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SCHOOL SESSION

The Holyrood Story: 1128 to now

School in Great Gallery
  • Next event: Monday, 15 Apr 2024
    Daily (Wednesday, 16 Aug 2023 - Friday, 28 Jun 2024)
  • Second Level, Third and Fourth Level
  • Social Studies
  • From the ancient ruins of Holyrood Abbey to the historic State Apartments, the Palace of Holyroodhouse has been witness to some of the most important events in Scottish and British history in the last 900 years.

    During this session pupils will stand in the spots where history was made, and will take on the role of Palace Curator to investigate primary written sources, paintings, and objects to explore stories relating to Royal residents including Robert the Bruce, Mary, Queen of Scots, Bonnie Prince Charlie and Queen Victoria.

    Visit includes access to: Holyrood Abbey*, Mary, Queen of Scot’s Bedchamber, Mary, Queen of Scot’s Outer Chamber, The Great Gallery, Darnley’s Ante Chamber, The Lobby, The Great Stair, Royal Dining Room, Privy Chamber, Presence Chamber and Abbey Strand Learning Centre.

    *Please be aware Holyrood Abbey is currently undergoing essential maintenance so some areas are closed.

    Facilitated session lasts: 2 hours

    Curriculum for Excellence Experience and Outcomes 
     
    Second Level

    • I can investigate a Scottish historical theme to discover how past events or the actions of individuals or groups have shaped Scottish society. SOC 2-03a
    • I can compare and contrast a society in the past with my own and contribute to a discussion of the similarities and differences. SOC 2-04a
    • I can discuss why people and events from a particular time in the past were important, placing them within a historical sequence. SOC 2-06a

    Third Level 

    • I can use my knowledge of a historical period to interpret the evidence and present an informed view. SOC 3-01a
    • I can make links between my current and previous studies, and show my understanding of how people and events have contributed to the development of the Scottish nation. SOC 3-02a
    • I can discuss the motives of those involved in a significant turning point in the past and assess the consequences it had then and since. SOC 3-06a
  • 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.