Primary School Residential Trip to York

Combine activity, education, and fun with YHA

Want to challenge your pupils with safe, on-site activities whilst enjoying the sights of the surrounding areas? We’ve got a range of UK-based residential school trips just for you.

Designed for Year 6 Pupils to support their transition from Primary to Secondary school, these adventure school trip packages will give them vital experiences away from home that will help them to bond, build their confidence, and support their wellbeing.

Sample Itineraries

York 3 day

Tour Day 1

Morning
Depart school and stop off at Magna Science Centre en-route.
Afternoon
Late afternoon check in to your YHA accommodation
Evening
Evening meal at your hotel with free time for your organised activities.

Tour Day 2

Morning
Enjoy a full day of activities of your choice on site at YHA York.
Evening
After your evening meal you have you can relax in the YHA games room.

Tour Day 3

Morning
Learn about Vikings at Yorvik Viking Centre and discover archaeology at DIG.
Afternoon
Departure York for your journey back to school.

York 4 day

Tour Day 1

Morning
Depart school and stop off at Magna Science Centre en-route.
Afternoon
Late afternoon check in to your YHA accommodation
Evening
Evening meal at your accommodation with free time for your organised activities.

Tour Day 2

Morning
Enjoy a full day of on site activities, choosing from the options on the Discovery Package
Evening
Evening meal at YHA York followed by a farewell disco and free time in the games room.

Tour Day 3

Morning
Learn about Vikings at Yorvik Viking Centre and discover archaeology at DIG.
Afternoon
Visit the famous York Minster & Educational Centre for a guided tour.
Evening
Take a Ghost Walk of York before returning to your accommodation for evening meal.

Tour Day 4

Morning
Choose from morning activities on site or depart after breakfast for a morning visit to Eden Camp to discover more about Wartime Britain
Afternoon
Depart York for your return journey to school.

York 5 day

Tour Day 1

Morning
Depart school and stop off at Magna Science Centre en-route.
Afternoon
Late afternoon check in to YHA
Evening
Evening meal at your hotel with free time for your organised activities.

Tour Day 2

Morning
Enjoy a full day of on site activities choosing from the Discovery Package
Evening
Evening meal at YHA followed by free time in the games room or outdoor games (weather permitting)

Tour Day 3

Morning
Spend a full day in York, starting with a visit toVikings at Yorvik Viking Centre and discovering archaeology at DIG.
Afternoon
Choose from a visit the famous York Minster & Educational Centre for a guided tour or you can go to the York Castle Museum, a great living history experience to find out more about how the Victorians used to live.
Evening
Take a Ghost Walk of York before an evening meal at Pizza Hut before returning to YHA

Tour Day 4

Morning
Enjoy another full day of on site activities choosing from the Discovery Package
Evening
Evening meal followed by a farewell disco

Tour Day 5

Morning
Early departure after breakfast followed by a fun filled day at Flamingo Land Theme Park
Evening
Depart York for your return journey to school

On Site Activities

DISCOVERY PACKAGE

Designed to enable teachers to create their own stay, our Discovery package offers a flexible programme of fun, challenging and memorable experiences that can be tailored to support the educational needs of your group.

For example, if you are looking to focus on communication, team challenges, shelter building and orienteering can be built into your programme. Alternatively, if you wanted to focus on personal achievement you may decide to include archery, fire lighting and a guided walk. With a range of activities spanning history, geography, literacy and PSHE, to name a few, we can support all your cross-curricular needs.

With such flexible choices available, this package offers great value whilst delivering activities that will feed your pupil’s sense of adventure and discovery.

Popular activities include:

  • Archaeological dig
  • Archery
  • Firelighting
  • Guided walk
  • Let’s get cooking
  • Orienteering
  • River dipping
  • Shelter building
  • Team challenges

ACTIVITY PACKAGE NEED TO KNOWS

  • All of our in-house activities are delivered by trained, DBS checked staff who are skilled at leading engaging residentials that are tailored to meet the needs of your group.
  • This package is suitable for cross-curricular learning by making the most of our amazing hostel surroundings.
  • We actively encourage teachers to participate in all of our activities to help enhance teacher-pupil relations.

Off Site Excursions

Jorvik Viking Centre

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.

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.  

DIG

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 was really like through the ages, from Roman times to the modern day. 

York Minster

A school residential trip to York 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.  

National Railway Museum

Educational tours of the National Railway Museum can explore the science, technology and history of the railways, through a range of workshops and interactive exhibitions. The museum also offers some useful STEM learning resources for Primary years to help you prepare for your visit. As do WST Travel's experts - you can find our teacher tools and resources here

Magna Science Centre

This a high-tech playground for young minds. The interactive visits and displays are focused around the four elements - earth, fire, water and wind – and will enable them to discover more about science and the laws of nature. This can be an ideal stop off en route to York. In the mean time, why not download our free classroom poster: The World's Most Important Scientific Achievements to whet your students' appetites?

York Ghost Walk

Tailored to younger ages, this children's walking tour of York is a unique opportunity to discover the hidden magic and history of the city. With a little bit of fun too, of course!

York Dungeon

Take a school trip to York Dungeon for a journey into more than 2000 years of York’s horrible history. The Dungeon brings together an amazing cast of theatrical actors, special effects, stages and scenes in a truly unique and exciting walkthrough experience that you see, hear, touch, smell and feel.

York’s Chocolate Story

An entertaining and informative tour through the history of York’s most famous chocolate-making families and their finest creations. School groups can get hands on at the Chocolate-Making Station in the Factory Zone, where you can create your very own chocolate delights and decorate them by hand. Primary school tours will also get to see a chocolate-making demonstration from skilled chocolatiers in the Chocolate Kitchen.

Get a quote for your school trip to York today.

 

YHA York

The YHA is set in it's own grounds, 1 mile from York city centre. Some rooms are en-suite and some have shared facilities. It has a large reception area, lounge and terrace. You'll also find a well equipped games room here.  

Dorm rooms have multiple beds - A typical shared room includes bunk beds, a reading light and a storage cupboard for each guest, secured by a padlock if required.

Meeting rooms with a range of equipment are available to book.

Our thanks to Rachel who has endlessly met what we needed for our trip to London. Nothing was too much trouble and she went all out to ensure that whatever could be done was to ensure a smooth trip. Thank you.
Katherine's Primary School