Edinburgh teems with stories of kings and queens, castles and bards just waiting to be discovered. On this 2-hour Edinburgh Old Town Tour for Kids, we'll travel through time from a 400-year-old school for orphans, to an imposing castle, to mysterious Victorian rooftops. Along the way, accompanied by our docent who is trained in inquiry-based learning and comes equipped with fun games and activities, we'll learn to recognize the symbols and characters of Edinburgh.
National Museum of Scotland: Medieval Mysteries and Daily Life
We'll begin in the National Museum of Scotland, where we'll discuss the origins of Scotland and its people. Specifically, we'll learn about the mysterious Picts people, taking a look at the fascinating stones with intricate carvings they've left behind, and examine some artifacts left behind to try to figure out what Norse people were doing in Scotland at the time. We'll also take a look at the Lewis chessmen, beautifully carved 12th century chess pieces, to help us learn about games and daily life in Scotland almost 1,000 years ago.
Edinburgh Old Town for Kids
From here, we'll venture out into Old Town to examine up close what it would've been like to live here. We'll encounter secret passages and medieval alleys, and uncover traces of Scotland's history and traditions in every small detail. Taking in Victoria Street and the Grass Market, we'll learn about water, markets, and daily life in the city—like how at one point, ale was actually safer to drink than water! Our docent will lead us through several activities, through which we'll discover the history of bagpipes, learn about ancient bards, and discover how Scotland eventually became part of the United Kingdom.
By the end of the tour, we will have discovered numerous fascinating characters and stories throughout Scotland's colorful history. Children and adults will come away with a better understanding of Scottish history, and the role of Edinburgh in history and today.
Where do we meet?
After your order is placed and confirmed, we will send you a full confirmation with meeting point details and all the information you need to know.
Do we go inside the venues or just see them from the outside? We will go inside the National Museum of Scotland and possibly some other buildings, depending on the weather and the day. Will you pre-purchase tickets?
Tickets are not necessary as the Museum is free
What if it’s raining?
Tours operate rain or shine, but in the case of inclement weather, your docent will modify the tour so more time is spent indoors. It never hurts to have an umbrella on hand.
Is this tour good for kids?
Yes! This tour was specifically designed for families with kids. Feel free to provide us with information such as their favorite school subjects, and hobbies. This will help us match you with the best possible docent.