parking.

By Bus

Lothian service 3 and 29 getting off at Dobbies Garden World.


By Train

From Edinburgh take Borders Railway from Edinburgh Waverley to Eskbank, changing at Tesco for a Lothian service 29. This will take approximately 50 minutes.

From Borders take Borders Railway to Newtongrange station, changing for a Lothian service 29 for 6 stops getting off at Dobbies Garden World. This will take approximately one hour 15 minutes.


Melville Inn
Melville Nursery, Lasswade, EH18 1AR
(0131) 660 4925

Smart country pub and restaurant offering cask ales and a menu of modern pub classics, plus garden.

Fixed price menus from £10.95 for two courses and £13.95 for three available Monday to Friday until 17:00.

Getting there
The Melville Inn is situated in the same car park as Dobbies Garden Centre.

Afternoon Activities

What Family Day Out is without a trampoline park for kids to enjoy?? For an afternoon full of fun Visit Ryze trampoline park Edinburgh for an extreme adventure with activities including dodgeball, ultimate basketball, and more…all on trampolines!

Ryze is on a mission to create the world’s most awesome trampoline parks!

Ryze Edinburgh
23 Mayfield Industrial Estate, Dalkeith, EH22 4AD
(0131) 634 0140

2-6 years old: £7.00
7+ 1 Hour Flight Ticket: £10.00
2 Hour Flight Ticket: £15.00
(No 2-Hour Flight Passes on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays or Holidays).

Opening hours
10:00-11:00 – KidJump (ages 2-6 only)
11:00-21:00 – Open Jump  (age 7 and over)

10:00-11:00 – KidJump (ages 2-6 only)
11:00-21:00 – Open Jump  (age 7 and over)
19:00-21:00 – ClubRYZE (age 7 and over)

Getting there
By car
Drive via A7. This will take approximately 8 minutes.

By bus
Take service 3 for five stops, changing at Buccleuch Street to service 33 for 14 stops getting off at Blackcot Avenue. This will be followed by a five minute walk towards Mayfield Industrial Estate. This will journey will take approximately 35 minutes.

Dinner Suggestions

17/19 Eskbank Rd, Dalkeith, Midlothian, EH22 1HD
(0131) 663 9800

Modern white-tablecloth restaurant with Bangladeshi dishes, an Indian tapas menu and takeaway.

Banquet meals from £18 per person.

Opening hours
12:00-14:00 & 17:00-23:00

Getting there
By car
Drive via B703. This will take approximately 8 minutes. There is free on street parking.

By bus
Take service 33 for 14 stops getting off at South Street. This will take approximately 23 minutes.

Accommodation Suggestions

Premier Inn Edinburgh
Melville Dykes Rd. Edinburgh, EH18 1AN
(0871) 527 9290

Off the A7, this modern hotel lies opposite Melville golf centre, 6.7 miles from Edinburgh and 7.4 miles from Pentland Hills regional park.

The air-conditioned rooms feature free WiFi and en suite bathrooms with showers, as well as tea and coffee making facilities, TVs with digital channels and desks, and range from singles and doubles to family rooms with 2 pull-out beds, where kids aged 15 and under eat and stay free with paying adults.

Prices from £47.