The UK is full of excellent destinations for educational trips. You can find locations throughout that offer a great combination of education, entertainment, beautiful scenery and architecture. You can head to a city destination or explore wonderful coastal and countryside areas and historic towns.
Of course the obvious choice for a city educational trip is London. The capital boasts numerous fascinating attractions steeped in history and wonderful architecture. Organised tours are available of exciting destinations like the Houses of Parliament, the Tower of London, the London Dungeons, Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral to name a few. There is also the opportunity to take in a view of London from the London Eye and appreciate the view from a river cruise along the Thames. Museums abound; choose from a wide variety including the Natural History Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, Imperial War Museum and British Museum.
York is another popular choice for student trips, a wonderful exploration of historical England, you can step back in time amongst the cobbled streets, explore Roman, Medieval and Viking heritage and fantastic architecture at the gothic Minster Cathedral.
A visit to the Granite City, Edinburgh is ideal for student trips. It is a city full of history, culture and arts. There are more dungeons to visit here as well as the National Gallery, Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace and a walk along the Royal Mile.
Stratford-upon-Avon is popular with literature focused trips. Here you can visit the birthplace of Shakespeare and let your students expand their knowledge of Shakespeare. You can visit the numerous theaters, Royal Shakespeare, Swan, Courtyard, Warwick Castle, the Holy Trinity Church and Anne Hathaway’s cottage. The town walk is a good way to get an overview of the town’s history.
The Eden Project
The UK is blessed with beautiful countryside, both along the coast and inland. In Cornwall you and your students can feel a world away from school as you take in the beauty of the Cornish coast. Visit the Eden Project, the world’s largest conservatory which does a great job of providing interactive education through workshops and practical hands on activities.
Take your class to the Scottish Highlands and explore the Cairngorm Mountain area. Here they can learn about geography, climate, technology and tourism though presentations, workshops and exploring the mountains, taking part in an orienteering treasure hunt.
Other National Parks
For some adventure you could take your students on a trip to Dartmoor, Exmoor, Peak District or Lake District and enjoy some of the adrenaline fuelled activities on offer at the activity centers in the National Parks. You could try various activities like abseiling, caving, climbing, mountain biking, hiking, orienteering and archery. This is a great way to introduce students to new and exciting activities and a love and respect for the outdoors.
Anna writes regularly on travel, focusing on student trips for a range of travel and educational websites and blogs.