School Trips & Tours to Manchester

A city bursting with charm and character, schools in and around the North West can take a trip to this northern metropolis to enhance their studies. School trips to Manchester give pupils the opportunity to catch a glimpse of many of the touring West End productions and longstanding shows, and drama and performing arts students can watch the best in the business showcase their talents.

Art is also available in abundance, with Manchester school trips often boasting a number of fascinating galleries on their itineraries. Why not explore the latest exhibition at the Manchester Art Gallery, or delve into the works of one of the region’s most famous artists, L.S Lowry?

We offer the following fascinating school trips to Manchester:

Top Attractions

Artzu Gallery

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Situated in the heart of Manchester’s thriving financial district, the Artzu Gallery displays the work of both established artists and up-and-coming talent. Considered as one of the city’s most progressive independent gallery spaces, the Artzu Gallery showcases a range of artistic mediums, from vibrant paintings and photography to intricate sculptures. Students can explore the gallery’s diverse collection, while thinking critically and examining the artworks on display.

Manchester theatre performances

An unmissable experience for drama and performing arts students, a school trip to Manchester wouldn’t be complete without a visit to one of the city’s theatres. With fantastic stage performances on show all year round, pupils may even get the chance to see one of the touring West End productions. At WST, we have access to great group rates for school groups. Take a look at the upcoming performances in Manchester to find out what brilliant stage productions are set to make their way up north.

Manchester Art Gallery

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One of the city’s oldest cultural institutions, Manchester Art Gallery was originally opened back in 1834. Today, the gallery houses a mass of fine art with a collection containing around 13,000 items. Artistic styles range from paintings and prints to sculptures and photography, not to mention the Gallery of Costume which contains over 21,000 items of clothing and accessories. Art and design students can explore the wealth of creativity on display, as well as studying a mix of craft and design from throughout history.


We work with a range of popular accommodation options in Manchester which are suitable for school groups, including YHA Youth Hostels and Premier Inn. Get in touch with one of our destination specialists for more information about all our accommodation options, suitable for a range of budgets.


For your school trip to Manchester, we provide you with a board basis that suits your needs, from Bed & Breakfast to Full Board. There’s also a range of popular local restaurants you can dine at for lunch or dinner, all of which we can book on your behalf.

Hidden Gems

The Lowry

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Tucked away in Salford Quays, The Lowry boasts both a theatre and art gallery under one roof. As well as showing a number of fantastic stage performances, The Lowry is home to the world’s largest collection of artworks by L.S Lowry. Pupils can examine the modern and contemporary art exhibitions on show, all of which are a memorable and informative experience.

Performance Workshops with West End Workshops

There are a number of exceptional workshops available to drama and performing arts pupils on Manchester school trips. Putting their skills into practice, your pupils can learn about a whole range of theatre disciplines, from rehearsing songs and choreography to exploring acting methods and vocal techniques. Take a look at all our workshop options in our Manchester performing arts study visits section. 

Why WST?

At WST, our team of in-house specialists will work with you to design a school trip to Manchester that suits your preferences, budget, and meets your specific learning objectives. Here are just a few reasons why you can have confidence in WST as a school travel provider:

  • We’ve won Best School Tour Operator at the School Travel Awards four years running, an award voted for by teachers
  • We’re the only school travel provider to hold a Government Standard Customer Service Excellent Award
  • All our destinations have been visited by our in-house experts, ensuring they can always offer you first-hand advice when helping you with your itinerary
  • We have a 24-hour emergency response service, so that should any issues arise during your school trip to Manchester, we can solve them as soon as you need us to

If you’d like to book an unforgettable school trip to Manchester with us, get in touch with one of our friendly travel team today who will be happy to help.

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