School trips in the UK are proof that you really don’t have to go far to engage and inspire your pupils outside of the classroom. We offer a range of educational trips in the UK to support your curriculum, whether it's art, geography, science, performing arts, or something else. 

We're an experienced school travel company, built and ran by former teachers. We're here to help you get your trip off the ground, with free teacher places, risk assessments, cancellation guarantees, and end-to-end planning and support from the moment you enquire.

Learn more about our destinations below, or get in touch with our team to book your next UK school trip.

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Why should you consider the UK for your next school trip?

Unrivalled history and culture

The UK has such a fascinating history and rich culture – those of us who live here often forget how lucky we are in this regard!

Head on an educational school trip to Stratford-Upon-Avon to learn about the Tudors and Elizabethan England, or York to learn more about the history of crime and punishment. Or visit to one of the big cities, such as London, Liverpool and Manchester to find out what life was like on the home front during WW2.

Or, your group could head to Glasgow for some of the UK’s premier art museums. In Cornwall, you could experience artists’ studios and in Bristol enjoy a street art walking tour. And in Manchester, your pupils can find out how industrial cityscapes have influenced local artists.

Unforgettable experiences

Have you been asked to arrange a school trip that will offer your group opportunities to enjoy activities or experiences that wouldn’t be provided in a normal week?

We have residential trips that are perfect for both secondary and primary school groups.

You can choose from a great variety of destinations, including Yorkshire, the Peak District, Cornwall, the Lake District and the West Midlands. And you can choose from an incredible variety of activities and experiences, from snowsports, water sports and adventure sports to shelter building, visiting a theme park or exploring a medieval castle.

Incredible landscapes

Here in the UK, we’re incredibly lucky to have some spectacular scenery right on our doorstep.

You could explore coastal landscapes and sustainability on a geography-focused visit to Cornwall. Or perhaps try the vast moorland and deep dales of the North York Moors. Or how about heading to the Yorkshire Dales to see the effects of hydrology on the landscape?

There are plenty of fantastic destinations that will benefit pupils by getting outside, having fun, and boosting learning all at the same time.

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Take a look at our range of UK school trips below, and then get in touch with one of our tour advisers to discuss your requirements.

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Where to visit

Belfast

School Trips to Belfast

Belfast is popular among politics groups who want to learn more about the complicated political history of the UK and Ireland.

Here, your students can learn more about the partition of Ireland and the Troubles.

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School Trips to Bristol

Bristol is one of the UK’s most vibrant cities.

The city resonates with art groups who want to immerse themselves in the thriving contemporary art scene. Make sure you don't miss out on the fascinating street art walking tour - this is Banksy's hometown, after all!

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School Trips to Cornwall

Cornwall is the ideal school trip destination to learn about the epic coastal landscapes, sustainability and ecosystems and biodiversity.

Meanwhile, art students can visit the studios of local artists and well-known galleries like the Tate.

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View out across the city on a Edinburgh school tour

School Trips to Edinburgh

Scotland’s long association with medical developments makes Edinburgh the perfect choice to learn more about medicine through time.

And Edinburgh is also a great option for a cultural school trip to Scotland, giving your students the opportunity to explore another part of the UK with a rich and unique culture.

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School Trips to Glasgow

A school trip to Glasgow offers your students the opportunity to explore one of the UK’s most exciting cities!

Glasgow is most popular with art groups who are keen to see the city's incredible artistic heritage. There is a fantastic range of art museums and galleries here, ensuring that your students will return home feeling inspired.

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A view out from the coast on a Kent school tour

School Trips To Kent

A school trip to Kent offers your students the opportunity to explore the garden of England!

Kent is a great choice for groups interested in learning more about WW2. They'll deepen their understanding of the importance of the Battle of Britain and will learn what life was really like on the home front during WW2.

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School Trips to Lake District

The Lake District offers your students an exciting adventure surrounded by dramatic landscape!

The Lake District is most popular for residential school trips during Activities Week. That's because we can arrange for school groups to try a variety of water sports and adventure sports on and around Lake Windermere.

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School Trips to Liverpool

As one of the UK's most important port cities, Liverpool is a fantastic choice for your next educational visit.

Liverpool is ideal for art groups who want to discover more about how the city's industrial heritage has influenced local artists. And your group will be fascinated by the city's strategic importance during WW2.

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Houses of parliament in London

School Trips to London

The huge variety of educational visits on offer makes London a great destination for almost any secondary or primary school trip.

So, whether you're looking to inspire your English literature, history, performing arts or religious studies students, London is a no-brainer.

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Manchester skyline

School Trips to Manchester

Manchester is a fantastic opportunity for your students to learn more about the North.

Manchester is a very popular choice among art groups, who will love exploring one of the country's most progressive art scenes. Meanwhile, groups can discover the role that Manchester and the rest of the North West played in WW2.

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School Trips to North York Moors National Park

Trips to the North York Moors are most popular among geography groups who come to learn about the coastal landforms, glaciated landscapes and biodiversity.

Your students can attend specialist workshops and put their fieldwork skills to the test.

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Nottingham

School Trips to Nottingham

Nottingham are most popular for Activities Week, as we can arrange for you to stay at the National Water Sports Centre in Holme Pierrepont.

Just outside of the city centre, your students will love trying the various water sports on offer at the Sports Centre.

