A history school 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 18 th 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 (2 days, 1 night)

Day Morning Summary Afternoon Summary Evening Summary

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


Depart York and travel to Ripon

Crime and punishment day at Ripon museums

Late afternoon departure from Ripon

Return to school

2 days, 1 night Price from £105 pp
  • 1 night's half-board accommodation
  • 49-seater executive coach
  • Access to the Vamoos app to download all tour-related travel documents
  • Crime & Punishment day at Ripon Museums
  • Detailed information pack
  • Free staff place ratio 1:8
  • Itinerary planning service
  • VAT at current rate to tour operators
  • Visit to York Castle Museum


Educational Activities

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Jorvik Viking Centre

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Ripon Courthouse Museum

Ripon Courthouse Museum

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Ripon Prison & Police Museum

Ripon Prison & Police Museum

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On the ground floor of Ripon's Prison & Police Museum, you'll be able to explore the bare prison cells and… Read More

York Castle Museum

York Castle Museum

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

York Dungeon

York Dungeon

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Visit York Dungeon to experience 2,000 years of York's darkest history. You'll meet some very shady characters and, if your… Read More

Cultural Activities

York Minster

York Minster

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The second-largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe, York Minster is one of the most magnificent buildings in the UK.… Read More

York's Chocolate Story

York's Chocolate Story

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In the 19th century, York's Quaker families opened their own cocoa houses and chocolate shops, leading to the city becoming… Read More

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