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SCHOOL SESSION

Mary, Queen of Scots: From Palace to Park

Image of Palace of Holyroodhouse with Holyrood Park  and Arthurs seet in background
Image of Palace with park in background ©
  • Next event: Wednesday, 24 Apr 2024
    Every Wednesday (Wednesday, 24 Apr 2024 - Wednesday, 15 May 2024)
  • First Level, Second Level
  • Social Studies
  • During this special day pupils will take a journey from greensleeves to greenspace, exploring the world of Mary, Queen of Scots, inside and out!

    Pupils will begin their day at the Palace of Holyroodhouse where they will visit Mary’s chambers and discover the rooms in which she reigned from before going to the Palace gardens to explore Mary’s outdoor life, and how the monarch used gardens for fresh air, games, relaxing, and also matters of state.

    After lunch in the Abbey Strand Learning Centre pupils will then make their way to Holyrood Park where Historic Environment Scotland (HES) Rangers will help them discover how Mary used the Royal Park, from sea battle reconstructions to outdoor feasts!

    This special day is suitable for pupils at First Level and Second Level. It is available to one class of a maximum size of 33 on the available dates below. The cost of this day is £6 per pupil.

    Available dates

    • Wednesday 24th April
    • Wednesday 1st May
    • Wednesday 8th May
    • Wednesday 15th May

    Timetable for the day

    • 10.00am – 12.00pm Session at Palace of Holyroodhouse
    • 12.00pm – 12.30pm Lunch at Palace of Holyroodhouse
    • 12.30pm – 14.30pm Session at Holyrood Park

    A partnership project between the Royal Collection Trust and Historic Environment Scotland.

  • 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

    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 - 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.

    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.