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Frequently asked questions

Educational school visit


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Does Historic Scotland provide a risk assessment?

Do all your sites enjoy full access for those in wheelchairs?

Do you have preparatory resource material?

We will bring our lunch, is there anywhere we can eat it?

Is there anything we have to bring or wear for the activity?

We would like to park nearby, is this possible?

When should we arrive for our visit?

What happens if we are late in arriving?

How do we pay?

Can we purchase alcohol at the site?


Does Historic Scotland provide a risk assessment?
No. It is the responsibility of teachers and group leaders to complete a risk assessment prior to the visit. This is a requirement of most local authorities. We recommend that, wherever possible, group leaders make a preparatory visit to the property free of charge to familiarise themselves with the site and identify any potential dangers as well as to help plan the visit.  Please contact 0131 652 8155 / 8156 to book your preparatory visit.  If this is impractical for reasons of time or distance, we recommend you download a Hazard Information Sheet for the property.

Do all your sites enjoy full access for those in wheelchairs?
Due to their historical nature, access to and within a number of our properties can be difficult. Unfortunately, some properties can be inaccessible to those with any form of mobility challenge i.e. wheelchairs or crutches. However, without compromising the preservation and authenticity of our properties and in keeping with their original features and layout, Historic Scotland does strive to ensure as many people as possible are able to enjoy our heritage. To this end, please ensure you have advised Historic Scotland of any additional support needs to allow us to try and make suitable arrangements as best we can.

Do you have preparatory resource materials?
Free educational visits are generally teacher/group leader led.  Historic Scotland has produced a variety of resource materials which can help you with your planning and ensure that your group gets the most out of the visit. Many of our sites also have museums and displays on site - check the property information for more details. Guidebooks can be purchased at all of our staffed properties.

We will bring our lunch, is there anywhere we can eat it?
The availability of lunch rooms varies from property to property. They cannot be booked in advance, but may be booked at some properties by asking the steward on arrival. Please note that lunch room slots are limited and cannot be guaranteed. Teachers/group leaders should ensure the rooms are cleared after use and left in good condition for the next group. If the group needs a snack, please ensure you arrive early enough to allow time for this if you have booked an activity slot.

Is there anything we have to bring or wear for the activity?
At least some of the activity is likely to be outdoors so it is worth checking the weather to ensure you are appropriately dressed. Adequate footwear should be worn as ground surfaces can be uneven and rendered slippery when wet.

We would like to park nearby, is this possible?
Stirling Castle has parking available for educational groups on the Esplanade.

Edinburgh Castle operates a drop off facility on the Esplanade. At busy times of year this facility may not be available so drop off on Johnston Terrace is recommended.

Blue badge parking is available but vehicles must clearly display the badge. A courtesy vehicle operates for visitors with mobility issues.

Free parking is generally available at all other properties

When should we arrive for our visit?
If you have booked an activity, please arrive 10 minutes before the activity is due to begin and ensure you hand your voucher to the steward on arrival.

What happens if we are late in arriving?
We will try to accommodate you if you are late for a booked activity. However, on busy days this may cause your activity to be shortened.

How do we pay?
Self-led visits are free but if you have booked an activity from our schools programme you will be invoiced immediately after the event.

Can we purchase alcohol at the site?
UK law states that a person must be aged 18 and over to purchase alcohol. Historic Scotland’s policy is that alcohol will not be sold to anyone visiting as part of an education group, regardless of age.

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Learning Services
Historic Scotland
Holyrood Park
Education Centre
1 Queen’s Drive
Edinburgh EH8 8HG
Tel: +44 (0)131 652 8155/8156