Day trips to Northumberland

Full of ancient castles, friendly market towns and rolling beaches, Northumberland is an ideal destination for an enrichment and reward day trip

Take to the trees at the Beamish Wild Treetop Adventure, enjoy an educational tour at St James' Park Stadium, or shop till you drop at Europe's largest shopping and leisure centre. From falconry and treetop courses to team-building activities and theme parks, there are endless adventures to be had. 

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Tour Day 1

Depart school to arrive mid morning at Beamish Open Air Museum
Afternoon visit to Riverside Falconry
Depart for your journey back to school


If you prefer to stay for longer then Northumberland has a wide range of youth accommodation centres which are well experienced at welcoming school groups.

Study Visits

Hadrian's Wall

Stretching 73 miles from coast to coast, Hadrian’s Wall was built to guard the wild north-west frontier of the Roman Empire.

Today, primary school trips to Hadrian's Wall can explore its rich history and dramatic landscape, and discover the remains of the forts, towers, turrets and towns that once kept watch over the Wall. See rare Roman artefacts, get hands-on in museums and take in spectacular views of the rugged landscape, to find out what life was like for the men, women and children on the edge of Roman Britain.

Houseteads Roman Fort

School tours of Houseteads Roman Fort can combine with a visit to Hadrian's Wall, to create a truly unforgettable Roman-themed school trip.

Set high on a dramatic escarpment on Hadrian's Wall World Heritage Site, Housesteads Roman Fort takes you back to the Roman Empire. Wander the barrack blocks and the hospital. Peer into the oldest toilets you'll ever see, and admire the stunning panoramic views from this ancient fortress.


Vindolanda lies just to the south of the curtain wall of Hadrian's Wall and has a very different ‘feel’ to other sites along the Wall. It lies upon the first Roman frontier in the north – The Stanegate Road and in a stunning landscape which lets your imagination really connect with its past. The Roman Army Museum is equipped with the superb 3D film 'Edge of Empire,' which rebuilds Hadrian's Wall before your eyes. With objects from Vindolanda’s collection and full-scale replicas, the galleries tell the story of the Roman soldier from a general empire wide perspective through to daily life on the frontier.

Lindisfarne Priory

Lindisfarne Priory was one of the most important centres of early English Christianity, with monks settling here in AD 635.

After crossing the fascinating Holy Island causeway, school tours at Lindisfarne can follow in the footsteps of the Anglo-Saxon monks, learn about monastic life, and discover how the once magnificent priory was victim to a brutal Viking attack. It's a geography trip, history trip, and religious studies trip all in one day! 

Chesters Roman Fort & Museum 

What was life like at one the Roman Empire's most northern outposts? Chesters Roman Fort is the most complete Roman cavalry fort in Britain. Wander around the unusually well-preserved baths and steam room, and the officers' quarters, for an eye opening addition to your school History trip.

Beamish Open Air Museum

Experience a real sense of the past on a school trip to Beamish: a living, working museum set in 300 acres of beautiful Durham countryside. School tours can take in a unique sense of historical life in the Great North, with downloadable resources.

Alnwick Castle

Alnwick Castle is the second largest inhabited castle in the country, which has been home to the Duke of Northumberland’s family, the Percys, for over 700 years. In recent years it has also taken starring roles in a number of film and television productions, including appearing as Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the Harry Potter films.

Warkworth Castle 

Once home to the powerful Percy family, Warkworth remains one of the largest and most impressive fortresses in North East England.

But what was life like for those living in a castle 600 years ago? With its rich and colourful history and magnificent cross shaped keep, your school group can become a King or Queen for the day, and explore the development of the castle from Medieval times to the present day.

Tynemouth Aquarium

Home to a huge variety of sea life, including seals, rays and clownfish. The aquarium’s workshops provide a unique and interactive learning experience for your group with topics such as Eco Systems, Rockpool Encounter, Life Cycles Under the Sea and Sharks! 

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Cultural Visits

Beamish Wild Treetop Adventure 

Prepare your pupils to conquer all four zip-wires, rope bridges and swinging tires, before you take on the grand finale - the hair-raising Powerfan free-fall experience. It’s one-of-a-kind in the North East!

Ford Castle Outdoor Centre

A real Medieval Castle set in the rolling countryside of Northumberland, a school visit to Ford Castle Outdoor Centre offers an extensive range of outdoor and indoor adventure activities. Whether you’re looking to develop teamwork skills, incite problem solving and initiative, or challenge your students in exciting new ways, there are plenty of opportunities to try something new here.

Broomley Grange Activity Centre

Broomley Grange has been providing activities to school groups for over 25 years. The emphasis is for everybody to have fun and go home with a sense of fulfilment and achievement. Many students develop greater confidence, having achieved something new and worked with their fellow students.

Lightwater Valley

Reward your pupils and have an awesome day out on a school trip to Lightwater Valley. Enjoy thrill rides including the UK's longest rollercoaster - The Ultimate, and brave the Splash Falls. Tuck into lunch on the lawns or in the cafes before taking a ride on the Lightwater Express train or hopping on the carousel.

Calvert Kielder

A school day trip to Calvert Kielder offers a range of exciting activities, including the Kielder ZipCoaster (Europe’s first AvatarOne™), the King Swing, and the 15-metre High Ropes Course. Which challenge will you take on first?

St James' Park Stadium Tour 

Located in the heart of Newcastle, this magnificent stadium rises proudly from the city’s iconic skyline. A school tour of St James' Park, the home of Newcastle United since 1892, captures the rich history of the club.

Metro Centre 

The Metro Centre is Europe's largest covered shopping and leisure centre, with almost 200 stores and over 40 cafes and restaurants. Perfect for a school treat after a long, busy term, the centre also includes Angry Bird Adventure Golf and Namco Funscape, a family entertainment centre housing ten-pin bowling, arcade games, dodgems, and an American pool hall. With the range of restaurants here, it's a great option for school visits in the afternoon and evening. 

The Dunes

There's something for everyone on a school visit to The Dunes: a fantastic indoor entertainment centre at the heart of South Shields Seafront. Try your hand at 10 pin bowling, or visit the arcade for some classic seaside fun.

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