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1 nights accom. & travel  for 40 students and 4 staff

Primary school trips to York

Primary school trips to York

Home to the Romans, Vikings, Anglo-Saxons and generations of scholars. Count the towers and gateways along the city walls, stroll through the Shambles and discover eight hundred years' of stained glass at the towering Minster. This lovely medieval city is an easy-to-manage destination for primary groups.




Suggested Itinerary

Primary Ks2 BASIC

Aimed at Key Stage 2 students, this itinerary has been developed in partnership with our Primary education specialist

  • day

    • National Railway Museum
  • day

    • Jorvik Viking Centre
    • Jorvik Dig workshop
  • day

    • York Castle Museum and Prison
  • day

    • National Coal Mining Museum


York Accommodation - Ace Boutique Hostel

Safestay York

This high quality 4 star hostel is conveniently located within the City of York walls, close to York railway station.

Situated in Micklegate one of the oldest parts of York, Ace Boutique Hostel offers great views of York Minster, the city centre and the historic railway station.

This grand Georgian townhouse boasts many impressive features including a beautiful Rococo ceiling featuring Shakespeare's head. All the bedrooms are en suite (excluding the 4 bed dormitory) offering views of either Mickelgate or the famous York medieval city walls. This high quality hostel has its own basement games room, TV lounge and outside courtyard.

In 2009, Safestay York undertook a £2 million refurbishment programme, in line with its traditional Georgian Heritage, but now with a modern edge, this is the perfect accommodation for a group trip to York.

Facilities:   ? 20 Rooms with en-suite facilities (except the 4 bed dormitory)   ? Sole occupancy option also available   ? Games room   ? TV lounge   ? Outside courtyard   ? Free WIFI

Quick Tip: This is just a small sample of possible accommodations available. Please contact us for more information.

Subject Specific Excursions

York Castle and Prison

William the Conqueror’s castle is long gone, but the elegant mansion housing the museum is ideal for developing chronological understanding of York’s past. Explore a 19th century street, handle artefacts in a Victorian classroom, and experience life in the Swinging Sixties!

Jorvik Viking Centre

Descend beneath the streets to ride through a bustling Viking marketplace. Hear the sounds, experience the smells and feel the atmosphere of life in York 1000 years ago. Use historical evidence to compare how Viking people lived with our modern way of life.

Jorvik Dig

Challenge your group to some serious archaeological detective work. Get hands grubby and inspire children to discover for themselves what York was really like in the past. Be prepared for plenty of interesting questions and observations!

National Railway Museum

Peek into Queen Victoria’s carriage; watch engineering in the workshops and climb aboard a futuristic Japanese bullet train. Get hands-on investigating how Newton’s Laws of Motion apply to trains, and watch a demonstration of the forces in action.

National Coal Mining Museum

Put on a miner's helmet, collect a battery lamp, then step into a cage and descend deep underground. An ex-miner will lead your tour recalling stories of the men, women and children who worked here. Get to grips with the science of mining back at the surface.

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!


Primary school trips to London

Primary school trips to London

Feel the buzz of Britain's greatest educational resource and capitalise on the variety of astonishing and relevant primary learning experiences the city offers. Look down on the capital from the London Eye, or up to its skyline from the Thames, the children will surprise you with how many landmarks they recognise. Although this is the biggest city in Europe, we have chosen central excursions making it relatively easy for groups to get around. It’s not surprising our primary schools return to the capital again and again.

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Suggested Itinerary

Primary Ks2 BASIC

      • day


        • Arrive in London
        • South Bank
        • Millenium Bridge
        • St Pauls Cathedral
      • day


        • National Gallery
        • London Eye
        • Thames Boat Trip
      • day


        • KidZania London
        • Science Museum
        • West End Show
      • day


        • British Museum
        • Return to School


        N.B The basic 'from' prices do not include excursions, for a full package price... Request a quote >>


    London Accommodation - YHA Thameside

    YHA Thameside

    • Fantastic central location
    • Ideal for primary school groups

    This well-equipped purpose-built hostel is ideal for younger groups thanks to its secure site & large communal areas. It offers friendly service & convenient access into central London.

    Location: Rotherhide. The overland station is 5 minutes walk from the hostel & connects to the Jubilee Line or buses to London Bridge take approx. 25 mins.

