Posted: 31 May 2022

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Edinburgh

As the capital of Scotland, Edinburgh offers some fantastic educational experiences for a variety of subjects, including art and history. It also offers students the opportunity to explore more of their own country and learn about the history and the diversity of the United Kingdom.

On a school trip to Edinburgh, your students will love exploring Edinburgh Castle, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh Dungeons and the National Wallace Monument, all of which offer the opportunity to discover Scottish history and culture.

Artists can explore some of the most prestigious art museums in the country, such as the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. And historians will love the opportunity to find out about the key role the city played in some key developments in medicine in the 19th century.

Other highlights include a magical Harry Potter walking tour, a delicious delve into the world of chocolate at the Chocolatarium and the mind-bending views of Edinburgh at the Camera Obscura.

Amsterdam

School trips to Amsterdam are a fantastic option for almost any subject, including history, art, science and religious studies. All this means the Dutch capital is also a great choice for a cross-curricular school trip.

Nazi Germany invaded the Netherlands in May 1940 and one of the most familiar accounts of what life was like for Jews in the Netherlands at the time was written by teenager Anne Frank, who went into hiding in the famous Secret Annexe in 1942.

For history and religious studies groups, a school trip to Amsterdam offers the opportunity to visit the Secret Annexe itself, as well as Corrie Ten Boom’s House and the Hollandsche Schouwburg, which was used as a deportation centre for Jews. All of these visits help students to understand the terror and the devastation caused by the Holocaust, and how important it is not to let hate and prejudice win.

Amsterdam is also a city that has a rich artistic heritage. Your students will be inspired by the Rembrandt Museum, the Van Gogh Museum and the huge Rijksmuseum!

And Amsterdam is a fabulous choice for a science school trip too, as there are so many fantastic science attractions in the area. The city is home to NEMO, the country’s biggest science museum and, in nearby Noordwijk, is Space Expo, the visitor centre of the European Space Agency. There’s also a museum that allows your students to take a journey through the human body!

Normandy

Normandy is a spectacular region that often gets overlooked, but it makes for a great school trip destination, particularly for French, history and food technology groups.

Normandy is famous for its dairy cattle and orchards and is an important centre for French gastronomy. Fans of French cheese, in particular, will love Normandy, which is home to Camembert, Livarot, Pont l’Évêque and Boursin, to name but a few. On a food technology school trip to Normandy, your students can visit cheese factories, snail farms, traditional bakeries and even a Calvados distillery.

Normandy was also the scene of D-Day during WW2 and, on a history school trip to Normandy, your students can explore the landings beaches, as well as some excellent museums that bring the story to life.

Of course, French groups can explore the food and history of the region too, all the while practising their French language skills with native French speakers.

Iceland

The Land of Fire and Ice makes for a truly unforgettable school trip for both geography and science groups. And although we can’t guarantee sunshine when visiting in the summer, you will at least need fewer layers than at other times of the year!

In Iceland, your students will love the opportunity to explore so many awesome natural features within a relatively small geographic area. They’ll see volcanoes, glaciers, geysers and waterfalls, as well as black sand beaches and basalt columns.

They’ll learn about the geological processes happening beneath their feet and they’ll find out how Icelanders have harnessed the country’s natural geothermal power to provide renewable energy to heat their homes and greenhouses.

Rhine

The Rhine Valley is our most popular German destination for school coach trips and is a great choice for a German school trip in the summer.

The landscape here is characterised by majestic rivers, hilltop castles and charming lakeside towns, and comes alive in the summer when German and international tourists flock to the area to discover the Germany of fairy tales.

Your students will love the opportunity to use their German language skills to explore the area. And make sure you don’t miss out on the chance to visit Phantasialand, one of Europe’s top theme parks!

Madrid

If you want to immerse your students in Spanish culture, then it’s hard to beat a school trip to Madrid.

The majestic Spanish capital is home to prestigious art galleries, royal palaces and spectacular city parks.

Students will have an unforgettable experience of Spanish in action as they use their language skills to explore the city and the Spanish culture.

Opal Coast

Most people rush through the Opal Coast on their way from Calais to Paris and they’re missing a real hidden gem. Hugely popular among our school groups, school trips to the Opal Coast mean short journey times with plenty of exciting cultural experiences.

