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Cultural School Trips

We have put together a great choice of themed itineraries for all our cultural school trips, which are ideal for enrichment weeks, a cultural tour or a year group bonding and reward trip - all of which can be adapted to suit your specific learning objectives. The benefits of booking a cultural trip for your pupils include:

  • Inspiring curiosity in your students
  • Helping pupils to develop strong interpersonal relationships
  • Encourage learning outside the classroom
  • Developing an awareness of different cultures 
  • Exposing pupils to different cultures, languages and cuisines

These trips build interpersonal skills by encouraging young people to step outside of their comfort zone, meet interesting people, experience new cultures and understand more about the world we live in. The connections made on a cultural school trip – whether personal relationships or cultural understanding – often last for far longer than the time actually spent away.

Learn more about our cultural trips to Europe

London & Madrid - Big city experience

London & Madrid

From our very own capital city London, we have a range of cities throughout Europe to suit every budget and every interest. As well as being great fun, the visits in these cities will offer pupils the opportunity to cover many aspects of their curriculum in a short space of time!

Learn more about our trips to London here

Learn more about our trips to Madrid here

Cultural Bristol 


Named the best place to live in the UK twice, Bristol is a colourful creative city that provides a great value, year-round destination for a school trip to help bond your group and increase their sense of wellbeing. 

Learn more about our trips to Bristol here


The best of Berlin

The best of Berlin

Berlin is one of Europe's most historic cities and has evolved to become vibrant and cosmopolitan with educational and cultural visits. A school trip to this lively city will give pupils a greater understanding of German life, past and present. History groups can gain insight into the Cold War and the Holocaust. German language pupils will be immersed in the culture of German life, helping to reinforce classroom-based learning and enhance language skills.

Learn more about our trips to Berlin here

Rome - A journey into the past & present


Combining its classical heritage with the trappings of a modern city, Rome is a fascinating destination to visit. Its centre is sufficiently compact to accommodate walking tours while its extensive and excellent metro system also affords easy access to the superb range of museums, monuments and tourist attractions, making it perfect for enrichment week or a cultural tour. Only by visiting Rome can you really understand the splendour and decadence of 'The Eternal City' and is certain to leave your pupils feeling inspired.

Learn more about our trips to Rome here

Château d'Ebblinghem - Culture, cuisine & conversation 

Château d'Ebblinghem on the Opal Coast, Northern France

NST's exclusive school group accommodation - Château d'Ebblinghem, situated on the Opal Coast, Northern France is ideal for small groups through to whole year groups - perfect for a year 7 bonding trip, Christmas markets or enrichment and activity week.

Learn more about out trips to the Opal Coast here

Barcelona - Cultural Catalonia


A school trip to the cosmopolitan city of Barcelona certainly won't disappoint! This seaside city is steeped in history, offering a diverse range of educational visits and language enrichment experiences. The rich history of the city, as well as the talents of its artists including Gaudí, Picasso and Dalí, is visible throughout the city's many museums, landmarks and attractions, perfect for a cultural trip or enrichment and activities week. We can provide free educational resources which are perfect for language enrichment.

Learn more about our trips to Barcelona here

La magie de Paris


Paris is one of NST's most popular overseas destinations, as well as being one of Europe's most iconic and popular cities. The French capital offers an abundance of exciting visits and attractions which touch upon much of the curriculum. As well as being a fun and cultural experience, Paris is perfect for enrichment week with lots of activities for your group to do, we can provide free resources for town trails which are perfect for language and mathematical skills.

Learn more about our trips to Paris here

Trips to once in a lifetime destinations

New York

New York

Absorb the bright lights and pizzazz of Broadway with a school trip to New York. Take in the art scene at some world-renowned museums and galleries. Visit top media organisations to get the low-down on TV, film and radio production. Explore the origins of the Civil Rights Movement. Discover the city's past as an arrival port for 20th century migrants. Learn more about the heart of US finance on Wall Street. Plus, benefit from great group prices too.

