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Investigating Holyrood Abbey

  • Palace of Holyroodhouse
  • Friday, 18 Aug 2017 - Wednesday, 27 Jun 2018
  • First Level, Second Level
  • Expressive Arts, Social Studies
  • Details
  • Travel
  • Lunch facilities
  • Access
  • How to book
  • Prices
  • Security

Details

Details

Pupils investigate the history of our medieval Abbey and look for evidence of its turbulent past.

Session Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about the Abbey's role in medieval Edinburgh, including it's hospital and sanctuary for those in debt
  • Find out about the daily lives of the Augustian monks 800 years ago
  • Discover the royal celebrations that took place here and how it came to be a ruin

In this session pupilswill:

  • Explore the Abbey with a member of the Learning team
  • Work in groups to look for evidence of what the Abbey used to look like and why it has come to be a ruin
  • Use real and replica objects to understand how daily life in the Abbey worked
  • Decorate their own abbey with stone rubbings and a stained glass window (P2 – P4)
  • Try their hand at writing like the Augustian monks, with quill and ink (P5 – P7)

Available on Monday – Friday.  Session lasts 1.5 hours.

Travel

Travel

Palace of Holyroodhouse, Canongate, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH8 8DX

By car

There is a public car park adjacent to the Palace.

By train

Edinburgh Waverley. The Palace is a 15-minute walk from the station.  Visit National Rail Enquiries for times and fares.

By coach / bus

Bus numbers 6 and Skylink 300 stop near the Palace.  Open-top tour buses stop nearby.

Coach parking is provided free of charge.

Lunch facilities

Lunch facilities

A lunch room is available for booked groups in the Learning Rooms.  

Access

Access

Our learning programmes are designed to be accessible to all pupils.  Most of our sessions can be adapted to meet any educational or access needs your group may have.  Please ask for details when booking.

You may find the information for visitors on the Autism spectrum helpful when planning your visit to The Palace of Holyroodhouse.

How to book

How to book

To find out more or to make a booking contact the Learning Bookings team.

Please have to hand:

  • Preferred date and possible alternatives, plus time of arrival
  • Numbers of children and supervising adults
  • The taught programme you would like
  • Details of any special educational or access needs

You will then be sent a reservation letter, together with your teachers’ resource pack, giving a date by which full payment must be received to secure the booking.

Please note: you may be asked to cover the cost of the session if you cancel within short notice of your visit.  Non-booked schools will be charged at standard group admission rates.  Please see our Terms of Application for Learning Group Admissions.

Contact us

Learning Bookings Team
Ticket Sales and Information Office
Buckingham Palace
London SW1A 1AA

T. (+44) (0)303 123 7323
F. (+44) (0)20 7930 9625
[email protected]

Sharing Learning Objectives

You will find our learning objectives for each taught session on the relevant programme information page.  Sending us your learning objectives prior to your visit will help us tailor the session to your group’s requirements.

Planning Visits

Once you have made your booking, we offer two complimentary tickets for you and a colleague to conduct a planning visit.  If you would like to meet a member of the Learning team during this visit, please let us know at the time of booking.

Teachers' Packs for each site can be downloaded here.

Prices

Prices

Reduced-rate admission for school groups

Most of our Palace schools sessions are £3 per pupil. Children in P1 and below are FREE.  Please see individual sessions for details.

Accompanying adults

One teacher or adult helper is admitted free of charge at the following ratios:

Under 5s - 1 adult: 3 pupils
P1 – P4 - 1 adult: 6 pupils
P5 and above - 1 adult: 10 pupils

Please ask for details of rates for additional adults when booking.

Security

Security

Following your booking a confirmation letter, with an agreed arrival time, will be sent to you; your letter serves as a ticket for your group. The group leader must have a copy of the confirmation letter to present on arrival.

The Royal Collection Trust Learning section asks that teachers undertake the following guidelines to make entry to Royal Collection Trust sites as smooth and quick as possible:

  • Please arrive at the Royal Collection Trust site at least 5 minutes before the scheduled time for the booked workshop
  • Teachers and children should not bring the following: scissors, compasses, metal cutlery, sharp metallic implements
  • Only bring what you need! The Royal Collection Trust Learning section will provide all necessary equipment such as clipboards, pencils and drawing materials (groups can bring their own sketchbooks if they prefer to use these)