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School Trip to Manchester and Liverpool - WW2

A school history trip to Manchester and Liverpool with a focus on WW2 offers your students the opportunity to see what life was like in wartime Britain and the important role the North played.

Manchester and Liverpool are both home to a great variety of museums and attractions that will help your students to experience life in wartime Britain for themselves. They’ll also see the tactical importance of these cities in the Allied path to victory, challenging the London-centric history of WW2 we’re used to.

Explore the fantastic Imperial War Museum North in Trafford, an area that saw heavy bombardment during the Manchester Blitz. And don’t miss a visit to Stockport Air Raid Shelters to see what life was like for local people who had to shelter underground from the bombs falling on their home. Another of our favourite visits is the Western Approaches Museum. Who knew that tacticians were busy helping to guide the Allied route to victory from a secret bunker underneath the streets of Liverpool?

Suggested Itinerary (2 days, 1 night)

Day 1/2



Depart school and travel to Manchester

Visit the Imperial War Museum North



Travel to Stockport

Visit Stockport Air Raid Shelters



Check in to accommodation 

Evening meal at accommodation

Day 2/2



Breakfast at accommodation

Visit to Western Approaches Museum



Enjoy lunch in Albert Dock

Visit the Merseyside Maritime Museum to learn about the Battle of the Atlantic



Return to school

What's included?

  • tick icon1 night's half-board accommodation
  • tick icon49-seater executive coach
  • tick iconDetailed information pack
  • tick iconFree staff place ratio 1:8
  • tick iconItinerary planning service
  • tick iconVamoos travel app - giving you access to all your trip documents on your phone or tablet
  • tick iconVAT at current rate to tour operators

Educational activities and visits

Imperial War Museum North

Imperial War Museum North

The Imperial War Museum North is located in Manchester and, similarly to its counterpart in London, focuses on the impact… Read More

Merseyside Maritime Museum

Merseyside Maritime Museum

Discover Liverpool's seafaring heritage at the Merseyside Maritime Museum at the famous Albert Dock. Here, you'll learn more about Liverpool's… Read More

Stockport Air Raid Shelters

Stockport Air Raid Shelters

Find out what life was like in wartime Britain at Stockport Air Raid Tunnels. The tunnels were opened in 1939… Read More

Western Approaches Museum

Western Approaches Museum

Discover Britain's top secret WW2 bunker hidden below the streets of Liverpool! This underground bunker was a hive of activity… Read More


YHA Manchester
YHA Manchester

Purpose built in 1995 this delightful youth hostel is perfect for school groups visiting Manchester and the surrounding area. The hostel has bedrooms for 2, 4 and 5 people, each room equipped with ensuite shower and toilet. Facilities at the hostel include:Classroom, TV lounge, Cafe, Games room, Shop, Laundry, Wifi and a lounge.

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Rachael McLoughlin
The accommodation was fantastic - really clean and also provided a lot to keep the students amused in the evening before bed. Food was great - plenty of choice even for fussy eaters! The bus driver was really friendly and helpful and allowed us to go to additional destinations when timing allowed. Staff and students alike had a fantastic trip! — Priory Belvoir Academy

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