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