    Facilities:Large communal areas with free wifi, café area & bar for teachers.

    Accommodation: Purpose built hostel with 2-10 bed rooms, all with ensuite shower and toilet facilities.

    Meals: All board basis are catered for, from room-only to full-board, depending on your group's requirements.

    London Accommodation - Hillspring Lodge

    Hillspring Lodge

    • Excellent communal areas & outdoor space
    • Friendly, safe neighbourhood

    Hillspring Lodge is ideal for coach groups as it offers on-site parking & convenient access into central London. Located in leafy Willesden Green, it offers comfortable rooms & excellent indoor & outdoor communal spaces.

    Location: Willesden Green, a short walk from Jubilee Line (Zone 2) allowing easy access into central London

    Facilities: Spacious communal areas, including restaurant, bar & lounge. Free tea/coffee & water throughout the day. On-site coach parking. Meeting rooms available to book (for up to 25 people) at a supplement.

    Accommodation: Groups are usually accommodated in 4 bed dorms with washbasins ? shared bathrooms & toilets are located on corridor, with additional facilities in the basement. A small number of ensuite rooms are available. All rooms have free lockers & free wifi. The hostel is staffed 24 hours & operates a security card system to limit access to rooms/areas of the hostel & has comprehensive CCTV coverage.

    Meals: Buffet breakfast is included. Packed lunches & evening meals available.

    Quick Tip: This is just a small sample of possible accommodations available. Please contact us for more information.

    Subject Specific Excursions

    KidZania London

    KidZania is a real life role play experience for 4-14 year olds, blending learning and reality with entertainment. Kids get to challenge themselves and be inspired by more than 60 real life role play activities. Read more >>

    Natural History Museum

    From first sight of the towering Diplodocus your pupils will be hooked. Examine tiny insects to the huge iconic blue whale. Study human development or peer into laboratories where scientists are busy at work. Watch a show, book an activity and get seriously hands-on.

    Science Museum

    From Stephenson’s Rocket to a 10,000 year clock, science here is inspirational. Enter the Pattern Pod or get technical in the Launch Pad there’s no shortage of interactive learning possibilities. Feel proud watching children experience their light bulb moments!

    London Eye

    Take a ride on Europe’s tallest observation wheel; if it’s a clear day you can see for up to forty miles! Observe the Thames meandering its way through the capital, pupils won’t miss Big Ben or Westminster, but can they spot Downing Street or Crystal Palace?

    Greenwich and Royal Observatory

    Explore the world’s largest maritime collection; learn about British voyages of discovery, hoist sails, steer a ship and navigate the seven seas. Learn about the meaning of GMT by jumping across the Meridian line and let your pupils go star crazy at the Planetarium. Visit the restored Cutty Sark to investigate her cargoes and the cultures she touched during 140-years of sailing.

    St Pauls Cathedral

    Unravel 1400 years on a journey into medieval times. Be amazed at domes within a dome, climb to the whispering gallery and delve into the crypt. This is the symbolic heart of the nation, where kings were crowned, princes married and the great and good buried.

    British Museum

    Meet the Aztecs, unwrap the secrets of Egyptian mummies or discover what life was like in ancient Britain. Work in teams solving the mysteries of ancient objects, children can document the findings and email presentations back to school.

    Imperial War Museum

    Follow the causes and effects of events from the First World War to the present day. Handle artefacts to develop interpretive, empathetic and reflective skills. Choose galleries thoughtfully as some exhibits on conflict may be disturbing for younger groups.

    National Portrait Gallery

    Get face-to-face with the people who shaped British history from the Middle Ages to the present day. Compare diverse historical and contemporary styles. Investigate texture and colour and appreciate how messages are conveyed though composition and use of objects.

    The Making of Harry Potter

    Warner Bros. Studio Tours is an extraordinary world of authentic props, costumes, models and wizardry. Appreciate the incredible detail of the sets, investigate the technology of animatronics and enjoy sheer magic watching your children ride their broomsticks.

    Tower of London

    Develop enquiry skills handling historical artefacts. Examine Henry VIII's armour, discover the Tower's dark prison history, or dress up in Tudor costume. Listen to stories of those who passed through Traitors Gate and extend chronological understanding of London’s past.

    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!

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