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Inspire a visit

Our properties bring to life more than 5,000 years of history – and offer creative inspiration for all sorts of learning activities.

A group of pupils use an interactive display learning tool.

Whatever aspect of Scotland’s heritage your group is interested in, we have the ideal place for a memorable visit. Our 345 historic sites and properties bring to life more than 5,000 years of history – and offer creative inspiration for all sorts of learning activities.

School visits to Historic Scotland sites are a great way to deliver Curriculum for Excellence, by encouraging discovery and exploration outside the classroom. A number of sites may fit your subject and theme, each one offering its own particular glimpse into the past.

Free education visits and travel subsidies mean that your main difficulty could be deciding where to begin exploring.

Our sites are scattered across the country, so you won’t necessarily have to travel far to be transported back in time. Sometimes the most exciting connections groups make are with their local heritage – the historic environment right on their doorstep.

How to choose where to go

Find a place to visit by searching by region, property type or keyword.

Many sites lend themselves well to art, drama and science and technology activities as well as to social studies topics.

Search for schools activities at your preferred sites to see what paid activities are on offer.

Primary level activities explore the expressive arts as well as science and technology, while secondary level activities inspire creativity and look in depth at social studies topics.

Learning resources may be available for your chosen site – check before you book.

For example, site guides suggest class activities to do before, during and after a visit to a specific site, for example. These ideas can help you to plan the most productive visit for your group.


Learning Services
Historic Environment Scotland
Holyrood Park Education Centre
1 Queen’s Drive

Telephone: 0131 652 8155/8156 
Email: learning@hes.scot