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

Who was Castiglione the Lost Genius?

Age group: 
Second Level, Third and Fourth Levels
School subjects: 
Expressive Arts
The Queen's Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse

Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione has been described as both a lost genius and a lawless rogue. His best-known works are large vibrant drawings in oil on paper but he was also one of Italy's most significant printmakers of the 1600's. However, he lived a turbulent life and often had to move between cities to escape the trouble he left behind. ... Read more about Who was Castiglione the Lost Genius?

Learning Resources

A rhinoceros, Albrecht Dürer, 1515

Brilliant Beasts Activity

Download the activity and play the Brilliant Beasts game with family and friends - be inspired by the 16th century artist Albrecht Dürer and see what weird and wonderful creatures you can create. ... Read more about Brilliant Beasts Activity