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 Morning Summary Afternoon Summary Evening Summary

Travel to Edinburgh


Time to have lunch and explore the city

Visit to the Edinburgh Dungeon

Evening meal at local restaurant


Breakfast at accommodation

Visit to Edinburgh Castle

Visit to the History of Surgery Museum

Evening meal at a local restaurant


Breakfast at accommodation and check out


Visit to the Royal Yacht Britannia or the Chocolatarium

Travel back to school

3 days, 2 nights Price from £258 pp
  • 2 nights' bed and breakfast accommodation
  • Comprehensive travel and medical insurance
  • Evening meals at local restaurant
  • Return coach travel
  • Entrance to Camera Obscura and World of Illusions
  • Entrance to the Edinburgh Dungeon
  • Entrance to the History of Surgery Museum
  • Entrance to Edinburgh Castle


Educational Activities

Edinburgh Dungeon

Edinburgh Dungeon

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National Museum of Scotland

National Museum of Scotland

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The History of Surgery Museum, Edinburgh

The History of Surgery Museum

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Cultural Activities

Camera Obscura and World of Illusion

Camera Obscura and World of Illusion

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The Camera Obscura show is a fascinating and highly amusing way to see the city and learn about its history.… Read More

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle

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Edinburgh Castle dominates the capital's skyline and offers stunning views of the city and countryside.… Read More

Harry Potter Walking Tour, Edinburgh

Harry Potter Walking Tour, Edinburgh

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National Wallace Monument

National Wallace Monument

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The National Wallace Monument sits on top of a hill overlooking Stirling and commemorates one of Scotland's national heroes, Sir William Wallace.… Read More

Palace of Holyroodhouse

Palace of Holyroodhouse

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The Palace of Holyroodhouse, also known as Holyrood Palace, is the official residence of the British monarch in Scotland. Sitting… Read More

Royal Yacht Britannia

Royal Yacht Britannia

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The Royal Yacht Britannia spent 44 years carrying the Royal Family around the world, covering over a million nautical miles.… Read More

The Chocolatarium, Edinburgh

The Chocolatarium

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Enjoy a 90-minute fully guided tour of chocolate at Edinburgh's Chocolatarium, just off the Royal Mile! Your students will find… Read More

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