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Discover The Past

Learn about kings, queens, dinosaurs and civilisations

Discover The Past

There's so much to explore, discover and unearth about Scotland's fascinating history and heritage, stretching back over thousands of years.

Explore our ancient geological past in science museum, visit a crumbling old castle on holiday, or take part in a self-guided tour of one of our unique towns or cities. And we can help recognise your learning by providing credits in your Passport to Learning.

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This partnership has enabled an increased number of children and young people to access their historic environment and to learn more through discovering and exploring our properties throughout Scotland.

Craig Fletcher

Senior Learning Manager, Historic Scotland

Historic Environment Scotland

Step back in time with HES and experience history where it really happened. Free entry for Passport Holders to any HES site or property - and there are hundreds of them across the country!


Scottish Parliament

Join a history tour at Scotland's iconic parliament building in Edinburgh, and hear the story of Scotland's formation from the 9th to the 21st century.


National Mining Museum Scotland

Connect our geological past with our industrial heritage and the people and communities that worked down the mines.


Dynamic Earth

Experience the awesome forces that have shaped our planet over time and learn about the Scottish scientists that led the way in developing our understand of the Earth.

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