- Tourist Attractions
- Museums and Art Galleries
Suitable for ages: Older Children (9-12) and Teenagers (13-18)
Venue type: Indoor
The Mary Queen Of Scots Visitor Centre helps visitors explore the history of an iconic Scottish figure and learn her story in full in a charming building dedicated to her memory. A wonderful collection of objects associated with Mary has been gathered and put on show, reflecting the cult that has grown up around her and helping add depth and dimension to the numerous stories you'll hear! This is arguably the most comprehensive collection in existence regarding this particular historical figure so is well worth even a passing visit if you're in the region.
Each room has a different focus, which helps keep it fresh and interesting for kids as you walk them round. The Rogues' Gallery introduces the individuals in the drama of Mary's life, whilst the Last Letter Room reveals Mary's final thoughts and may well strike some older kids as more than a little sad so be prepared.
The period feel inside the house has been preserved, while thoughtful design lets the story of Mary's life unfold in a lively way. It's a great way to teach history not just to kids but to grown ups too, with an immersive atmosphere and loads of items to look at. It is however an almost utterly dry educational experience and so is probably best suited to those with an existing interest in such things or those approaching it academically as a back up to school work. In any case because it's free you can always give it a go, and if the kids get too fidgety it costs nothing to retreat elsewhere!
Image copyright Jedburgh via Jedburgh.com / Image cropped vertically from original.
Getting There and Contact Information
Queen Street, Jedburgh, Scottish Borders, TD8 6EN, Scotland
Standard Opening Times and Pricing
Opening times March to November, Monday to Saturday 9.30am to 4.30pm and Sunday 10.30am to 4pm
Admission free, tour groups welcome!