School Trips & Tours to Snowdonia
School Trips & Tours to Snowdonia
Home to the highest mountain in England and Wales, Snowdonia school trips are a fascinating choice for geography and geology students. From the heady heights of the glacial landscape to the depths of the Sygun Copper Mine, your students will be able to discover how the stunning scenery was formed over thousands of years – and how the tourism industry makes the most of it today.
Our in-house subject and destination experts can help you design a bespoke Snowdonia school tour for your students, suggesting study visits that’ll meet your specific learning objectives. We can help you with every stage of the booking process, from organising your transport to arranging your accommodation.
We offer the following fantastic school trips to Snowdonia:
Snowdon Mountain Railway
Carrying more than 130,000 passengers every year, the Snowdon Mountain Railway provides a great insight into a successful tourism model, as well as stunning views from Wales’ highest peak. Catch the train from Llanberis, and you and your students will be whisked through the Welsh countryside, spotting amazing geological features along the way, before coming to a halt at the summit of Snowdon. A fantastic way to skip the climb and still enjoy the view.
Nant Ffrancon Valley
During the last glacial period, Snowdonia was coated in a giant ice sheet. This led to the formation of deep valleys like Nant Ffrancon, whose steep sides provide a fascinating real-life example for geography students. With little agricultural development, the area is host to a huge range of wildlife, as well as ancient Neolithic monuments, former slate mines, and Iron Age hill forts.
A glorious semi-circular valley formed by glacial erosion, Cwn Idwal is a geography teacher’s dream. Made up of volcanic and sedimentary rock, students will be able to study the layers of rock whilst enjoying spectacular views across Llyn Idwal lake. And if it’s good enough to have attracted Charles Darwin, it’s ideal for school trips to Snowdonia.
We have a number of accommodation choices for Snowdonia school trips, with options to suit different budgets and preferences. There are a number of good Youth Hostel Association (YHA) properties in the region, either in Snowdonia itself or nearer the coast. Or if you would prefer a more urban setting, we also provide Premier Inn accommodation in the seaside towns of Conwy and Llandudno.
No school trip to Wales is complete without sampling a traditional Welsh cake – a scone-like creation that’s the perfect snack for the top of Mount Snowdon. For your students’ main meals, our local experts can suggest and book restaurants on your behalf – but what you choose from the menu is up to you! From Welsh Rarebit (think cheese on toast, but better) to Conwy mussels fresh from the sea, there are plenty of options to try.
Great Orme Bronze Age Mines
Dating back 4,000 years and rediscovered in 1987, the Great Orme Bronze Age Mines comprise over 5 miles of complex tunnels. Today, it’s thought to be the largest prehistoric mine in the world, and reveals fascinating things about how the ancient people of Britain lived. As well as touring the tunnels, students can visit the smelting shelter to see how our ancestors were able to turn lumps of rock into valuable copper.
Llandudno Cable Car & The Great Orme
If your students are studying coastal landscapes, this is an essential stop on your school trip to Snowdonia. Gliding smoothly from the depths of Happy Valley to the top of Great Orme, the Llandudno Cable Car offers panoramic views of the mountains, Anglesey, Puffin Island and beyond. Meanwhile the visitor centre provides interactive exhibits on the area’s history, geography and wildlife.
Sygun Copper MIne
Sygun Copper Mine is a stunning attraction for geography and geology students to visit, and offers a glimpse into Wales’ rich industrial heritage. Although the original mine closed in 1903, water continued to trickle through the old tunnels, forming incredible stalactite and stalagmite displays that students can still see today. The accompanying audiovisual guides offer special light and sound effects to give an immersive experience into what life was like for Victorian copper miners.
Why choose WST for your school trip to Snowdonia?
- In-house geography and geology specialists who understand your learning objectives
- Tours tailored to match your specific study themes
- A full range of useful teaching resources
- We work with local geography experts in each destination who understand your needs and how best to meet them
- We’ve won Best School Tour Operator two years in a row, as voted for by teachers
- Exceptional customer service that you can rely on for the duration of your visit
- The only school tour operator with a Government Standard Customer Service Excellence Award
If you’d like to book a Snowdonia school trip with us, get in touch with our friendly travel team today and they’ll be happy to help.