Best Places to Visit on a School Trip in the UK

4th May 2020


Organising a school trip can be stressful, especially when it comes to choosing where to go. To make things easier for you, we’ve put together a list of our some of our favourite school trip destination in the UK.

Lulworth Outdoor Education Centre Dorset

If you are looking for the perfect place to visit on a coastal geography or geology trip, then Lulworth is the perfect place. Known for its spectacular scenery, it is host to many iconic coastal sites such as Durdle Door, Stair Hole, Lulworth Cove and the Fossil Forest.

At Lulworth Outdoors, their lively, passionate instructors will be sure to create a memorable adventure. Choose from an hour-long exhilarating adventure on a mountain bike or enjoy the majestic coastline while coasteering, if you’re looking for a less adrenaline-packed adventure then learn basic survival skills in bushcraft or let the children enjoy the adventure of problem-solving during orienteering.

Location: Main Rd, West Lulworth, Wareham BH20 5RQ

The Lincolnsfield’s Children’s Centre

Let your students experience what war-time Britain was really like, the Children at War experience at the Lincolnsfield’s Children’s Centre offers a unique hand-on-experience. It’s a great, fun way to learn about the war. They ask each child to come dressed as an evacuee to really immerse themselves into the experience. 

During the visit, your students will visit a 1940’s house and meet the housewife to learn about what life at home was like at home during the war. Then after you will head over to the Dig for Victory garden which is complete with an Anderson Shelter to experience what an air raid was truly like. Once all has settled you can head over to the Blitz Building, where you’ll hear planes fly overhead, and bombs being dropped. They will also get the chance to visit the museum and view the artefacts from various nations, many can be worn and handled.

Location: 29 Lincoln Field, Bushey Hall Drive, Bushey WD23 2ES

Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm

Set on 100-acres of beautiful Somerset countryside, Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm is a family-owned zoo located just 6-miles to the south of Bristol. The zoo is part of the European Endangered Species Programme (EEP) meaning the zoo works with numerous parks and zoos across the whole of Europe to protect endangered species – they even have the largest elephant enclosure in the UK and even in Northern Europe.

During your visit to the zoo, you’ll spend the day enjoying the educational Keeper talk, educations workshop and enjoy the opportunity to get up close with the animals – perfect if you’re looking for a fun, educational day out for school children. They have a special education programme designed to ensure that students get the most out of a visit to the zoo. It is accredited by the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom and their education material reflects the content of the National Curriculum – so you can be rest assured your students will have a fun, educational day out.

Location: Clevedon Rd, Wraxall, Bristol BS48 1PG

Ancient Technology Centre

For the last 25 years, the Ancient Technology Centre has welcomed schools through their gates for a memorable experience learning about the past. During your visit, children will get experience what it would have been like to live a day in the life of one of their ancestors.

At the centre, they have multiple buildings, each of them represents a different time period from the Viking Longhouse and the Iron Age Round House to the Roman Forge and Saxon Workshop. The perfect way to provide children with a real understanding of what it was really like to live in the past.

Location: Damerham Rd, Cranborne, BH21 5RP

Beamish Wild Outdoor Activities Centre

Set in the heart of County Durham, the Beamish Wild Treetop Adventure course is the perfect adrenaline-packed day out for all ages, but especially those in Key Stages 2, 3 and 4. The high ropes and outdoor adventures will challenge students in a positive way, by encouraging independence and teamwork as well as boosting confidence and self-esteem.

While you’re high up in the trees, you’ll enjoy a sequence of rope-bridges, zip-lines, swinging tyres and even a free-fall experience at the end. Their highly trained and friendly staff ensure that you will get the most from your high ropes course experience and will assist you throughout the course.

Location: Coppy Ln, Beamish, Stanley DH9 0YB

Alnwick Castle

Alnwick Castle has been home to the Percy family for over 700 years and remains a family home to the 12th Duke and Duchess and their four children. It has also been the location for a range of films and television programmes including Downtown Abbey, Transformers and even Harry Potter.

An educational trip to Alnwick Castle will allow students to discover the incredible history of Alnwick Castle. During your visit, you’ll be able to explore the grounds and the staterooms which have lavish Italian Renaissance style interiors and are filled with beautiful pieces of art. If you’re brave enough you can then head over to the Dragon’s liar and embark on the Dragon’s quest where you will battle mystical forces, conquer challenges and come face to face with a terrifying dragon. With numerous exhibitions and museums as well as daily activities in the Artisans Courtyard you can take part it, there’s plenty of fun, educational activities to keep your students busy for the whole day.

Location: Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 1NG

How we can help

Travelling by coach is a great, cost-effective and environmentally friendly way of travelling during a school trip. At Coach Hire Comparison, we will put you in direct contact with coach hire suppliers and minibus hire suppliers. Whether you require an 8-seater minibus or 70-seater coach, we will find the best suppliers who can fulfil all your needs and requirements for the best price.