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

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

Looking at perspective: Children's activity

Perspective is vital in artistic composition. It provides the artist with a method of capturing the three dimensional world on a two dimensional surface.

Find out more about the process of perspective with our this interactive games. ... Read more about Looking at perspective: Children's 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