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Mary, Queen of Scots: From Castle to Palace

  • Palace of Holyroodhouse
  • Thursday, 3 Oct 2019 - Thursday, 26 Mar 2020
  • Second Level
  • Social Studies
  • Mary Queen of Scots
  • Details
  • Travel
  • Lunch facilities
  • Access
  • How to book
  • Prices
  • Security

Details

Details

Visit both the Palace of Holyroodhouse and Edinburgh Castle to gather evidence of Mary, Queen of Scots’ life in Edinburgh in this one-day workshop. This workshop is delivered in collaboration with Historic Environment Scotland

Session Learning Objectives:

  • Use the rooms and objects in the Palace to investigate major events in the Queen's life, including her marriage to Lord Darnley, meetings with John Knox and the murder of David Rizzio
  • Discover what daily life was like for the Queen and her court
  • Find out the ways that boys and girls were brought up differently from each other in the 1500's

In this session pupils will:

  • Journey in the Queen's footsteps, seeing the private royal apartments in which she and Lord Darnley lived at the Palace
  • Investigate the murder of Mary's servant, David Rizzio, including a visit to the scene of the crime
  • Meet Mary Queen of Scots at the Castle and learn to dance like the courtiers of the time.
  • Explore pastimes enjoyed at court in the 1560's

Available on selected dates; 3rd October, 31st October, 7th November, 21st November, 28th November, 5th March, 19th March and 26th March.  Lasts 4 hours, including lunch.  These workshops fill up quickly.  Book early to avoid disappointment. 

"It was fantastic and the pupils absolutely loved it!" P6 Teacher

Travel

Travel

Palace of Holyroodhouse, Canongate, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH8 8DX

By car

From 1 September until mid-October 2019 the nearest car park to the Palace is the NCP Holyrood.  Please visit the NCP website for details. 

Accessible parking spaces are located on Horse Wynd, just outside the Palace, on a first-come first-serve basis.

By train

Edinburgh Waverley. The Palace is a 15 minute walk from the station.  Visit National Rail Enquiries for times and fares.

By tram

The nearest tram stop is York Place. The Palace is a 20 minute walk from the station. Visit Edinburgh Trams for times and fares.

By coach / bus

Bus numbers 6 and 35 stop near the Palace.  Open-top tour buses stop nearby.

Limited free coach parking is available adjacent to the Palace. Alternative pay-and-display coach parking is available on nearby Regent Road.

Lunch facilities

Lunch facilities

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

Access

Access

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.

How to book

How to book

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

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.

Prices

Prices

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 - 1 adult: 3 pupils
P1 – P4 - 1 adult: 6 pupils
P5 and above - 1 adult: 10 pupils

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

Security

Security

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)
Resources

Royal Mile Trail