School trips to UK

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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.

Activities in UK that your school group will love

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

Natural History Museum

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

Eden Project

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

York Castle Museum

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

Kenilworth Castle

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

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,

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

Tate St. Ives

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

National Theatre Backstage Tours

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

Camera Obscura and World of Illusion

The Camera Obscura show is a fascinating and highly amusing way to see the city and learn about its history.

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle dominates the capital's skyline and offers stunning views of the city and countryside.

Edinburgh Dungeon

Journey into the depths of Edinburgh's darkest history with a visit to the Edinburgh Dungeons!

Harry Potter Walking Tour, Edinburgh

On a Harry Potter walking tour, your students will visit some of the locations that inspired one of the best-selling book series in history.

National Wallace Monument

The National Wallace Monument sits on top of a hill overlooking Stirling and commemorates one of Scotland's national heroes, Sir William Wallace.

Palace of Holyroodhouse

The Palace of Holyroodhouse, also known as Holyrood Palace, is the official residence of the British monarch in Scotland. Sitting

Royal Yacht Britannia

The Royal Yacht Britannia spent 44 years carrying the Royal Family around the world, covering over a million nautical miles.

The Chocolatarium

Enjoy a 90-minute fully guided tour of chocolate at Edinburgh's Chocolatarium, just off the Royal Mile! Your students will find

Alton Towers

The UK’s biggest theme Park with tonnes of fun and thrilling rides and attractions to enjoy. We can also arrange

Archery in the Lake District

Your students will be given a basic introduction to bows and arrows and will learn basic archery skills under the

Canoeing in the Lake District

Hop into one of the centre’s 2 and 3-person Canadian canoes, or one of the 15-person large canoes and take

Ghyll Scrambling in the Lake District

A mix of rock climbing and caving using the stream bed, ghyll scrambling is a real adventure sport.

High Ropes in the Lake District

The high ropes is a real challenge, both physically and mentally. Students will not only take on the course themselves,

Kayaking in the Lake District

Your students will jump into a single-seater kayak in one of the centre’s bays on Lake Windermere, where they’ll get

Sailing in the Lake District

Your students will learn to sail a dingy or stable boat under the guidance of the centre’s fully-qualified instructors in

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace serves as both the office and London residence of Her Majesty The Queen, as well as the administrative

Houses Of Parliament

Take a guided tour around the houses of Parliament where you will be able to see the Commons and Lords

Tower of London

There are dozens of amazing sights and activities at the Tower of London. Students can spend the day visiting the

London Eye

The London Eye is the world’s biggest observation wheel. Situated on the South Bank of the Thames, it is the

Warner Bros Studio Tour - The Making of Harry Potter

Bring Harry Potter to life with a visit to Warner Bros. Studio Tour, London.

Wicked the Musical

Discover the untold story of the Witches of Oz in Wicked; one of the most successful and longest-running shows in

London Eye River Cruise

See London from a different perspective duringthiscircular sightseeing cruise on the River Thames. Fascinating live commentary brings the city to

2012 London Olympic Sites Tour

The tour starts in Stratford where you will visit the spectacular Olympic Park; the 80,000-seat Main Stadium, the Multi-Sports Arena,

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

Kayaking at Holme Pierrepont

Invented by the Inuit thousands of years ago, kayaking is very similar to canoeing, except that the paddler sits with

Raft Building at Holme Pierrepont

Your students will have the opportunity to put their problem-solving and teamwork skills to the test by attempting to build

Sky Trail at Holme Pierrepont

The Sky Trail at Holme Pierrepont is a fantastic introduction to climbing. Sessions usually last around 45 minutes following a

Stand Up Paddle Boarding at Holme Pierrepont

Stand up paddle boarding as we know it today originated in Hawaii in the 20 th century, but forms

Water Wipeout at Holme Pierrepont

Take on this exciting inflatable obstacle course on the lake – which of your students can complete the course in

Bakewell

Well known for the famous Pudding is the market town of Bakewell. Located on the river Wye the stone buildings

Chatsworth Gardens and Adventure Playground

Explore the 105-acre garden at Derbyshire’s most popular country house, as well as the farmyard and playground.

Heights of Abraham

A unique hilltop park in Matlock reached by cable car, with walking trails, fossil and social history exhibitions, and two

Matlock Bath

A popular tourist destination since the late 17th Century, Matlock Bath is set in the gorge of the river Derwent.

Conkers

The perfect way for school groups to have a team building day with various activities such as an assault course

Swadlincote Snowsports Centre

Students can enjoy various activities such as skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing and snow-tubing.

York Minster

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

York's Chocolate Story

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

The Deep Aquarium

One of the UK's largest aquariums the Deep is home to 5000 animals including sharks, rays and penguins. Workshops, presentations

York Castle Museum

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

York Dungeon

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

Where to visit in UK

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FAQs

I can’t see the destination I’m looking to travel to, can you still help me with my trip?
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.
Do you offer travel insurance?

We do offer travel insurance as an optional extra - find out more in our travel insurance resource which includes the policy documents and FAQs. 

If you choose not to purchase this insurance through us (which is absolutely fine), just remember that you must have suitable travel and medical insurance in place to cover your group. 

What accommodation options are available?
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.
Can the trip itinerary be adapted to my curriculum 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.

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