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The Athens of the North

Humans have inhabited the area now known as Edinburgh since the 7th century AD and was the seat of Scottish kings (the stones used in modern British coronations are still housed here). Today its home to the Scottish parliament. School trips to Edinburgh will also find themselves in the birth place of Scottish Enlightenment when a great outpouring of scientific ideas which as well as seeing great changes in medicine, building, travel also had a notable effect on art, architecture and music in Scotland, Europe and reaching as far as the newly emerging Americas.

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School Trips to Edinburgh

"Edinburgh is what Paris ought to be."

Some might argue there are few cities that have had such an impact globally. In the areas of Science, architecture, design, law, medicine, literature, art, politics and business the work to have taken place in Edinburgh has often resonated globally making school trips to Edinburgh high on many agendas. 
It’s also home to the world’s largest arts festival, the Edinburgh Fringe which attracts names from around the globe and takes over the city each august.


School Trips to Edinburgh Facts - Did you know...

  • The Encyclopaedia Britannica which was first produced in Edinburgh caused quite a stir when it was first released as it contained “unvarnished portrayals of the unmentionable parts of the human body.”
  • Edinburgh has more listed buildings than anywhere else in the world (47,400).
  • It was the first city in the world to have its own fire service in 1703.
  • Robert Louis Stevenson said of the city “Edinburgh is what Paris ought to be”.
  • The city has 112 parks making it one of the UK’s greenest cities.
  • Edinburgh stands on 7 hills like Rome and Moscow.

Places to go, people to meet...

Great Edinburgh Locations

  • Holyrood Palace
  • Arthur’s Seat
  • Mary King’s Close
  • Royal Botanic Garden
  • Scottish National Portrait Gallery
  • Camera Obscura
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Scott Monument
  • Our Dynamic Earth
  • Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
  • Edinburgh Zoo
  • Surgeon’s Hall
  • National Monument of Scotland
  • Royal Scottish Academy
  • Fruitmarket Gallery
  • National War Museum

Famous Edinburgh Residents

  • Sir Author Conan Doyle
  • JK Rowling
  • Sean Connery
  • Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Alexander Graham Bell
  • Eduardo Paolozzi
  • David Hume
  • Kenneth Grahame
  • Sir Walter Scott
  • Alexander McCall Smith
  • Irvine Welsh
  • Charles Darwin
  • John Napier
  • D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson
  • Sir Douglas Haig
  • Alison Cockburn
  • Adam Smith
  • Sir Chris Hoy
  • Burke & Hare
  • Eliza Wigham
  • Tony Blair
  • Ken Stott
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