School children at the Palace of Holyroodhouse
Schools: Edinburgh
The Palace of Holyroodhouse and The Queen's Gallery span 10 centuries of history and over 500 years of art, and provide unique opportunities for creative curriculum based learning.

School Sessions

Secondary pupils in the quadrangle of Palace of Holyroodhouse

Renaissance and Reformation

Age group: 
Third and Fourth Levels, Senior Phase
School subjects: 
Social Studies, History
Palace of Holyroodhouse

As a residence of James IV, V and VI and Mary, Queen of Scots, the Palace of Holyroodhouse was witness to many important events during the Renaissance and Reformation in Scotland. Designed to support curriculum coursework, these sessions can be ... Read more about Renaissance and Reformation

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

An Introduction to the Palace of Holyroodhouse

Age group: 
Third and Fourth Levels, Senior Phase
School subjects: 
Social Studies, History
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

Learning Resources

An experiment with perspective: Children's activity

Look at this painting by popular Dutch artist adam Willaerts and consider the question......."Do you think even the most famous artists got perspective perfect in their paintings?" ... Read more about An experiment with perspective: Children's activity

Seeing the story Children's activity screen shot

Seeing the story: Children's activity

By looking closely at paintings we can often discover a lot more than meets the eye. Artists had the ability to tell a story without using words. Instead they use hidden symbols and clues to pass on a message to the viewer. ... Read more about Seeing the story: Children's activity