Art & Design School Trip to Liverpool

The iconic city of Liverpool offers one of the most thriving art scenes in Europe, which art students at GCSE & A Level can take learnings from straight back to the classroom. From traditional galleries showcasing old masters to contemporary spaces for new artists and photographers, your school trip will be spoilt for choice. Ask your WST travel specialist for the most recent exhibitions to make sure you and your art class don't miss on the best experiences. 


Tour Day 1

Morning departure for arrival in Liverpool late morning/mid-day.
Enjoy a free guided tour of the Foundation for Art & Creative Technology (FACT)
Evening meal at Pizza Express

Tour Day 2

Visit Tate Liverpool and enjoy spending time exploring the Albert Dock
Visit the Walker Art Gallery, before spending any remaining time at the popular Liverpool One shopping area before boarding your coach for a return journey to school

Curricular Links

A WST Art & Design tour to Liverpool may support the study of elements of the following exam board specifications.




3.5 Fine art

3.8 Three-dimensional design



3.4 Fine art

3.7 Three-dimensional design




Knowledge, understanding and skills in Fine Art

Knowledge, understanding and skills in Three-dimensional Design



Art and Design (Fine Art) (9FA0)

Art and Design (Three-dimensional Design) (9TD0)




2c(ii). Content of Art and Design: Fine Art (J171)

2c(vii). Content of Art and Design: Critical and Contextual Studies (J176)



2c(ii). Content of Art and Design: Fine Art (H601)

2c(vii). Content of Art and Design: Critical and Contextual Studies (H606)




Art and Design (Fine Art)

Art and Design (Three-dimensional Design)



Art and Design (Fine Art)

Art and Design (Three-dimensional Design)

Study Visits

Foundation for Art & Creative Technology (FACT)

FACT is the UK's leading media arts centre, based in Liverpool. Offering a unique programme of exhibitions, film and participant-led art projects, they use the power of creative technology to inspire and enrich lives. The award winning building is home to 3 galleries which show 4 exhibitions a year. 

Open Eye Gallery

The only gallery dedicated to photography and related media in the north-west, Open Eye is increasingly an essential part of Liverpool's art scene. Using a mixture of cutting-edge international photography and a considerable archive, Open Eye is a must-visit destination on the city's art map.

Tate Liverpool

Tate Liverpool has become one of the largest and most significant galleries of modern and contemporary art in the UK outside of London. Expect blockbuster artists across four floors of gallery space and an ever-changing programme of special events and lectures.

The Bluecoat

Known as Liverpool’s centre for contemporary arts, the Bluecoat showcases talent across the visual art, music, dance, live art and literature. The Bluecoat boasts a rich history; it hosted the first Post-Impressionist exhibition in 1911, including works by Picasso, Cézanne, Van Gogh, Matisse and Gauguin – it is, nevertheless, an institution facing forwards. Many artists have presented their work here at an early stage in their career, including several, for instance, who went on to win the Turner Prize. Bluecoat provides a creative hub for people to meet, talk, work, perform, question, create, craft, display and enjoy themselves.  

Victoria Gallery & Museum

This is the sister venue to London's Natural History Museum (both designed by Liverpool-born architect Alfred Waterhouse). Expect a really creepy museum (fossils, taxidermy, skeletons and curios from the university's 130-year history), a special collections gallery (including the largest display of paintings and prints by wildlife artist John James Audubon the US), and a regularly revolving programme of contemporary art exhibitions.

Walker Art Gallery

The Walker Gallery hosts an impressive collection of paintings, sculpture and decorative art from the 13th century to the present day. This grand gallery is still one of Liverpool's best tourist attractions. Highlights include the Victorian galleries lined with traditional wallpapers, 17th-century Dutch and Flemish art and John Moores Painting prize winners.

Plensa’s Dream Sculpture

Chosen by a group of ex-miners and commissioned by St Helens Council as part of of The Big Art Project, Dream stands 20 metres high on top of the former Sutton Manor Colliery overlooking the M62, a gateway sculpture for both Merseyside and Greater Manchester at the heart of the North West.

The work takes the form of the head of a little girl with eyes closed, seemingly in a dream-like state. It is the artist’s response to the brief and subsequent conversations with the ex-miners and members of the wider local community who wanted a work that looked to a brighter future and created a beautiful and contemplative space for future generations, not least their own grandchildren, at the top of the former spoil heap. The work has been fabricated in pre-cast concrete, with a very white, almost luminescent finish using a white marble/concrete aggregate mix in marked contrast to the black of the coal that still lies below.

Cultural Visits

The Albert Dock

The Albert Dock is a firm Liverpool favourite, a top British heritage attraction, it should be on the agenda of every visitor. Located on Liverpool's stunning waterfront, the largest collection of Grade I listed buildings in Britain is part of Liverpool's designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Beatles Story, Albert Dock

The Beatles Story, Albert Dock is the world’s largest permanent exhibition purely devoted to the lives and times of The Beatles. The exhibition is located on the UNESCO World Heritage site at the Albert Dock and will guide you through the music, culture and story of the band that changed the world.

Mersey Ferries

A River Explorer Cruise is a must do experience and the only way to see and enjoy Merseyside and Liverpool’s iconic waterfront and UNESCO world heritage site. Departing hourly, the 50 minute experience sails between Pier Head, Liverpool and the Wirral peninsula and a journey can be selected to suit each and every day out.

The British Music Experience

The newest addition to Liverpool's colourful music offering, moving to its permanent home in the first-class passenger lounge of the iconic Cunard Building.

This is a fun-packed interactive journey through popular music from the end of the second world to the present day charting musical milestones from the birth of rock and roll to the punk revolution to pop icons.  

The Liverpool FC Story

At Liverpool Football Club's interactive museum, The Liverpool FC Story, visitors can discover over 120 years of LFC history and explore football, past and present, with the help of state of the art technology and never seen before displays.

Also at the museum, visitors can take a tour through the Halls of Fame. To enhance the experience, every visitor is provided with a multimedia handset. there's interactive games and activities including 'place a penalty' where they can take a penalty at the European Cup final!

Liverpool ONE

A spectacular shopping destination near the waterfront, where you’ll find the biggest and best range of Liverpool shops. Located at the heart of the city centre. Liverpool ONE is a shopping experience that has something for everyone.