New York

  • citizenship / government & politics school trip to New York
    Gateway to America for millions of immigrants, New York offers educational context for citizenship, government & politics students.
  • leisure & tourism school trip to New York
    Times Square, a New York school trip pre-requisite.
  • New York school trip
    Rockefeller Centre is another popular inclusion on a New York school trip.
  • New York school trip
    Students enjoying a spot of down time in Central Park on a New York school trip.
  • New York school trip
    Lower Manhattan by night.

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The Big Apple. The City that Never Sleeps. The City of Skyscrapers. The City so Nice They Named it Twice. There’s nowhere quite like New York, probably the most exhilarating and cosmopolitan city in the world. From its breathtaking skyline to the vibrant atmosphere on the streets, it never ceases to amaze.

It’s so easy to find your way around in Manhattan, the difficulty however is choosing from the huge number of things to do! Rest assured, we can help you plan an itinerary best suited to the particular interests and subject focus of your group.

Whether you are interested in the political or social history of the United States, or you wish to focus on the culture and architecture of this amazing city, we can recommend the most appropriate, not forgetting tailor-made, New York school trip for you.

Typical Accommodation

We work with a number of different hostels and 2*/3* hotels in and around this American city. Please let us know your requirements and we will be happy to recommend suitable accommodation to suit your New York school trip itinerary and budget.

New York School Trip – Subject Suitability

Travel Options

  • By air from London & selected regional airports direct to New York. Flight time is approx. 8 hours.

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

Sample Itinerary – 5 Days by Air

Day 1 – Direct flight from a London airport with late afternoon arrival in New York.

Days 2 & 3 – These days are free for you to choose from the many opportunities, whatever your particular interests, but we suggest you start off with an organised sightseeing tour to pick out New York’s highlights, and to help orientate for the rest of your stay.

For the best views and photo opportunities, head for Empire State Building or Rockefeller Center. We’d also recommend a trip on the Staten Island Ferry for an up-close look at the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, as well as an overview of the skyscrapers and bridges of Lower Manhattan.

For students of Art & Design, visits to the Guggenheim, MoMA and Met Museum should all be considered essential inclusions, yet the city boasts a wealth of other art institutions and galleries to be explored. See our list below for more ideas.

Those interested in Fashion and Textiles meanwhile should opt for a tour of the museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, wander through the Costume Institute of the Met Museum, take a stroll down the Fashion Walk of Fame or through the districts of SoHo and NoLIta.

For the mathematically and economically minded, visits to Wall Street and the Financial District, the Federal Bank Reserve and the Museums of Mathematics and American Finance lend themselves perfectly to the subject.

Film and Media Studies students meanwhile might prefer a tour of the NBC Studios, a workshop at the Paley Center for Media, a visit to Times Square, or a walking tour of the city’s many film and TV sites.

Day 4 – Last minute shopping perhaps, before the late afternoon transfer to the airport for the overnight flight back to the UK.

Day 5 – Morning arrival back at your departure airport.

