A religious studies school trip to New York will provide your students with the opportunity to explore a city made richer by its diversity!

New York City is famous for its ethnic diversity which has, over time, created scores of communities representing virtually every nation on Earth, each proudly preserving its own identity and religion.

Don’t miss the chance to explore neighbourhoods like Chinatown and Little Italy. And make sure you take the time to visit Ellis Island Immigration Museum too, to see where so many people arrived into the US.

Suggested Itinerary (5 days, 3 nights)

Day Morning Summary Afternoon Summary Evening Summary
1

Flight from the UK to New York

Transfer to accommodation on arrival

Optional evening meal at a local restaurant

2

Visit the Tenement Museum

Explore Little Italy

Explore China Town

Visit St. Patrick's Cathedral

Visit the Empire State Building for evening views across the city

Optional evening meal at a local restaurant

3

Travel down to Battery Park and take the ferry for views of the city and the Statue of Liberty

Visit the Immigration Museum on Ellis Island

Visit the Museum of Jewish Heritage

Optional evening meal at a Times Square restaurant

Chance to enjoy a Broadway show

4

Morning free for shopping and last-minute sightseeing

Transfer to the airport

Overnight flight back to the UK

5

Arrive back in the UK

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Tour Highlights

Ellis Island, New York

Visit Ellis Island

With around 40% of Americans able to trace their history back to at least one ancestor who passed through the immigration centre at Ellis Island, where better to learn about America’s history of immigration?

The federal government took over the regulation of immigration to New York and opened the centre at Ellis Island on 1 st January 1892. Over the following 6 decades, 12 million immigrants would pass through the centre to a new life in the New World.

If you were in relatively good health and your papers were in good order, you could expect to spend around 3-5 hours at the centre being processed. And, although the island was known as the ‘Island of Tears’, only 2% of immigrants were turned away, usually because it was thought they had a contagious disease or there was reason to believe that the person was likely to become a burden on the state or an illegal contract labourer.

Did you know?

First and second class passengers who arrived into New York by ship did not have to go through processing at the immigration centre on Ellis Island (unless they were already sick or undergoing legal issues), instead being subject to a short, cursory inspection on board, as it was considered that those who were able to afford those tickets were unlikely to become a financial burden for the state.

St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York

Visit St. Patrick's Cathedral

The focal point for Catholicism in New York, St. Patrick’s Cathedral is the seat of the Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York.

The cathedral has stood overlooking Fifth Avenue since 1879 and its construction was funded by donations from both the rich and poor, as well as through a fundraising fair.

The cathedral is now the largest Gothic Roman Catholic cathedral in the United States and takes up an entire city block.

Did you know?

Each year, more than five million people visit the cathedral and more than one million prayer candles are lit.

Jewish Museum, New York

Visit the Jewish Museum

The leading Jewish Museum in the United States, this is the perfect place in which to learn more about the Jewish community in America.

The museum’s collection consists of artefacts of Jewish history, as well as modern and contemporary art. There are more than 30,000 objects in the collection.

Located on New York’s famous Museum Mile, the Jewish Museum is a must-visit on a religious studies school trip to New York, as your students will learn more about Jewish culture and history, as well as see some diverse works of art.

Did you know?

Founded in 1904, New York’s Jewish Museum was the first in the country and is one of the oldest existing Jewish Museum in the world!

Educational Activities

Ellis Island

Ellis Island

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Between 1892 and 1954, twelve million immigrants first set foot on American soil at the reception centre at Ellis Island.… Read More

Jewish Hassidic Walking Tours

Jewish Hassidic Walking Tours

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Students come with stereotypes and leave with a new and vital perspective as they walk and talk in the neighborhood.… Read More

Jewish Museum

Jewish Museum

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The Jewish Museum of New York is an art and cultural artifact museum. It is the leading Jewish Musuem in… Read More

Saint Patrick’s Cathedral

Saint Patrick’s Cathedral

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Whilst Saint Patrick’s Cathedralopened in 1879, it was over 150 years ago that Archbishop John Hughes announced his inspired ambition… Read More

Tenement Museum

Tenement Museum

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The Tenement Museum demonstrates the experiences of a variety of immigrants and migrants who lived in the Lower East Side… Read More

The Museum of Chinese in the Americas

The Museum of Chinese in the Americas

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The Museum of Chinese in the Americas (MoCA) is the first museum of its kind dedicated to reclaiming, preserving, and… Read More

Cultural Activities

Empire State Building

Empire State Building

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Reaching more than a quarter of a mile into the Manhattan sky, the Empire State Building was the world's tallest… Read More

Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty

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No trip to New York would be complete without a visit to the Statue of Liberty; the city’s iconic symbol.… Read More

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