Art & Design School Trip to Madrid

Home of the ‘Golden Triangle of Art’ Madrid offers Art and Design Students a great opportunity to study Spanish masters from the last 800 years. Your Art and Design GCSE or A Level class can explore the vast history, both old and new, in the city's many art galleries, all situated fairly close together, meaning you will have plenty of time to fit in cultural activities to soak up the Madrid culture in the Spanish capital. Take a look at a WST Madrid school or sixth form college trip itinerary below.


Tour Day 1

Daytime flight and transfer to your accommodation. Evening meal at local restaurant and free time to explore

Tour Day 2

Orientate yourselves around the city with a guided walking tour – great opportunities for sketching
Visit to the Reina Sofia Museum
Evening meal at a local restaurant

Tour Day 3

Visit to the world famous Prado Museum
Take a walk up the road to the Thyssen Bornemisza Museum
Evening meal at a local restaurant

Tour Day 4

Transfer to airport for your return flight to the UK

Curricular Links

A WST tour to Madrid will support the study of elements of the following exam board specifications:



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)




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)




Art and Design (Fine Art)

Art and Design (Three-dimensional Design)


Art and Design (Fine Art)

Art and Design (Three-dimensional Design)

Study Visits

Museum del Prado                

This world famous gallery features one of the world’s finest collections of European art from 12th to 19th Centuries. It is based around the former  Spanish Royal collection and boasts the best single collection of Spanish art. You’ll see large numbers of work from Francisco de Goya, Velázquez, Titian, Peter Paul Rubens and Hieronymus Bosch. The best known work on display here is Las Meninas by Velázquez.

Reina Sofia Galleria

This is Spain’s national museum of 20th Century art, mainly dedicated to Spanish art. Highlights include collections from Picasso and Dali and work from Joan Miro, Antoni Tàpies, Pablo Serrano and Julio Gonzáles. It’s best known piece is Picasso’s Guernica. 

Thyssen- Bornemisza Museum

This was once one of the largest private collections in the world. With the Prado and the Reina Sofia it’s part of the "Golden Triangle of Art”. The Thyssen-Bornemisza has a more international collection with works from Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo artists including Caravaggio, Rubens, Rembrandt and Gainsborough. It also covers  Impressionist and Post Impressionist works.

Palacio Real

Madrid’s royal palace and largest building, it’s also the largest royal palace in Western Europe. The palace contains furniture, tapestries, paintings and ceramics as well as other important works of art and frescos by Tiépolo.  Velázquez, Goya, Giordano and Mengs are all represented here amongst the dozens of valuable tapestries and paintings. The palace gardens, called the Campo del Moro, are also open to visitors.

Sorolla Museum

This museum focuses on the work of artist Joachin Sorolla. The building itself was originally Sorolla’s house and was converted into a museum after his death. Sorolla painted in several styles, although he is best known for his beautifully lit Mediterranean beach scenes.

Cerralbo Museum

This houses the artistic collection of the XVII Marquis of Cerralbo. There’s a wide range of paintings, sculptures, tapestries and drawings from around the world. Highlights of the collection include El Greco, Vicente Lopez and de Zurburán.

National Museum of Decorative Arts

This is housed in a 19th century palace overlooking the Parque del Retiro. Its rich collection mainly consists of furniture, ceramics, and decorative pieces from Spain dating back to Phoenician times.

Royal Descalzas Monastery

This monastery is now a well visited national monument and houses just a few nuns.  Among the priceless art masterpieces in the museum are Titian's Caesar's Money, tapestries woven to designs by Rubens, and works by Hans de Beken and Brueghel the Elder.

Cultural Visits

Guided tour of Madrid

A guided tour on foot or by coach is the perfect introduction to the city, giving you the opportunity to get your bearings around the city and to see all the major sights and landmarks.

City Centre Treasure Hunt<

A great way for your students to some free time whilst exploring the beautifully elegant city centre. Our exclusive, free 90 minute Treasure Hunt through the centre encourages groups to interact with the streets, take photos and have fun together.

Bernabeu Stadium

The home of Real Madrid is always a popular visit with students. This is a great opportunity to get up close with a guided tour of the trophy room, panoramic view of the stadium, the tunnel and the changing rooms.

Casa de Campo

This is a large urban park in the west of the city. Within its 1700 hectares there’s lots of green spaces, a lake, the zoo, an amusement park and the cable car finishes here.

Flamenco Show

An ideal way to spend an evening is taking your students to a flamenco show. You can also add on a meal before the show.

Las Ventas Bullring

A guided tour of this bullring gives you a real piece of Spanish heritage and culture.

Madrid Zoo Aquarium

Located in the centre of the city at Casa de Campo this is one of the few zoos around the world that houses giant pandas. The aquarium specialises in tropical marine life and there’s also a dolphinarium which hosts regular shows.

Parque de Atracciones

This theme park is easily accessible in the centre of the city at Casa de Campo. It has 6 major adventure zones and has a wide range of exciting rides and roller coasters. Its open daily from mid April through to mid September.

Teléferico Cable Car

This cable car ride gives you a great birds eye view of the city. It takes you from the Paseo del Pintor Rosales near the Parc des Atracciones and you’ll finish at the Casa de Campo.

Warner Brothers Park

This is one of Europe’s top theme parks. It’s divided into 5 major areas; Hollywood Boulevard, Warner Brothers Studios, DC Superheroes World, Far West and Cartoon Village. There are over 36 rides throughout the park along with daily shows and parades.

Outside Madrid

If you’re looking to get our of the city for a day there are some great opportunities close by where you kind discover more about the culture, heritage and history of Spain. You could take a coach trip to Avila, Es Escorial, Segovia or Toledo, which are all UNESCO world heritage sites.