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Scottish History Brought To Life

The Iron Age, the Scottish Clans, the Vikings, the Norman Conquest, the age old struggle between the Scots and English, the Stewart dynasty…these are just some of the thrilling stories brought alive, during a spine-tingling trip to Dundonald Castle.

Medieval history, particularly Scottish history, is increasingly being taught in our schools, and our energetic education team recreates the past for young people, showing them how our land was shaped for today.

What do we Offer?

Some of our more regular topics include Knights & Castles, Scottish Wars of Independence, Myths & Legends, the Celts, Romans, Vikings, Archaeology and Scottish Tourism. New for 2019-2020 are sessions on the Jacobites.

We are delighted to offer full day visits, running from 1000hrs to 1400hrs. A School Visits Travel Subsidy Grant can also be applied for which can cover up to £250 or 75% of your bus costs. Please contact us for more information.

Actively Inspiring

Our education team is passionate about igniting a love for history in children and has developed an inspiring programme of curriculum-based workshops and activities, for all ages and stages.

Teachers and pupils rate their experience as excellent, and are returning again and again, with more questions and a new interest in their national heritage.

Knights and Castles

One of our most popular topics is ‘Knights & Castles’. For this topic we can offer a full range of activities for your group. These can include model work, interpretation and dressing up us knights, princesses, monks, jesters and many more. Snacks can be taken in the visitor centre and a quick toilet stop, before we head up castle hill where the children can take part in a variety of activities including a hands-on weaponry display with our re-enactors, jousting, a castle tour, and potion making with the medieval apothecary. 


We are also lucky enough to be able to offer Archaeology as a topic. Our on-site archaeologists have created a programme which helps children of all ages and stages to begin to understand what archaeology is, what archaeology does and who can be involved. Some of the activities we offer are Fieldwalking, Pottery Lab, Stratigraphy Introduction, Dendrochronology Introduction, Mini Desk-Based Assessments, Artefact Handling and much more! Again, these can be tailored to suit your group.

Contact Us

If you would like more information, or have any queries, contact Blythe Paterson at, or on 01563 851489.