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School Trips to Peak District

A school trip to the Peak District gives your students the opportunity to learn and develop outside the classroom in one of the most spectacular areas of the UK!

Peak District school trips are most popular during Activities Week, thanks to the diverse outdoor experiences available. Visit the stately home of Chatsworth, explore caverns, and take in the views of the Heights of Abraham.

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School Trips to Stratford-Upon-Avon

A school trip to Stratford-Upon-Avon will give your students the opportunity to see Shakespeare's hometown.

Aside from exploring Shakespeare's birthplace, your pupils will be able to visit Kenilworth Castle, a medieval semi-royal palace that was renovated to reflect Tudor fashions to host Elizabeth I.

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School Trips to West Midlands

A school trip to the West Midlands will give your students the opportunity to enjoy a diverse range of activities – all just a short coach journey from your school!

West Midlands school trips are most popular during Activities Week. You can go to Warwick Castle, experience the rides at Alton Towers, enjoy an action-adventure day at Conkers, and even try your hand at snow sports.

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School Trips to York

York is one of the UK's most historic cities, making it a popular choice for British history groups.

York is particularly useful for those studying crime and punishment. It's also a great choice for an Activities Week thanks to the great range of visits and activities available in and around the city.

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School Trips to Yorkshire Dales

The Yorkshire Dales offers the opportunity to experience one of the UK’s most impressive landscapes!

The Yorkshire Dales are most popular among geography groups who come here to learn how the area's unique landscapes have been created by hydrology. Your students will have the chance to head underground and explore the area's cave systems.

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Activities and excursions in UK that your school group will love

Imperial War Museum London

Imperial War Museum London

Through its exhibitions, collections and varied programmes, the Imperial War Museum London offers a stimulating and memorable learning experience.The Museum… Read More

Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum is the world's leading museum of natural history. It contains a range of interactive exhibitions including… Read More

Eden Project

Eden Project

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

York Castle Museum

York Castle Museum

York Castle Museum is actually housed in prison (a debtors' prison and a women's prison) buildings, which were themselves built… Read More

Kenilworth Castle

Kenilworth Castle

Kenilworth Castle's history dates back over 900 years, from Norman times right through to the Tudor period and beyond. It's… Read More

Tudor World Museum

Tudor World Museum - Shakespeare Walking Tour

Enjoy a guided tour of Stratford-Upon-Avon led by the Bard himself! 'William Shakespeare' will tell you all about his family,… Read More

West End Show

West End Show

Head to London's famous West End to catch an incredible show! Some of the world's most famous productions have been… Read More

Tate St Ives

Tate St. Ives

Tate St Ives is one of the four Tate Galleries across the UK and in 2017 was refurbished and extended.… Read More

National Theatre Backstage Tours

National Theatre Backstage Tours

Get exclusive access to unseen parts of the building on a tour led by experienced and enthusiastic National Theatre guides.… Read More

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.

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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.

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Health & safety prioritised

As a proud Assured Member of the School Travel Forum, the health and safety of your group is always our priority.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, absolutely. The destinations listed on our website are only a sample of the different trips we can offer. If you have another destination in mind, simply fill out our enquiry form with all your requirements and one of our Tour Advisers will be in touch with a tailor-made quote.

Yes, all of our trips include comprehensive travel insurance, which now includes Covid cover. This group travel insurance covers individuals needing to drop out of the trip in the following circumstances:

  • Because a Qualified Medical Practitioner has diagnosed them as positive for Covid-19 within up to 14 days of departure.
  • Because they have been hospitalised due to Covid-19 within up to 28 days of departure.
  • Because they have been told to self-isolate by NHS Test & Trace for a period of time that prevents them from taking part in the trip.

The insurance also covers reasonable additional costs of accommodation and flights should an individual contract Covid-19 and have to self-isolate while abroad.

And the policy also covers reasonable additional costs to account for a family member to come across or a group leader/teacher to stay with the individual.

Please contact us for details.

You can see examples of the types of accommodation we have available in different destinations on the sample trip pages linked above.

All of our accommodation partners have been chosen based on their suitability for school groups. As a member of the School Travel Forum (STF), you can be certain that all accommodation contracted by us complies with local legislation with respect to fire and general safety, is contracted by trained Halsbury Travel staff or reputable agents, receives a standard audit and risk assessment prior to use by Halsbury Travel and receives a supplementary audit if it is used on five or more occasions in a year.

Your Tour Adviser will discuss your accommodation preferences with you when putting together your tailor-made quote and will assist you in choosing the best accommodation for your budget and requirements.

Every trip we organise is unique and your itinerary manager will work with you to understand your curriculum and adapt the itinerary to suit your learning objectives. The itineraries featured on our website are just a sample of what's achievable within a given timeframe. The trip duration and the activities and excursions can be tailored to your needs and budget.

The Halsbury Difference

School trips designed by teachers for teachers

Originally founded by teachers in 1986 and with several former teachers in our team, we understand the pressures on you as Group Leader and work hard to relieve them.

Trips tailored to your curriculum and learning objectives

We’ll design your trip around your specific learning objectives and curriculum, to ensure it meets your particular requirements.

Rewarding loyalty scheme

Work together with other teachers in your school to save thousands of pounds on future school trips with our multi-trip loyalty scheme!