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Primary School Trips to London

For primary school students, the chance to head out of the classroom on a school trip to London can be one of the most exciting events in the school calendar.

As well as offering engaging new learning opportunities, primary school trips can help build independence, create lasting bonds between classmates, and create lifelong memories.

Our educational tours in London are created bespoke, and designed to enhance all sorts of subjects. From discovering history at the Tower of London, to world-famous art at the National Gallery, to literature and performing arts at the Warner Bros Studio Tour - The Making of Harry Potter.

Whether you're looking for fun-filled learning opportunities, or simply having a whale of a time at Kidzania or Thorpe Park, our KS1 and KS2 school trips are made with you in mind.  

Simply get a quote from our expert school tour providers today to get started.

Itinerary

Day Trip - Science

Tour Day 1

Morning
Depart school to arrive at the Science Museum mid morning
Afternoon
Hop over the road for time at the National History Museum
Evening
Evening meal at Hard Rock Cafe before departing for late arrival back at school

Day Trip - Theatre

Tour Day 1

Morning
Early departure from school to arrive in Covent Garden mid morning. Free time for shopping
Afternoon
Enjoy a matinee performance
Evening
Evening meal at Planet Hollywood before departure back to school

Day Trip - Culture

Tour Day 1

Morning
Depart school for a mid morning arrival in London where you will be joined by your Blue Badge Guide for a guided tour of the city's sights.
Afternoon
Arrive at Shakespeare's Globe for a backstage tour and visit to the exhibition. Free time for shopping in Covent Garden
Evening
Evening meal at Planet Hollywood before journey back to school

Day Trip - History

Tour Day 1

Morning
Depart school for a mid morning arrival at the Tower of London
Afternoon
Take a tour around the Imperial War Museum
Evening
Depart for your return journey back to school

2 Day Trip

Tour Day 1

Morning
Depart school to arrive in London mid-day.
Afternoon
Go straight to the Kensington area to visit the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum.
Evening
Pre-theatre dinner at Planet Hollywood followed by an evening West End performance.

Tour Day 2

Morning
Check out of accommodation and transfer to the Tower of London
Afternoon
A Blue Badge Guide will join your coach for a tour of the highlights of London. Following this you will depart London for your journey home.
Evening
Arrive back at school

2 day experience from only

Based on min 35, Bed & Breakfast at the Premier Inn Wembley with evening meals in restaurant. June 2021

£179

Accommodation

For groups of Primary School students we recommend accommodation a little further away from the hustle and bustle of the city. 

Premier Inn Wembley & Hangar Lane

These hotels both offer a very high standard of accommodation at a good price.  Located in quieter areas slightly outside of the busy city centre but with easy access to all the major sights and on public transport routes.

Premier Inn Harrow

If you are looking for school trip accommodation on the outskirts of London for a quieter location, this hotel is ideal. Located north of London, you can still access the city centre by coach within 1 hour. Recommended for groups on a tight budget and is a great option if you are including a Harry Potter Studio tour in your itinerary. 

Meininger Hotel London Hyde Park

Situated in the Kensington area of London, the Meininger is in the ideal location for school groups. It is only a few hundred metres from the Natural History, Science and Victoria and Albert Museums. In terms of quality and location, this hotel offers great value for money.

YHA Thameside

Excellent youth hostel accommodation offering a range of facilities. Located in the edge of the Docklands area, this is ideally suited to younger groups travelling by coach.  

Wembley International Hotel

This is a large hotel, located just outside the city centre, yet close to public transport. Rooms for students are all 3 - 4 bedded and the hotel has good meeting room facilities. 

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Study Visits

KIDZANIA

We are delighted to be a chosen travel partner of Kidzania, which is sure to take the UK by storm! 

Imagine a 75,000 square foot child-size city where kids are in charge. An incredible learning experience awaits for children from early years to age 14. Watch the excitement on their faces as they try out more than 60 real life role-play activities in the bank, on stage, or fighting crime on the streets as a police officer!

Each role-play experience is crafted to teach pupils essential life skills, including financial literacy, team work and independence. Giving them the confidence to challenge themselves, and inspiring them to explore a whole world of opportunities. Take a look at this video showcasing what to expect from a school trip to Kidzania now. 

