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

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

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

Learning Resources

Seeing the story Children's activity screen shot

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

Download the activity and design your own Coat of Arms - a design made up of symbols, animals and colours.

If you visit any of the Royal Residences look out for the Coats of Arms or the Royal Standard on display. ... Read more about Design a Coat of Arms