Theatre, Drama & Performing Arts School Trip to Edinburgh

The Scottish capital, Edinburgh is a bustling, vibrant destination! By choosing Edinburgh for your next Theatre based school trip, not only will your drama and performing arts students be able to take in some of the UK's best theatre productions and performance based workshops, but also explore a truly unique cultural city with a wealth of attractions.


Tour Day 1

Depart school on your coach and arrive in Edinburgh late morning/ midday
Enjoy a performance based workshop tailored to your chosen content and choice of show
Eat your pre-theatre meal in a local restaurant then enjoy your theatre performance for the evening

Tour Day 2

Experience a haunted tour through the now hidden alleys of The Real Mary King's Close, before walking the short distance to take in the sights of Edinburgh Castle
Enjoy any remaining free time exploring Edinburgh's beautiful city centre before departing on your coach back to school


Edinburgh Central Youth Hostel

A modern youth hostel located in central Edinburgh, 10 minutes’ walk from Waverley train station and within walking distance of the main attractions such as Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile. It is also clean, spacious and great value for money, making it a good choice for school groups. 

Edinburgh has a number of good quality branded hotels which are suitable for school groups. These include Premier Inns, Travel Lodges and Ibis hotels. They are all in excellent locations either in, or very close distance to the city centre.

Study Visits

Edinburgh Playhouse

Performance Workshops with West End Workshops

Run by experienced professionals, our wide range cover a variety of skills and in many cases can be focused on a performance you are seeing as part of your trip. Most workshops end with a Q&A with a West End/Touring cast member. We can happily create a workshop just for you, just ask us! (90 mins unless stated).

Note by Note: A unique experience ran by a West End Musical Director as the group learn to act through your choice of song, before performing it to a cast member from the show itself!

Song and Dance: Work with a pianist and cast member from a show you are seeing, and rehearse a song & choreography to match.

West End 101: A popular and versatile workshop. Students are taught, in a fun and relaxed environment,  with skills and techniques used by professional actors inspired by the themes of the show they’re seeing.

Make a Scene: Work from a scripted scene from a chosen play, book or show, and learn to bring the text to life in a truthful, imaginative way. Explore acting methods, vocal techniques and character development designed to encourage bold and creative acting choices.

Theatre Improv: Perfect for fun and high energy groups! After physical and vocal warm ups, students stay active through team building and improvisational games designed to heighten focus, creativity and sensitivity to others.

Shakespeare 2000: Looking at imagery, tempo, timing, emphasis, body language and practical presentation this workshop will breathe life into scenes from the play students are seeing or studying.

Stage Combat: Students will learn about the relationship between acting and fight choreography.  Discover how fights are choreographed and hone your collaboration skills whilst creating your own combat.

Audition Essentials: Work with a casting director to really enhance your interview techniques (2 hours).

The Director's Chair: An interactive workshop focusing on textual analysis and stage craft, examining techniques for working with actors and staging scenes (3 hours).

Cultural Visits

National Museum of Scotland

The National Museum of Scotland is one of the Top 10 visitor attractions in the whole of the UK! It is easy to see why with it being home to thousands of fascinating artefacts. It is their job to care for collections of national and international importance, preserving them, interpreting them and making them accessible to as many people as possible. The diverse collections will take you on a journey of discovery through the history of Scotland and around the world, taking in the wonders of nature, art, design and fashion and science and technology – all under one roof.

This visit is great for school groups as they offer displays that focus on the natural world, world cultures, science, technology, design, art and fashion, archaeology and Scottish history – and more! Educational workshops are also available for groups of all ages.

Open Top Bus Tour (City Sightseeing)

Edinburgh is a great place for an open top bus ride! Wherever you look, the city buzzes with a sense of excitement all year round. Entertaining and informative commentary is available in nine different languages*, alongside the Horrible Histories commentary – a great option for school groups.

Discover the best of Scotland’s Capital on board the bus and take in the city’s major sites including: Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Grassmarket, Scottish Parliament and the Scottish National Gallery.

Edinburgh castle

No visit to Edinburgh is complete without a trip to Edinburgh castle, Edinburgh's most popular visitor attraction. Edinburgh Castle is a historic fortress which dominates the skyline of the city of Edinburgh, Scotland, from its position on the Castle Rock. It is one of the most exciting historic sites in Western Europe; set in the heart of Scotland's dynamic capital city with scenery will take your breath away.

Some of the castle’s highlights that are sure to capture the interest of the children are: the crown jewels (the oldest crown jewels in the British Isles), Mons Meg (one of the greatest guns in medieval Europe) and the Prisons of War which once held prisoners of war from across the world!

School visits to Edinburgh Castle are a great way to deliver Curriculum for Excellence, encouraging discovery and exploration outside the classroom.

Camera Obscura

The Camera Obscura show is a fascinating and highly amusing way to see the city and learn about its history. From inside this mysterious Victorian rooftop chamber, you see live moving images of Edinburgh projected onto a viewing table through a giant periscope. It is a great way of helping students to learn about Edinburgh’s heritage whilst keeping them engaged.

Whilst there you can visit the have a fabulous vantage point; looking over Edinburgh's Old and New Towns as well as Edinburgh Castle. Powerful, free telescopes allow you to see the city close up or see far into the distance.

The floors beneath the Camera Obscure hold the "World of Illusions", which offers interactive exhibits demonstrating aspects of optical illusions, light, colour. There’s something to do for all ages making it a great experience for teachers too!

Palace of Holyrood House

The Palace of Holyroodhouse, commonly referred to as Holyrood Palace, is the official residence of the British monarch in Scotland. Queen Elizabeth spends one week in residence at Holyrood Palace at the beginning of each summer, where she carries out a range of official engagements and ceremonies.

At the Palace of Holyroodhouse, visitors can explore 14 magnificent historic and State Apartments, the romantic ruins of the 12th-century Holyrood Abbey and remarkable royal gardens, all with a complimentary audio tour.

Real Mary Kings Close

Mary King's Close is a warren of underground streets and spaces in the Old Town area of Edinburgh, Scotland. It took its name from one Mary King, daughter of advocate Alexander King, who in the 17th century had owned several properties within the close. Back in those days closes were named after the most prominent citizen or the most commonly found business to be on the close.

For years, the hidden Closes of Old Town Edinburgh have been shrouded in myths and mysteries. Today the attraction brings these stories to life with a costumed character tour guide based on a one time resident. Groups will explore the underground site, hearing the fascinating stories.

Edinburgh Dungeon

The Edinburgh Dungeon is a fantastic visit for school groups with it being educational but fun. As you make your way through the dungeon you’ll witness a variety of enthralling shows taking you through Scotland’s darkest history.

With stunning special effects, authentic sets, witty comedy, two heart-stopping rides and a host of scary surprises lurking in the Dungeon, it’s a unique and fun introduction to a range of classroom subjects including History and Performing Arts.

Our Dynamic Earth

Dynamic Earth tells the story of planet Earth and how our Earth works, how life has evolved on its differing environments and the future challenges faced by planet Earth. It invites you to take a journey through time to witness the story of planet Earth. Situated at the foot of Edinburgh's spectacular Salisbury Crags.

I love working with WST and in particular Carole provides exceptional customer service. Always flexible, quick to respond and does her utmost to meet the needs of the group. WST really understand the priorities of school groups and provide a fantastic service.
Framwellgate School