School children at the Discover Edinburgh Castle activity

Educational bookings

Capture their interest and fire their imagination. Let learners experience history right where it happened. Edinburgh Castle is alive with exciting tales of its time as a royal residence, military fortress and prison of war.

Edinburgh Castle is a national resource for learning which can benefit groups from all sectors of society. Exploring Scotland’s historic environment connects learners of all ages with their local heritage and inspires creativity. Taking learning outdoors also promotes health and well-being.

Free Education Visits

We offer Free Education Visits from September to May for schools, colleges, universities, youth groups and other qualifying groups. Charges apply during peak season from May to August inclusive. Find out more

To enquire about a self-led visit to Edinburgh Castle please fill out our online booking form

Activities for Schools

Edinburgh Castle offers a programme of hands on learning activities covering a range of topics and stages. Our fun and engaging activities are a great way to deliver curriculum for excellence.

Heritage Travel Subsidy for Schools

Scottish schools can apply for support with travel costs.

Support for teachers and group leaders

To help you plan your visit and we offer:

Community Learning and Development

Edinburgh Castle can support lifelong learning and wellbeing projects for youth work, community groups and adult learners. If you and your group are interested in visiting or discussing a project please get in touch.

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