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Mary, Queen of Scots: Marriage, Murder and Conspiracy

  • Palace of Holyroodhouse
  • Monday, 6 Aug 2018 - Friday, 28 Jun 2019
  • Second Level, Third and Fourth Level, Senior Phase
  • Social Studies
  • Details
  • Travel
  • Lunch facilities
  • Access
  • How to book
  • Prices
  • Security

Details

Details

Join a member of the Learning team as you explore the Palace and look for evidence of Mary, Queen of Scots’ life at Holyroodhouse.

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
  • Compare and contrast 16th century Edinburgh with today

In this session pupils will:

  • See the private royal apartments in which Mary, Queen of Scots and Lord Darnley lived
  • Investigate the murder of Mary's servant, David Rizzio, including a visit to the scene of the crime
  • Handle replicas of objects used by Mary's court

For primary pupils, this session comes with an optional workshop.  Please choose from the following at the time of booking.

Replica Objects
Pupils work in small groups to investigate a range of replica domestic objects from the Stuart period. Objects such as chambers pots, candles, tableware, games and pomanders cover themes like hygiene, education and food.

Replica Costume
Pupils explore the function of clothing for Mary and her Court using replica costumes from the 1560’s. Emphasis is placed on looking at the pieces in detail and considering what it would be like to wear these in comparison with clothes today. Pupils also get the opportunity to try key pieces on.  

Available Monday to Friday.  Session lasts 1.5 hours (2 hours for second level groups including workshop).

From Palace to Castle - we have a number of full day workshops available in partnership with Edinburgh Castle.  Please see the link below.

 

Travel

Travel

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

By car

There is a public car park adjacent to the Palace at Broad Pavement. Please visit the Historic Environment Scotland website for more details.

By train

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

By coach / bus

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

Coach parking is provided free of charge.

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)