Your castle tour at a glance.

YOUR FIRST LEVEL OLD EDINBURGH TOUR

USE EVIDENCE TO DISCOVER OUR CITY’S STORY

Please email robert@historicedinburghtours.co.uk

to discuss your tour requirements

Learning questions which our First Level Castles tour can answer

YOUR FIRST LEVEL CASTLES EXPLORATION

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THIS TOUR

FIRST LEVEL

CASTLES TOUR

Looking over the a wall in Craigmillar Castle. We'll look at the different types of weapons used against castles.

“What design features did castles have

and why?”

At Craigmillar Castle, we’ll go right up and touch the castle walls. It’s an awe-inspiring (and scary) sight to look up and into the gaps in the defences towering above us! These gaps were used to shower down some nasty things onto any attacking armies. We’ll continue our look at the soldiers and weapons used at this stage of the attack, and we’ll use this to highlight some of the features which castle defenders would have used against us. We deal with these ideas with ‘first level’ appropriateness!

Welcome to your first level castle

exploration!

We’ve designed this tour to help teachers delivering an early years/first level project on castles. We’ll cover some of the most interesting aspects of castles - features of a castle, life in a castle, attacking and defending a castle as well as why people stopped building castles. This tour isn’t one where your guide simply points out the past and talks, it’s been carefully designed to maximise active thinking skills and ‘think, pair, share’ opportunities’. We can run this tour at most castles, but we really recommend Craigmillar Castle. It’s a quiet and really easy to explore building and there’s a minimal charge from Historic Environment Scotland. Please note that any fee for using the castle, and booking for that, is separate from Historic Edinburgh Tours.

“How would someone attack a castle?”

Your guide will use laminated ‘Lego’ weapons to investigate the different types of weapons used when attacking a castle. We use ‘Lego’ pictures because we’ve found they really strike a chord with our younger guests! Once we’ve learned how to classify weapons into different groups, we’ll move closer to the external castle walls. Pupils will work with partners and special soldier laminated images to choose which attacking soldiers they’d use if they were an attacking general. It’s a great opportunity for them to show off their knowledge!
Craigmillar Castle.

“What makes a Castle different from

other buildings?”

Your castle exploration starts before we even enter the castle! We’ll compare the features of the castle with other buildings we see around us. Your class will have an opportunity to show off their knowledge, and to let your guide understand the interests and knowledge level of your pupils. We’ll also look at the land around the buildings, the castle walls and the heights of the walls and turrets.

“Why did people stop building

castles?”

Our investigation on weapon types allows us to investigate how weapons changed and why castles had to change because of this. The change in weaponry meant a huge change in role for your typical castle.

“What was it like to live in a castle?”

Craigmillar Castle is a terrific place to explore! Often we’re the only group in the castle, and this lets your class use their detective skills to investigate the interior rooms and work out how they were once used. The kitchen of Craigmillar is a great place to investigate. Your guide will point out various features in the room for your classes to think about and then use to help them imagine this room as it once was. There are so many great history detective skills to be used in the castle rooms - from the kitchen to the Great Hall…and even the dungeon!
A fireplace.
Important information for the class teacher

“What can we see, hear and smell in a

castle?”

Castles have a very different ‘feel’ to them, and this tour will make the most of opportunities to encourage your class to use their senses as they move around the building. Your class will walk under a portcullis, in and out of exposed old rooms and they’ll even see an authentic toilet ! They will walk up turnpike staircases, hearing the echos and muffled sounds, smelling the smells you experience when you actually visit a castle. These sensations make for great opportunities for writing!
A portculis.
Wet weather information This tour has significant ‘outside’ sections with limited areas where we can shelter out of the rain. We do realise that a wet and windy day probably isn’t going make for positive memories! Much of this tour is done outside and not inside the castle. We’re pretty flexible and will happily reschedule your date. There’s no extra cost for this, although this may not be possible due your castle booking or organised transportation. However, please know that, whatever the weather, we will be there for you! If you’d like to reschedule your tour, please let us know by 8.30 am on the morning of your tour. My mobile number is 07590 026 077
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Accessibility information This one-hour tour won’t involve lots of walking, but there are few areas to offer proper rest points. We’ve put together a page which will highlight some relevant accessibility issues which occur on this tour route. We will try to alter the tour if needed. There are limited options for this, however. Sadly, most castles don’t have perfect accessibility options although Historic Environment Scotland properties do make as many alterations as the building’s history allows.
Accessibility icon.
Risk assessment Risk assessment is something which your governing body will legally need you to carry out and, as such, we can only offer some suggestions and recommendations for your paperwork. While we can’t offer these as your official risk assessment, please click here to download our suggested risk assessment information and our route instructions.
Risk assessment icon.
Toilets and added value to your tour (!) We’ve got no planned ‘toilet’ stops on our section of this tour, but there are toilets there. Craigmillar Castle does have toilets with access for guests. There are toilets throughout Edinburgh Castle. Please note that our fee is only for your guided tour. Schools will have to book transport and use of the castle separately. Please also note that Edinburgh Castle has strict guidelines for tour guides - we can’t, for example, guide inside any of the buildings. We strongly advise that you consider booking Craigmillar Castle. Previous classes have been able to lunch in the castle and then explore the grounds in their own time, after the tour. You may wish to investigate Historic Environment Scotland’s offers for subsidised transport. Find out more here.
Toilet icon.
Please contact us so that we can discuss your castle tour requirements. Email us at; robert@historicedinburghtours.co.uk You can also call/text us on; 07590 026 077

Please contact us so that we can discuss your castle tour requirements.