Your students will use their French to explore traditional bakeries, snail farms and chocolateries. This will not only encourage in them a passion for all things French, but it will leave them feeling more confident about their language skills and more excited to learn once they get back in the classroom.

WW1 battlefields

Keep the memory of World War One alive in your students with a WW1 battlefields tour around Ypres or the Somme.

Your students will explore reconstructed trenches, discover individuals’ stories in one of the many fantastic museums and pay their respects at memorials and cemeteries.

Many of our groups say that a highlight of the trip is the opportunity to take part in the famous Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate. You could even encourage your students to research relatives that fought in the war, or you could lay a wreath at the grave of a former student of the school.

Whatever you do, you’ll be helping to keep the memory of this terrible war alive, to ensure future generations remember the futility of war and the importance of ensuring peace in Europe.

Berlin

The German capital undoubtedly has a dark past, but the city doesn’t shy away from this. Instead, it bravely ensures that history cannot be forgotten and is known and understood by future generations.

For school groups studying the Nazis and the Holocaust or the Cold War, there is a fantastic number of visits to choose from. So much so, that you can go to Berlin many times and still there will be more to explore – which is great news if you’re thinking of running this as an annual trip and want to keep staff as engaged as the students!

London

Our own capital boasts a wealth of history to explore and is especially good for history groups studying WW1, WW2 and medicine through time.

School trips to London focusing on WW1 offer the opportunity to consider the importance of remembrance, with a visit to the Cenotaph and the Flanders Fields Memorial Garden.

And visits to the Imperial War Museum, the National Army Museum and the Royal Air Force Museum are great for history school trips to London focusing on WW1 or WW2. And, of course, the Churchill War Rooms are a must-visit for WW2 trips.

If your students are studying medicine through time, London offers some brilliant visits to bring this to life for them. At the Old Operating Theatre Museum, students will discover the surprising history of surgery, while at the Florence Nightingale Museum they’ll learn about the world’s most famous nurse!

Washington D.C.

If your students are learning about American politics, a school trip to Washington D.C. is completely unmissable.

They’ll see Capitol Hill, the White House, the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial, as they explore the political epicentre of the United States.

You can even visit Ford’s Theatre, where Abraham Lincoln was assassinated.

Whether your students are learning about the key institutions of the US government or civil rights and liberties, they’ll be inspired by a school trip to Washington D.C.

Cornwall

If your students are learning about sustainability or coasts, a geography school trip to Cornwall is a must!

Your students can explore the county’s rugged coastal landscapes with visits to Lizard Point and St. Michael’s Mount.

At the Eden Project, you can choose from a range of curriculum-linked workshops on a number of topics, including sustainability and biodiversity.

And at the Suez Recycling Centre, your students can discover how they’re converting leftover waste into enough energy to power 21,000 homes.

Plus, you can directly help to protect the local environment by taking part in a beach clean on one of St. Ive’s beaches.

Naples and Sorrento

A geography school trip to Naples and Sorrento offers students the opportunity to learn more about plate tectonics and natural hazards.

With visits to Pompeii and Herculaneum, your students will see the incredible destructive potential that Mt. Vesuvius has. Yet 3 million people still live right in harm’s way, in the shadow of the volcano.

They’ll be fascinated to discover the benefits that living in this area offers – in particular, the incredible produce that the fertile land provides, making this area the epicentre of Italian cuisine. And they’ll also have the opportunity to see how living in the shadow of an incredibly dangerous volcano has influenced the local culture and daily lives of Neapolitans.

Barcelona and the Costa Brava

One of our most popular destinations, particularly in the summer, Barcelona and the Costa Brava is always a huge hit with students. Most groups choose to stay in one of the lovely seaside resorts of the Costa Brava, giving the trip a real ‘holiday’ feel while being within easy reach of all the attractions in and around Barcelona.

And this area offers so much for geography groups. Your students can improve their fieldwork skills with a river study and explore the effects of tourism on the town of Lloret de Mar. They can even spend some time learning about the various beach management strategies being employed along the Costa Brava.

Your students can even touch on plate tectonics here, with a visit to Garrotxa Volcanic National Park!

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