Best School Trips to London

London offers a wide & distinct range of educational visits that will help to expand your students' knowledge. Get some school trip ideas from our list of  Curriculum-relevant tours, iconic landmarks, museums & galleries, attractions, walking tours & London theatre shows, giving students a chance to experience this great city.

 
Curriculum-Relevant School trips to London
             

English literature & languageLiterature

Our English trips to London focus on the literary works of  Shakespeare & Charles Dickens and how they can be adapted for the stage & screen. We offer curriculum-relevant workshops for KS2 to A-Level. 

 

Maths school trips londonMaths

Visit famous locations & apply mathematical ideas in a practical way.  Study packs are available for KS3, GCSE & AS/A2. An alternative for KS3  is to visit the British Museum to take part in their Maths Challenge.

  History school trips to London

History

As the curriculum puts greater importance on the history of Britain & to fully understand the consequences of the events which controlled the early 20th century, visiting the places which played a role in WWI & WW2 is essential.

  geography school trips london

Geography

Our Geography trips form part of four study tour modules which focus on issues & case studies relating to urban geography: re-branding, regeneration, redevelopment, environmental quality & sustainability.

             
religious studies school trips london

Religious Studies

Our Religious trips provide your students with a comparison between places of worship & the forms of public worship that take place in different Christian traditions or world religions.

  theatre drama performing arts london

Theatre & Drama

Perfect for students studying drama, performing arts or theatre studies at GCSE or A-Level. See a show at London's iconic West End or take part in one of the many performance workshops.

  science school trips london

Science

Discover a range of science themes at a variety of London venues. Learn about science through hands-on exhibits, activities & explore galleries. 

 

primary school trips to londonPrimary

We offer a range of Primary school trips designed for KS2 students, covering elements of the National Curriculum. Choose from a range of venues depending upon your learning objectives.

Landmarks & Monuments in London

big ben london

Big Ben is the nickname of the Great Bell of Westminster & often extended to refer to the clock & the clock tower, befittingly known as Elizabeth Tower. It is one of the most distinctive sights of London.

 

houses of parliament

Discover a thousand years of history that formed Britain in one of the most famous buildings in the world when you visit the Houses of Parliament, also known as the Palace of Westminster. 

 

trafalgar square london

Home to Nelson’s Column & the National Gallery, Trafalgar Square is one of London's most exciting open spaces where you will find cultural events, performances, shows & other entertainment going on in the square.

 

tower bridge

Tower Bridge offering breathtaking views of London including, St. Paul’s, Greenwich & the London Eye. The landmark built in 1894 for ships to pass through is one of the greatest engineering marvels of its age. 

buckingham palace

Visit Buckingham Palace, the Queen’s London home during the summer & tour the 19 State Rooms, decorated with some of the greatest treasures from the Royal collection.

 

greenwich

Known as the home of time, Greenwich is where the Prime Meridian of the world is located. The National Maritime Museum, the Queen’s House, the Royal Observatory & the Cutty Sark, are all situated here.

 

london eye

Take a journey 135 m high on the London Eye and discover London’s iconic landscape. A standard entry 30-minute rotation can be tailored to cover curriculum links in History, Geography & Art.

 

battle of britain memorial

The Battle of Britain Monument commemorates the individuals who took part in the Battle of Britain during WW2. The sculpture is designed to be “at people level” so visitors could physically interact with the monument.

Art Galleries & Museums in London

national gallery

Explore the lives & development of artists as well as paintings at the National Gallery home to 2,300 paintings arranged chronologically ranging from the 13th century to 1900. Offering tours for KS2-KS5.

 

natural history museum

Help your students understand the real-world applications of studying natural history with a range of workshops, science shows and self-led activities. Engage with interactive exhibits and meet Museum scientists.

 

tate modern

Tate Modern is dedicated to modern & contemporary international art. The Turbine Hall plays host to large specially-commissioned sculptural projects & installations on a temporary basis. The main collection displays are grouped according to a theme.

 

tate britain

Tate Britain holds the national collection of British Art from 1500 to the present day. Use gallery student resources to explore including exhibitions & free collection displays. There is a lot to see from the extensive permanent collection to exhibitions.

science museum

Learning is central to the Science Museum's mission. There are over 50 hands-on exhibits for students to engage with. Find out about changes in technology & science from 1750 to the present day. There is also a simulator & cinema.

 

churchill war rooms

Explore the Churchill War Rooms & discover the underground bunker, rooms & corridors that sheltered Winston Churchill & his cabinet from the German bombing raids in WW2.

 

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The Museum of London outlines the history of the UK's capital from prehistoric to modern times. A visit to the museum directly supports the curriculum & covers the Romans, Great Fire of London, Victorians, diversity & STEM.

