Schools can choose to visit the museum as:
Please select your preferred option when completing the booking request form.
To ensure your visit runs smoothly, all school visits to the National War Museum must be booked in advance. Please complete the booking request form here.
Pre-booked self-guided visits and downloadable resources are all free of charge. All other activities cost £75 per class, unless otherwise stated. Maximum class size is 33 students. Your school will be invoiced after your visit.
The following resources are all available to download:
The film below can also be watched as part of a visit to the museum, or in class.
There is a coach drop-off point at the bottom of the Castle Esplanade and on Johnston Terrace.
The National War Museum is located within Edinburgh Castle. You can download a map to help you find us here.
A minibus can be provided to take wheelchair users from the Castle Esplanade to the Education Room. The Education Room is accessible but it relies on a stair lift so there would be a time issue for large groups of wheelchair users or those with other mobility issues.
You can find full information for visitors with disabilities here.
There are guidelines for teachers to help you write your own risk assessment. Teachers can make a free pre-visit to carry out their risk assessment. Contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
School groups should adhere to Historic Environment Scotland’s guidelines for school visits at all times. Teachers and groups leaders should also familiarise themselves with Historic Environment Scotland's hazard information before visiting.
We will send you full safety guidelines with your booking form. Please check them before your visit. Please read and follow any safety notices and instructions from Visitor Experience staff.
There is a small cloakroom space outside the Education Room.
Due to renovation works, there is currently no indoor lunch area at Edinburgh Castle. Lunches can be eaten in the Castle grounds.
There is a small shop in the National War Museum and a café nearby in the Castle (please ensure there is a ratio of 1 adult to 10 children when in shop).
We understand that you may need to cancel or change your booking. Please contact us as soon as possible to let us know of any changes.
National Museums Scotland reserve the right to charge a fee for short notice cancellations. Bookings cancelled:
Last minute requests to change a visit date may also incur an administration fee as above. In certain circumstances, such as adverse weather conditions, National Museums Scotland may waive the cancellation fee.
Tel: 0131 247 4041