Email us at; robert@historicedinburghtours.co.uk

You can also call/text us on; 07590 026 077

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Please contact us so that we can discuss your castle

tour requirements.

Email us at; robert@historicedinburghtours.co.uk

You can also call/text us on; 07590 026 077

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WHY EXPLORE A BURIAL GROUND?

FIRST LEVEL

CASTLES TOUR

Please email robert@historicedinburghtours.co.uk

to discuss your tour requirements

Learning questions which our First Level Castles tour can answer

“What design features did castles have

and why?”

At Craigmillar Castle, we’ll go right up and touch the castle walls. It’s an awe-inspiring (and scary) sight to look up and into the gaps in the defences towering above us! These gaps were used to shower down some nasty things onto any attacking armies. We’ll continue our look at the soldiers and weapons used at this stage of the attack, and we’ll use this to highlight some of the features which castle defenders would have used against us. We deal with these ideas with ‘first level’ appropriateness!

“How would someone attack a castle?”

Your guide will use laminated ‘Lego’ weapons to investigate the different types of weapons used when attacking a castle. We use ‘Lego’ pictures because we’ve found they really strike a chord with our younger guests! Once we’ve learned how to classify weapons into different groups, we’ll move closer to the external castle walls. Pupils will work with partners and special soldier laminated images to choose which attacking soldiers they’d use if they were an attacking general. It’s a great opportunity for them to show off their knowledge!

“What makes a Castle different from

other buildings?”

Your castle exploration starts before we even enter the castle! We’ll compare the features of the castle with other buildings we see around us. Your class will have an opportunity to show off their knowledge, and to let your guide understand the interests and knowledge level of your pupils. We’ll also look at the land around the buildings, the castle walls and the heights of the walls and turrets.

“Why did people stop building castles?”

Our investigation on weapon types allows us to investigate how weapons changed and why castles had to change because of this. The change in weaponry meant a huge change in role for your typical castle.

“What was it like to live in a castle?”

Craigmillar Castle is a terrific place to explore! Often we’re the only group in the castle, and this lets your class use their detective skills to investigate the interior rooms and work out how they were once used. The kitchen of Craigmillar is a great place to investigate. Your guide will point out various features in the room for your classes to think about and then use to help them imagine this room as it once was. There are so many great history detective skills to be used in the castle rooms - from the kitchen to the Great Hall…and even the dungeon!
Important information for the class teacher

“What can we see, hear and smell in a

castle?”

Castles have a very different ‘feel’ to them, and this tour will make the most of opportunities to encourage your class to use their senses as they move around the building. Your class will walk under a portcullis, in and out of exposed old rooms and they’ll even see an authentic toilet ! They will walk up turnpike staircases, hearing the echos and muffled sounds, smelling the smells you experience when you actually visit a castle. These sensations make for great opportunities for writing!
Wet weather information This tour has significant ‘outside’ sections with limited areas where we can shelter out of the rain. We do realise that a wet and windy day probably isn’t going make for positive memories! We’re pretty flexible and will happily reschedule your date. There’s no extra cost for this, although this may not be possible due your castle booking or organised transportation. However, please know that, whatever the weather, we will be there for you! If you’d like to reschedule your tour, please let us know by 8.30 am on the morning of your tour. My mobile number is 07590 026 077
Accessibility information This one-hour tour won’t involve lots of walking, but there are few areas to offer proper rest points. We’ve put together a page which will highlight some relevant accessibility issues which occur on this tour route. We will try to alter the tour if needed. There are limited options for this, however. Sadly, most castles don’t have perfect accessibility options.
Risk assessment Risk assessment is something which your governing body will legally need you to carry out and, as such, we can only offer some suggestions and recommendations for your paperwork. While we can’t offer these as your official risk assessment, please click here to download our suggested risk assessment information and our route instructions.
Toilets and added value to your tour (!) We’ve got no ‘toilet’ stops on our section of this tour. Craigmillar Castle does have toilets with access for guests. There are toilets situated throughout Edinburgh Castle. Please note that our fee is only for your guided tour. Schools will have to book transport and use of the castle separately. Please also note that Edinburgh Castle has strict guidelines for tour guides - we can’t, for example, guide inside any of the buildings. We strongly advise that you consider booking Craigmillar Castle. Previous classes have been able to lunch in the castle and then explore the grounds in their own time, after the tour. You may wish to investigate Historic Environment Scotland’s offers for subsidised transport. Find out more here.

Please contact us so that we can discuss your castle

tour requirements.

Email us at; robert@historicedinburghtours.co.uk

You can also call/text us on; 07590 026 077

Welcome to your first level castle

exploration!

We’ve designed this tour to help teachers delivering an early years/first level project on castles. We’ll cover some of the most interesting aspects of castles - features of a castle, life in a castle, attacking and defending a castle as well as why people stopped building castles. This tour isn’t one where your guide simply points out the past and talks, it’s been carefully designed to maximise active thinking skills and ‘think, pair, share’ opportunities’. We can run this tour at most castles, but we really recommend Craigmillar Castle. It’s a quiet and really easy to explore building and there’s a minimal charge from Historic Environment Scotland. Please note that any fee for using the castle, and booking for that, is separate from Historic Edinburgh Tours.
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FIRST LEVEL

CASTLES TOUR

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