History school trips to Brussels
Belgium’s capital city; Brussels is an affordable option for students to discover key historic periods of European warfare first-hand. Today the city is a vibrant, modern centre for international politics, and visits to the European Parliament and BELvue Museum allow students to explore the role of the European Union in dealing with terrorism. Additionally, visits to Coudenberg and the Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History give students insight into the development of warfare from c.500-present.
Case Study opportunities
The European Union
- BELvue Museum
- European Parliament
Development of Warfare
- Royal Museum of Army and Military History
- Royal Belgium Institute of Natural Sciences
Study of an Historical Site
- Walking Tour of Brussels
Suggested Curriculum links
Suggested Education links (For History GCSE studied from 2016)
AQA GCSE History (8145)
Conflict and Tension 1990-2009
- Part Three: The Iraq War
OCR History A (Explaining the modern world)
War and British Society c790-2010 (J410/10)
Pearson (EDEXCEL) GCSE (9-1) History (1HI0)
Option 12: Warfare and British Society, c1250-Present
- c1250-c1500 Medieval Warfare and English society
- c1500-c 1700: Warfare and English society in the early modern period
- c1700-c1900: Warfare and British society in the 18th and 19th century
- c1900-Present: Warfare and British society in the modern era
2G. The development of warfare in Britain, c500-present
- Changes in tactics and strategy
- Changes in Technology
Sleep Well Hostel
- Fantastic central location
- All rooms en-suite
You can’t really get a more central location than the Sleep Well Hostel. The obvious choice for groups looking for a great value stay in Brussels.
Location: A mere stone’s throw from the Grand Place and only a short walk from the European institutions.
Facilities: As well as a meeting room, pool table and laundry facilities the hostel also has a bar and its own restaurant. Internet access also available.
Accommodation: Students are accommodated in rooms with up to 6 beds all with private facilities. Single and twin rooms offered for staff as well as upgraded rooms with TVs and fridges.
Meals: The hostel offers a daily breakfast as well as packed lunches and evening meals.
- Brand new central accommodation
- Environmentally friendly
This excellent chain now has a brand new property in the heart of Brussels offering central and affordable accommodation that is ideal for student groups.
Location: Situated right next to the Brussels-Charleroi canal, the Meininger is a short distance from many of the main places of interest including the beautiful Grand Place.
Facilities: The hotel offers both a restaurant and bar as well as a games room and bike hire.
Accommodation: 4-8 bedded rooms available for students all with flat screen TV, hair dryer and private facilities. Single and twin rooms available for staff.
Meals: Breakfast served daily. Packed lunches and evening meals available if required.
Youth Hostel Bruegel
- Great value central hostel
- Ideal for younger groups
With its fantastic central location, this hostel is perfect for groups looking for a great value accommodation in the heart of Brussels.
Location: Situated approximately 5 minutes’ walk from the central train station and the Grand Place, the hostel is ideally placed for the city’s major attractions.
Facilities: The Breugel boasts a self-service restaurant and a lively bar as well as a TV room, common room and courtyard garden. Internet access is also available.
Accommodation: Students will be accommodated in mostly 4 bedded rooms with shared facilities. Single and twin rooms will be provided for staff.
Meals: A daily breakfast is offered with packed lunches and evening meals available for groups looking at half or full board options.
Quick Tip: This is just a small sample of possible accommodations available. Please contact us for more information.
Subject Specific Excursions
Royal Museum of Army and Military History
The Royal Museum of Army and Military History holds a fascinating and unique collection of arms, uniforms, planes and tanks. Your students can learn about the history of soldiers from around the world and the technical evolutions, which are narrated from the brilliant armours of the Middle Ages until present day camouflage fatigues, going through two world wars.
The BELvue is a museum dedicated to the history of Belgium and is a centre for democracy. It’s a great one-stop shop for your students to learn all about Belgium, through more than 1,500 historical and unique documents.
Visit the ruins of this residential palace, dating back to the 12th century, and former home to Charles V. The Coudenberg archaeological site comprises the Rue Isabelle and the old structures of the main buildings, which are now the foundations of today’s royal district and the Hoogstraeten House.
This is the visitor’s centre of the European Parliament and students will discover more about the EU through interactive displays.
Quick Tip: If you have an excursion in mind which you don't see listed, please get in touch so we can do our best to arrange it for you!