The Blitz & the Home Front: London History School Trips (1 or 2 Days)

Our History School trips to London examine the experience of the Blitz to consider the impact of Total War on British society - both in the short and longer term. 
The strategic bombing campaign undertaken by the Luftwaffe  in 1940-41 was based on pre-war assumptions that the morale of Britain's people could be broken by repeated aerial attack.  Civilian populations on both sides became the direct target of military operations on a scale never witnessed before in war.  Civilians did not simply play a passive role; whether working as auxiliary fire-fighters, in reserved occupations or "digging for victory" they were mobilised as part of the "Home Front". 
We can tailor your History trip to cover your students' specific learning objectives. Please ask to speak to one of our team to discuss your requirements.



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

  Westminster Silhouette
  • School pick-up (no earlier than 06.00 hours) & travel to London. Visits to:
  • The Museum of London Docklands
  • Imperial War Museum
  • Other options also available
  • Tasks & fieldwork activities 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)

The Thames from Tower Bridge HMS Belfast











Two-Day Tour

  • Day 1:  School pick-up (earliest 06.00 hours) & travel to London
  • Lunch-time in Leicester / Trafalgar Square
  • Afternoon visit to the Museum of London Docklands: the East End & the Blitz
  • Tasks & fieldwork activities provided
  • Check-in at accommodation & evening meal
  • Optional evening activity (see leisure options)
  • Day 2:  Depart after breakfast to visit:
  • The Imperial War Museum
  • Tasks & fieldwork activities provided
  • 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....

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




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Museum of London Docklands
      Battle of Britain Memorial Detail

Air Raid Shelter Docklands Museum









Located in the heart of the redeveloped London Docklands close to Canary Wharf, this museum traces the history of the docks and their regeneration in recent years. A large gallery is devoted to the role the docks played during the war, the centrepiece of which is a large screen filming of contemporary footage of the events of ‘Black Saturday’ (September 7th, 1940).
Imperial War Museum
Imperial War Museum


A whole gallery is devoted to the Home Front. ‘A Family in Wartime’ tells how ordinary people braved the challenges of life - rationing, evacuation, war work and events such as the London Blitz and VE Day.  Explore an Anderson shelter, scan the airwaves for archive radio shows and discover more about life in wartime Britain through film, posters and paintings.

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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
  • Appeasement & the outbreak of war
  • The expansion of the Third Reich, 1939-40: Poland, Norway, Low Countries
  • Blitzkrieg & Fall of France in 1940
  • The Battle of Britain: causes, key events; reasons for & significance of victory
  • Fear of the Bomber as a weapon of war 

Topics:  London

  • The Luftwaffe
  • Operation Sealion
  • Strategic bombing in WWII
  • The Blitz & Total War
  • Propaganda & censorship
  • Churchill's leadership
  • Air raid shelters
  • Blackout & ARP wardens
  • Evacuation
  • V-weapons
  • Women & the Home Front
  • Role of the Home Guard
  • Rationing & the Black Market
  • Public attitudes & morale
  • Casualties

Topics:  Return Journey / Post-Tour

  • Daily life in wartime
  • Impact of war on society
  • The changing role of women
The specific content of your tour will be determined by which visits you wish to include  
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Our Guides









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. 

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

  Ian Matthews  


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. 

London Thameside Bedroom London Thameside Bar
London Thameside Computers












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

    Ibis London Wembley




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

Ibis London Wembley Bar  

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.

Premier Inn London Wembley Bedroom Premier Inn London Wembley Dining Room
 Premier Inn London Wembley Bar  


  • 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!"

  St Pauls Detail
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