Mary, Queen of Scots Tour
This Second Level tour has been designed to give your class an exciting and interactive experience on the streets of Queen Mary’s Edinburgh while experiences and outcomes from the Curriculum for Excellence. This tour lasts around two hours and covers many of the Edinburgh locations which help tell Mary’s story. Tours available Monday-Wednesday and cost £3 per pupil (50p extra for St Giles visit).  Your tour will be led by a qualified primary school teacher. 
Your visual journey around Old Edinburgh Suggested Risk Assessment documentation and tour route
Learning about Mary in the locations she knew! We think the best way to learn about Mary’s life and city is to get your class outside and into the heart of today’s Edinburgh.  There’s something really exciting about seeing a class imagine Mary walking about the streets of Edinburgh. This Second Level Mary’s Edinburgh tour features; -a safe, compact but historically interesting route which helps tell some of the most important events in Mary’s life -age-appropriate stories -suitably challenging activities which will involve pupils working with partners to analyse historical artefacts and evidence

What will the class see and do? 

This tour meets just outside the Museum of Scotland on

Chambers Street.  We will then visit the following Old Town


1 - The location where Mary’s second husband was killed.  This lets

us analyse the famous ‘murder map’ evidence and compare it with

the site today.

2 - The Museum of Scotland. We go here to see a couple of

important artefacts - a replica of Mary’s tomb in Westminster

Abbey, and a coin minted during her reign.

3 - Greyfriars Kirkyard.  Our visit to Greyfriars lets us learn about

this part of town during Mary’s reign, and we’ll see the graves of

Mary’s teacher and of one of her most deadly enemies.

4 - St Giles - this costs 50p extra but we can visit St Giles and learn

about John Knox, the Reformation and we can see the windows

which depict the assassination of Mary’s half-brother.

5 - Parliament Square.  We explore the site of the long-lost

Parliament building and then finish our tour at the Mercat Cross,

the place where Mary’s last significant Scottish champions were

put to death.

Collaborative learning and  interactive questioning on this tour
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