School trips to Edinburgh are an amazing opportunity to explore a spectacular, historic city within easy reach from anywhere in the UK.

With a great range of visits and activities for students to enjoy, Edinburgh offers one of the best trip experiences available without needing to leave the UK – perfect for school groups looking for something closer to home. In Scotland's capital city, pupils can learn more about the country's history and culture, take a specialised look at the role Edinburgh has played in modern medicine, visit world-famous art galleries, explore the beautiful Old Town, and more.

Whatever your reason for your Edinburgh school trip, we’ll tailor your itinerary to suit your curriculum and specific learning objectives. As the UK's leading school travel company, we can help you with every stage of booking, completing a risk assessment, and enjoying your trip away.

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Why visit Edinburgh?

The historic capital of Scotland

Edinburgh has been the capital of Scotland since at least the 15th century, making it a great destination to learn more about the country’s history.

The city boasts many historic attractions, from the imposing Edinburgh Castle and the magnificent Holyrood Palace to the churches of St. Giles and Greyfriars. Nearby Stirling is home to the National Wallace Monument, which celebrates one of Scotland’s national heroes, William Wallace.

On your school trip to Edinburgh, your students will have plenty of opportunities to visit these historic sites, where they’ll learn about Scotland’s complex history and its centuries-old relationship with the rest of the United Kingdom.

Explore the unique culture of Scotland

Scotland has its own unique culture, with a rich folklore, musical heritage, and literary tradition. Furthermore, Edinburgh is an important cultural centre for the whole of the UK and hosts both the Edinburgh International Festival and the Fringe, which is one of the world’s largest international arts festivals.

A school trip to Edinburgh provides your students with an opportunity to better understand the diversity of cultures within the United Kingdom.

An important centre for medical developments

Sometimes referred to as the ‘Athens of Britain’, Edinburgh has a long association with education and medicine is one of the fields for which the city is well known.

Indeed, many medical advancements have happened here, thanks to pioneering Scottish physicians, including Joseph Lister, whose work in antiseptic surgery led to a drastic reduction of post-operative infections and made surgery so much safer for patients.

An educational trip can include a visit to the History of Surgery Museum, where students will learn more about Joseph Lister and other pioneering physicians.

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Activities for Edinburgh

Edinburgh Castle

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Harry Potter Walking Tour, Edinburgh

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National Museum of Scotland

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Frequently Asked Questions

We would recommend spending around 3 days in Edinburgh to make the most out of visiting the Scottish capital on your school trip.

Edinburgh is a relatively compact city, with many of the main sights within walking distance of each other. For longer journeys, we would recommend using Edinburgh's excellent buses and trams.

You cannot visit Edinburgh without a visit to Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse which sit at opposite ends of the Royal Mile to one another. We would also highly recommend the Harry Potter walking tour, which offers the opportunity to find out how the city inspired J K Rowling's world-famous series.

There are quite a few free things to do in Edinburgh on your school trip. You could visit the city's beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens which, as well as the beautiful plants, also offers spectacular views across the Edinburgh cityscape, including Edinburgh Castle. The spectacular St. Giles Cathedral is also free to visit and is on the Royal Mile. And if your group is interested in fine art, you'll be pleased to discover that the Scottish National Gallery is also free to visit.

Edinburgh offers lots of educational opportunities for a range of subjects including art, history, and even music, making it a fantastic option for a cross-curricular school trip.

Why choose Halsbury?

Here are just a few reasons why teachers choose Halsbury for educational school trips that inspire.

School trips designed by teachers for teachers

Originally founded by teachers in 1986, we understand the pressures on you as Group Leader and are here to make the process of running your school trip as easy as possible.

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School trips tailored to your curriculum

We'll design your trip around your specific learning objectives and curriculum, to ensure your school trip is a truly educational experience.

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Health & safety prioritised

As a proud Assured Member of the School Travel Forum, the health and safety of your group is always our priority.

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Support every step of the way

We'll be with you every step of the way, from your very first enquiry until the moment you return home, including 24-hour support while you’re on your school trip.

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Financially secure school trips

We're ABTA bonded and all our air tours are ATOL protected, so you can be sure that your school trip is financially secure.

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Rewarding loyalty scheme

You'll earn loyalty points from your very first school trip with Halsbury. These can be used towards a discount on your school trip or a free gift for your school.

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School trips designed by teachers for teachers

Originally founded by teachers in 1986 and with several former teachers in our team, we understand the pressures on you as Group Leader and work hard to relieve them.

Trips tailored to your curriculum and learning objectives

We’ll design your trip around your specific learning objectives and curriculum, to ensure it meets your particular requirements.

Rewarding loyalty scheme

Work together with other teachers in your school to save thousands of pounds on future school trips with our multi-trip loyalty scheme!