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

A view of Holyrood Abbey taken from the Palace Gardens

Investigating Holyrood Abbey

Age group: 
First Level, Second Level
School subjects: 
Social Studies, Expressive Arts
Palace of Holyroodhouse

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

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

Make a Miniature

Get inspiration from these tiny paintings of royalty.  Download the activity and create your own miniature masterpiece. ... Read more about Make a Miniature

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