Primary Trips to Edinburgh

As you venture through the city of Edinburgh you'll find yourself surrounded by admirable medieval architecture and elegant Georgian gardens. This beautiful city really is a sight for sore eyes; but more than that, it has a story to tell. Learn about the history of Scotland at the grand Edinburgh Castle, witness spectacular views from the Camera Obscura and explore the hidden streets of Real Mary Kings Close. 

Find out what Newfold Primary School thought of Edinburgh in their blog.


2 day tour

Tour Day 1

Depart school for arrival in Edinburgh around mid-day
Visit to the famous Edinburgh Castle
Take a Ghost Tour of the city followed by evening meal at accommodation

Tour Day 2

Go back in time with a visit to The Real Mary King's Close
Head over to Our Dynamic Earth to discover more about how our Earth works. You'll then leave Edinburgh for your journey home.

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Based on min 40 paying passengers, Full Board at Edinburgh Youth Hostel, July 2019


2 day theatre tour

Tour Day 1

Depart school for arrival in Edinburgh around mid-day
Guided walking tour of Edinburgh followed by a visit to the famous Edinburgh Castle
Evening meal at Pizza Express. Enjoy a theatre performance at Edinburgh Playhouse (subject to performance schedule)

Tour Day 2

Time to be spooked with a visit to Edinburgh Dungeons
Free time in Edinburgh with your packed lunch for last minute sightseeing and shopping. You'll then leave Edinburgh for your journey home.

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Based on min 40 paying passengers, B&B at Premier Inn Musselborough, June 2019



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.

Cultural Visits

Edinburgh Castle

No visit to Edinburgh is complete without a trip to Edinburgh castle, Edinburgh's most popular visitor attraction. Some of the castle’s highlights 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!

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.

The floors beneath the Camera Obscura hold the "World of Illusions", which offers interactive exhibits demonstrating aspects of optical illusions, light, colour. 

Real Mary Kings Close

Mary King's Close is a warren of underground streets and spaces in the Old Town area of Edinburgh, Scotland. Back in the 17th century 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. 

Edinburgh Dungeon

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.

Royal Yacht Britannia

This former royal yacht of the British monarch is now permanently berthed at Ocean Terminal, Edinburgh. Visitors can follow in the footsteps of royalty with an audio tour which takes you around the rooms on the 5 main decks. Highlights include the state apartments, royal deck tea room, below decks and the engine room.   

Edinburgh Zoo

Edinburgh Zoo is home to over 1,000 fabulous animals, including the UK's only giant pandas. The Zoo is situated in beautiful parkland settings and includes fabulous flamingos, cute koalas and cheeky chimpanzees. If you get there for around lunchtime, you'll catch the world famous penguin parade, when some of the King, Gentoo and Rockhopper colonies leave their enclosure and have a wee waddle around! 

Palace of Holyrood House

Commonly referred to as Holyrood Palace, this is the official residence of the British monarch in Scotland. 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.

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.

Edinburgh Playhouse

There may be an opportunity to see a West End show on tour here. Recent performances have included Wicked and Matilda. 

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

Louise's Expert Tip

If you want to take them to a city Edinburgh is an ideal visit as an alternative to London. It's compact and easy to get around with lots of fun and curriculum based visits.

Top tip from Louise, our Primary Specialist Tour Expert