School sessions

Secondary pupils standing outside the main entrance to the Palace of Holyroodhouse

With a member of the Learning team, pupils unravel the Palace’s history, from its origins in 1128 to the present day. Find out about past royal residents and discover some of the famous events that have taken place within the Palace walls.   ... Read more about An Introduction to the Palace of Holyroodhouse

This workshop highlights the many possibilities for inspiring Creative Writing from paintings, in comparison to more familiar sources such as books and the internet.  Focussing on characters within the paintings, drawings and miniatures featured in... Read more about Creative Writing: Writing out of History, Tudors and Stuarts

A view of Holyrood Abbey taken from the Palace Gardens

Pupils investigate the history of Holyrood Abbey and look for evidence of its turbulent past. Explore the ruins of the Abbey with a member of the Learning team and find out about the daily lives of the monks who used to live here, the royal... Read more about Investigating Holyrood Abbey

Pupils writing down information from their visit on the Palace forecourt

Write poetry with the help of your very own poet. Pupils explore the stories of the past hidden in the walls, stairs, rooms and artefacts as they tour the Palace with their own poet and guide. The tour is followed by a poetry workshop providing pupils... Read more about Joint Visit with the Scottish Poetry Library

Detail of plasterwork on ceiling at the Palace of Holyroodhouse

Designed to support curriculum coursework, pupils work with their very own poet and guide and use the Palace and Abbey as a stimulus for their own creative writing. Pupils explore the stories of the past as they tour the site and gather notes based on... Read more about Joint Visit with the Scottish Poetry Library

This session equips pupils with the skills to look at an historical image and analyse the clues and narratives portrayed.  Focussing on arguably some of the finest examples of portraits from the Tudor and Stuart period displayed in In Fine... Read more about Learning to Read Paintings

Join a member of the Learning team as you explore the Palace and look for evidence of Mary, Queen of Scots’ life at Holyroodhouse. Discover what daily life was like for the Queen and her court, investigate the apartments in which she lived and hear... Read more about Mary, Queen of Scots at the Palace of Holyroodhouse

Primary Pupils visiting the Palace of Holyroodhouse

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. Please telephone our Learnings bookings team for more details. These workshops fill up quickly. Book... Read more about Mary, Queen of Scots: From Palace to Castle

Pupils exploring Holyrood Abbey

Pupils learn about the Palace of Holyroodhouse’s history, from its medieval foundations in Holyrood Abbey to its present day use by the Royal Family. Following an introductory talk, pupils explore the Palace with a member of the Learning team to find... Read more about Medieval to Modern: Exploring the Palace of Holyroodhouse

A fun introduction to art and art galleries, this session explores the Gallery through the eyes of our youngest visitors. Groups investigate In Fine Style: The Art of Tudor and Stuart Fashion with a member of the Learning team and begin to... Read more about My First Gallery Visit

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