Primary School Trip to Scarborough

If you're looking for a primary school trip that's packed with learning, look no further than Scarborough.

Perched on the Yorkshire coast, the town offers boundless opportunities to explore nature and sealife, uncover fascinating Viking history, and enjoy outdoor adventures at Go Ape and Treetop Treks.

With the historic city of York, the ancient geography of Robin Hood's Bay, and the fantastic Flamingoland theme park all nearby, your students can enjoy an enlightening educational tour, with plenty of treats along the way.

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Day Trip

Tour Day 1

Arrive mid morning for a visit to Scarborough Castle where you can discover more about Roman life or Medieval times.
A must see is the Scarborough Sealife Sanctuary where you can get close up to penguins and witness find out more about the rehab of seals from along the coastline. If time allows free time at South Bay Beach or Robin Hood's Bay.
Arrive back at school

2 Day Trip

Tour Day 1

Depart School to arrive Scarborough late morning to visit Scarborough Castle where your class can be immersed in medieval times.
Visit to Sealife Scarborough to discover more about the coastline's marine life followed by free time at South Bay Beach
Check in to your accommodation and evening meal

Tour Day 2

Depart for Flamingoland Theme Park
Depart for your return journey to school


The Green Gables, Scarborough

Within excess of 30 Years’ experience of providing accommodation to children of all ages, Green Gables provides a friendly environment for school groups and tours.. 

The hotel caters for students of all ages offering full board accommodation normally sleeping 3 or 4 per room while members of staff sleep nearby in single rooms.

Each group receives their own private lounge and full access to the hotel's facilities. Upon arrival they will receive a 3 course meal every evening, English breakfast every morning served to the table and a pick-your-own lunch in our popular self-serve Picnic Bar. All diets catered for.

Located in a quiet residential area of Scarborough next to a public park, the hotel has a heated indoor swimming pool, games room and many other activities for children to use on their visit.

YHA, Scarborough

Once a 17th century water mill set on a quiet riverside, located 1½ miles north of the town centre and 15 minutes' walk from Scalby Mills and the North Bay beach, YHA Scarborough is the perfect base to enjoy, explore, or simply unwind on the beautiful North Yorkshire coast.

YHA Scarborough has 46 beds in four and six bedded rooms, all with shared toilets and showers.

The hostel is down a quiet driveway, set in a small woodland on the bank of a small river. 

Study Visits

Scarborough Castle 

Dominating Scarborough’s headland, a school trip to Scarborough Castle will help you bring learning to life. Investigate prehistoric and Roman artefacts found at the castle in the exhibition in the Master Gunner’s House, and see the remains of the Roman signal station built to defend the cost. Explore the 12th Century stone keep and the curtain wall and imagine what life was like for medieval lords defending the castle from attack. Choose an expert led discovery visit and immerse your class in the medieval period. You'll be representing the Northern Barons or the power of the Crown, as they plan the attack and defence of this mighty fortress.

Sealife Scarborough 

On a school tour of Sealife Scarborough, you can get up close and personal with over 20 adorable Humboldt Penguins in their unique walk-through home, Penguin Island. New for 2020 is the Rainforest Advernture, where you can immerse yourself in the world of creepy crawlies, lizards and rainforest critters. At the Seal Hospital your pupils will learn about the vital rehab work that the centre carries out for seals, injured or lost on this stretch of coastline.  

Whitby Abbey

Whitby Abbey offer free self-led visits for primary school groups. Having endured coastal erosion and stormy weather, destruction during the Dissolution of the Monasteries under the rule of King Henry VIII, and shellfire from German naval ships during the First World War, Whitby Abbey remains an iconic landmark along the North Yorkshire coastline. 

Jorvik Viking Centre - York

The centre stands on the site of the famous discovery of Jorvik, the Viking city, and is a Key Stage 2 school trip destination that really fires the imagination.

Pupils on a school tour of Jorvik will get to see remains and objects from fascinating excavations, and journey through a reconstruction of Viking-Age streets, as they would have looked 1000 years ago.

DIG - York

DIG offers a unique archaeological adventure for your pupils. Through curriculum-led workshops, primary school children will become ‘archaeological detectives.’ Finding out for themselves what the city of York was really like through the ages, from Roman times to the modern day. 

York Castle Museum

One highlight on a primary school trip to York Castle Museum is Kirkgate: The Victorian Street. Pupils can explore the life of the rich and poor on this recreation of Victorian life, with cobbled streets, a school room, police cell and even authentic working shops. This is a fun and exciting way to learn more about the Victorians.  

York Minster

A school residential trip to Yorkshire isn't complete without catching a glimpse of York Minster. One of the largest cathedrals in Europe, York Minster offers interactive workshops where pupils can find out about its past and present life. Alternatively, school visits to York Minster can take a treasure hunt around the cathedral - a fun way of discovering more about the story of this iconic building. 

Brigantium Roman Fort

Brigantium is a large outdoor classroom disguised as a Roman auxiliary fort from the 1st Century AD. School groups visiting Brigantium will be recruited into the Roman army and equipped with uniform and dummy weapons. They will then be taught how to build a fort, train as a soldier and will learn craftwork from Roman times. An exciting hands on experience that will really bring this topic to life.

Eden Camp

This museum covers Britain from the 1930’s, allowing visitors to travel back in time to Wartime Britain, experiencing the story, sights, sounds and smells of World War II.  

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Cultural Visits

South Bay Beach

As Scarborough’s most picturesque and often busiest beach, South Bay Beach is a must-see for students on school visits to Scarborough. 

Robin Hood's Bay

You’ll need plenty of energy on a school trip to Robin Hood's Bay. Take the steep street which snakes down from the clifftop to the beach, where you’ll find a range of shops and cafes. On the wall overlooking the sea, there's a mosaic that depicts a timeline of events in Robin Hood's Bay, from the Jurassic period through to present day, including stories of fossils, smuggling, shipwrecks and storms.

Peasholm Park Scarborough

This historic and beautiful park situated behind Scarborough’s North Bay has a tranquil lake at its centre with an accessible island to explore. The lake has a range of boating activities for you to watch, and you'll find a cafe for ice creams and drinks nearby. 

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.


This premier theme park resort has a great range of ‘extreme’ rides alongside all the usual family favourites. If you have time on your school trip to Flamingoland, there's even a zoo and conservation centre to visit too.


Alpamare is a new kind of water experience for the UK. With a wave pool, 35 degree infinity pool, scenic gardens and exciting slides, school groups at Alpamare can enjoy a day of fun, relaxation and togetherness. It's also an exceptionally warm, clean, friendly and safe environment for kids.

Carlton Lodge Activity Centre

From abseiling to zip wires, activities here are designed to educate, excite, inspire, test, and reward in an outdoor setting that can challenge and motivate. Get a quote for your school visit to Carlton Lodge Activity Centre from our experts now. 

Go Ape Dalby Forest 

Take to the trees with Treetop Adventure or Nets Kingdom, or make the day extra special by getting everyone involved in handpicked Gorilla Games. On your primary school trip to Go Ape Dalby Forest, there's all kinds of fun to be had.

Pirate Adventure Mini Golf 

School groups at Pirate Adventure Mini Golf can enjoy a swashbuckling game for all ages, with a new challenge at every hole.

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