Explore Edinburgh Castle and the National War Museum and handle replica objects and costumes.

Classes will also visit the National Museum of Scotland’s Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites exhibition to see some of the amazing objects used and worn by the Jacobites.

A joint initiative between Historic Environment Scotland and the National War Museum of Scotland.

Level: Second (P4-P7)
Cost: £70
Length of workshop: Whole day activity: 90 mins activity at Edinburgh Castle and 45 mins self-led visit to the Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites Exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland
10.15 a.m. at first site, 12.30 at second site.
Dates available: October 2, 3, 4, 5 (2017)
Booking: Complete our booking request form to arrange a visit. 

How should I prepare my class for this workshop?

This workshop takes place in the National War Museum and various venues within Edinburgh Castle. As part of the day, groups will also visit an exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland. Maximum capacity 33 children.

What will my pupils do in the workshop?

Pupils will:

  • Explore and appreciate the role of Edinburgh Castle during the Jacobite risings, in particular its role during the 1745 rising.
  • Understand what it was like to be a government soldier defending the castle from the Jacobite threat and compare this experience with that of the Jacobite soldiers of the time.
  • Investigate objects from the National War Museum, objects displayed at the NMS’s Jacobite exhibition and handling objects and explore what these tell us about the experience of both Jacobites and government soldiers at the time.

Self-led resources

Download the Jacobite Journey trail and accompanying Teachers' Notes, which provide further ideas, information and answers to the trail:

Follow up activities

Curriculum links




Social Studies


I can investigate a Scottish historical theme to discover how past events or the actions of individuals or groups have shaped Scottish history.



I can discuss why people and events from a particular time in the past were important, placing them within a historical sequence.

SOC 2-06a


I can compare and contrast a society in the past with my own and contribute to a discussion of the similarities and differences.

SOC 2-04a

Travel subsidies

Schools can apply for a travel subsidy to support travel to any Historic Scotland Site as well as certain National Trust for Scotland Sites (Bannockburn, Culloden, the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum and the David Livingstone Centre) and New Lanark World Heritage Site. The Scottish Government Heritage Education School Visits Travel Subsidy can cover up to 75% of transport costs (up to £250) to visit the chosen site.

You can apply for the travel subsidy if you are visiting Edinburgh Castle for the Jacobites in the Capital activity which includes a visit to the Jacobite Exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland or if you are combining a self-led visit to Edinburgh Castle with a visit to the exhibition.

You can find out more about the travel subsidy here.

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