Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland is renowned for its heritage, culture and festivals. The city’s historical and cultural attractions have made it the United Kingdom’s second most popular tourist destination after London, attracting over one million overseas visitors each year. To the south the view is dominated by Edinburgh Castle, built high on the castle rock, and the long sweep of the Old Town descending towards Holyrood Palace. Other historic sites in Edinburgh include the churches of St. Giles, Greyfriars and the Canongate, and the extensive Georgian New Town, built in the 18th century. UNESCO has listed Edinburgh’s Old Town and New Town together as a World Heritage Site since 1995.
More to See
- Holyrood House
- Scottish Parliament
- Museum of Scotland
- Scottish Portrait Gallery
- Scottish National Gallery
- Edinburgh Zoo
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Depart school and journey to Edinburgh. Depending upon your route and choice of transport, we break the journey with a visit to Lindisfarne and a walk around the island. Late afternoon we arrive at our accommodation in Edinburgh where there is time to sort out rooms before dinner and a briefing on the week ahead.
This morning we visit Edinburgh Castle which has stunning views across the city. After a tour of the castle and lunch awe walk to Camera Obscura and World of Illusions. From inside the mysterious rooftop chamber, you will see live moving images of Edinburgh and can play with them using the array of mirrors and lenses. We then walk to Real Mary King’s Close Edinburgh’s deepest secret: a warren of hidden ‘closes’ where real people lived, worked and died.
After an early dinner, we continue learning about Edinburgh’s colourful past by joining a ghost walk around the city.
Step aboard the Queen’s former floating Palace HMS Britannia. Britannia has been rated Scotland’s Best Attraction for 11 years and is one of the most famous ships in the world. You will have access to the Royal Apartments, Engine Room and Crew’s Quarters. It is an interesting and informative tour and a real insight into the Royal Family.
Leith, where Britainnia is situated is an interesting area to explore before heading back into the city with independant cafes and interesting shops.
In the afternoon we work off some energy by climbing King Arthur’s Seat for magical views of Edinburgh and the Firth of Forth before descending and walking back to our hotel.
This morning we visit the National Museum of Scotland – with 16 galleries of dinosaurs, world cultures, technology, innovations, art and lots more, all housed in a Victorian listed buidling, it is one of the most popular museums in Britain. You can book Tours and Experiences such as Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites Exhibition.
After lunch there is an opportunity to explore the Royal Mile and do a spot of shopping before we head back to our accommodation.
Time to gather our bags and say goodbye to Edinburgh and head back to school.
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Here at School Trips UK our dedicated school trip team have over 20 years’ experience in the travel industry and we pride ourselves in delivering bespoke tips that make learning fun and engaging.
At the start of your enquiry we will research the best accommodation for your chosen destination as well as transport providers if required, and one agent will keep in touch with you throughout the process to ensure you are happy and kept in the loop right to the end of your visit.
All trips can be arranged around a particular subject or subjects and we can include workshops, talks, company visits and other relevant activities accordingly. Everything for your trip would be individually sourced, from local restaurants for your meals to evening activities such as ghost walks or ten pin bowling.
Before you depart on your trip you’ll be provided with detailed itineraries, all booking information, travle maps if required and 24 hour emergency contact details.
- Quality Accommodation
- Entry to attractions
- Evening meals
- Packed lunches
- FREE teacher places
- Information packs
- Personal guides available
- Risk assessments
- 24 hour support
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