Underneath the great volcanic prow of Salisbury Crags in central Edinburgh, the striking white tent forming the shell of Dynamic Earth is in a fitting location for an all-age attraction explaining the processes which shaped our planet Earth. It's certainly not a stuffy old museum: this was a venue developed for the new millennium as an interactive, multi-sensory experience. You start by travelling back to the Big Bang in a Deep Time Machine, after which a series of partly guided, high-tech zones take the visitor forward through time and space, up to the different world biomes of the present day. A 360° cinema show completes the offering. The ticket price isn't cheap and it's not somewhere you can spend a whole day - the different zones have to be explored in order, so you can't easily re-visit sections once you've moved on to the next room - but it certainly merits a visit if you have children or a passing interest in geology.
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Name: Dynamic Earth ★★★★☆
Location: Holyrood Road, 15-min walk east of Edinburgh Waverley station, G.R.: NT 268737 ///seats.steer.twist
Open (2018): Daily, April to October; Wednesday to Sunday, October to March
Cost (2018): £15 (adults); £9.50 (children); discount when booking online
Anything else? Allow a couple of hours.
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