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School trips to York

School trips to York

A fantastic opportunity for groups to experience all the history of York, with particular focus on KS 2 topics such as the Vikings and the Romans, allowing young people to learn through YHA led activities, such as designing and building a Viking long boat, or designing their own Catapult. History will really come alive for groups in a location that offers a multitude of attractions!

Groups will pick various (typically 5 or 6) activities to take part in throughout their stay (included in the price), combining a history focus with team challenges and guided tours of local points of interest. This package is run in conjunction with YHA, one of our preferred partners. A full list of possible activities (included in the basic price) is available on request. Itineraries will vary according to availability and what the group wish to do.



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Suggested Itinerary


• Packages typically include 5 or 6 activities (some with a history focus, some being team challenges) but this could be more/less depending on the length of activity.

Sunday – Thursday (inclusive), excluding weekends and bank holidays.

  • day

    • Lunch time arrival (please bring packed lunch)
    • Afternoon session – Viking Long Boats
    • Evening Meal
    • YHA led evening activity – Shields (design and paint)
  • day

    • Breakfast
    • Morning tour of local point of interest (eg.Yorkshire Dungeons, York Chocolate Story, Jorvik Viking Centre)
    • Packed lunch
    • Bread making /Viking flapjacks
    • Evening meal
    • YHA led evening activity – Marble Run or Rope Challenge
  • day

    • Breakfast
    • Build a siege engine (Roman battle tactics)
    • Packed lunch (supplied) before departure.


York Accommodation - Ace Boutique Hostel

YHA York

A modern hostel offering groups convenience and great group facilities.

Just a 15 minute riverside walk from the city centre.

Restaurant, private dining room, 3 conference rooms with AV equipment, 24 hour café/bar.

203 beds across 45 bedrooms, the hostel offers a mixture of dorms and private rooms, some with ensuite facilities (32 rooms), some with shared facilities. Bunk beds feature in most rooms.

Full board provided. Buffet breakfast, packed lunch and buffet evening meal.

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!