edinburgh art trip header slk fe

Trips to Edinburgh & Glasgow for Art & Design Students

Glasgow offers something for everyone, whether you want to research an artist or see the latest in contemporary art Glasgow has a museum for you.

Edinburgh is the ideal destination for those studying art and design with the UNESCO World Heritage Site at the heart of the city. Edinburgh’s many museums, galleries and historic buildings give the city its unique character and wide appeal and make it a popular destination for students of all disciplines.

Sample itinerary

Our sample itinerary provides you with an idea of the visits you can cover during your trip. We can tailor-make an itinerary to support your specific learning outcomes.

Morning Afternoon Evening
1 Depart from London on your coach to Scotland Evening meal at a local restaurant
2 Visit to the Gallery of Modern Art & Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Witchery Ghost Walk of Edinburgh
3 Visit to the Scottish National Gallery Depart on coach for return to London
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
Morning Depart from London on your coach to Scotland
Evening Evening meal at a local restaurant
Morning Visit to the Gallery of Modern Art & Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
Evening Witchery Ghost Walk of Edinburgh
Morning Visit to the Scottish National Gallery
Afternoon Depart on coach for return to London

Price Shown includes

  • 2 nights’ bed & breakfast accommodation
  • Executive coach transport from & to college & throughout your tour
  • Group travel insurance
  • 1 in 10 free place ratio

Please contact us for a price.

On-tour support

Additional on-tour support available...

  • Pre-booked meals at great group prices
  • Pre-booked and pre-paid public transport tickets

Top visits for college groups in Edinburgh

Dynamic Earth

Witness the Big Bang, feel an earthquake and even get caught in a tropical rainstorm. Dynamic Earth tells the unique story of our planet’s past, present and future, and allows your pupils to explore the ever-changing nature of the physical and biological processes that continue to shape the planet. This interactive tour includes interactive voting pads and smartboard technology, and your pupils will handle specimens in the workshop.

Royal Yacht Britannia

Discover what life was like on board The Queen's floating Royal residence. Your group will first explore the Britannia’s Visitor Centre, before stepping aboard. Here your group can learn about the history of Royal Yachts, view displays and historical photographs of Britannia's captivating past.

Camera Obscura & World of Illusions

The Camera Obscura and World of Illusions is an excellent place for a panoramic view of the city and beyond. Students can explore the wonders of light and illusion, experiment with various hands on optical illusions and tricks.

The Real Mary King’s Close

Just off the historic Royal Mile, at the Real Mary King’s Close, your students will see an historically accurate interpretation of life in Edinburgh from the 16th to the 19th centuries. You’ll get to witness the highs and lows of 16th century living, visit the home of a grave digger’s family to discover the truth about the plague epidemic of 1644-46, and enjoy ghost stories as your guide reveals dramatic episodes and extraordinary apparitions from the past.

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle is a powerful national symbol, and part of Edinburgh’s World Heritage site. Here, you can see the Honours (Crown Jewels) of Scotland, the Stone of Destiny, Mons Meg, and the One O’Clock Gun. You can even visit the National War Museum of Scotland and experience life as a POW in 1781.

Edinburgh Zoo

Edinburgh Zoo is the largest and most exciting wildlife attraction in Scotland. In just one day, pupils can meet over 1,000 wonderful animals in a beautiful parkland setting. A visit to Edinburgh Zoo isn’t complete without a trip to see the giant pandas!

National Museum of Scotland

Explore the diversity of the natural world, world cultures, science and technology, art and Scottish history, all under one roof at the National Museum of Scotland.

Science Centre (Glasgow)

The Glasgow Science Centre’s education programme o¬ffers activities that have been shaped by teachers to support science, technology, maths, ICT and geography. Pupils can participate in an innovative and entertaining workshop, and enjoy the live 30-minute shows.

Gallery of Modern Art

Situated in the heart of the City Centre, GoMA is Scotland's most visited modern art gallery displaying work that highlights the interests, influences and working methods of artists from around the world.

Scottish National Gallery

The Scottish National Gallery is in the heart of Edinburgh and houses one of the best collections of fine art in the world.

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art is a must-see venue for modern and contemporary art. It is home to a fantastic sculpture park and Pig Rock Bothy.

Study themes

  • Introduction to Art & Design: The World

  • History & Theory of Art