Edinburgh History School Trips & Tours
There’s a superb menu of things to see and do in this capital city. Not only are the streets and buildings steeped in history, but Edinburgh is one of the UK’s most beautiful cities, with the medieval maze of the Old Town ready to explore.
For groups studying the Early Elizabethan England, 1558–88 module for Edexcel GCSE History; Elizabethan England, c1568–1603 for AQA GCSE History or The Elizabethans, 1580–1603 for OCR GCSE History B, Edinburgh is a great destination to learn more about Mary Queen of Scots and her relationship with Queen Elizabeth.
Whether you’re looking for fascinating museums, enchanting history and heritage or dramatic cultural landmarks, you’ll find it all in Edinburgh.
Day trips start from £49pp - see our range of visits below.
Price Shown includes
- 2 nights’ B&B accommodation
- Executive coach transport from and to school and throughout your tour
- Group travel insurance
- 1 in 8 free place ratio
Price shown is based on 40 paying passengers departing from selected departure points in March 2021 and is subject to availability.
On-tour support includes...
- Pre-booked meals at great group prices
- A choice of packed lunches for your group throughout your stay
- Services of a local guide
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.
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.
National Museum of Scotland
Explore the diversity of the natural world, world cultures, science and technology, art and Scottish history, all under one roof at the National Museum of Scotland.
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.
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.
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 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!
Camera Obscura & World of Illusions
The Camera Obscura and World of Illusions is an excellent place for a panoramic view of the city and beyond. Students can explore the wonders of light and illusion, experiment with various hands on optical illusions and tricks.
Mary Queen of Scots Guided Walking Tour
Bring the history of Mary Queen of Scots to life on this captivating guided walking tour of Edinburgh. Tailored to link in with your group’s studies, external sites can include Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace, Riddles Court and Canongate Kirkyard (reputed grave of David Rizzio).
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.
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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