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2 nights accom. & travel  for 35 students and 4 staff

History school trips to Edinburgh

History school trips to Edinburgh

A History school trip to Edinburgh will give your emerging historians a new respect and understanding of the history of this capital city, as well as the way it has helped to shape the city and Scotland as a country. Although Edinburgh can trace its history to around 1000 B.C, the more interesting aspects come into play a little later down the line. Learn about medieval society and King David I, through to the relationship between Mary Queen of Scots and Queen Elizabeth. Plus, give your students an understanding of Scotland’s role in the modern development of the UK.

Suggested Itinerary


    • day

      Theme: Orientation and Scottish History Introduction

      • Walking tour of the city
    • day

      Theme: Castles and Power

      • Edinburgh Castle
    • day

      Theme: Scotland Today

      • Holyrood Palace
      • Return to school in the afternoon


Itinerary price from £205

Price details

Priced based on:

  • 2 night tour for 35 students and 4 staff

Price includes:

  • Transfers by coach
  • 2 nights’ bed and breakfast accommodation on a bed-sharing basis
  • Standard insurance
  • Entrance to excursions based on above itinerary


Case Study opportunities

Key topics

The Relationship between Queen Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots

      • Walking Tour of Edinburgh
      • Holyrood Palace
      • Scone Palace

Medieval Times

      • Walking Tour of Edinburgh
      • Edinburgh Castle
      • Holyrood Palace
      • Scone Palace

The Development of the UK 1919-1990

      • Walking Tour of Edinburgh
      • Holyrood Palace
      • Scone Palace

The Impact of the Empire on Britain 1688-1730

      • Walking Tour of Edinburgh
      • Edinburgh Castle
      • Holyrood Palace
      • Scone Palace

Suggested GCSE links

Suggested Education links (For History GCSE studied from 2016)

AQA GCSE History (8145)

Medieval England – the reign of Edward I, 1272-1307

      • Part Three: Edward I’s military campaigns in Wales and Scotland

Elizabethan England c1568-1603

      • Part Three: Troubles at home and abroad

OCR History A (Explaining the modern world) J410

Migration to Britain c.1000 to c.2010 (J410/08)

      • c1500-1900

War and British Society c.790 to c.2010 (J410/10)

      • c1500-c1750

The impact of Empire on Britain 1688-c.1730 (J410/11)

      • English expansion and its impact on the British Isles c.1688-c1730

OCR History B (Schools History Project) J411

The Elizabethans 1580-1603

      • Catholics

Pearson (EDEXCEL) GCSE (9-1) History (1HI0)

Option 12: Warfare and British society, c1250- present

      • C1250-c1500: Medieval warfare and English society

Option B4: Early Elizabethan England, 1558-88

      • Key topic 1: Queen, government and religion, 1558-69


1B. The Elizabethan Age, 1558-1603

      • The Catholic Threat

2D. The development of the UK, 1919-1990

      • The Stuttering Seventies


Edinburgh Accommodation - Edinburgh Central Youth Hostel

Edinburgh Central Youth Hostel

  • Specialises in youth groups
  • Located close to attractions

The Edinburgh Central Youth Hostel is a popular option for school and youth groups as it offers great value accommodation with modern and en-suite facilities.

Location: The hostel is conveniently located walking distance to Edinburgh's main attractions including Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile and the Scottish Parliament and is only a 10-minute walk from public transport links.

Facilities: With a self-catering kitchen, on-site restaurant and bar, the hostel offers a variety of amenities.

Accommodation: All rooms are en-suite with a mixture of dorm sizes. Premium twin and double rooms are available with TV/DVD and tea & coffee making facilities.

Meals: Breakfast to full board basis available, can include packed lunches and evening meals.

Quick Tip: This is just a small sample of possible accommodations available. Please contact us for more information.

Subject Specific Excursions

Holyrood Palace

Founded as a monastery in 1128, the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh is The Queen's official residence in Scotland. Kings and queens have made the Palace of Holyroodhouse the premier royal residence in Scotland.

Edinburgh Castle

One of the most famous castles in the United Kingdom with a dramatic position that leads the skyline of Edinburgh, the Edinburgh Castle highlights Middle Age history and warfare.

Scone Palace

Scone Palace was the crowning place of Scottish kings where Macbeth, Robert the Bruce and Charles II were once crowned. You can wander down the Long Galley where King Charles II strode to his coronation in 1651.

Quick Tip: If you have an excursion in mind which you don't see listed, please get in touch so we can do our best to arrange it for you!

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