School Visits

Hopetoun delivers award-winning, curriculum linked workshops for schools, involving drama, role play and costume. 

All of our workshops offer hands on, active learning and meet the Curriculum for Excellence for first and second levels, in particular the curriculum areas Social Studies (People, past events and societies), (People, place and environment) and Expressive Arts (Drama).

Education at Hopetoun - Victorian Workshop

Indoor Education for Schools

We offer 3 full day Indoor Workshops that relate to the Curriculum for Excellence. These are:

  • Homes and Houses
  • Victorian Workshop
  • Victorians at Hopetoun
  • NEW: Hopetoun at War

Hopetoun also offers a number of Outdoor Workshops for Schools. Click here for more information.

Victorian Workshop (up to 33 pupils)

Following a brief introduction on the history of Hopetoun House, pupils are provided with costumes and take on the role of servants, to discover life "below stairs". A butler is selected from the group, who then works with the Housekeeper to lead the "servants" through the magnificent rooms, using role-play and drama to bring the tour to life. In the afternoon they return to the Butler's Pantry to carry out hands-on chores such as polishing, ironing and butter churning. This is followed by a session of quill penning. This workshop is available for groups of up to 33 pupils and is particularly suitable for second level.

Victorians at Hopetoun (between 33 and 60 pupils)

The morning is similar to the Victorian Workshop, while the afternoon involves an exploration of the exterior of the House, including the grounds, ballroom, stables and a visit to the roof. There is also the chance to play Victorian street games and a short session of quill penning. Available for larger groups of up to 60 pupils and most suitable for second level.

Homes and Houses (up to 60 pupils)

The children are dressed as servants and led by the Housekeeper through Hopetoun House to discover how people lived in the past, Time is spent in the butlers pantry working on chores such as cleaning, polishing and ironing. The afternoon is spent with the Ranger outside in the magnificent grounds, developing the idea of animal homes and habitats. This workshop is aimed at the first and second levels and can accommodate up to 60 pupils.

Hopetoun at War (up to 60 pupils)

Studying the First World War?  Why not bring your class to Hopetoun House?  Discover how life in a stately home and on a country estate was affected by the outbreak of war. How did the servants cope when the men left for the front? How was the House adapted to help the war effort? What impact did the war have on the people who lived and worked here? Dressed as servants, pupils will experience a morning of life in service, working above and below stairs.  This is followed by a visit to the Ballroom, which served as a military hospital from 1915, and other areas of the grounds put to military use.  There will also be an opportunity to write a letter to a family member serving at the front. 

You can dowload more information on the Hopetoun at War workshop here.

To book indoor workshops or for more information contact our education team on 0131 319 3959 or

You can download a printable copy of our School Visits leaflet here.