School Coasts Trips

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Coastal regions provide a fantastic opportunity to showcase the importance of your subject to younger geographers, and to demonstrate how geography really is all around us.

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School coasts trips in the UK

Cornwall is the ultimate seaside destination in the UK and so makes a perfect choice for a geography school trip focused on coasts.

Surrounded by the sea on three sides, Cornwall’s north and south coasts have very different characters, which you’ll be able to explore on your coasts school trip.

The county’s northern coast is more exposed the prevailing winds coming in from the Atlantic and this has resulted in a rugged, dramatic coastline with dramatic cliffs, such as those at Lizard Point. The southern coast is much more sheltered, with several rias that have created deep water harbours.

Your students will love exploring the tidal island of St. Michael’s Mount and the dunes of Hayle Towans. And you can even take part in a beach clean, to give them the opportunity to give something back and help to protect this precious landscape.

The North York Moors is also home to some of the UK’s best-loved coastline and includes the seaside resorts of Whitby and Scarborough. The dramatic coastline of the North York Moors is famous for its dramatic cliffs, sandy bays and rocky shores.

A 36 mile stretch of this coastline has even been designated a Heritage Coast, which requires the local authorities to take steps to protect it – something your students can learn more about on your school trip.

School coasts trips abroad

A visit to the Amalfi Coast on a geography school trip to Naples and Sorrento demonstrates how the interaction of winds and waves have developed such a unique landscape, and also offers the opportunity to explore how mass tourism has affected the local area.

Similarly, in Barcelona and the Costa Brava, your students can explore how tourism has impacted the resort of Lloret de Mar. And they can discover more about beach management along this coastline, exploring the various management techniques and how they have to take into consideration the financial importance of tourism, alongside the need to protect this important habitat.

A trip to Tenerife provides a chance to see an entirely different type of coastal landscape, with volcanic black beaches and basalt cliffs.

Alternatively, Sicily provides a great location for comparing river and coastal landforms.

Why arrange a school coasts trip?

Explore coastal landscapes and management

If your students are learning more about coastal landscapes, there’s really nothing better than getting out of the classroom and out to the coast to see these for themselves.

Whether you want them to learn more about erosional landforms such as cliffs, wave cut platforms, bays and headlands, or depositional landforms such as beaches, bars and spits, we can help you to choose the right coastal landscape for your specific learning objectives.

And, wherever you choose to go, your students will learn more about the importance of coastal management and some of the ways that this has been implemented in the coastal landscape you’re exploring.

Discover the impact of tourism

When we think about summer holidays, most of us think about being by the seaside, and so coastal locations often draw in huge numbers of tourists, particularly during the summer. This influx of tourists is often hugely important to the local economy, but it can have a big impact on the landscape and the environment.

On your school coasts trip, your students will have the opportunity to explore this impact. Barcelona and the Costa Brava, in particular, is a fantastic destination in which to explore this. Your students will love the opportunity to visit the town of Lloret de Mar, which became a popular resort after package tourism arrived in Spain.

Around 40% of all visitors to the Costa Brava stay in Lloret de Mar, which is estimated to have over 30,000 hotel beds.

Another great destination in which to explore the impact of tourism on coastal landscapes is the Amalfi Coast, which you can visit on a geography school trip to Naples and Sorrento.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this spectacular coastline is famous for its beautiful, colourful towns and villages built into the cliffside. A hugely popular destination for wealthy tourists, the infrastructure here was built for local use and as such is extremely susceptible to over tourism, especially during summer and Easter.

Enjoy the trip as much as your students

Originally founded by former teachers, we understand the value of geography school trips and how to make them successful.

Your trip will be completely tailor made, to ensure that it meets your specific requirements and learning objectives. And we’ll be on hand throughout the process to answer any questions you have.

In fact, we’ll be with you every step of the way, from now until you return home at the end of your trip. While abroad, you’ll be able to reach us with just one phone call, at any time of the day or night. And, with this comprehensive level of support while you’re away, you’ll be able to relax and enjoy immersing yourself in geography as much as your students.

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Coasts activities that your school group will love

Dalby Forest

On the southern slopes of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, Dalby Forest offers your students the opportunity to walk

Flamingo Land

This theme park and zoo is one of North Yorkshire's most popular attractions. Flamingo Land offers a variety of workshops

North York Moors National Park

The North York Moors National Park boasts some of the most spectacular landscapes in the country. From the impressive cliffs

Beach Clean - Cornwall

Head down to one of St. Ives five spectacular beaches for a self-led beach clean. The hostel will provide you

Eden Project

The Eden Project is an educational charity, social enterprise and visitor attraction located close to St. Austell in Cornwall.

