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About this tour

Explore, uncover, examine and imagine!

Lead your class back in time with a private tour built around your curriculum needs. Let our guides bring history to life as you explore the historic streets or down into the Blair Street Underground Vaults.

Your class will experience:

 - What the people, places and past were like in Edinburgh through the centuries

 - The clues they can find themselves which tell us about the past

 - The famous and infamous characters that walked our streets

Together, our experienced guide and your budding historians can discover Old Edinburgh.

We can provide ghost and history themed tours tailored to your studies, age group and requirements. We also work in partnership with the National Trust and can arrange entry into some of their historic Edinburgh properties as part of your tour.

Mercat Tours in the classroom

Your pupils won’t even realise they’re learning, whether they’re taking part in a workshop or treasure hunt led by one of our costumed performers. We know exactly how to bring the Curriculum for Excellence to life – through inspiring places and vivid storytelling.

Mercat Tours was established by history teachers back in 1985. So we’ll start by asking exactly which learning outcomes you’d like to achieve. We normally work with pupils aged 7-14, but we’re happy to design a day for just about any year group.

Every class is different. So your package will be built around your brief, and designed to make a lasting impression with the group.

The format? We have lots of great ideas, but typically your pupils will unearth clues and uncloak historical characters.

We work closely with Historic Environment Scotland and the National Trust for Scotland. So if you’d like to visit the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh Castle, the Georgian House or Gladstone’s Land, we can incorporate the visit in your request.

Please get in touch and we'll be happy to arrange your specialised tour or learning event.

Contact us for more details

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Trust Mercat to show you a side of Edinburgh others don’t see. We have 5 stars and a 91% rating from VisitScotland. We’re also one of the top 11 attractions in Scotland. Our Awards