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The Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage Site offers a unique teaching resource with many cross-curricular opportunities. This site provides information, guidance and resources to help you get the most out of the city’s heritage.

Along with a series of classroom resources, the site provides information and advice for those wishing to develop a career in the traditional skills that are essential to securing the future of the World Heritage Site.

Classroom Resources

Old Edinburgh

Closely linked to this popular Social Studies topic, this section contains information and teachers’ resources that explore how people lived in Old Edinburgh.

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Sustainable City

This section presents seven lesson plans that contain ideas for sharing the message of sustainability with pupils within the context of the World Heritage Site.

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World Heritage City

This section explores what makes the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh special, and investigates why and how we care for our built and natural heritage.

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Training and Apprenticeships


This section explores the importance of traditional skills in securing the future of Edinburgh’s historic buildings. It also provides information and links on how you can get involved.