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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



Travel to Edinburgh




Time to have lunch and explore the city

Visit to the Edinburgh Dungeon



Evening meal at local restaurant

Day 2/3



Breakfast at accommodation

Visit to Edinburgh Castle



Visit to the History of Surgery Museum



Evening meal at a local restaurant

Day 3/3



Breakfast at accommodation and check out




Visit to the Royal Yacht Britannia or the Chocolatarium



Travel back to school

What's included?

  • tick icon2 nights' bed and breakfast accommodation
  • tick iconComprehensive travel and medical insurance
  • tick iconEvening meals at local restaurant
  • tick iconReturn coach travel
  • tick iconEntrance to Camera Obscura and World of Illusions
  • tick iconEntrance to the Edinburgh Dungeon
  • tick iconEntrance to the History of Surgery Museum
  • tick iconEntrance to Edinburgh Castle

Educational activities and visits

Edinburgh Dungeon

Edinburgh Dungeon

Journey into the depths of Edinburgh's darkest history with a visit to the Edinburgh Dungeons! Professional actors will bring history… 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, you'll find some fantastic exhibitions… 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 in Edinburgh is unmissable!… 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 about its history.… Read More

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle dominates the capital and offers stunning views of the city and countryside. As part of the visit you… Read More

Harry Potter Walking Tour, Edinburgh

Harry Potter Walking Tour, Edinburgh

J. K. Rowling famously wrote the first instalment of theHarry Potterseries in a number of cafes in Edinburgh. On a… Read More

National Wallace Monument

National Wallace Monument

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

Palace of Holyroodhouse

Palace of Holyroodhouse

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

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

The Chocolatarium

The Chocolatarium, Edinburgh

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


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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