An often-overlooked destination, the UK is home to some of the most influential cities in the world, calming landscapes and impressive historical sites. Discovering what our beautiful country has to offer is convenient too; short travel journeys, no language barriers and the good old English lifestyle that we know and love create an easy, stress-free culture club, ideal for school groups.
If you’re looking for an exciting yet convenient school trip for your students, why not consider visiting a destination in the UK? The truth is, there’s an astounding amount of quality entertainment, activities and things to do in the UK that will entice and excite your students. From the legendary Cadbury World in Birmingham to Edinburgh Castle; the Eden Project in Cornwall to Old Trafford in Manchester, discovering study opportunities on your doorstep means an easy access to learning, coupled with an appreciation for the history and culture of Great Britain.
At WST, we arrange exciting school trips in the UK to most locations including:
Must-visit attractions in the UK
The Beatles Story, Liverpool
Highlighting how four young adults can conquer the world, The Beatles Story, on Albert Dock, is an immersive, inspiring experience, taking students along the musical four-piece’s journey from humble beginnings to global success. The largest exhibition dedicated to The Beatles, this attraction charms visitors from around the world, and explains exactly how each member of the band met, where they grew up and how they succeeded in becoming one of the most influential groups on Earth. Students can wander around replica 60s Liverpool, including The Cavern and Matthew Street, hear The Beatles’ story through audio guides, and view unique memorabilia and photographs. The Beatles’ Story makes an inspiring school trip for performing arts students, showcasing the musical and on-stage abilities of this legendary foursome.
Liverpool also has these other great places to visit:
- The Tate
- Walker Art Gallery
- The Bluecoat
- World Museum
- International Slavery Museum
- Anfield Stadium tour
- Shopping at Liverpool One
A popular enrichment trip option, Cadbury World, located in Birmingham, has a wealth of exciting activities and countless worlds to explore. A unique 4D cinema experience brings Cadbury’s chocolate to life, with impressive motion effects and real-life characters, while Bull Street, a replica 19th Century street, allows groups to explore the location of John Cadbury’s first ever shop. Wandering around this iconic factory, of course, involves learning all about this legendary chocolate brand and the process of manufacturing. Students will discover how some of Cadbury’s most loved bars are made, packaged and how they taste – with plenty of confectionery provided throughout the tour! A great reward trip!
Other fantastic things to do in Birmingham include:
- Alton Towers
- Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
- Thinktank science museum
- Warwick Castle
- Shopping at the Bullring
Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester
For a stimulating, interactive science school trip, the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester is a highly recommended experience. Several permanent and temporary exhibitions get pupils excitedly involved in science, building on their knowledge of specific materials and fascinating scientific experiments, while collections about different trades, including Manchester’s booming textiles industry and the Industrial Revolution, highlight parts of the city’s past that have changed the world – a must-visit for history students.
Other must-visit attractions in Manchester include:
- Billy Elliot at the Palace Theatre: 29 Nov 2016 – 28 Jan 2017
- People’s History Museum
- Museum of Football
- Old Trafford Stadium tour
- Shopping at intu Trafford Centre
Eden Project, Cornwall
Nicknamed the 8th Wonder of the World, the Eden Project is a captivating place to visit for science and geography students, teaching about sustainability and diverse exotic environments. Giant domes house real microclimates, including the Mediterranean and an indoor rainforest. Wandering around these two contrasting landscapes, students can experience their unique scents and temperatures, discover exotic species and explore grown materials used in everyday objects. A truly unique attraction, the Eden Project has become one of the country’s most-visited attractions – and it’s no surprise why!
Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh
Edinburgh Castle is an outstanding fortress overlooking Scotland’s capital, with a rich history and countless treasures within to explore. Ideal for history students, there’s an eye-opening quantity of activities and places to discover in the castle, from the dazzling Great Hall to the Crown Jewels and St. Margaret’s Chapel. Learning about the castle’s troubled past, exploring military weapons and reading about the countless royals who resided there are just some activities students can participate in. A school trip to Edinburgh Castle showcases the country’s history, building on your student’s knowledge of Great Britain’s past.
Other interesting attractions in Edinburgh include:
- Mama Mia at the Edinburgh Playhouse: 29 Nov 2016 – 7 Jan 2017
- National Museum of Scotland
- Camera Obscura
- Dynamic Earth
- Murrayfield Stadium tour
- Shopping at Ocean Terminal
At WST, we can assist with your quest to discover the best study opportunities here in the UK, arranging tours to all of the attractions and destinations above, and tailoring each trip to suit you. If you would like to find out more about our UK study tours, for specific subjects or enrichment and reward, simply contact a member of our travel team today who will be happy to help.