Learn more about our trips to New York here

Iceland Adventure

Iceland Adventure

Enrich their educational experience with an Iceland Adventure! An ideal cultural trip to help build resilience and confidence as well as encourage group-bonding, this island country has a unique heritage and style all of its own, with a landscape rich in opportunities and challenges that will provide your group with memories to last a lifetime.

Learn more about our trips to Iceland here


Magical Orlando


There is so much to see and do on a school trip to Florida, the ‘Sunshine State’. Pupils can experience the thrills and excitement of the world famous theme parks, alongside enriching science activities such as Kennedy Space Center, SeaWorld and Boggy Creek Airboat rides! This is a funpacked destination which offers up a wealth of learning opportunities.

Learn more about our trips to Orland, Florida here



Our fully inclusive tour of China will be the experience of a lifetime for many pupils. The diverse mix of historical landmarks, incredible scenery and interactive Chinese experiences reveal the rich and long history of one of the oldest civilisations in the world.

Learn more about our trips to China here

West Coast USA

West Coast USA

Don't hesitate to take your group to America's West Coast. With its areas of great natural beauty coupled with some of the world's most awe inspiring cities, you will be far from disappointed. Film studios strip back the glitz and glamour of Hollywood to give a true impression of what really goes on behind-the-scenes. An array of other media and film visits and workshops, a huge selection of leisure opportunities, guided city tours and the incomparable National park scenery, is guaranteed to leave your pupils wanting more.

Learn more about our trips to West Coast USA here

Washington DC

Washington DC

Chosen as the US capital for its tactical location between the South and the North, Washington DC offers a whole host of experiences for school groups. This is the ideal cultural trip destination to couple with a trip to New York as many American history themes can be covered within, and between, the two cities too. NST also offer trips to other great American cities, view our range.

Learn more about our trips to Washington DC here



Morocco offers a vibrant and unique blend of European, African, Arabian, Colonial and Berber! This exciting destination provides a wealth of culture, amazing landscapes, and fascinating history and is ideal for a Geography school trips. 

Learn more here

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Planning your first school trip?

If you're planning your first school trip, our essential guide will take you through each step of the process.


  • Choosing your destination
  • Gaining approval from your Local Authority and/or your Head
  • Promoting your tour in school
  • Confirming your booking
  • Tailor-make your tour
  • Completing your risk assessments (including a sample risk assessment)
  • Quick reference timeline
  • Pre-tour checklist

Additional support, resources & information:

Tour planning service

Tour planning service

With NST, you’ll get your own dedicated, knowledgeable Tour Co-ordinator who’ll work with you from start to finish. You’ll benefit from their unrivalled destination knowledge, and their experience gained from working with many other groups too. They’ll tailor-make your itinerary from scratch and take care of everything for you:

  • Pulling together an itinerary that runs smoothly
  • Planning the right balance of visits every day with realistic timings
  • Pre-arranging and pre-booking your visits, entrance tickets, passes and meals

You’ll receive your final itinerary a full 4-weeks before you travel too.

FREE school trip promotion pack

FREE school trip promotion pack

We’ll support you and provide everything you need to advertise your school trip around school and to parents. Our free school trip promotion pack consists of:

  • Parents’ letter & permission slip template for you to complete
  • A3 posters to promote your trip around school
  • PowerPoint presentation templates which you can tailor to your own needs
  • Parents’ leaflets covering how NST manage safety, financial protection and details of our travel insurance
  • Online parents’ video which showcases the benefits of taking a school trip

For selected destinations, we’ll provide a trip launch web page using video footage and imagery. This web page is provided by a weblink and can be shared with pupils and parents in many ways.

Risk assessment support including preview visits

Risk assessment support including preview visits

Risk assessment plays a vitally important part in the planning and organisation on any school tour.

Our risk assessment guide aims to help you understand more about your obligations and how you can more effectively manage group safety on your next educational visit and provide you with risk assessments for your trip.

