London

  • citizenship / government & politics school trip to London
    The Houses of Parliament, one of London's many famous sights.
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    The London Eye, another popular addition to a London school trip.
  • leisure & tourism school trip to London
    Buckingham Palace, one of London's most photographed tourist sites.
  • history school trip to London
    The Tower of London, a natural addition to a history school trip to the capital.
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    Take a business studies school trip to London.

Well organised and highly supportive from start to finish. Many thanks. JT, Leighswood School

With its distinctive landmarks and architectural diversity, its centuries of history and a wealth of museums and cultural institutions, London is a longstanding favourite amongst school groups. Indeed, the vast range of attractions available ensures that our educational tours to the British capital are expertly designed to suit every academic age, ability and interest, be it primary-age pupils or GCSE students.

From the must-see essentials such as Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London, to specific subject-related visits designed to bring learning to life, a London school trip is guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.

London School Trip – Subject Suitability

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Typical Accommodation

We work with a number of different hostels and hotels in and around the British capital. Please let us know your requirements and we will be happy to recommend suitable accommodation to suit your London school trip itinerary and budget.

Sample Itinerary –  2 Days by Coach

All tours will be tailor made to suit each individual group, but here is a popular suggestion for a London school trip:

Day 1 – Departure from school by coach this morning to arrive in London around midday. You’ll then enjoy a sightseeing tour of all the principal sites before transferring to hotel for dinner.

If you are planning a theatre visit, we can offer interactive workshops, backstage tours and great ticket prices for the show of your choice.

Some of the most popular shows include Wicked, The Lion King, Matilda the Musical, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Billy Elliot, War Horse, Jersey Boys, Miss Saigon, Les Misérables and The Phantom of the Opera.

Day 2 – Glide through the air aboard the London Eye, followed by a river cruise along the Thames. Both are great ways to see London’s many famous landmarks from two very different perspectives.

Alternatively, why not visit one of the many world-class museums and galleries that the British capital has to offer – see below for some of our favourites. Later this afternoon, start your journey back to school.

Travel Options

  • By coach direct to London.

Popular Visits & Excursions

Buckingham Palace – Official London residence of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, watch the Changing of the Guard or, during the summer months, visit some of the palace’s State Rooms.
British Museum – One of the world’s most visited museums with a permanent collection of around eight million works detailing the evolution of man from prehistoric to modern times. Highlights include the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon sculptures and the mummies in the Ancient Egypt collection.
London Eye – A prominent feature of London’s skyline, a 30-minute ride on the London Eye offers some of the most magnificent views over the capital. See how many landmarks you can spot.
Thames River Cruise – A memorable way to see some of London’s main sights including the Palace of Westminster, the London Eye, the Tower of London, London Bridge and Greenwich.
Houses of Parliament – See 1,000 years of history and modern-day politics up close with a tour of the Palace of Westminster. You’ll see the Queen’s Robing Room, the Royal Gallery, the Lords’ Chamber, Central Lobby and the famous Commons Chamber, as well as Westminster Hall where Guy Fawkes was tried.
Westminster Abbey – Situated alongside the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, this historic abbey has witnessed a procession of royal weddings, coronations and burials over its 700-year history.
Tower of London – Built by William the Conqueror in 1078, discover the tower’s centuries of history as a royal palace, prison and place of execution, armoury, home of the Crown Jewels of England, royal mint, public records office and even a zoo!
Science Museum – The most visited science and technology museum in Europe, London’s Science Museum has over 15,000 objects on display including the Apollo 10 command capsule and Stephenson’s Rocket. With interactive exhibits and a 3D IMAX cinema, it’s a fantastic place to see, touch and experience science up close. What’s more, the museum offers excellent educational workshops.
Natural History Museum – Renowned for its brilliant dinosaur exhibition, this museum houses a vast collection items devoted to botany, entomology, mineralogy, palaeontology and zooology. See a life-sized blue whale, a 40-million-year-old spider, and countless other fascinating exhibits.
St Paul’s Cathedral – Built by Sir Christopher Wren after the Great Fire of London, this beautiful cathedral is one of London’s most distinctive buildings and has played host to royal marriages, funerals of prominent dignitaries and jubilee thanksgiving services.
Imperial War Museum London – This fascinating museum tells the story of those whose lives have been shaped by war from the First World War to the present day through a large number of permanent and temporary exhibitions.
Churchill War Rooms – A secret World War II bunker and museum that tells the story of Winston Churchill’s life and legacy.
HMS Belfast – Part of the Imperial War Museums, this warship guides visitors through life on board this warship during the Second World War and beyond.
St Martin-in-the-Fields – A beautiful Georgian church situated in Trafalgar Square, it was the location of the first religious broadcast and has hosted musical performances by Handel and Mozart in its time.

