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Medicine Through Time School Trip to Edinburgh

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Edinburgh has been a centre for education and medicine for centuries and so is the perfect destination for a history of medicine school trip!

One of the highlights of your medicine through time school trip to Edinburgh will be a visit to the History of Surgery Museum. Here, you’ll be able to learn about some key figures in the history of medicine.

Your students will find out how James Syme pioneered surgery before the invention of anaesthesia. And they’ll learn how his son-in-law, Joseph Lister, pioneered the use of antiseptics in surgery. They’ll also find out how James Young Simpson became the first physician to demonstrate the anaesthetic properties of chloroform.

And at the Edinburgh Dungeon, your students will discover the grisly truth behind the supply of cadavers for anatomical study during the early 19th century, when Edinburgh was a leading centre for anatomical study in Europe.

Suggested Itinerary (3 days/2 nights)

Day 1/3

Morning

Morning

Travel to Edinburgh

 

Afternoon

Afternoon

Time to have lunch and explore the city

Visit to the Edinburgh Dungeon

Evening

Evening

Evening meal at local restaurant

Day 2/3

Morning

Morning

Breakfast at accommodation

Visit to Edinburgh Castle

Afternoon

Afternoon

Visit to the History of Surgery Museum

Evening

Evening

Evening meal at a local restaurant

Day 3/3

Morning

Morning

Breakfast at accommodation and check out

 

Afternoon

Afternoon

Visit to the Royal Yacht Britannia or the Chocolatarium

Evening

Evening

Travel back to school

What's included?

  • tick icon2 nights' bed and breakfast accommodation
  • tick iconComprehensive travel and medical insurance
  • tick iconEvening meal at local restaurant
  • tick iconFull-day excursion to Cordoba
  • tick iconFull-day excursion to the High Atlas
  • tick iconOne lunch in a local restaurant in Tangier
  • tick iconReturn coach travel
  • tick iconUse of coach for local excursions
  • tick iconVisits to the monuments in Marrakech as mentioned in the programme

Educational activities and visits

Edinburgh Dungeon

Edinburgh Dungeon

Journey into the depths of Edinburgh's darkest history with a visit to the Edinburgh Du… Read more

National Museum of Scotland

National Museum of Scotland

The National Museum of Scotland is a must-visit on a school trip to Edinburgh. Here,… Read more

The History of Surgery Museum

The History of Surgery Museum, Edinburgh

For any groups studying the history of medicine, a visit to the History of Surgery Museum… Read more

Cultural activities and visits

Camera Obscura and World of Illusion

Camera Obscura and World of Illusion

The Camera Obscura show is a fascinating and highly amusing way to see the city and learn… Read more

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle dominates the capital and offers stunning views of the city and coun… Read more

Harry Potter Walking Tour, Edinburgh

Harry Potter Walking Tour, Edinburgh

J. K. Rowling famously wrote the first instalment of the Harry Potter series in… Read more

National Wallace Monument

National Wallace Monument

The National Wallace Monument sits on top of a hill overlooking Stirling and commemorates… Read more

Palace of Holyroodhouse

Palace of Holyroodhouse

The Palace of Holyroodhouse, also known as Holyrood Palace, is the official residence of … Read more

Royal Yacht Britannia

Royal Yacht Britannia

The Royal Yacht Britannia spent 44 years carrying the Royal Family around the world,… Read more

The Chocolatarium

The Chocolatarium, Edinburgh

Enjoy a 90-minute fully guided tour of chocolate at Edinburgh's Chocolatarium, just off … Read more

Accommodation

a&o Edinburgh
A&O Edinburgh

The a&o hostel in Edinburgh is ideally located in the heart of the city on the famous Royal Mile, meaning that if you choose to stay here you will be close to all of Edinburgh's top visits and attractions. 

With 131 rooms and a total of 610 beds in singles, twins and multi-bedded rooms, there's plenty of room for your group here. 

 

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