Popular Visits & Excursions

Empire State Building – Perhaps New York’s best-known building, the Empire State Building was built in the 1930s and until the creation of the twin towers, was the world’s tallest tower. The view from the observation deck on the 86th floor over the city is quite spectacular.
Statue of Liberty – A gift from the French government to celebrate 100 years of American independence, the Statue of Liberty is synonymous with New York and was for many immigrants their first glimpse of America as they arrived from their Atlantic voyage.
Ellis Island – The gateway through which all immigrants passed into America between 1892 and 1954, a visit to the Immigration Museum situated here gives an insight into the millions of immigrants – totalling over 12 million – who chose to make America their home.
Staten Island Ferry Cruise – A free ferry ride between Manhattan and Staten Island, this hour-long round trip allows you to see Lower Manhattan, New York Harbor, Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.
Times Square – Perhaps the best example of the City that Never Sleeps, Times Square is a bright and busy square renowned for its Broadway Theatres, electronic billboards and TV studios (MTV and ABC broadcast from here). It’s one of the most visited tourist hotspots in the world and a must for all trips to New York.
Broadway Workshop – Take to the stage and learn tips and techniques on audition skills, song interpretation, line delivery and stage combat or, if you prefer, hair and make-up or costume design.
Madison Square – Historically one of New York’s most important squares, you’ll see a number of the city’s famous structures here including the Flatiron Building, Metlife Tower and the New York Insurance Company Building, as well as the statue-lined Madison Square Park and the original Madison Square Garden entertainment venue (now located at Penn Station).
Rockefeller Center – Built in the middle of the Great Depression, Rockefeller Center was originally known as Radio City. A complex of 14 buildings set around a central sunken plaza (where you’ll see the Christmas tree and ice-skating rink), the centre boasts gardens, sculptures and an observation deck, ‘Top of the Rock’ from which you get great views over Central Park and the Empire State Building.
Radio City Music Hall – Also situated at Rockefeller Centre, take a stage door tour of this leading concert venue and theatre, see the beautiful Art Deco interior and even meet a member of the Rockettes, the high-kicking dance company.
NBC Studios – Another Rockefeller Centre attraction, a tour of the NBC Studios includes the NBC Production Gallery, two studios, the broadcast operations centre and the tour centre where you’ll get the opportunity to make your own TV show.
Carnegie Hall – Take a tour of this world-famous concert venue, a New York City landmark in its own right and a must-see music attraction. Carnegie Hall presents classical, jazz, folk, world and popular music and has showcased the world’s finest artists — from Tchaikovsky to the Beatles.
Metropolitan Museum of Art – One of the world’s leading art institutions, the Met boasts more than two million works of art spanning thousands of years. From Greek, Roman and Egyptian antiquities, the collection covers European, American and Asian art as well as from Africa, Oceania and the Americas.
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) – Founded in 1929 as the first museum dedicated entirely to contemporary art, the MoMA hosts an impressive collection of modern art, from painting and sculpture to film and architecture. Highlights include Monet’s Water Lilies, Van Gogh’s Starry Night, and Andy Warhol’s Gold Marilyn Monroe, as well as works by the likes of Matisse, Cézanne, Picasso, Pollock and Lichtenstein.
Guggenheim Museum – Situated on Fifth Avenue overlooking Central Park, this distinctive building, as famous for its architectural design as it is for its collection of artworks. Focussing on modern art, the museum displays works by Picasso, Chagall and Kandinsky, amongst many others.
9/11 Memorial – Commemorates the victims of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001. The memorial opened on the tenth anniversary of the attacks at Ground Zero, the site of the former twin towers of the World Trade Center.
Wall Street & New York Stock Exchange – The centre of New York’s financial district, you’ll find the New York Stock Exchange, Federal Hall (site of the inauguration of George Washington) and most of the global banking institutions situated here. 40 Wall Street is one of the city’s tallest skyscrapers.
Museum of American Finance – Combining historical artefacts with interactive displays, this museum takes you through the story of Wall Street from its infancy to the present day.
Federal Reserve Bank of New York – Learn about the role of the New York Fed and the Federal Reserve System in setting monetary policy, promoting financial stability, and serving communities to advance economic growth on a tour of the bank’s museum and gold vault.
United Nations Headquarters – Dominated by the Secretariat skyscraper (office of the Secretary General and administrative nerve centre), it’s actually the General Assembly building where the 193 member states meet that’s perhaps the most recognisable. The Security Council, Economic & Social Council and Trusteeship Council are also located here. A tour here is a fascinating and worthwhile experience.
Chrysler Building – Another famous soaring skyscraper, renowned for its Art Deco style.
Lincoln Center – Possibly the world’s finest cultural centre for music and the arts, you’ll find the Metropolitan Opera, Avery Fisher Hall (home to the New York Philharmonic Orchestra), New York State Theater, Julliard School of Music, the School of American Ballet and the Film Society of Lincoln Center all situated here. Tours, meet and greets and workshops are available. Or simply take in a show!
Central Park – Situated in the centre of Manhattan, this 843-acre park is a New York institution. As well as Central Park Zoo and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, both situated here, other highlights include Cleopatra’s Needle, Bethesda Fountains and Terrace, Shakespeare’s Garden, Belvedere Castle and Strawberry Fields, the memorial garden to John Lennon.
Brooklyn Bridge – Built in the late 19th century, this bridge is one of New York’s most iconic landmarks and connects Manhattan to the borough of Brooklyn.


