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Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites

School in Great Gallery
  • Next event: Friday 19 Jul 2024
    Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday (Tuesday 23 Apr 2024 - Thursday 26 Jun 2025)
  • Second Level
  • Social Studies
  • It is September 1745 and Bonnie Prince Charlie and his Jacobite army have arrived at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

    Pupils will walk in the footsteps of Bonnie Prince Charlie exploring the rooms used by his grandfather, James VII and II to discover the man at the heart of the Jacobite cause and the 1745 Jacobite uprising. They will then experience Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Palace from the perspective of the artist Allan Ramsay, who was invited to the Palace to paint a portrait of Bonnie Prince Charlie. Challenged with the same task, pupils will receive sketch books and pencils and will gather information to inspire and inform their own portraits. They will investigate letters, objects, rooms, symbols and paintings, before returning to the Abbey Strand Centre to make their own masterpiece.

    Visit includes access to: The Throne Room, Privy Chamber, Presence Chamber, King’s Bedchamber, The Great Gallery, The Lobby, Lord Darnley’s Ante Chamber, Lord Darnley’s Bedchamber and Abbey Strand Learning Centre.

    Facilitated session lasts: 2 hours

    Call for volunteers to come to Palace of Holyroodhouse, signed by Bonnie Prince Charlie©

    Curriculum for Excellence Experience and Outcomes

    Second Level
    • I can use evidence to recreate the story of a place or individual of local historical interest. SOC 2-03a
    • I can compare aspects of people’s daily lives in the past with my own by using historical evidence or the experience of recreating an historical setting. SOC 2-04a
    • By exploring places, investigating artefacts and locating them in time, I have developed an awareness of the ways we remember and preserve Scotland’s history. SOC 2-02a
    • I can discuss why people and events from a particular time in the past were important, placing them within a historical sequence. SOC2-06a

    Bonnie Prince Charlie colouring sheet

    A letter to Bonnie Prince Charlie

  • Our learning programmes are designed to be accessible to all pupils.  Most of our sessions can be adapted to meet any educational or access needs your group may have.  Please ask for details when booking.

    You may find the information for visitors on the Autism spectrum helpful when planning your visit to The Palace of Holyroodhouse.

  • A lunch room is available for booked groups in the Learning Rooms.  

  • To find out more or to make a booking contact the Learning Bookings team.

    Please have to hand:

    • Preferred date and possible alternatives, plus time of arrival
    • Numbers of children and supervising adults
    • The taught programme you would like
    • Details of any special educational or access needs

    Please use the downloadable Bookings Forms to send your details to the Learning Bookings Team.

    You will then be sent a reservation letter, together with your teachers’ resource pack, giving a date by which full payment must be received to secure the booking.

    Please note: you may be asked to cover the cost of the session if you cancel within short notice of your visit.  Non-booked schools will be charged at standard group admission rates.  Please see our Terms of Application for Learning Group Admissions.

    Contact us

    Learning Bookings Team
    Ticket Sales and Information Office
    Buckingham Palace
    London SW1A 1AA

    T. (+44) (0)303 123 7323
    F. (+44) (0)20 7930 9625
    [email protected]

    Sharing Learning Objectives

    You will find our learning objectives for each taught session on the relevant programme information page.  Sending us your learning objectives prior to your visit will help us tailor the session to your group’s requirements.

    Planning Visits

    Once you have made your booking, we offer two complimentary tickets for you and a colleague to conduct a planning visit.  If you would like to meet a member of the Learning team during this visit, please let us know at the time of booking.

    Teachers' Packs for each site can be downloaded here.

  • Reduced-rate admission for school groups

    Most of our Palace schools sessions are £3 per pupil. Children in P1 and below are FREE.  Please see individual sessions for details.

    Accompanying adults

    One teacher or adult helper is admitted free of charge at the following ratios:

    Under 5s - P1 - 1 adult: 3 pupils
    P2 – P4 - 1 adult: 6 pupils
    P5 and above - 1 adult: 10 pupils

    Please ask for details of rates for additional adults when booking.

    All online workshops: £35 per class attending a booked session. 

  • Following your booking a confirmation letter, with an agreed arrival time, will be sent to you; your letter serves as a ticket for your group. The group leader must have a copy of the confirmation letter to present on arrival.

    The Royal Collection Trust Learning section asks that teachers undertake the following guidelines to make entry to Royal Collection Trust sites as smooth and quick as possible:

    • Please arrive at the Royal Collection Trust site at least 5 minutes before the scheduled time for the booked workshop
    • Teachers and children should not bring the following: scissors, compasses, metal cutlery, sharp metallic implements
    • Only bring what you need! The Royal Collection Trust Learning section will provide all necessary equipment such as clipboards, pencils and drawing materials (groups can bring their own sketchbooks if they prefer to use these)

The income from your ticket contributes directly to The Royal Collection Trust, a registered charity. The aims of The Royal Collection Trust are the care and conservation of the Royal Collection, and the promotion of access and enjoyment through exhibitions, publications, loans and educational activities.