London school trip images courtesy of London & Partners, Visitbritain, Visit London Images, Britain on View, City of London, Clive Totman, Visit England, Diana Jarvis.

 

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre – Outside of Stratford-upon-Avon, this is the place to experience Shakespeare. A reconstruction of the open-air playhouse built in 1599 by Shakespeare’s playing company, here you can take part in workshops, tour the exhibition and of course watch some of the Bard’s finest plays being performed.
National Gallery – Dominating Trafalgar Square and another popular London landmark, the National Gallery boasts over 2,300 paintings from the 13th to the 19th centuries including works by Van Gogh, da Vinci, Botticelli, Constable, Renoir and Titian.
National Portrait Gallery – Home to the world’s largest collection of portraits, some 200,000 in total, from the 16th century to the present day. The Gallery was founded in 1856 to collect portraits of famous Britons.
Tate Britain – From Pre-Raphaelite paintings to landscapes by Turner and Francis Bacon’s distorted nudes, the Tate Britain is home to the world’s largest collection of British art.
Tate Modern – Britain’s national museum of modern and contemporary art, the Tate Modern is housed in a former power station, set alongside the River Thames.
Victoria & Albert Museum – The world’s greatest museum of art and design, representing more than 3,000 years of human creativity. Collections include furniture, fashion, glass, ceramics, photography, metalwork, textiles, sculpture and painting.
Fashion & Textile Museum – Founded by iconic British designer, Zandra Rhodes, this museum is a cutting-edge centre for contemporary fashion, textiles and jewellery.
London Dungeon – Journey through 1,000 years of London’s history, meeting some of the capital’s most sinister characters such as Jack the Ripper and Sweeney Todd, and learning about grisly historical events such as the Black Death and the Gunpowder Plot. English, history and performing arts curriculum-based visits available.
Royal Museums Greenwich – Comprises the National Maritime Museum, the Queen’s House, the Cutty Sark tea clipper sailing ship and the Royal Observatory (incorporating the Peter Harrison Planetarium), the home of Greenwich Mean Time.
Museum of London – The world’s largest urban museum, the Museum of London tells the story of the world’s greatest city and its people, from prehistoric times to the present day.
London Transport Museum – Explores the link between transport and London’s social and cultural history with more than 80 vehicles including a red Routemaster bus and the world’s first Underground steam train.
Wembley Stadium Tour – Go behind the scenes of the UK’s largest stadium, seeing the players’ changing rooms, walking through the players’ tunnel towards the pitch and looking up to the Royal Box. You’ll also get to see the ‘FA150 Exhibition’ celebrating the history of the Football Association’s tenure as the original governing body of the world’s most popular sport.
Twickenham – Take a trip backstage at the home of English rugby including a tour of the royal box, players’ tunnel, a breathtaking view of the arena from the top of the stand, a pitchside walk and a visit to the England dressing room where you will learn about the match-day preparations and routines of international rugby players. You’ll also get to visit the World Rugby Museum.
Madame Tussauds – Where else can you get up close to royalty, politicians, sports, pop and film stars? With over 300 amazing waxwork figures, this is selfie heaven!
Warner Bros. Studio Tour – The Making of Harry Potter – A behind-the-scenes tour of the studios in which this popular literary phenomenon was transformed for the big screen. See film sets, props and costumes.