 

imperial war museum

The Museum has a whole gallery devoted to the Holocaust explaining its history.  It also has galleries devoted to WWI, the Home Front during WWII, Secret War, Peace & Security 1945-2015).

Attractions in London

arcellormittal orbit

The ArcelorMittal Orbit is the perfect destination for school groups. Get up close to London’s landmarks with innovative and interactive touchscreens that allow them to view and learn more about the city on the journey down the 455 steps winding way around the sculpture.

 

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Warner Bros. Studio tours provide cross-curricular education programmes which meet learning objectives from the curriculum & exam board. Discover the extraordinary artistry, technology & talent that went into creating the Harry Potter films.

 

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The London Dungeon gives students the opportunity to get exclusive behind the scenes insight into the creation of immersive live shows. Curriculum linked subjects include English, Design & Technology, History, Science & Performing Arts. Ideal for KS2, KS3 & KS4.

 

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Madame Tussauds provides workshops for primary & secondary school groups. Learn about celebrity culture & the media & Madame Tussauds legacy. Find out about the different types of media & purposes. Explore & critique how the media present information and use language to create meaning.

st pauls cathedral

St Paul's is London's Cathedral which embodies the spiritual life & heritage of the British people. It is the seat of the Bishop of London & a centre of prayer & worship. They offer curriculum based themed guided visits for all key stages covering the following areas: R.S., Art, History, Maths & Science.

 

globe theatre

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre welcomes thousands of visitors to experience world-famous productions of Shakespeare. Offering a range of workshops for every key stage & ability. Watch a Theatre Performance as well as a tour of the Theatre.

 

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Situated below the London Eye, this award-winning circular sightseeing cruise offers educational live commentary presented by expert guides. The cruise includes St Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge, Tower of London & Shakespeare’s globe & more.

 

theatre workshop west end

Combine a trip to see a West End show with a workshop tailored to the show you are going to see, exploring its story, characters and themes. Workshops can also expand your student's curriculum studies by focusing on technique or practitioners.

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  • Advice For Groups With Bookings

    At the moment we are being guided by this statement from STF & OEAP Please take a look for more information.

    As you will see, the advice only covers groups travelling until 16 April. However we understand that it is likely that this will be extended along with all social distancing measures.

    As we are sure you will appreciate this is an incredibly challenging time for everyone involved in educational travel. Information and policies are changing on an almost daily basis. At the moment we are awaiting updates from amongst others; the Department for Education, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Department for Transport, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, ABTA, the School Travel Forum and some insurance companies, all of which has a bearing on the advice which we give all our groups and not just school groups. Consequently, if you are departing on or after 01 June we would very much appreciate your patience and forbearance whilst we wait to hear back from some or all of these organisations and are in a position to give you more constructive guidance and advice. Hopefully this should be within a matter of days.

    However for groups departing on or before 31 May we appreciate the urgency of you knowing what your options are so our staff will be in touch this week to discuss these with you.

    We are pleased to advise that the DfE have confirmed that they will accept all cancellation claims for groups travelling this academic year from all RPA members so if this applies to you, you may wish to start this process before we are able to contact you. Please take a look for more information.

    It is also worth mentioning that some schools and other groups have successfully claimed for the cost of cancelled trips using their own insurance so you may wish to try this before we are able to contact you.

    At Next Generation Travel our staff values and behaviours are guided and managed by the NGT TOGETHER words…

    NGT Together

     

    We truly hope that we can fully demonstrate our absolute passion to work with educationalists to deliver exceptional learning outside the classroom experiences, make the process as easy as possible and offer you real workable solutions to keep these valuable experiences in the school calendar.

    Written on Thursday, 23 April 2020 15:54
  • Statement from ABTA & STF

     

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    We are dedicated to bringing you the latest news and updates regarding travel. 

    Please find below a joint statement from the STF and ABTA as of March 13th 2020. Our current understanding of the situation regarding school trips is as follows:

    • The government has advised schools that they should not undertake international school trips at this stage. This is due to concerns that the schools would face significant challenges in making arrangements to ensure children’s welfare should adult supervisors or children be required to self-isolate. Schools will decide how to act upon this advice. If schools do cancel their trips, normal cancellation terms will apply.
    • Schools should contact either their own general insurers or the Department for Education as they may have some financial cover in place for this scenario. This is one of the areas we are seeking clarity on urgently, so we will update again as soon as we have more info.
    • The Government is not advising schools to stop trips within the UK so schools can proceed as planned if they wish. The Government is advising schools to refresh their risk assessments.Customers wanting to cancel must do so at their own cost, normal cancellation charges apply.

    https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19/covid-19-travel-guidance-for-the-education-sector

    Written on Friday, 13 March 2020 15:35
  • Brexit FAQ's

    Last edited 30.01.2020

     

    We now know that the UK will leave the EU at 23h00 (GMT) on 31 January 2020. Following Brexit we will enter a transition period which will run, at least, until the end of December 2020. During the transition period everything will remain the same and you can continue to travel as you do now.

