Art School trips to Liverpool & Manchester (1 or 2 days)

Our Art school trips to Liverpool & Manchester provide students & teachers with a wide range of choices & experiences. From Old Masters to contemporary Public Art, the North West has much to offer. Visit world-class Art collections & take time out to enjoy some of the region's other great attractions. We have featured the most renowned Art galleries but we can tailor your school trip to include other venues too. You can combine visits to Liverpool, Manchester & Salford or concentrate on just one of these destinations. The choice is yours.Entry to permanent displays & collections with a self-guided tour is free. If you wish to visit an Exhibition please contact our office on 0800 801 560 for further details as entrance fees vary.     

This tour is suitable for KS3, GCSE & A-Level Art & Design providing students with both the opportunity to explore contemporary & historical art first hand as well as consider the context, society & culture in which it was produced.




Day One: Liverpool

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  • School pick-up between 6.00 & 8.00 am
  • Arrive in Liverpool
  • Gallery visit
  • Public Art in Liverpool
  • Optional activity (Gormley's 'Another Place' or see leisure options)
  • Evening meal in a restaurant
  • Check-in at accommodation

Day Two: Saint Helens & Salford or Manchester

  • Depart after breakfast for St Helens
  • Morning visit to Dream
  • Travel to Manchester or Salford
  • Lowry Gallery OR
  • Whitworth Gallery OR
  • Manchester Art Gallery OR
  • Chosen leisure visit
  • Depart & return to school
  • Evening drop-off; time will be dependent upon your school's distance from London

Add an Extra Day

  • Further gallery visit(s) or choose a leisure option instead
  • Add an optional visit (see leisure options)
  • Depart & return to school
  • Evening drop-off

One-Day Tour (suitable for schools within 120 miles of Liverpool or Manchester)

  • School pick-up (6.00 am approx) to arrive by 10.00 am
  • Select your preferred gallery, public art or leisure visits
  • Depart & return to school
  • Mid-evening drop-off

 Itinerary Planning

  • This itinerary is suggested only to assist with your tour planning
  • It is not designed to be prescriptive & we are happy to tailor it to your particular requirements (or substitute your own choice of galleries or museums in place of the examples shown above)
  • Workshops offered by galleries are usually restricted to 15-20 & are not practical for larger groups
  • Tour prices quoted exclude entry to exhibitions requiring an entry fee
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Art in Liverpool & Manchester



Main Themes

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  • Develop ideas through investigations, demonstrating analytical & cultural understanding
  • Record ideas, observations & insights
  • Present a personal informed response demonstrating analytical & critical understanding


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Walker Art Gallery


Tate Liverpool  
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One of the finest art galleries in Europe, housing renaissance masterpieces, Tudor portraits and one of the best collections of Victorian and Pre-Raphaelite art in the country as well as an outstanding display of contemporary art including work by David Hockney, Lucian Freud, Bridget Riley and Banksy. 
Opened in 1988 and housed in a converted warehouse within the Albert Dock, it displays a changing collection of contemporary art from the holdings of the Tate and hosts regular major exhibitions.

Lady Lever Art Gallery


Public Art


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Situated in Lever’s ‘model village’ of Port Sunlight it houses one of the UK’s finest collections of fine art, the best collection of Wedgwood jasperware in the world and an internationally renowned collection of Pre-Raphaelites. Works by Turner, Constable, Gainsborough and Reynolds, Millais, Ford Madox Brown, William Holman Hunt, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Burne-Jones, Lord Leighton and many others are on display.
Not all Liverpool's great art is to be found in traditional galleries. The city is in a way a living art gallery with impressive public & private buildings, two stunning cathedrals, two 'dazzle' ships, sculptures, superlambananas ... Gormeley's 'Another Place' is found a few miles north of the city centre while Plensa's 'Dream' can be found in nearby St Helens.
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Manchester Art Gallery


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More than 2,000 oil paintings, 3,000 watercolours and drawings, 250 sculptures and more than 13,000 decorative art objects; especially noted for Victorian art, especially that of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Artists represented include Gainsborough, Reynolds, Turner, Renoir and Gauguin.
Winner of Visit England's gold prize for Large Visitor Attraction of the Year 2016 and winner of the Art Fund's Museum of the Year 2015, the recently extended Whitworth offers notable collections of watercolours, sculptures, wallpapers and textiles with a focus on modern artists, such as Moore, Hepworth, Madox Brown, Bacon, Blake, Hockney, Lowry, Gauguin, van Gogh and Picasso, and Turner.


