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Primary School Trips to York
A trip to York will improve your pupils’ knowledge of, and interest in, England’s heritage in one of the country’s oldest cities. History will jump off the page as they uncover tales of old. This fascinating city is a popular tourist destination, so early booking is recommended. Fill your group’s itinerary with education and adventure for all.
You’ll find our most popular itinerary choice(s) below, but we can tailor-make yours from scratch to meet your exact requirements…
York - 4 days from £189pp*
Travelling in November 2013. Price includes executive coach transport from & to school & throughout your stay, 3 nights' full-board accommodation, includes packed lunch from day 2, group travel insurance and a generous free place ratio of 1 in 8.
And then add our most popular itinerary package below for £30pp*
|*Prices shown based on 35 paying passengers departing from England & Wales & are subject to availability. Entrance fees for some of the visits featured may be payable locally, but are included in the price shown.|
Our most popular visits in York for Primary school trips
Here are some of our most popular visits in York for Primary school groups. We can tailor-make an itinerary to your exact needs. Call 0845 688 8988 to create your itinerary from scratch today.
Jorvik Viking Centre
The Jorvik Viking Centre holds the preserved remains of houses, workshops and backyards of the Vikings from 1,000 years ago. Now reconstructed, this centre enables your pupils to experience life in Viking-Age York. Your pupils will encounter the old Norse speaking citizens, see inside their houses and back yards, experience a blast of smoke from blacksmith’s furnace and enjoy the smell of home-cooked stews.
The ultimate archaeological adventure! Learn how archaeologists use clues to piece together 2000 years of York’s past, unearth real artefacts and analyse your findings, using genuine archaeologist’s methods
York Castle Museum
Home to the world-famous recreated Victorian street, Kirkgate, and the York Castle Prison Experience, here your pupils will learn how people have lived over the past 300 years. The Education Department also offers a variety of workshops for KS2 / P4-7 including ‘The Victorian Classroom’, ‘York Prison’ and ‘Castle Life’.
National Railway Museum
See a fascinating display of British railway engineering heritage.
- Unrivalled educational opportunities for all ages
- Interactive Learning Centre fulfils many National Curriculum requirements
- Resource materials available
- ‘Experienced Explainers’ available to provide demonstrations, access and information for visitors
Experience the sights, sounds and smells of those dangerous years of WWII. Covering Britain since 1930, Eden Camp transports pupils back to wartime Britain via a series of wartime huts housing insightful displays.
Brigantium Roman Fort at Murton Park
Based around a fictional Roman frontier fort and its neighbouring Celtic Village at Murton Park, the on-site Roman Courses offer primary school pupils the chance to join the Roman Army for a day or half-day. Arriving as new recruits drawn from a local Celtic tribe, your pupils will be taken to a turf and timber fort, issued with their uniforms and military equipment, and will experience first-hand the daily life of a Roman soldier.
Explore 2000 years of York’s history, brought to life at York Dungeon. Your pupils will meet famous gruesome characters such as Dick Turpin, Guy Fawkes and Viking King Eric Bloodaxe. You can also enjoy the York Dungeon City Tour and take your history lesson out onto the streets of York, led by a costumed guide. Not recommended for children under 10 years of age.
Barley Hall, a stunning medieval house in the centre of York, offers an authentic Tudor encounter for your pupils. Workshops are available, including ‘Tudor Medicine’ and ‘Arms and Armour’.
The Yorkshire Museum has an excellent collection, reflecting York’s important Roman and medieval history, as well as a first-class natural history collection. The Education Department also offer workshops designed for KS2 / P4-7, based around Romans, Vikings, Tudors, Science and Art.
Magna Science Centre - A great en-route visit
Explore the incredible interactive pavilions of Fire, Earth, Water and Air. Your pupils will be in their element.
Eureka! - A great en-route visit
Everything at Eureka! has been designed to inspire children to find out about themselves and the world around them through hundreds of hands-on exhibits.
Flamingo Land Zoo is situated at Kirby Misperton, Malton and as an educational, entertaining and enjoyable day out Flamingo Land takes some beating. It is one of the largest and most comprehensive zoos in the country, with over 1,000 animals, birds and reptiles. Additional attractions are the Jungle cruise, model railway centre, Children's Farm, Funfair with, The Bullet, Flying Carpet, Ferris Wheel, Magnum Force, Velocity and much more.
Religious Education Visits
York Minster & Education Centre
This cathedral was built on what was the headquarters of a Roman fortress and is now seen as the jewel in the historical crown of York. With guided tours, educational workshops and trails around the cathedral, York Minster covers a range of KS2 subjects.
Chocolate - York's Sweet Story
Take a mouth-watering journey through York’s newest visitor attraction with your pupils. Their tastebuds will be tempted by an array of sweets and chocolates. Learn how ingredients are roasted, crushed, mixed and moulded to make perfect chocolate in the virtual chocolate factory, and discover why chocolate makes us feel so good.
Original Ghost Walk of York
Believed to be the world’s first ghost walk, offering professional, artistic production - with no gimmicks or tricks. An evocative evening of intrigue - exploring the history and mystery, the folklore & legends that smoulder beneath the ancient streets of York.
York Boat Cruise
Cruise on the picturesque River Ouse through the walled City of York. See for yourself where Saxons fought Vikings in 1066, where monks entertained their guests and where witches were ducked in the Middle Ages.
Below, you'll find some of our most popular accommodation options for school groups.
This is just a sample of our full range, so for full details of all properties available, please call 0845 688 8988 to speak to one of our Educational Travel Advisors today.
This family-owned hotel was originally a terrace of Victorian townhouses.
A very comfortable hotel offering good value for money. The owners are very experienced in welcoming youth groups and guests are assured of a warm welcome.
75-85 Scarcroft Road
110 guests in 60 rooms over 3 floors.
The hotel is located just a 5-minute walk from the train station and a 10-minute walk from the centre of York.
- TV Lounge
- Dining room
- Public telephone
- Free parking to the rear
- Disabled facilities: This property has no specific facilities or adapted rooms for disabled clients.
- 2-4 bedded rooms
- En-suite facilities
- Central heating
- En-suite facilities
- Central heating
- Tea & coffee making facilities
Free Educational Resources
When you book with NST, you’ll receive some free educational resources to help your group get the most out of their time away.
Educational Resource Packs for Primary Groups
We offer unique and exclusive educational materials for you to use on your tour, and provide you with resources for pre- and post-tour tasks too. Made up of 8 units, our York Educational Pack covers topics such as ‘Building a Citadel – Why Build Here?’ and ‘Romans – Why Were They So Successful?’
An exciting adventure for your group! Pupils work in teams to solve clues which lead to a thrilling chase around your destination. These treasure hunts are worth £18 but come free to NST groups.
Click here to view a sample of our Treasure Hunts for Primary school groups.
Our travel games are a great way to keep your group entertained on coach journeys to your destination and on your way home.
Click here to view a sample of our Travel Games for Primary school groups.