    We will continue to monitor the information provided by travel industry experts, organisations like ABTA and the UK Government and pick out what we believe is relevant for you.

     

    Common questions about travel after 31 January 2020

     

    Will flights still operate?

    Yes. During the transition period, everything will stay the same until the end of December 2020 and flights will continue as normal. 

     

    Will my coach journey still operate?

    Coaches will still be able to travel to, from and around EU countries as usual. 

     

    Will trains from the UK to the EU still operate?

    Trains from the UK to the EU will continue to operate as usual. 

     

    Will we have to show our passports at each border?

    We do advise you keep passports handy when travelling throughout Europe, as you may be required to prove your right to travel at border crossings or security checkpoints.

    You can always check on https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out more about visa restrictions for your destination.

     

    Will I need a new passport?

    Valid passports can still be used. You do not need to have six months left on your passport to travel to the EU. Your passport does however need to be valid for the whole of your trip. 

    If you are looking to travel to Europe from 1 January 2021, you will need your passport to both:

    • have at least 6 months left
    • be less than 10 years old (even if it has 6 months or more left)

    If you do not renew it, you may not be able to travel to most EU countries and Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

    If you would like to know more take a look at the latest Government advice.

     

    Will I still be able to use a collective passport?

    Whilst the position as to the validity of collective passports for travel to the EU has not changed, if you are able to arrange for each traveller to have an individual passport which has the requisite validity, this may help to forestall any issues which might arise.

     

    Will I need a visa to travel to the EU after Brexit?

    No. UK travellers will not need a visa to travel to the EU after Brexit. 

     

    European Health Insurance Card and travel insurance

    The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) allows any EU citizen to access state medical care when they are travelling in another EU country. UK registered EHICs will still be valid throughout 2020.

    ABTA has always advised when travelling to the EU and beyond, that it is important you take out travel insurance. Our tour price includes comprehensive travel insurance as standard. So, unless you advise us that your school or college has its own travel insurance and you wish to decline our insurance, you will automatically have insurance cover with us.

    For more information on our insurance go to:

    Galina Insurance Policy

    Further advice on travel insurance can be found at https://www.abta.com/travelinsurance

     

    Will my tour price change?

    If you have an existing booking with Next Generation Travel group brand:

    We have placed forward contracts for foreign currency so fluctuations in the exchange rate are highly unlikely to affect the price of your tour.

    Please note however that, if there is a change in legislation that will affect your overall tour price and which is out of our control, eg visa costs, surcharges, this cost would be passed on to you.

    As is always our policy at Next Generation Travel we will do our best to do the right thing to work with you to ensure your trip would continue.

     

    If you have not yet booked your tour:

    Due to our forward buying policy for foreign currency, we will work with you to ensure there is no or a low impact on pricing. The travel industry is reporting that the sensible advice is to book now to secure your booking on current currency rates.

     

    What is the law on price changes?

    If there are increases in transportation costs, taxes or fees chargeable for services post Brexit, the law says that package holiday providers, like Next Generation Travel, are permitted to increase their prices. However, we are pleased to confirm that there would be no change within 20 days of your departure and we would cover the first 2% of any price increase. In the unlikely circumstances that prices were to increase by more than 2% you may be asked to pay an additional fee however where the price increase is 10% or higher, you have the right to cancel and receive a full refund of all monies paid, except for any amendment charges.

     

    Will overall prices go up in the future?

    Tour prices in the future will always be open to normal market and economic fluctuations such as currency and service prices. Our foreign currency forward buying policy means we always look to protect customers from the impact of currency fluctuationsHowever, overall tour prices may in the future be affected by changes in legislation such as visa costs, surcharges etc. or increased cost in services such as flights or ferry crossings.

    At Next Generation Travel our experienced staff will always provide you with a tour price which is based either on the actual current rates for your service or estimated rates which are based on our extensive knowledge of the travel and industry. We will always communicate any price changes as they are given to us and have an open and honest pricing policy, which will ensure you should have no surprises later on.

    Data roaming

    Under EU rules, the cost of making calls, sending messages or using the internet on your phone in the EU is the same in the UK and this will continue after 31 January 2020. 

     

     
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