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Edinburgh is unique among Scotland’s cities as its multicultural population and its blend of ancient and modern, set it apart. Located on the southern edge of the Firth of Forth, Edinburgh is studded with volcanic hills. The castle, set on a black, volcanic crag, dominates the city’s heart. The city’s superb architecture ranges from ancient churches to Victorian masterpieces. In traditional Scottish fashion, the occasional display of kilts and bagpipes will leave you feeling warm inside.

Edinburgh Castle

This famous castle has St Margaret’s Chapel, dating from the 12th Century, through to the Scottish National War Memorial which was erected after the First World War. The castle houses the Honours (Crown Jewels) of Scotland, the famous 15th Century gun, Mons Meg, the One o’clock Gun and the National War Museum of Scotland. There are guided tours provided by the castle stewards.

St Giles’ Cathedral

The cathedral was founded in the 1120s and was the church of John Knox during the Reformation. Highlights of your visit include the beautiful stained glass windows and the impressive Rieger organ, which was installed in 1992. St Giles’ is situated on the historic Royal Mile between Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyrood House.

Our Dynamic Earth Science Centre

The exciting Our Dynamic Earth Centre provides plenty of interactive entertainment for children and adults. It is simultaneously prehistoric, volcanic, tropical, Antarctic, dynamic and fantastic. The centre explores the extremes of our planet, taking you back in time to witness the Big Bang, feel the earth shake from an erupting volcano, fly over glaciers, feel the chill of polar ice and get caught in a tropical rainstorm.

National Gallery of Scotland
National Gallery of Scotland

Edinburgh abounds with galleries to suit all tastes, from the National Gallery of Scotland and Scottish National Portrait Gallery, to the Dada and Surrealist collection in the Dean Gallery.

There is a wide variety of museums to choose from. The Museum of Scotland presents the history of Scotland, its land, its people and their achievements, while the Museum of Childhood is described as: “The noisiest museum in the world.” The People’s Story is a museum with a difference, where the lives, work and leisure of the ordinary people of Edinburgh are told through the use of oral history, reminiscence and written sources.

The Edinburgh Dungeon

The gruesome goings-on of the past are brought back to life. Have fun delving back into the darkest chapters of history. Visit ‘Vampires: Fact or Fiction’ and explore the facts surrounding the myths. Enter into battle with one of the great Scottish Clans in ‘Clan Wars’. Find yourself in the plague-ravaged streets of old Edinburgh, or on trial in an 18th Century court of law.

Camera Obscura and the World of Illusions

On this site are five attractions ranging from the Camera Obscura, Edinburgh’s oldest visitor attraction, panoramic views across the city with free telescopes, the Magic Gallery, Light Fantastic, the UK’s only permanent gallery dedicated to holography and Edinburgh Vision, seeing the city in 3D from the 1850s to the present day.

Royal Botanical Gardens
Royal Botanical Gardens

Locally known as the “Botanics” and established in 1670, the garden is acknowledged to be one of the finest in the world where over six per cent of all known plants can be found. Among the many features are the Chinese Hillside, the world-famous Rock Garden and the Palm House.

The Real Mary King’s Close

This is a warren of hidden streets beneath the City Chambers on the Royal Mile, where people lived, worked and died between the 17th and 19th centuries. This is a fascinating place to discover how the people lived through the centuries.

Scottish Rugby and Murrayfield Stadium Tours

Anyone with a passion for rugby should not miss the opportunity to take a behind the scenes tour of the Murrayfield Stadium

Suggested Itineraries

All tours can be tailor-made to suit your needs. Some groups have specific sites that they wish to visit including graves, where they may wish to lay a wreath. Others like to combine a history tour with some leisure time, such as a day visit to Bruges, a visit to Bellewaerde Theme Park outside Ypres or add on a visit to Disneyland® Paris.

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All our tours include:

  • Pick-up and drop-off at your school or chosen pick-up point
  • Executive class coach travel (subject to availability)
  • Return travel on Eurotunnel (or P&O Ferries, if you prefer)
  • Entrance to all museums throughout the tour
  • Full board accommodation for tours lasting two days or more
  • Exclusive Teachers’ Information Booklet and Pupil Worksheets
  • Personal Battlefields Tours Executive to assist with tour planning
Jacqui Shaw - Our Head of Schools and Colleges Battlefield Tours

Expert guidance and planning

Here at Holts, we believe that Battlefield Tours are an important part of how a student learns about history, and perhaps even themselves. We have passion, experience and the knowledge to help make the most of your Battlefield Tour and make it an experience for your students to remember for a lifetime.

Our Head of Schools and Colleges Battlefield Tours, Jacqui Shaw, was educated at Reading and Cambridge, and has worked as a teacher for over 20 years. Inspired to learn more after visiting the Battlefields herself on a school tour, she has been returning ever since and is excited to be able to bring the experience to new generations of students. With Holts, we seek to bring history to life, understand the past, and ensure a memorable and rewarding Battlefield Tour for your students.

To arrange and plan your tour, call us on 01709 385500