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Edinburgh Music School Tours

Edinburgh is a great destination for music groups, particularly choirs, with wonderful opportunities to perform in various historical sites. As one of the UK’s most beautiful cities, there is plenty to see and do here, with the medieval maze of the Old Town and the ever-popular Royal Mile ready to explore. Whether you’re looking for fascinating museums, enchanting history and heritage, or dramatic cultural landmarks, you’ll find it all in Edinburgh.

We can also incorporate concerts and excursions in the surrounding towns of Central Scotland, if you wish to travel outside the capital, perhaps even incorporating a day in Glasgow for a multi-city tour!

Prices start from£229pp

Price Shown includes

  • 2 night's B&B accommodation
  • Executive coach transport from & to school & throughout your stay
  • Organisation & publicity of 2 concerts
  • Group travel insurance
  • Generous free place ratio of 1 in 8

Price shown is based on 40 paying passengers departing from selected departure points in February 2022 and is subject to availability.


On tour support

Get even more from your trip with a Music Tour Manager! Call us for details. 

On-tour support includes...

  • Pre-booked meals at great group prices
  • Pre-booked packed lunches for your group throughout your stay

Accommodation

Popular options in Edinburgh


Top performance venues

Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh

This historic church is Edinburgh's Old Town offers an wonderful 'cathedral style' acoustic for choirs and smaller instrumental ensembles.

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Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh

The famous Canongate Kirk, located in Edinburgh's historic centre, was Scotland's first Post-Reformation church.  As well as their Thursday lunchtime recital series, they host evening concerts for smaller choirs and ensembles.

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St Giles’ Cathedral, Edinburgh

As the High Kirk of Edinburgh, St Giles' Cathedral is a magnificent church venue that plays host to a range of musical events.

St Andrew’s & St George’s Church, Edinburgh

Afternoon and evening concerts can be arranged in this spacious church, situated in Edinburgh's New Town, for a donation towards the church.

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Ross Bandstand, Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh

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Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh

Groups may directly arrange to perform at this iconic and historic location, which overlooks the City of Edinburgh

St Andrew’s Church, Leith

Suitable choral and instrumental music is welcome at this inclusive parish church.

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St Colomba’s Cathedral. Oban

Visiting choirs and instrumental ensembles can perform concerts at this coastal Cathedral on occasion.

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Stirling Castle, Stirling

All types of music group can perform at this important historic location, in return for free visitor admission.


Top visits

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle is a powerful national symbol, and part of Edinburgh’s World Heritage site. Here, you can see the Honours (Crown Jewels) of Scotland, the Stone of Destiny, Mons Meg, and the One O’Clock Gun. You can even visit the National War Museum of Scotland and experience life as a POW in 1781.

The Real Mary King’s Close

Just off the historic Royal Mile, at the Real Mary King’s Close, your students will see an historically accurate interpretation of life in Edinburgh from the 16th to the 19th centuries. You’ll get to witness the highs and lows of 16th century living, visit the home of a grave digger’s family to discover the truth about the plague epidemic of 1644-46, and enjoy ghost stories as your guide reveals dramatic episodes and extraordinary apparitions from the past.

Edinburgh Zoo

Edinburgh Zoo is the largest and most exciting wildlife attraction in Scotland. In just one day, pupils can meet over 1,000 wonderful animals in a beautiful parkland setting. A visit to Edinburgh Zoo isn’t complete without a trip to see the giant pandas!

Royal Yacht Britannia

Discover what life was like on board The Queen's floating Royal residence. Your group will first explore the Britannia’s Visitor Centre, before stepping aboard. Here your group can learn about the history of Royal Yachts, view displays and historical photographs of Britannia's captivating past.

Palace of Holyroodhouse

Learn about the palace’s history, from its medieval foundations to its present day use by the Royal Family. Following an introductory talk, find out about the lives of famous residents including Mary Queen of Scots, Bonnie Prince Charlie and Queen Victoria. Workshops are available for KS2 / P4-7 too.

Murder & Mystery Walking Tour

Led by your tour guide, hanged highwayman, Adam Lyal, students will be given a spine-tingling insight into Edinburgh’s darker side, with costumed characters including infamous body-snatchers, Burke and Hare.

 


Evening activites

  • Bowling
  • Theatre show
  • Ghost walk

Expert's comment

'Although Edinburgh itself is best suited to choral groups, there are some magnificent locations such as Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh Castle and nearby Stirling Castle that welcome a range of musical ensembles.'


Transport

Available from any location in the UK, our executive coaches are fitted with seatbelts, toilet facilities, air conditioning, DVD and reclining seats.

Rail is a convenient travel option for small groups, ideal for connections to Eurostar, major airports and travel to many city destinations.


Giving you full support throughout

Before your tour

  • Your own dedicated NST contact
  • Bespoke tour itineraries
  • Unrivalled local knowledge & expertise
  • Curriculum linked visit programmes
  • Great value for money - no hidden costs
  • Free group leader inspection visits
  • Risk assessment guidance
  • Safety assured, transport, accommodation and visits

Whilst you're away

  • Free educational resources
  • Group-friendly accommodation
  • Exceptional standards of coaching
  • On-tour support from our reps on the ground
  • Support & assistance from our specialists guides throughout your tour
  • 24/7 support just a call away
  • Extensive group travel insurance

On your return

  • Priority rebooking services
  • Rewarding your loyalty with our reward scheme
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