ISIS EDUCATION CENTRE

The Isis Education Centre at The LookOut is an idyllic sanctuary in the middle of Hyde Park. For primary school trips in London, half day workshops are available where educators will support your pupils whilst exploring around the park. They then return to the centre to discuss and carry out hands on sessions based around a range of topics including the weather, sustainability and habitats. 

HAMPTON COURT PALACE

On a school tour of Hampton Court Palace, your pupils can learn more about the Tudors and the Stuarts. Highlights include the Great Hall, a typical medieval hall, Living Tudor World medieval re-enactment, the Young Henry VIII exhibition and the world famous maze. You can choose from an audio guide or a costume guided tour. An ideal destination for a London history trip.

HMS BELFAST

Visit HMS Belfast to discover what life was like for those who lived and worked on board this last remaining warship of its kind. Nine decks of amazing seafaring history provide countless opportunities to explore and discover.

IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM

A school trip to The Imperial War Museum covers conflicts involving Britain from the First World War through to the present day. The Centenary of the First World War is highly topical and with it’s new First World War galleries the IWM is a must for any group visiting London.

MUSEUM OF LONDON

Step inside the Museum of London for a memorable journey through London’s unsettled history. With galleries that take students from prehistoric, Roman and medieval London through to the present day, this is a great school visit to find out what everyday life was like in London across the ages. 

NATIONAL GALLERY

An iconic attraction situated in the renowned Trafalgar Square, a primary school trip to The National Gallery is a great introduction to art for younger pupils.

During primary school residential trips to London, students can learn about some of the most famous names in the world of art, from Reubens, Van Gogh and Turner to Da Vinci, Monet and many more.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY

The National Portrait Gallery is home to the best collection of portraits in the world. On your London art trip, your students can put a face to the name of many of the men and women who have shaped British history.

NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM

A primary school trip to the Natural History Museum is something every child will remember for life. With hundreds of exciting, interactive exhibits, your primary school tour can cover the ultimate dinosaur exhibition, the human biology section, or 'Investigate' - an exciting new hands-on science centre that's perfect for engaging students.

ROYAL OBSERVATORY

The Royal Observatory is home to Greenwich Mean Time and London’s only Planetarium. Your pupils can find out more about astronomy and enjoy interactive space galleries and planetarium shows. An ideal destination for a primary school science trip to London

SCIENCE MUSEUM

A London Science Museum primary school trip allows you to introduce children to science with fun, hands-on interactive exhibits. With seven floors of galleries, pupils can encounter the past, present and future of technology, with topics ranging from space and travel to maths, food and medicine.

Get your class ready by downloading our Free Classroom Poster: The World's Most Important Scientific Achievements.

SEALIFE LONDON AQUARIUM

SEA LIFE London Aquarium is home to one of Europe's largest collections of global marine life. On a school trip to London Aquarium, your pupils can learn about marine life and habitats, food chains, living creatures and caring for animals and their environments.

SHAKESPEARE’S GLOBE TOUR & EXHIBITION

Located on the South Bank, a primary school trip to The Globe is ideal if you are studying the Tudors. Your pupils will be given a guided tour around the theatre, with insights into what the theatre was like in Tudor times and how it was rebuilt. The interactive exhibition explores the life of Shakespeare and the London he lived in - great for English school trips too.

ST PAUL’S CATHEDRAL

With its iconic dome that dominates the London skyline, St Pauls Cathedral is a must see for all groups visiting London. Over the years, decoration has been added and removed so that today the history of the nation can be seen in mosaics and stone carvings throughout the building. 

TOWER OF LONDON

Get a gruesome taste of British history by booking your primary school trip to Tower of London today. An educational tour of the Tower reveals where numerous individuals lost their heads for getting on the wrong side of the king. Meanwhile, the Prisoners exhibition looks at some of the Tower's most notorious convicts, including Anne Boleyn, Edward V, Guy Fawkes and Sir Thomas More. 

ZSL LONDON ZOO

With over 750 different species at the zoo along with daily animal talks, shows, feeds and demonstrations, a school trip to London Zoo means your pupils will be entertained and informed all day. 

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Cultural Visits

Highlights Of London

A half-day guided tour of London on board your coach is a perfect way for pupils on to see all the major sights. Highly recommended if this is a first time primary school trip to London for many of your pupils.

