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

Palaces and Homes

Age group: 
First Level
School subjects: 
Social Studies
Palace of Holyroodhouse

An opportunity for pupils to explore the daily lives and lifestyles of people at the Palace, past and present. The group tour the building with a member of the Learning team and use domestic objects from the past to investigate Palace life – from ink ... Read more about Palaces and Homes

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

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

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