The Holocaust London History School Trips (1or 2 Days)

Take your students on a History school trip to London to learn about the Holocaust. The effects of the persecution and genocide carried out by the Nazis in Germany & the Third Reich were felt across the world, not least in London where there was a large Jewish community & where many refugees from persecution were welcomed & given a chance to start a new life. Many were children who arrived alone as part of the kindertransport initiative. Today students can study the horror of the Shoah by visiting the excellent & detailed permanent exhibition at the Imperial War Museum & London's Jewish Museum where there is an option to meet a survivor of those terrible events. A visit to London can also include broader themes related to WWII such as the leadership of Churchill or the changing nature of warfare.



One-Day Tour (for schools within approximately 120 miles of London)

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  • School pick-up (no earlier than 06.00 hours) & travel to London. Visits to:
  • The Jewish Museum
  • Option to meet a survivor
  • Imperial War Museum
  • Information packs provided
  • Optional activity (e.g. London Eye - see leisure options for other choices available)
  • Return to school with evening drop-off (time dependent on school location)





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 Two-Day Tour

  • Day 1:  School pick-up (earliest 06.00 hours) & travel to London
  • Imperial War Museum
  • Holocaust Memorial
  • Tasks & information packs provided
  • Check-in at accommodation & evening meal
  • Optional evening activity (see leisure options)
  • Day 2:  Depart after breakfast to visit:
  • The Jewish Museum (with option to meet a survivor)
  • Optional activity (e.g. sight-seeing, London Eye - see leisure options for other possibilities from one hour to half-day duration)
  • Return to school with evening drop-off (time dependent on school location)



Add an Extra Day....

  • With an extra day you can include further investigations and/or fun activities or
  • Combine with another department. We have tours for Art • Geography • Maths • Science • RS
  • Two nights' half-board accommodation
  • Our advice: Including some fun activities can help you sell the tour to your students especially if you have competition from other subjects
  • Combine with another department: This can help to make the tour viable if you have low numbers

Alternative venues you may be interested in....

  • National Army Museum (free entrance) • HMS Belfast • RAF Hendon (free entrance) • Churchill War Rooms        • St Paul's Cathedral • Ask for details




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The Jewish Museum       candlestick opt


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Located in Camden Town the museum recently underwent an extensive redevelopment and now offers visitors four permanent exhibitions - a rare surviving medieval ritual bath, Judaism a Living Faith, History A British Story and the Holocaust Gallery. A number of workshops are offered including the chance to meet a survivor of the Nazi persecutions.

Holocaust Memorial      
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The Holocaust Memorial was the first public memorial in Great Britain dedicated to victims of the Holocaust. A service of remembrance is held every year. It consists of two boulders surrounded by a copse of silver birch trees. An inscription in English & Hebrew from the Book of Lamentations reads "For these I weep. Streams of tears flow from my eyes because of the destruction of my people."

Imperial War Museum      
Imperial War Museum


A whole gallery is devoted to the Holocaust explaining its historical, political & cultural context, the unfolding persecution & ultimate horror of genocide, the impact on individuals and communities and the acts of resistance organised against it. (The IWM also has galleries devoted to WWI, the Home Front during WWII, Secret War & Peace & Security 1945-2015).

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  London & the Blitz
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Topics:  Outward Journey/Pre-Tour     Imperial War Museum
  • Timeline of the inter-war years & the rise of Adolf Hitler & the Nazi Party
  • Increasing persecution within Germany
  • The expansion of the Third Reich, 1939-40: Poland, Norway, Low Countries & Fall of France
  • The Final Solution
  • Fear of the Bomber as a weapon of war
Topics:  London    
  • The nature of antisemitism
  • Antisemitism in Germany
  • Nazi ideology
  • Anti-Semitic policies
  • Racial laws
  • Segregation & Ghettos
  • The Final Solution
  • The Death Camps
  • Resistance & survival
Topics:  Return Journey/Post-Tour    
  • The nature of discrimination
  • Remembrance
  • Genocide in the 21st Century
The specific content of your tour will be determined by your school's curriculum requirements  
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Our Guides



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We believe a study tour is an educational experience best delivered by people with a knowledge and understanding of the educational system & culture. You can discuss learning aims & objectives with your guide so that the tour meets your requirements.

  • Our guides are former teachers, excellent communicators & have examining experience.
  • They have organised tours themselves so understand the demands placed on accompanying staff.
  • They have an enthusiasm for imparting knowledge & ideas & engaging with young minds.


Ian Matthews, BA (Hons) Oxon., MA, PGCE




Ian was a former Head of History in a Liverpool Comprehensive & a GCSE examiner before he joined Galina in 1992. He has developed a number of our most popular tours including several to the battlefields of the First & Second World Wars, Germany & the Netherlands. He is currently the company's Managing Director. 


After more than 23 years’ leading tours to the Western Front, Normandy, Dunkirk as well as to Berlin & Amsterdam, he is one of Galina’s most experienced guides.