The Lowry


You may also be interested in...


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The Lowry Centre is a striking modern building at Salford Quays and close to Media City UK, displaying the Lowry collection which includes 400 works in oil, pastel and watercolours from all periods of his career. His images of industrial Lancashire have become iconic representations of a bygone era.
A few of the other possibilities for a visit to Manchester
  • Street Art in Manchester
  • Museum of Science & Industry
  • People's History Museum
  • Manchester Museum
  • Mrs Gaskell's House
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Leisure Options


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For many teachers (& their students) a school visit is not only a learning opportunity but also a chance to experience the wider life of the destination cities. 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).



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Some Options (additional fees apply)

  • Mersey Ferry Crossing & U-boat Story
  • Anfield or Old Trafford Stadium Tour
  • Beatles Story
  • British Music Experience
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The accommodation we use regularly is audited following guidelines laid down by the School Travel Forum & incorporated into our Safety Management System.


YHA Liverpool


This youth hostel is located within easy walking distance of the city centre in an area known as the Baltic Triangle. The Albert Dock can be reached on foot in five minutes. Within the dock you'll find the Northern Tate, Maritime Museum & international Slavery Museum. The dock is part of the Liverpool Waterfront complex which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Liverpool's two Cathedrals are less than a mile from the hostel & the two football stadia within four miles. 


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  • Capacity for 156 guests in 30 rooms on 3 floors (access via stairs).
  • Rooms accommodate two to six people
  • Staff accommodated in twin/quad rooms
  • Bunk beds
  • 28 of the 30 rooms have en-suite facilities
  • TV lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Bar & lounge area
  • Games room
  • Disabled access
  • Free WiFi
  • Classroom facilities
  • Garden area
  • Bed linen provided. Take your own towels
  • Coach parking
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Help Organising Your Tour

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Galina has over 25 years experience in organising school trips for school & youth groups. We therefore offer the services of your own Tour Administrator who will guide you through each step of the process, from your initial enquiry to your departure & return.


We have developed a number of useful documents that will help you when preparing to launch your tour & with your visit application via the Senior Management or your EVC.


Risk assessment advice is available &, once booked, we can provide a helpful guide that can be used to formulate your own tailored risk assessment.


There are links to several useful documents below that can be downloaded to help trip preparation.


Launching Your Tour


Preparing for Departure             



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Pleckgate High School, Blackburn

"Excellent!  This was my first overseas trip and Sue was always available & quick to respond to my many pleas for help.  Driver, Owen, was brilliant!  In fact, I've just sent him a thank-you card from the children. He greeted us each morning with a smile & a spotless coach."


Trinity High School, Manchester

"Our Tour Administrator has been very helpful with all my questions in the lead up to the trip. The driver, Owen, was extremely helpful during the tour, patient with the students, friendly and very reliable. Excellent tour. The tour was a brilliant experience for the students which is why I chose the word excellent. It is definitely something we will do again next year.


JFS, Harrow

"All communication with Galina, in particular, Dominique, was excellent, clear & helpful.  Steve, our driver, was excellent!  We would welcome him joining us on future trips!"


St Mary's College, Hull

"Communication with David, our tour administrator, throughout the year was excellent.  The coach driver, Dave, was excellent & I find it difficult to commend him highly enough.  Our Tour Director, Julian, was excellent throughout the trip.  I would definitely ask for Julian again if he is available."
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