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We're changing

We have created a new public body, Historic Environment Scotland. While we work on shaping our future we can reassure you that all services and products will continue as normal. Please follow our progress and find out more about our new organisation.

Learning for Everyone

Visits to our sites enable learners of all ages to engage with their local heritage, inspiring creativity and promoting health and wellbeing through outdoor learning.


We offer a regular programme of talks and guided walks for adults and hands on activities for families. Please note regular admission charges apply for some activities.

Visit our Events section to find out about great days out across Scotland. To find out what events are happening elsewhere in the organisation visit our Conservation and RCAHMS websites.

Lifelong Learning

Edinburgh University Open Studies – Short Courses

As part of an on-going partnership Edinburgh Castle hosts part time courses and summer schools with entry to the castle included in course fees. For more details visit the University of Edinburgh website

Community Learning Projects

Our team of Learning Development Officers engage with community groups across the country using our sites as the focus for a diverse range of projects covering everything from citizenship to creative writing.

We can also provide extra help and support with physical or intellectual access for groups with additional support needs.

Contact Historic Scotland Learning Services on 0131 652 8155 / 8156 or email to discuss how your group could get involved.

Check out the project below for inspiration!


Exploring the 60s at Stanley Mills, an intergenerational project involving former workers, teenagers and members of the local WRI.

Contact us

Learning Services
Historic Scotland
Holyrood Park Educ. Centre
1 Queen’s Drive
Tel: +44 (0)131 652 8155