When planning a school trip, teachers can often overlook the abundance of educational excursions here in the UK. London is an ever-popular destination with the emphasis on History, Art and Music, but look a little further afield and academic subjects can come alive.
There are many historic cities which can offer a wealth of attractions and can be linked to other local sites to offer a change of pace, with perhaps a trip to a themed museum or a living workshop, depending on the subject matter of the trip you are planning.
It should be remembered that trips need to be fun too. They can very often be one of our formative memories and for many students are the first trip away without the support of a family around them and can be a daunting prospect, so they need to be “a trip to remember” in the best possible way.
A trip to London could be linked with a trip to Covent Garden and a fabulous West End Show. The world-famous museums in the city will keep your students enthralled throughout the day. Your main problem will be which of them to choose. Chelsea Physic Garden is a fantastic day out, your students will be fascinated by the garden of medicinal plants. It would be great to top the trip off with a London Sightseeing Tour
York is also a fabulous venue with the Viking Centre of Jorvik being an absolute must visit. You can tour the city using a hop on, hop off a York Sight-Seeing Bus with a full commentary and don’t forget to try a Ghost Walk in this, the most Haunted City in Europe. The Yorkshire Air Museum is a lovely place to spend the day and has authentic wartime surroundings, original exhibits and a collection of 60 aircraft and military vehicles on display make for an immersive experience which children will never forget. The York Dungeon boasts a hilarious and terrifying journey through 2000 years of history and featuring a cast of actors and lots of surprises!
Stratford on Avon is a great place for a Literature based trip with its links to England’s greatest playwright and poet, William Shakespeare. A school trip to Stratford-upon-Avon is guaranteed to inspire your students as well as provide an insight into life during Tudor times especially at his family homes. Of course, there’s more to Stratford than just Shakespeare, from insights into Elizabethan age at Tudor World, to tropical rainforest environments at Stratford Butterfly Farm. Warwick Castle is not far away too!
Liverpool is an often-overlooked venue for a school trip, but it is one of the most iconic cities in England and offers something for all ages. A plethora of stunning architecture, two beautiful cathedrals and a rich and diverse musical culture that has born many great artists, the most famous being The Beatles. A new music museum has recently opened called The British Music Experience telling the story of popular music and along with visiting The Beatles Story, The Tate and Walker Galleries, there is a wealth of opportunities to study Music and the Arts. One thing we would recommend though is a trip on the river with Mersey Ferries both to see the magnificent views of the city skyline and to learn about the cities rich heritage. The onboard commentary is both informative and fun as well as giving you time to relax and enjoy the views. Take the boat across to Seacombe which is the first ferry stop on the opposite side of the Mersey to visit Spaceport. Spaceport is a refreshing alternative to the other museums in Liverpool and is all about the universe we live in, the history of space exploration and the future of space exploration, it will keep your students enthralled for hours.
Birmingham also can be an amazing place to visit. Why not spend a day sampling the delights of Cadbury World? Set within the historic suburb of Bourneville, Cadbury World offers a unique educational experience and gives a fantastic insight into the rich heritage of the country’s favourite chocolate brand and also the history of Bourneville Village. Birmingham Botanical Gardens has unique glasshouses, rainforest adventures and you are able to experience the humidity, sights and smells of the Tropical House, Mediterranean House and Desert Area. Don’t forget to allow plenty of time to wander around the stunning grounds, seeing the giant Koi Carp in the Rock Garden, visit the exotic bird collection and perhaps bump into their free-roaming peacocks!