Planning first school trip

Planning first school trip

Organising your first school trip can appear to be a daunting process.  If you're planning your first school trip, our guide will help to take you through each step of the planning process, answering frequently asked questions and providing tips and support along the way.  Our helpful guide covers the following: 

  • Choosing your destination 
  • Gaining approval from your Local Authority and/or your Head 
  • Promoting your tour in school 
  • Confirming your booking
  • Tailor-make your tour
  • Completing your risk assessments (including a sample risk assessment) 
  • Quick reference timeline 
  • Pre-tour checklist 

View our essential guide to a successful school trip here

Get live updates on your group's tour location

Get live updates on your group's tour location

Locate My Trip uses GPS technology and is the easy, convenient way for your school to follow your location whilst on tour. Specifically designed to provide reassurance to both parents and teachers, NST will know where your group are 24/7. If your schedule needs to change, we’ll put plans in place to keep your tour on track. 

With Locate My Trip your group can also share photos and videos with the school and parents, via a secure link, to keep them updated on your experience whilst you’re away.

Watch our short Locate My Trip video here.

Your online school trip organiser - My Tour Manager

Your online school trip organiser - My Tour Manager

Save time and stay on track with your school trip admin with our online orgnaniser - designed to help busy teachers like you. 

With My Tour Manager, you'll be able to download FREE resources and access trip paperwork online and in one place. Your personalised checklist details what you need to do and by when, plus you'll receive fortnightly reminders too. 

What's more, you can take all your trip documents on the go whilst on your tour with our app, My Tour Manager-On-the-Go. 

Find out more and watch out short My Tour Manager video here

Free classroom resources

Free classroom resources

We've created a range of free resources and educational posters to brighten up your classroom! 

Take a look at our downloadable posters here

Speak to one of our school travel experts

Our team of school travel experts have unrivalled destination knowledge and experience so they can help to bring your tour ideas to life and might even suggest options you hadn’t already thought of too! So get in touch today and we'll help to create a bespoke, budget-friendly tour itinerary to meet your specific learning requirements.

Why choose NST...

Here's why thousands of teachers choose NST each year...

  • Unrivalled knowledge

Your dedicated Tour Co-ordinator will use their unrivalled local knowledge and expertise to create a tailor-made, curriculum-linked itinerary to meet your group’s exact needs.

  • Making it easier for you

With our online school trip organiser, travel app, free classroom posters and trip launch resources to support your in-school promotion.

  • Free group leader inspection visits

We offer a free inspection visit to your chosen destination to support your risk assessment planning. 

  • Value for money

We’re committed to bringing you the best possible value trips to help make every penny count.

  • More than 50 years’ experience

With over 50 years’ experience, with NST you can rest assured that your group is in safe hands.

  • Risk assessment guidance

Our risk assessment guidance will help you to manage group safety on your next educational trip.

  • Peace of mind

Your group’s location can be followed with our trip tracking device - Locate My Trip - plus you’ll have 24/7 support from us whilst you’re away.

  • Offsetting carbon emissions

For every trip taken, we'll plant a Maya nut tree in Peru to support reforestation, local communities & biodiversity. Plus, we'll offset an additional tonne of CO2 to guarantee carbon emission reductions. 


Looking for protection on your next school trip? 

Booking with a school travel company is the best way for you to protect parents’ money and give yourself peace of mind.  


Don’t forget – if your school arranges transport, accommodation and other services directly, you’ll be liable under the Package Travel Regulations – meaning you’ll have all the responsibilities of a travel company, both legal and financial. 


Financial protection from the moment you book

NST are fully bonded:

  • ABTA
  • ATOL
  • IATA

Managing safety on school trips

For your protection, NST's independently audited Safety Management System covers:

  • 24-hour emergency cover
  • Audited accommodation & transport
  • Excursions & school visit assessment
  • Group leader preview visits to assist with risk assessment planning

We're LOtC Council’s Quality Badge assured

The Department for Education advises schools to always look for the LOtC Quality Badge when choosing a school travel provider.