Art Trip to Edinburgh

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On your art school trip to Edinburgh, your students will be inspired by the city’s long history of art, as well as the contemporary art scene!

As you’d expect from the vibrant capital of Scotland, Edinburgh is home to several important art museums and galleries, making it a fantastic choice for an art school trip.

Whether you want to look at Scotland’s art history, or prefer to focus on the contemporary art scene, we’ll tailor your itinerary to meet your specific learning objectives.

Visit the Jupiter Artland Sculpture Park to explore contemporary work by sculptors such as Anish Kapoor and Antony Gormley. Or head to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, where your students will have the opportunity to see works by Salvador Dali, Damien Hirst and Andy Warhol.

And at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, see how portraits have evolved over the centuries. Your students will see how, during the Renaissance, portraits were used principally as a way of capturing the likeness of the royalty and nobility. And they’ll see how modern artists are using portraits to express ideas, feelings and even to make political statements.

Art Trip to Edinburgh



3 days, 2 nights

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Suggested Itinerary

Day 1


Travel to Edinburgh



Time to have lunch and explore the city Visit to Jupiter Artland Sculpture Park


Evening meal at a local restaurant
Day 2


Breakfast at accommodation Visit to Edinburgh Castle


Visit to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art


Evening meal at a local restaurant
Day 3


Breakfast at accommodation and check out


Visit to the National Portrait Gallery Visit to Camera Obscura and the World of Illusions


Travel back to school
  • 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 Edinburgh Castle
  • Entrance to Jupiter Artland Sculpture Park


A Level
  • Impact and influences of various artists
  • Continuity and change in different genres and styles
  • Independent judgements of art
  • Conveying meaning through images and artefacts
  • Personal portfolio: reflections, resources and influences
  • Responses to museum, gallery and site visits
  • Personal reflections on art
  • Works of key artists, craftspeople and designers
  • Contemporary and historical contexts of art
Key Stage 3
  • Evaluation and analysis of creative works
  • Works of great artists, craft makers and designers
  • Effects of historical and cultural contexts


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.

Educational Activities

Fruitmarket Gallery

The Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh is an important centre of the Scottish contemporary art scene. The name comes from the

Jupiter Artland Sculpture Park

Jupiter Artland is an award-winning sculpture park located just outside Edinburgh. The park was founded in 2009 by art collectors

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art is home to a wonderful collection of modern and contemporary art from 1900 to the present.

Scottish National Portrait Gallery

The Scottish National Portrait Gallery is the home of Scotland's portrait collection, most of which are by Scottish artists. Home

Talbot Rice Gallery

The Talbot Rice Gallery is the University of Edinburgh's public art gallery. Housed in a 19th-century former natural history museum,

Cultural Activities

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.

Edinburgh Castle

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

Edinburgh Dungeon

Journey into the depths of Edinburgh's darkest history with a visit to the Edinburgh Dungeons!

Royal Yacht Britannia

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

The Chocolatarium

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

Supporting you every step of the way

Creating your perfect trip

Your quote will be put together by an experienced Tour Adviser who’ll be an expert in the subject area and will know the destination really well too. They’ll work with you to create a trip to suit your group’s needs and meet your learning objectives.

Launching your trip to parents and students

The next step is to get your trip approved and then get students signed up to it. Our ‘Trip Launch Pack’ will help you with this step. This is full of resources (all free to download) designed to make your life easier at this crucial point in the trip planning process.

After you’ve booked

Once you’ve booked, your dedicated Itinerary Coordinator will start work on the finer details. They’ll make sure your itinerary makes the most of your time and they’ll take on most of the admin tasks for your trip (freeing you up to do what you do best – teach).

Support while you’re away

From lost property to properly lost, we’ll always be on the end of the phone while you’re out on the trip. You’ll get a final info pack before you go, as well as access to all your trip documents via the Vamoos app.

After your trip
We’ll ask you for feedback, so we can improve our service. Let’s start planning your next trip too, so parents have plenty of time to pay (and so it’s less stressful for you). And don’t forget to head to our resources hub to continue the learning back in the classroom.

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