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School Trip to York and Ripon - Crime and Punishment

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A school history trip to York and Ripon with a focus on crime and punishment will give your students the opportunity to experience how this has evolved through the centuries.

You’ll visit York Castle Museum, which is housed in 18th century prison buildings. Here, you’ll get a flavour of what life was really like in the original cells. You’ll also get to meet some of the most infamous inmates, including notorious highwayman Dick Turpin!

You’ll also enjoy a day focused on crime and punishment at Ripon Museums. Your students will be able to take part in a trial at the Courthouse, enjoy lunch at the Workhouse and take part in a Sinkler Brothers role play at the Police & Prison Museum. You’ll also enjoy a tour focusing on early policing, poaching and transportation, as well as what it was like to ‘do time’.

York Castle Museum is housed in 18th century prison buildings. Now you can get a flavour of what life was really like in the original cells and see some of the most infamous inmates brought to life in this fascinating exhibition. Experience a brutal and crooked prison and meet our most notorious prisoner: the legendary highwayman, Dick Turpin.  York Castle Prison focuses on the lives of eight former inmates, including Turpin.

Suggested Itinerary (Based on 2 days/1 night)

Day 1/2



Depart school and travel to York

Visit to York Castle Museum (optional Crime & Punishment workshop)



Time to explore York city centre

Option to visit York Dungeon, York Minster or York's Chocolate Story



Check in to accommodation

Evening meal at accommodation

Day 2/2



Depart York and travel to Ripon

Crime and punishment day at Ripon museums



Late afternoon departure from Ripon



Return to school

What's included?

  • tick icon1 night's half-board accommodation
  • tick icon49-seater executive coach
  • tick iconAccess to the Vamoos app to download all tour-related travel documents
  • tick iconCrime & Punishment day at Ripon Museums
  • tick iconDetailed information pack
  • tick iconFree staff place ratio 1:8
  • tick iconItinerary planning service
  • tick iconVAT at current rate to tour operators
  • tick iconVisit to York Castle Museum

Educational activities and visits

Jorvik Viking Centre

Jorvik Viking Centre

When you visit Jorvik Viking Centre, you'll learn about what life was like more than 1,000… Read more

Ripon Courthouse Museum

Ripon Courthouse Museum

Find out more about the courtrooms of the 19th century at Ripon's Courthouse Museum. The… Read more

Ripon Prison & Police Museum

Ripon Prison & Police Museum

On the ground floor of Ripon's Prison & Police Museum, you'll be able to explore the… Read more

York Castle Museum

York Castle Museum

York Castle Museum is actually housed in prison (a debtors' prison and a women's prison)… Read more

York Dungeon

York Dungeon

Visit York Dungeon to experience 2,000 years of York's darkest history. You'll meet some… Read more

Cultural activities and visits

York Minster

York Minster

The second-largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe, York Minster is one of the most… Read more

York's Chocolate Story

York's Chocolate Story

In the 19th century, York's Quaker families opened their own cocoa houses and chocolate… Read more


YHA York
YHA York
After a £1 million renovation completed in 2013, the YHA York is now ready to welcome school groups.

The hostel offers modern rooms and facilities in a historic location with a 24/7 café, bar, games room, pool table and wi-fi in public areas.

Students are accommodated in multi-bedded rooms, with teachers in twins or singles.

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