“Ian was excellent again as our tour guide: he certainly knows how to pitch his explanations at the right level for the students.”

Finchley Roman Catholic High School, London

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Selected & Trained by Galina 

  • We have our own training programme to ensure consistently high standards.
  • Our guides up-to-date with current examination specifications & amendments to Key Stage 3.
  • All guides are DBS-checked.

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Leisure Options


Leisure Options

  London Eye
For many teachers (& their students) a visit to London is not only a learning opportunity but also a chance to experience the Capital. Some of the activities below take a relatively short amount of time (up to an hour). Others require a longer period where it would be best to allocate 2 to 3 hours to get the full value. For more information talk to our Tour Administrators for further details & prices (where applicable). 
St Pauls and Thames

Free & Budget Options (under £10 each)

  • The Sights: Embankment, Westminster, Leicester Square, Trafalgar Square & Buckingham Palace (free)
  • London Eye: A fixture on the skyline & iconic symbol of modern London offering views across the city
  • Thames River Cruise: See London's landmarks from the Houses of Parliament to Tower Bridge

Top of the Range (£20+ each)

You may also be interested in...  
  • West End Shows: See a London show at group-rate prices. Add a back-stage theatre tour with a matinée performance 
  • Warner Bros. Studios: The Making of Harry Potter: Go behind-the-scenes, visit the sound stages, find out about set & costume design
  • Covent Garden (free)
  • Emirates Cable Car
  • HMS Belfast or Cutty Sark
  • London Dungeon
  • Madame Tussaud's
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     London Thameside

The accommodation we use regularly is audited following guidelines laid down by the School Travel Forum & incorporated into our Safety Management System.



YHA London Thameside


This purpose-built hostel, opened in 1919, is situated on the South Bank of the Thames in a residential area. It is less than 2 miles from the Tower of London & 3 miles from  St Paul's Cathedral. Canary Wharf & the docklands area is a mile away & the Imperial War Museum & Houses of Parliament are 3 & 4 miles away respectively. The Natural History & Science Museums are both approximately 7 miles away. 

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Accommodation Factfile

  • Capacity for 320 guests in 70 rooms on 4 floors accommodating between 4 & 8 guests per room.
  • Lift to all floors
  • En-suite facilities
  • Twin/quad rooms for staff 
  • TV, tea & coffee facilities in staff rooms
  • Reception & night manager
  • TV lounge
  • Bar & lounge area
  • Restaurant
  • Games machines
  • Disabled access
  • Free WiFi & computers
  • Meeting rooms for hire
  • CCTV
  • Coach parking

3* Ibis Hotel, Wembley

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This modern well-appointed hotel is located within easy walking distance of Wembley Stadium. London Zoo is 7.4 miles away. Allow 45 miniutes to an hour to reach some of the main attractions by coach. St Paul's Cathedral is approximately 10 miles away as are the Houses of Parliament. Canary Wharf is 17 miles away via the North Circular Road. The Natural History & Science Museums are just over 7 miles from the hotel.  

Ibis London Wembley Bedroom

Ibis London Wembley Dining Room

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Accommodation Factfile

  • 210 air-conditioned rooms on fourteen floors (lift to all floors)
  • Twin room accommodation
  • En-suite facilities
  • Tea/coffee-making facilities, TV & internet in all rooms
  • Single/twin rooms for staff
  • Dining room, bar & lounge area
  • Multilingual staff
  • Disabled access
  • Free WiFi
  • Coach parking nearby



3* Premier Inn London Wembley

    Premier Inn London Wembley




The Premier Inn is within 200 metres of Wembley Stadium. London Zoo is 7.4 miles away. Allow 45 miniutes to an hour to reach some of the main attractions by coach. St Paul's Cathedral & the Houses of Parliament are approximately 10 miles away & Canary Wharf is 18 miles away via the North Circular Road. The Natural History & Science Museums are approximately 8.5 miles from the hotel.

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  • 154 air-conditioned rooms on 7 floors (access via 3 lifts)
  • Multi-bedded rooms for students
  • Staff in single/twin rooms
  • En-suite facilities
  • Rooms for staff include TV & tea/coffee-making facilities
  • Restaurant
  • Bar & lounge area
  • Disabled access
  • Free WiFi
  • Coach parking
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Kingsmeadow School, Gateshead

"The accommodation was lovely, the staff were very helpful. The food and service were both excellent. Excellent – a fabulous trip for all involved."


Pate's Grammar School, Cheltenham

"Just a short note to say that the visit proceeded like clockwork and to thank you for all your efforts on our behalf."


Merchant Taylors' Boys' School, Liverpool

"Very efficient & thorough, as usual! Driver, Neil, very friendly – helpful support from him. Excellent once again."


Colyton Grammar School, East Devon

"Many thanks to all at Galina involved in the trip – the pupils have all said what a great time they had!"

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