American Museum of Natural History – Home to Tyrannosaurus Rex and Apatosaurus skeletons, African mammals and a 94-foot blue whale, not to mention a state-of-the-art planetarium, this museum is a natural draw for school groups.
New York Historical Society – NYC’s oldest museum, the NYHS explores the political, social and cultural history of New York City, New York State and the United States. It’s also home to the DiMenna Children’s History Museum.
Museum of the City of New York – Situated on Fifth Avenue within Museum Mile, this organisation is devoted to presenting and preserving the history of the city.
Lower East Side Tenement Museum – Focussing on America’s urban immigrant history, this is an opportunity to tour a traditional Tenement building.
United States Custom House – A National Historic Landmark, this Beaux-Arts building today plays host to the National Museum of the American Indian.
New York Public Library – With a collection exceeding 50 million items, organised into over 100 different topics, this is a fascinating treasure trove of information. Take a guided tour to learn more about the history of this Beaux-Arts building and the wealth of knowledge contained within.
Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum – A former aircraft carrier, the USS Intrepid is today both a museum and National Historic Landmark. Highlights of its collection include Concorde, the Enterprise space shuttle and the USS Growler submarine.
Frick Collection – Situated on Fifth Avenue, this diverse collection contains European masterpieces, sculpture and decorative arts amassed by Henry Frick, a wealthy industrialist and patron of the arts.
Whitney Museum of American Art – The world’s leading museum of 20th-century and contemporary art of the United States with a collection which comprises over 19,000 works by more than 2,900 American artists.
National Academy Museum & School – Housed in a spectacular mansion on the Upper East Side’s famous Museum Mile, this museum is dedicated to 19th, 20th and 21st-century American art, with a permanent collection of more than 5,000 works.
El Museo del Barrio — Located on Fifth Avenue’s Museum Mile, this museum specializes in Puerto Rican, Caribbean and Latin American art.
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum – The only museum in the United States to focus on the history of design as well as its current practice, its collection includes pieces from more than two thousand years ago, as well as contemporary items.
New York Hall of Science – With 450 permanent exhibits, demonstrations, workshops and participatory activities devoted to explaining science, technology, engineering and maths, this is a hands-on, energetic educational experience where students can indulge their curiosity and nurture their creativity. Situated in Queens at Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Museum of the Moving Image – Explore the art, history, technique and technology of film, television, and digital media through the museum’s multimedia collection of moving-image related artefacts.
Paley Center for Media – Containing a permanent media collection of over 160,000 television and radio programs and advertisements and offering workshops on a wide range of subjects such as advertising, documentaries and the civil rights movement. Build analytical thinking, viewing, and listening skills and gain an insight into the roles television and radio play in today’s culture.
International Center of Photography (ICP) – The world’s leading institution dedicated to photography and visual culture, educational programs and photographic exhibitions are available here.
Museum of Mathematics – Uncover the wonder of mathematics with hands-on exhibits and interactive displays. Great for children of all ages.
Skyscraper Museum – Celebrating New York’s vertical architectural heritage, this museum examines the historical forces and individuals that have shaped its distinctive skyline.
East Coast War Memorial – Set in Battery Park, this memorial pays homage to the US armed forces who lost their lives in combat on the Atlantic Ocean during World War II.
Museum at FIT – Housed at the Fashion Institute of Technology, this museum’s permanent collection includes over 50,000 garments and accessories from the 18th century to the present day. Represented are the major figures in fashion history, such as Alaïa, Balenciaga,  Chanel, Dior, Halston and Yves Saint Laurent.
Fashion Walk of Fame – Situated on Fashion (Seventh) Avenue from 35th to 41st Street, the Fashion Walk of Fame celebrates 28 American designers who have influenced fashion worldwide.
Jewish Museum – Located on Museum Mile, this is one of the world’s preeminent institutions devoted to exploring art and Jewish culture from ancient times to the present day.
Museum of Jewish Heritage – Created as a living memorial to those who perished during the Holocaust.
St Patrick’s Cathedral – The largest Catholic Church in the United States, you’ll find this late-19th-century cathedral close to Rockefeller Center on Fifth Avenue.
Cathedral of St. John the Divine – Still unfinished despite work starting in 1892, this is in fact the world’s largest cathedral. It belongs to the Episcopalian Diocese.
Colombia University – New York’s oldest university and the fifth oldest across America. Take a tour to discover the campus’ architecture, history and sculpture.
South Street Seaport – Situated on Lower Manhattan’s waterfront, South Street Seaport is a combination maritime museum and shopping mall, offering an insight into New York’s rich maritime history, fabulous views and shopping opportunities aplenty!
Coney Island – A nostalgic seaside resort complete with boardwalk, hotdog stalls and amusement park. New York’s Aquarium is also situated nearby.
Yankee Stadium – Catch a baseball game at or take a tour of the home of the New York Yankees.
Food Tours – Why not take a food-themed tour of one or more of New York’s different districts such as Greenwich Village, Chelsea Market, Union Square Greenmarket, the Meatpacking District, Little Italy or even Chinatown.

New York school trip images courtesy of, Marley White, Julienne Schaer, Joe Buglewicz.

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