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Primary School Trips & Tours to Northumberland

Northumberland is magical destination full of ancient castles, friendly market towns and rolling beaches - making it perfect for a primary school trip.

With Hadrian's Wall, Alnwick Castle, The Beamish Museum and many more, your educational tour can take in a broad spectrum of History, from the Romans to the Industrial Revolution. Whatever your study topics, your WST Key Stage 2 school trip will deliver. 

Northumberland's great outdoor spaces and beaches offer plenty of opportunities to let off steam too. From falconry and treetop courses to team-building activities and theme parks, there are endless adventures to be had. 

Simply contact your expert school tour providers today to get started. 

Itinerary

Day Trip

Tour Day 1

Morning
Depart school to arrive mid morning at Beamish Open Air Museum
Afternoon
There is so much to do at Beamish, you may choose to spend the whole day here. However, if you prefer some outdoor activity you can book some sessions at Beamish Wild Treetop Adventure
Evening
Depart for your journey back to school

Day trip from

Based on min 30, departure point within 2 hour radius of destination

£89

2 Day Trip

Tour Day 1

Morning
Depart school and arrive at Hadrian's Wall late morning
Afternoon
Visit to Housesteads Roman Fort to discover more about the Roman Empire
Evening
Arrive at accommodation for evening meal

Tour Day 2

Morning
Spend the morning at Alnwick Castle
Afternoon
Visit to Riverside Falconry to discover more about birds of prey
Evening
Depart for your return journey to school

3 Day Trip

Tour Day 1

Morning
Depart school
Afternoon
Immerse yourself in Roman Times with a visit to Hadrian's Wall followed by Housesteads Roman Fort
Evening
Arrive at your hotel for evening meal

Tour Day 2

Morning
Discover 700 years of Northumberland's history at Alnwick Castle
Afternoon
Visit to Riverside Falconry to discover more about birds of prey
Evening
Return to accommodation for evening meal

Tour Day 3

Morning
Visit Ford Castle Outdoor Centre for a morning of activities
Afternoon
Depart for your journey back to school

4 Day Tour

Tour Day 1

Morning
Depart school
Afternoon
Immerse yourself in Roman Times with a visit to Hadrian's Wall followed by Housesteads Roman Fort
Evening
Arrive at accommodation for evening meal

Tour Day 2

Morning
Discover 700 years of Northumberland's history at Alnwick Castle
Afternoon
Visit to Riverside Falconry to discover more about birds of prey
Evening
Return to accommodation for evening meal

Tour Day 3

Morning
Enjoy a full day of challenges at Fort Castle Outdoor Centre
Evening
Return to accommodation for evening meal

Tour Day 4

Morning
Morning visit to Beamish Open Air Museum
Afternoon
Depart for your return journey to school

Accommodation

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

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.

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 primary 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. Primary school tours can take in a unique sense of historical life in the Great North, with downloadable resources, activity sheets and challenges to add to the fun. 

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.

KS2 workshops for school trips to Alnwick Castle include 'Castle Life' and 'Castle Defences: Storming the Barbican'.

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! 

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.

The National Museum of the Royal Navy Hartlepool

This is the perfect place for an adventure, as you journey to an authentic 18th century seaport and the spectacular HMS Trincomalee. Go on an adventure with your class as the museum’s learning team create a carefully structured, curriculum-linked workshop for Key Stage 2 school trips. Hands on, living history workshops for KS2 include Pirates v The Royal Navy, All Hands on Deck and Ship Shape and a Square Meal, where you will learn about life on board from the point of view of a sailor. 

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!

Riverside Falconry

Set in the beautiful Tyne valley, with miles of open countryside and ancient woodlands, a school trip to Riverside Falconry offers the chance to enjoy the birds in their natural environment. Following a talk which will focus on a selection of their birds of prey, and the chance for children to ask any questions they may have, there’s an opportunity for the group to hold the birds and have photos taken.

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.

South Shields Adventure Golf

A pirate-themed mini adventure golf course set in the heart of South Shields seafront, South Shields Adventure Golf is a great stop on any primary school trip.

Book your primary school trip to Northumberland with our experts

We always have a fabulous time on our tours, everything is organised to the nth degree. I would highly recommend WST to any school and would like to thank Kerrie for all the hard work she puts in, she makes the whole process seamless and enjoyable. Thank you!
All Saints Catholic Primary School