Guided tour of the London 2012 Olympic Sites

Following the outstanding success of the world’s greatest sporting event, there is now huge interest in seeing the area where our athletes won their medals. This 2 – 2½ hour walk begins at Pudding Mill Lane and takes in the exteriors of the Aquatic Centre, the Stadium, Handball Arena (The Copper Box), the Velodrome and also the new I-City (formerly the International Press Centre). For an additional fee we can pre-book visits inside the Copper Box, the Aquatics Centre and the Orbit within your school walking tour. 

Houses Of Parliament

Free guided tours are available throughout the year by requesting a place through your MP or a member of the House of Lords. Please note that tours are very popular and places are limited so generally have to be booked about six months in advance. Your school tour of the Houses of Parliament will last around 75 minutes.

London Dungeon

A school trip to London Dungeon combines real history, horror and humour to bring gruesome goings-on back to life in the 21st century. A thrilling and exciting trip that students will love, with actors recreating events such as the Great Fire of London, Sweeney Todd, the Plague and Jack the Ripper.

London Eye

Breathtaking sights make the London Eye a highlight of the city, which primary school trips to London should not miss! Get a quote for primary school groups on the London Eye today. 

Shrek's Adventure

A perfect destination for an enrichment and reward school trip, the adventure begins when you board a magical 4D ‘DreamWorks Tours’ bus. With Donkey as your mischievous tour guide, calamity, chaos and endless fun are the name of the game.

Be part of the 10 live fairy-tale themed shows where you can visit Shrek’s swamp, find your fortune in the crystal ball, get lost in the Mirror maze and reveal your inner Ogre when needed! This Ogre sized experience lasts for approximately 75 minutes.

Madame Tussauds

A school trip to Madame Tussauds London is a thrilling and exciting visit for all ages, with inspiring wax works of some of the world’s most influential and famous people.

St Paul’s Cathedral

With its iconic dome that dominates the London skyline, St Paul's Cathedral is a must see for all groups visiting London. Over the years, decoration has been added and removed so that today the history of the nation can be seen in mosaics and stone carvings throughout the building. School groups can take a self-guided visit or a themed guided visit - ideal for religious studies trips to London.

Thames River Cruise

This cruise along the Thames is a great way to see some of the major sights of the city - perfect for a London geography trip.

Theme Parks

If you are travelling by coach, you can choose to visit a Theme Park en route home from London, to finish your trip on a high. Here is a list of theme parks near London for school trips:

  • Chessington World of Adventure
  • Thorpe Park
  • LEGOLAND ®Windsor Resort

Tower Of London

Book your primary school trip to Tower of London for a gruesome taste of British history. The Prisoners exhibition looks at some of the Tower's most notorious convicts, including Anne Boleyn, Edward V, Guy Fawkes and Sir Thomas More. Meanwhile, an educational tour of the Tower reveals where numerous individuals lost their heads for getting on the wrong side of the king!

Warner Bros. Studio Tour - The Making Of Harry Potter

Perfect for Harry Potter fans and film buffs alike, a school visit to Warner Bros Studio Tour is a fantastic destination for drama trips to London and more. Offering a unique chance to go behind the scenes of the famous film franchise, pupils can discover detailed sets, costumes, and props. Our WST Travel experts love the creature workshop, which is filled with goblin heads, grindylows, and real, moving animatronics that were used in the films.

West End Theatre Performance

Whatever your study aims, a West End show is a great opportunity to reward those on school trips to London with a thrilling night at the theatre.

Our top West End shows for primary school tours to London are:

  • The Lion King
  • Wicked
  • Matilda the Musical
  • Frozen
  • Mary Poppins
  • Prince of Egypt
  • Cinderella

Restaurants

Make your evening meal a night out with a restaurant visit. We can book tables at an exciting range of restaurants offering pre-theatre dinner packages to suit all budgets. Choose from:

  • Bubba Gump Shrimp
  • Planet Hollywood
  • Rainforest Café
  • Hard Rock Café
  • Pizza Hut
  • Pizza Express
  • Maxwell’s
  • Sticky Fingers
  • Palm Court Brasserie
  • Piazza

We can also arrange for packed lunches to be delivered to your hotel or an appropriate meeting point in the city. 

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The staff were amazing! We cannot praise them enough. They were more than accommodating with bot the children and staff. They made sure we had everything we needed and went above and beyond with customer service. We would highly recommend the Piazza restaurant to any other group planning visits - high quality staff, service and food.
Wilbraham Primary School, London