Belgium

  • citizenship / government & politics school trip to Brussels
    Capital of the European Union, Brussels is an excellent destination for groups studying government & politics.
  • Bruges school trip
    Beautiful Bruges is worth a visit on a school trip to Belgium.
  • history school trip to Ypres
    Tyne Cot Cemetery & Memorial near Ypres, the largest Commonwealth military cemetery worldwide.
  • Ypres school trip
    The Menin Gate in Ypres is an evocative reminder of the sacrifices made during World War I.
  • science school trip to Brussels
    Belgium offers a wealth of suitable science-themed visits suitable for school groups.

Everyone present, both cadets and adults thoroughly enjoyed the tour and will take memories away with them that they will remember for life.  All the cadets said that it was the best thing that they had ever done.DH, Cornwall Army Cadet Force

Easily accessible from the UK by coach, train or air, Belgium may be a small country compared with its French and German neighbours, yet it certainly packs a punch on the European stage when it comes to its historical, political, artistic and even sartorial credentials.

A popular choice for students of history, Belgium offers no shortage of educational visits related to its role in the Great War, with moving memorials and museums centred in and around the northern town of Ypres. Further south meanwhile, groups could opt to learn more about the Battle of Waterloo of 1815.

On the political scene, Brussels commands worldwide attention as the de facto capital of the European Union. Famed for its associations with Art Nouveau and comic strip art meanwhile, the Belgian capital also has much to offer students of art & design.

From fashion in Antwerp to science in Mechelen and Liège, Belgium boasts a wide variety of sites and attractions ideal for both general interest and subject-specific school trips alike.

Belgium School Trip – Subject Suitability

Travel Options

  • By coach with short-sea ferry crossing from Dover to Calais. Schools from the north may prefer to take overnight sailings from Hull to Zeebrugge or Rotterdam, to make the coach journeys much shorter.
  • By Eurostar from London St Pancras, Ashford or Ebbsfleet International direct to Brussels.
  • By air from London or selected regional airports direct to Brussels.

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Antwerp

fashion / textiles technology school trip to Antwerp

Situated north of Brussels, Antwerp is renowned as the city of Rubens with Rubenshuis one of its most visited attractions. Boasting the largest cathedral in Belgium, Antwerp is also famous for its thriving diamond and fashion industry with the MoMu museum a popular visit for students of fashion. You’ll also find the Coca Cola visitors centre situated on the outskirts of the city.

Brussels

Grand Place (c) www.visitbrussels.be - smallBrussels is a fabulous city where centuries-old, traditional Flemish architecture goes hand in hand with an abundance of Art Nouveau and space-age structures. Yet amidst the beautiful buildings and political institutions, there’s no shortage of interesting visits for school groups across all subject areas, from history and politics to art, fashion and food technology.

Ypres

Flanders Fields © Westtoer apb - smallSynonymous with its role in the Great War, Ypres (or Ieper as it’s known in Flemish) came under Allied control in 1914 and witnessed some five million British and Commonwealth soldiers pass through on their way to the bloody battles of the Salient. Although reduced to rubble by German bombardment, the town rose from its ashes and has since been fully restored to its former glory.

Bruges

Bruges school tripApprox. 90 minutes northwest of Brussels, Bruges is famous for its fairy-tale beauty, its cobbled streets and canals. Little wonder therefore that the town’s historical centre has been dedicated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Renowned also for its lacemaking heritage as well as its chocolate shops, if your itinerary allows for a day trip to the ‘Venice of the North’, a canal cruise is a must.

Waterloo

Braine-L'Alleud_-_Butte_du_Lion_dite_de_Waterloo (c) Jean-Pol GrandmontSite of the famous battle in 1815 where Napoleon’s French troops were defeated by the Duke of Wellington’s Allied army, there are a number of interesting visits in and around the town of Waterloo including the Wellington Museum, Lion’s Hamlet and Napoleon’s Last Headquarters. An easy, not to mention interesting, excursion from Brussels.

Belgium school trip images courtesy of www.atomium.be, SABAM 2009, Antwerpen Toerisme en Congres, Bart Vandenbroucke, Hans Kerrinckx, www.visitbrussels.be, Westtoer apb, Jean-Pol Grandmont.