Your second level Old Town tour at a glance.

Please email robert@historicedinburghtours.co.uk

to discuss your tour requirements

Just some of the learning questions answered on our second level Old Edinburgh tour

SECOND LEVEL

OLD EDINBURGH

TOUR

This second level version of our popular schools' tour of Edinburgh is a great way to bring your class right into the heart of Edinburgh’s historic Old Town. Your guided walk isn’t an expository tour, although we promise we will share some of the classic Old Edinburgh tales with your class! Your guide comes equipped with an assortment of props and an A3 book of supporting images and other materials. We give you a very ‘visual’ tour. The pupils will be doing a lot of individual and partner work using a variety of different sources of evidence. We will use old maps, ‘then and now’ images and much more to get your pupils acting as detectives as they explore the Old Town. Active learning, ‘on location’ is to the fore on this tour, there are no paper and pencils needed on this investigation of Old Edinburgh! This tour is easily customised to your class and their specific needs and learning questions. If you provide us with things the class would like to see or discover, we can try to incorporate that on tour.
Important information for the class teacher
Wet weather information This tour is an ‘outside’ tour, and there are no 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. We realise this is useful if you are travelling on foot or using public transport. If you have organised transport, then 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 Although pupils won’t be walking for the full two hour duration of this tour, there are limited places where we can offer rest areas. We’ve put together a page which will highlight some relevant accessibility issues which occur on this tour route. We recommend that this tour lasts up to an hour and a half, but can aim for a two-hour tour. We will try to alter the tour if a pupil requires this. There are limited options for this, however. Sadly, the Old Town is hilly and not brilliantly paved. All our tour routes cross at pedestrian crossings, and any alternative solutions might include streets which don’t have proper crossing areas. We’ve put together an accessibility information sheet with some information for your risk assessment print-out. You can access these here.
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. We’ve put together an accessibility information sheet with some information for your risk assessment print-out. You can access these here.
Toilets and added value to your tour (!) We’ve got no ‘toilet’ stops on our tour, but you are welcome to ask the Museum of Scotland if you can use theirs. Most of our schools' tours of Edinburgh start just across the road from there. You may also want to book a teacher-led guided tour/exploration of the Museum of Scotland. This is free. They also offer a series of paid workshops. Booking something either of these options will allow you to ask for the use of their lunchroom. We also recommend checking out the educational workshops at Riddle’s Court. These come with a cost. A lunchroom is sometimes available.
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

Deacon William Brodie. The Bowhead House.

“Who are the most famous ‘Old

Edinburgh’ people?”

Greyfriars Bobby, Deacon William Brodie, Mary Queen of Scots and (if you want them) Burke and Hare are all covered on your tour. It’s so motivating taking classes to Edinburgh locations which played a role in the stories of these people!
A primary class on tour!

“How has the Old Town changed over

time?”

There are lots of opportunities for your class become ‘time travellers’ on this tour! We’ll stand in a couple of locations and use archive images to show us what these locations looked like hundreds of years ago. We can even use multiple images to reveal how one area changed over time. Your pupils will visit Greyfriars Kirkyard, the Grassmarket, the Lawnmarket, Riddle’s Court, the High Street, Parliament Square (where we get a great view of St Giles) and a typical ‘Old Town’ close on your tour.
The Mackenzie Mausoleum in Greyfriars Kirkyard.

“How long could people live for in ‘Old

Edinburgh’?”

We love covering this on our tour! Towards the start of our tour, we will look at the gravestone of a family which give us a very clear idea about just how long it was possible to live for in the eighteenth century. We guarantee that your class will be surprised by this!

“How were people punished in ‘Old

Edinburgh’?”

Let’s face it, most pupils like a bit of (age-appropriate) gore! We’ll use this as a learning opportunity a few times on your tour. Pupils always enjoy figuring out how to use our very own set of ‘thumbscrews’. These stories are very relevant to discussions about human rights. We will visit the site of Edinburgh’s infamous ‘Tolbooth Prison’. If the area is quiet enough, we’ll even recreate two sides of this long-lost building.

“What was it like to live in an Old Town

close?”

We’ll use props and ‘then and now’ pictures to let pupils imagine what it was like to live in one of the famous Old Edinburgh closes. Yes, we DO look at the whole ‘Gardyloo’ story…probably in a lot more detail than you’d expect… Twenty-years of teaching have taught us what pupils like to find out!
Delving into an Old Town close.

“What were some of the big events in

Edinburgh’s history?”

We can tailor your tour so that we can cover what you want your pupils to know and experience. We’re more than happy to look at specific Old Town events, but a typical second level tour will mention Mary, Queen of Scots and her return to Edinburgh. We’ll also look at the hanging of Deacon William Brodie, and we’ll find out about the wedding of King James IV and Margaret Tudor and their link to the Flodden Wall (which we’ll see in Greyfriars Kirkyard). Your classes will also learn about the bodysnatchers (with a brief nod to Burke and Hare, the Irish murderers).
Wee Bobby!

WELCOME TO OLD EDINBURGH!

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“The Old Town Tour was a brilliant experience for my class. The enthusiasm of Robert our tour guide really captured the children’s attention…I would highly recommend the tour for any class studying the History of Scotland or Edinburgh.” N. Ritchie - Class Teacher
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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

“The Old Town Tour was a brilliant experience for my class. The enthusiasm of Robert our tour guide really captured the children’s attention…I would highly recommend the tour for any class studying the History of Scotland or Edinburgh.” N. Ritchie - Class Teacher

Please email robert@historicedinburghtours.co.uk

to discuss your tour requirements

Just some of the learning questions answered on our second level Old Edinburgh tour

“Who are the most famous ‘Old

Edinburgh’ people?”

