Cultural & Enrichment Trips to Edinburgh
Edinburgh is Scotland’s beautiful capital, and award winning cultural destination. There is plenty to see and do in the city thanks to its rich combination of venues and activities which offer tradition and history as well as amenities which are contemporary and lively.
Choosing trips to Edinburgh really does offer inspiration, fun and of course education. Enabling school children of all ages to see, hear and experience some of the most important historic artifacts, will mean a brilliant excursion and the most memorable educational lesson.
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Reasons to Visit
National Galleries of Scotland
The three magnificent galleries in Edinburgh are located on three sites, each home to special exhibitions and different parts of the national collection of fine art. The collection is free to the public, open daily and amongst the best in the world. What's awaiting you? Masterpieces from the early Renaissance to the present day by some of the most important artists in history, as well as portraits of great Scots. You will also find special exhibitions, inspiring activities and events, and bustling cafés and shops.
Perched on an extinct volcano, this instantly recognisable fortress is a powerful national symbol and part of Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage Site. Its story is Scotland's story. Experienced guides with a great knowledge and understanding of the castle look forward to sharing their stories with you.
The Palace of Holyroodhouse
The Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official residence in Scotland of Her Majesty The Queen, stands at the end of Edinburgh's Royal Mile against the spectacular backdrop of Arthur's Seat. This fine baroque palace is closely associated with Scotland's rich history. The Palace is perhaps best known as the home of Mary, Queen of Scots, and as the setting for many of the dramatic episodes in her turbulent reign.
Witness the Big Bang, feel an earthquake and even get caught in a tropical rainstorm as the unique story of our planet's past, present and future is told. The interactive tour includes voting pads and smartboard technology and pupils will handle specimens in the the workshop.
Focusing on some of the less savoury aspects of Edinburgh's past, the tour takes you on a journey taking in famous bodysnatchers Burke & Hare, who dug up graves to provide bodies for experimentation, an exhibition dedicated to torture and disease and one dealing with notorious Leith cannibal and troglodyte, Sawney Bean. Another charming exhibit describes how Auld Reekie used to be when it really was reekie; sewage being thrown out of upper windows with the cry of 'gardyloo' and carts touring the streets collecting dead bodies. There are also displays of torture equipment and early sugery - and the heart of Robert the Bruce.
Royal Botanical Gardens
The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh was founded in the 17th century as a physic garden. Now it extends over four Gardens boasting a rich living collection of plants, and is a world-renowned centre for plant science and education. Refresh your senses and explore the riches of the green kingdom at one of the
world's finest botanic gardens. Journey through warmer climes in the Glasshouses or discover contemporary art at Inverleith House... there's something for everyone!
The Camera Obscura show is a fascinating and highly amusing way to see the city and learn about its history. This unique experience has delighted and intrigued people for over 150 years. It is a 'must' on any visit to Edinburgh.
From inside this mysterious Victorian rooftop chamber, you see live moving images of Edinburgh projected onto a viewing table through a giant periscope. Pick people up on your hands, squash them to a pulp and even make the traffic climb over paper bridges.
The Royal Yacht Britannia
Moored in Leith, to the north of the city was the seabound home to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family for over 40 years. On a visit to the Royal Yacht Britannica you get a real glimpse into what life was like on board for both the Royal Family as well as the 220 Royal Yachtsmen who served on Britannia. Take the audio guides to discover the heart and soul of this most special of royal residences.
Cadies & Witchery Tours
A unique and highly entertaining tour in the old town of Edinburgh. You will hear well researched stories and visit the scenes of horrendous tortures, punishments and executions common in days gone by.There will be a demonstration of several props of torture on route, and you will meet costumed characters summoned from the mists of time...
The largest and most exciting wildlife attraction in Scotland, committed to the highest standards of animal welfare, conservation and environmental education. In just one day, you can meet over 1,000 wonderful animals living in a parkland setting on the outskirts of Edinburgh.
The zoo offers a selection of educational workshops on the following topics: 'Adaptions', 'Primate Behaviour' and 'Evolution'. Please note, schools will need to book workshops directly with Edinburgh Zoo.
The Real Mary Kings Close
Go underground to discover Edinburgh's true hidden history. The Real Mary King’s Close is hidden beneath the Edinburgh’s busy thoroughfare – the Royal Mile. The Close is a warren of streets, homes and passageways and is Edinburgh’s only preserved 17thcentury street. From myths and legends, to the deadly plague epidemic as you wamder through the labyrinth of streets you will learn the stories of the people who lived, worked, and died here.
National Museum of Scotland
Explore the National Museum of Scotland. When did people first settle in Scotland? What are it's oldest treasures? Discover some of the nation's most precious possessions alongside the everyday objects that throw light on Scotland through the ages. The modern landmark building that houses the Scottish collections is in the middle of Edinburgh's historic Old Town, just minutes from the Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle. Hours can fly by here as you explore Scotland and the world! Some exhibits are millions of years old, others less than a decade.
Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre
On the Whisky Heritage Tour you will learn the origins of malt whisky distilling in Scotland. To get you in the mood a "wee dram" of Scotch for the over 18s or a soft drink for the kids is offered. Scotch whisky dates back to the 15th century and probably long before. The introduction to the tour will take you through all the different processes that make Scotch Whisky unique.
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