Kirkham Grammar School

Independent Co-Educational Day and Boarding School

Kirkham Grammar School Content Area

KGJS Edinburgh Trip

On Friday 2 February, eighteen J4 children met Mr Lewis, Mrs Case and our tour rep, Nigel, at Preston Station ready for our trip. Matthew Weare’s mum gave us all an Edinburgh hoodie and we set off. When we arrived in Edinburgh, we walked for about half an hour to our Youth Hostel, where we had our lunch before walking to Dynamic Earth. On the way we saw Holyrood Palace, the  government buildings, Arthur’s Seat (an extinct volcano) and the Queen’s Art Gallery. Inside Dynamic Earth, we learned about volcanos and different types of rock, before discovering about the history of the universe, looking at the animals of the rainforest and finally learning about astronomers inside a show dome. Our final stop in this amazing was, of course, the gift shop, where we bought some gift for us and our families. After a delicious roast chicken dinner back at the hostel, we took the bus to go bowling. We had a fun-filled hour here, before returning to the hostel to go to bed. The next morning, we got up and had a lovely breakfast but there was no time to waste as we set off, in the rain, towards the Harry Potter trail, where we learned about the important places and people that inspired J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books. Next, we headed to Edinburgh Castle, where we looked at the Scottish Crown Jewels and the memorial for the soldiers who died in various wars. We also saw a demonstration about crime and punishment for minor stealing in the 1600s! After a quick visit to a Harry Potter souvenir shop, we reached our final destination; the Edinburgh Dungeons, which we all found really scary! Finally, we headed to the train station for our return journey. Thank you to Mrs Case, Mr Lewis and Nigel for a wonderful trip.