Greyfriars Bobby, Deacon William Brodie, Mary Queen of Scots and (if you want them) Burke and Hare are all covered on your tour. It’s so motivating taking classes to Edinburgh locations which played a role in the stories of these people!

“How has the Old Town changed over

time?”

There are lots of opportunities for your class become ‘time travellers’ on this tour! We’ll stand in a couple of locations and use archive images to show us what these locations looked like hundreds of years ago. We can even use multiple images to reveal how one area changed over time. Your pupils will visit Greyfriars Kirkyard, the Grassmarket, the Lawnmarket, Riddle’s Court, the High Street, Parliament Square (where we get a great view of St Giles) and a typical ‘Old Town’ close on your tour.

“How long could people live for in ‘Old

Edinburgh’?”

We love covering this on our tour! Towards the start of our tour, we will look at the gravestone of a family which give us a very clear idea about just how long it was possible to live for in the eighteenth century. We guarantee that your class will be surprised by this!

“How were people punished in ‘Old

Edinburgh’?”

Let’s face it, most pupils like a bit of (age-appropriate) gore! We’ll use this as a learning opportunity a few times on your tour. Pupils always enjoy figuring out how to use our very own set of ‘thumbscrews’. We will visit the site of Edinburgh’s infamous ‘Tolbooth Prison’. If the area is quiet enough, we’ll even recreate two sides of this long-lost building.

“What was it like to live in an Old Town

close?”

We’ll use props and ‘then and now’ pictures to let pupils imagine what it was like to live in one of the famous Old Edinburgh closes. Yes, we DO look at the whole ‘Gardyloo’ story…probably in a lot more detail than you’d expect… Twenty-years of teaching have taught us what pupils like to find out!
Important information for the class teacher

“What were some of the big events in

Edinburgh’s history?”

We can tailor your tour so that we can cover what you want your pupils to know and experience. We’re more than happy to look at specific Old Town events, but a typical second level tour will mention Mary, Queen of Scots and her return to Edinburgh. We’ll also look at the hanging of Deacon William Brodie, and we’ll find out about the wedding of King James IV and Margaret Tudor and their link to the Flodden Wall (which we’ll see in Greyfriars Kirkyard). Your classes will also learn about the bodysnatchers (with a brief nod to Burke and Hare, the Irish murderers).
Wet weather information This tour is an ‘outside’ tour, and there are no 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. We realise this is useful if you are travelling on foot or using public transport. If you have organised transport, then 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 Although pupils won’t be walking for the full two hour duration of this tour, there are limited places where we can offer rest areas. We’ve put together a page which will highlight some relevant accessibility issues which occur on this tour route. We recommend that this tour lasts up to an hour and a half, but can aim for a two-hour tour. We will try to alter the tour if a pupil requires this. There are limited options for this, however. Sadly, the Old Town is hilly and not brilliantly paved. All our tour routes cross at pedestrian crossings, and any alternative solutions might include streets which don’t have proper crossing areas. We’ve put together an accessibility information sheet with some information for your risk assessment print-out. You can access these here.
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. We’ve put together an accessibility information sheet with some information for your risk assessment print-out. You can access these here.
Toilets and added value to your tour (!) We’ve got no ‘toilet’ stops on our tour, but you are welcome to ask the Museum of Scotland if you can use theirs. Most of our schools' tours of Edinburgh start just across the road from there. You may also want to book a teacher-led guided tour/exploration of the Museum of Scotland. This is free. They also offer a series of paid workshops. Booking something either of these options will allow you to ask for the use of their lunchroom. We also recommend checking out the educational workshops at Riddle’s Court. These come with a cost. A lunchroom is sometimes available.

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

SECOND LEVEL

OLD EDINBURGH

TOUR

CLICK HERE FOR A DETAILED ITINERARY       FOR THIS SCHOOL ACTIVITY TOUR Your second level Old Town tour at a glance.
This second level version of our popular schools' tour of Edinburgh is a great way to bring your class right into the heart of Edinburgh’s historic Old Town. Your guided walk isn’t an expository tour, although we promise we will share some of the classic Old Edinburgh tales with your class! Your guide comes equipped with an assortment of props and an A3 book of supporting images and other materials. We give you a very ‘visual’ tour. The pupils will be doing a lot of individual and partner work using a variety of different sources of evidence. We will use old maps, ‘then and now’ images and much more to get your pupils acting as detectives as they explore the Old Town. Active learning, ‘on location’ is to the fore on this tour, there are no paper and pencils needed on this investigation of Old Edinburgh! This tour is easily customised to your class and their specific needs and learning questions. If you provide us with things the class would like to see or discover, we can try to incorporate that on tour.

WHAT CAN WE EXPECT ON THIS TOUR?

Weather icon. Accessibility icon. Risk assessment icon. Toilet icon.

YOUR SECOND LEVEL

OLD EDINBURGH TOUR

BOOK  NOW
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© Historic Edinburgh Tours Ltd 2020
Text/Call us : +44 (0)7590 026 077
WE’RE GOOD TO GO!

COVID-19 AND YOUR SAFETY

Historic Edinburgh Tours Ltd have achieved the ‘Good to go” standard from Visit Britain. You can find out more about our COVID-19 policy here.
Our 'Good to Go' certification from Visit Britain.