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Schools Activity Programme

Our expert-led activities support Curriculum for Excellence and offer inspiring, hands-on experiences for learners aged 3 to 18.

Our great value, expert-led activities support Curriculum for Excellence and offer inspiring, hands-on experiences for learners aged 3 to 18.

Search for activities

You should contact Learning Services to check availability and to book your chosen activity. Popular activities fill up quickly, so be sure to contact us early. Various types of activity are available.

Early years and primary school activities

The multi-sensory approaches and creative mediums we use in our activities for young learners make early school trips extra special.

Primary school activities may involve:

  • popular topics like castles and Mary Queen of Scots
  • curriculum areas such as sciences, technologies and expressive arts
  • Discovery Sessions that can be tailored to your class project

Read about our Medieval Construction Science Show.

You may also want to find out about our Junior Tour Guides.

Secondary school activities

Activities are flexible, so we can cater to the needs of individual teachers, classes and groups. Many activities can be tailored to specific learning needs and booked on dates to suit you.

Our sites are excellent places for secondary schools to:

  • support the learning of social studies topics
  • inspire creativity in art, drama and writing

Teacher activities

We offer continuing professional development (CPD) events for teachers. These can help you to develop skills in using Scotland’s historic environment to support Curriculum for Excellence. 

Most of our CPD events focus on finding ways to use visits to our sites to enhance and support classroom teaching and learning. Many also give you an opportunity to join in activities, try out resources and view exhibitions before doing so with a class.

Things to know before you book

Schools activities carry a charge. Once your booking is confirmed, we’ll send you a voucher to hand to the steward when you arrive for your activity. You will be invoiced after the event.

Activities are charged at £70 per session up to a maximum class size of 33. Free activities are clearly marked.

A limited number of activities are run in conjunction with partner organisations and involve two separate activities at different venues, each of which will attract a charge of £70.

A cancellation fee applies to activities cancelled with less than 10 working days' notice.

You should arrive 10 minutes before your activity is due to begin. We’ll do our best to fit you in if you’re late, but we may have to shorten your session.


Learning Services
Historic Environment Scotland
Holyrood Park Education Centre
1 Queen’s Drive

Telephone: 0131 652 8155/8156