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.

Our primary school trips are created by our expert school trip providers to help you uncover everything Edinburgh has to offer.

Learn about the history of Scotland on an educational tour of Edinburgh Castle, witness spectacular views from the Camera Obscura, and explore the hidden streets of Real Mary Kings Close. Whether your pupils are studying history, geography, science, or they simply deserve a well-earned reward, the city is full of sights to ignite their imaginations. 

Find out what Newfold Primary School thought of Edinburgh in their blog. Or organise a trip for your own class, by requesting a quote today.


Day Trip

Tour Day 1

Early departure from school to arrive mid morning at Edinburgh Castle
Head over to Our Dynamic Earth to discover more about how our Earth works. You may then have free time for shopping.
Depart for journey back to school

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.

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.


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 Castle

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

A school trip to Camera Obscura is a fascinating and highly amusing way to see Edinburgh and learn about its history. From inside this mysterious Victorian rooftop chamber, school groups can see live moving images of the city, projected onto a viewing table through a giant periscope. It's 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, and colour. A colourful way to explore science with your class.

Our Dynamic Earth

Dynamic Earth takes you on a journey through time, to tell the story of planet Earth, how it works, how life has evolved on its differing environments, and the future challenges it faces. Situated at the foot of Edinburgh's spectacular Salisbury Crags, it's a fantastic spot for a primary school geography trip.

Real Mary King's Close

Back in the 17th century, Edinburgh's closes were named after the most prominent citizen or the most common business to be found there. Mary King's Close is a warren of underground streets and spaces in the Old Town area of the city.   

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 historical resident. A brilliant stop on any Edinburgh school tour. 

National Museum of Scotland

The National Museum of Scotland is one of the Top 10 visitor attractions in the whole of the UK. As the home to thousands of fascinating artefacts, it's easy to see why. The Museum cares for collections of national and international importance, preserving them, interpreting them and making them accessible to as many people as possible - including primary school trips!

The diverse collections will take your school group on a journey of discovery through the history of Scotland, and wonders of nature, art, design, fashion, science and technology from around the world. 

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Cultural Visits

Edinburgh Dungeon

On your school tour of Edinburgh 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.

Royal Yacht Britannia

This former royal yacht of the British monarch is now permanently berthed at Ocean Terminal, Edinburgh. School visits to Royal Yacht Britannia can follow in the footsteps of royalty, with an audio tour which takes you around the rooms on the five 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. On your primary school trip to Edinburgh Zoo, which is situated in beautiful parkland settings, you'll see fabulous flamingos, cute koalas and cheeky chimpanzees. Plus 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. Educational tours of Holyrood Palace 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.

Edinburgh Playhouse

As part of an enrichment trip or drama trip to the Scottish capital, there may be an opportunity to see a West End show on tour at the Edinburgh Playhouse. Recent performances have included Wicked and Matilda. Talk to our experts about school tickets today. 

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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