Bring the French Revolution to life for your students on a history school trip to Paris! Explore the opulence and privilege of the Ancien Régime and discover the lasting influence of the French Revolution on modern French culture on your school trip to Paris.
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French Revolution school trips to Paris
Of course, the birthplace of the French Revolution, Paris is an ideal place to discover the origins of the modern nation state.
Our history school trips to Paris can bring to life this pivotal point in European history and help to illustrate their legacy in modern-day French and European culture.
There’s a great choice of visits in and around the city that will help to enrich your students’ understanding of this period of French history.
You’ll definitely want to visit Versailles, the biggest and most elaborate royal palace in Europe. Here, your students will begin to understand the incredible luxury that the French monarchy and aristocracy enjoyed. They’ll see how different the daily life of the king and his court was so detached from the reality of most of his subjects and they’ll gain a deeper understanding of where some of the tensions between the monarchy and the people began.
Inside Versailles is the Musée de l’Histoire de France, which has several galleries devoted to the French Revolution and the aftermath. The history of the museum itself is worth exploring too – it was opened in 1837 by King Louis Philippe I as an attempt to reconcile the competing narratives of the French monarchy and French Revolution.
At the characterful Conciergerie on the banks of the Seine in central Paris, your students will learn more about the 2,780 prisoners who were held and tried here during the French Revolution, including its most famous prisoner, Marie-Antoinette.
The Musée Carnavalet tells the story of the city of Paris including, of course, the French Revolution. There’s a great collection of art and historical artefacts from the period, including a stone from the Bastille that has been carved into a model of the prison. There’s also a section on Napoleon and Napoleon III.
As well as learning more about the French Revolution itself, your students will have plenty of opportunity to consider the legacy of the revolution and subsequent events on modern France and its culture, which is something that is very difficult to get across to them in lessons.
Why arrange a French Revolution school trip?
Immerse them in history
Nothing brings history to life more effectively than visiting the locations in which events took place. On your French Revolution-themed history school trip to Paris, your students will visit the sites of key events during the revolution, from the opulent Palace of Versailles, to the Place de la Bastille, where the storming of the Bastille took place.
They’ll visit the Conciergerie, where many prisoners, including Marie-Antoinette were held and tried, as well as the Place de la Concorde, where many key figures, including Marie-Antoinette, her husband Louis XVI and Robespierre, were all executed by guillotine.
By visiting these key sites and having been immersed in the history, they’ll have first-hand memories that they can draw upon in exams.
A history school trip to Paris will not only help your students to gain a deeper understanding of the French Revolution and its immediate aftermath, it will show them the lasting impact that these events have had on France and French culture.
Experiencing this will help them to see how valuable the study of history is – knowing what has gone before can give us a much more detailed understanding of the world as it is now. And appreciating this fact will encourage your students to develop a passion for history and how it can help them to develop ideas about the world.
Your history school trip could be what encourages them to take their history studies further!
Enjoy the trip as much as your students
Originally founded by former teachers, we understand the value of history 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 history as much as your students.
Why choose Halsbury?
Here are just a few reasons why teachers choose Halsbury for educational school trips that inspire.
School trips designed by teachers for teachers
Originally founded by teachers in 1986, we understand the pressures on you as Group Leader and are here to make the process of running your school trip as easy as possible.
School trips tailored to your curriculum
We'll design your trip around your specific learning objectives and curriculum, to ensure your school trip is a truly educational experience.
Health & safety prioritised
As a proud Assured Member of the School Travel Forum, the health and safety of your group is always our priority.
Support every step of the way
We'll be with you every step of the way, from your very first enquiry until the moment you return home, including 24-hour support while you’re on your school trip.
Financially secure school trips
We're ABTA bonded and all our air tours are ATOL protected, so you can be sure that your school trip is financially secure.
Rewarding loyalty scheme
You'll earn loyalty points from your very first school trip with Halsbury. These can be used towards a discount on your school trip or a free gift for your school.