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 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

Detail of plasterwork on ceiling at the Palace of Holyroodhouse

Joint Visit with the Scottish Poetry Library

Age group: 
Third and Fourth Levels, Higher, Intermediate
School subjects: 
Social Studies, Literacy, History
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

Have a Heart: Leonardo da Vinci activity

Have a Heart: Explore the human heart in an activity for everyone. ... Read more about Have a Heart: Leonardo da Vinci activity

Compose your own landscape: Children's activity

Discover how artists composed paintings of landscapes in the seventeenth century and then have a go at composing you own landscape. ... Read more about Compose your own landscape: Children's activity