Hayle Towans

Towans is Cornish for dunes and Hayle Towans are a fantastic example of sand dunes. This is also a rich

Lizard Point

Lizard Point in the Lizard Peninsula is the most southernly point of the British mainland. The dramatic cliffs and rich

St Michael's Mount

The picturesque rocky tidal island is home to a medieval church and castle. It is the Cornish equivalent of Mont-Saint-Michel

Suez Recycling Centre

Find out about the innovative solutions being used to manage Cornwall's waste and recycling.

Wookey Hole Caves

Located in the heart of Somerset you'll find the largest show-caves in England - Wookey Hole. As well as the

Bananera Jardines de Atlantico

The park was founded to demonstrate to both locals and tourists the incredible biodiversity of the Canaries, as well as

Casas Bioclimaticas

This bioclimatic housing development is self-sufficient in terms of its power supply and emits zero carbon emissions. Each house is

Cueva del Viento

One of the largest lava tubes in the world, the Cuevas del Viento offers your group the opportunity to explore

Mount Teide

The imposing Mount Teide dominates the island of Tenerife. An active volcano, it is also the highest point in Spain,

Piramides de Guimar

The pyramids of Güímar are 6 rectangular-based, pyramid-shaped terrace structures. There is fierce debate as to their origins, with some,

Beach management case study

There are many towns along the coastline to experience the varying management techniques, and there is a chance to compare,

Garrotxa Volcanic National Park

This wonderful national park, just one and a half hours from Barcelona, is ideal for groups to explore and examine

Lloret de Mar – Tourism gone wrong?

One of the main coastal towns along the Costa Brava, Lloret de Mar attracts tourists year round and is said


Perched high in the mountains above Barcelona, and accessible by cable car or train, Montserrat is one of the most

Port of Barcelona

With over a million passenger arrivals every year, Barcelona is one of the most important ports in the Mediterranean for

Tordera River Study

The Tordera river offers your students the opportunity to discover the different processes at work in the different sections of

Alcantara Gorges

The gorges of Alcantara are canyons of black lava walls which tower as much as 50m above the Alcantara river.It's

Mount Etna

Mount Etna dominates eastern Sicily at a height of 3292m and isthe highest and largest active volcano in Europe.Etna has

Siracusa/Ortygia Island

Located near the southeastern corner of Sicily on the Ionian coast, Siracusa (Syracuse) is built on an ancient Greek settlement


Stromboli holds Europe's biggest active volcano after Etna - the only volcano in Europe with permanently eruptive activity. During the

Amalfi Coast

The world famous Amalfi Coast is a geographical wonderland, with an incredible beauty at every turn.

Archaeological Site of Pompeii

The small Italian town of Pompeii entered the history book in AD79 when it was destroyed by a volcanic eruption.

Botanical Garden of Naples (Orto Botanico)

The Orto Botanico is part of the University of Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences complex and, with a great number

Capri Island

Luxuriant, extraordinary and witha mild climate, Capri is a Mediterranean island of calcareous origin that has been visited over the

Herculaneum Archaeological Site

When Vesuvius erupted on 24th August AD 79, it engulfed the two flourishing Roman towns of Pompei and Herculaneum, as

National Archaeological Museum of Naples

The National ArchaeologicalMuseum of Naples is one of the most important and leading archaeological museums in the world. It contains

Underground Naples (Napoli Sotterranea)

First used by the Greeks and then by the Romans to build the city walls, temples and private residences, the

Vesuvius National Park

The volcano whose eruption destroyed Pompeii, the menacing presence of Vesuvius can be seen from anywhere in the Bay of Naples.

Virtual Museum of Archaeology (MAV)

The Virtual Museum of Archaeology (or MAV) is based on the ancient Roman town of Herculaneum and is sited 100

Camp Nou Experience

Home to FC Barcelona, a visit to the Nou Camp stadium includes a tour of the stadium itself.

La Rambla

Also known as Las Ramblas, this long, wide avenue is the heart of Barcelona's shopping district and the hub of

Olympic Museum & Stadium

This stadium was the focus of the 1992 Olympic Games. It is now turned into an Olympic Museum and Gallery.

Park Guell

Intended as a housing development that never quite took off, Parc Guell is an urban park in a northern suburb of Barcelona.

Sagrada Familia

Antoni Gaudi's unique, awe-inspiring cathedral continues to grow almost organically, like a medieval cathedral.

Museum of Wine & Olive Oil

TheMuseum of Wine and Olive Oil in Torgiano isrun by the Fondazione Lungarotti. Set up by the well-known local wine-making

Olive Oil Factory

Start off your visit to this olive oil factory with a walk round the olive grove where you can listen

Pizza Experience

Give your students the opportunity to learn how to make a true Neapolitan pizza!


Pozzuoli is a city of the province of Naples, in the Italian region of Campania. The town has a number

Tenuta Vannulo Mozzarella Farm

During the tour, you will watch many years of experience and knowledge at work when viewing thedemonstration onhow to make

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