Design & Technology School Trips & Tours

Give your students the opportunity to experience the inspiring and practical subject of design and technology in the designed and made world in which we live on an educational tour. 

With a diverse range of design and technology destinations including London, Berlin, Munich, Florence and New York, there is no shortage of tours to inspire and educate your pupils.  

Get a taste for designing and making, electronics, robotics, materials, engineering and computing with our educational experiences in London including Nissan Innovation Station, Sky Skills Studio and The Crystal. 

Visit Munich, renowned in the fields of electronics, telecommunications, aviation, aerospace and automotive engineering. Inspire your design and technology students with visits to the Deutsches Museum, the BMW World Museum and the Allianz Arena. 

With half a century’s experience under our belt, today we’re able to offer you so much choice, advice, reassurance and support every step of the way: curriculum-linked visit experiences; destination knowledge; the reassurance of safety management and financial protection; and of course our full support whilst you’re away.

Learn more about our design & technology trip destinations 

Design & Technology LIVE! Disneyland® Paris!

Design & Technology LIVE! Disneyland® Paris!

At Design & Technology LIVE! leading industry experts will give a unique insight into our increasingly technological world and students can put their own questions to the experts during an interactive question and answer session to develop their knowledge and understanding of the industry.

Learn more about our Design & Technology LIVE! Disneyland® Paris! here

Berlin

Berlin 

A school trip to the vibrant and cosmopolitan city of Berlin offers a wealth of design and technology opportunities, from Bauhaus Museum to the Deutsches Technikmuseum. A visit to this creative melting pot is certain to inspire your students about the world of design, technology, and engineering.

Learn more about our design & technology trips to Berlin here 

Florence 

Florence 

Explore design and technology from design origins through to finished product. Visit the home of super brands such as Lamborghini and Ferrari, explore the Ducati Motorcycle Factory and give your students an understanding of the manufacturing process.

Learn more about our design & technology trips to Florence here

London 

London

Explore a range of world-class museums, including the Design Museum, the V&A Museum and the Museum of Brands to name just a few. Get a taste for designing and making, electronics, robotics, materials, engineering and computing during our range of educational experiences.

Learn more about our design & technology trips to London here

Munich 

Munich 

Munich is Germany’s third largest city and the country’s undisputed leader when it comes to technology. Thanks to the “Munich mix” of technology companies of all sizes. From the Deutsches Museum to the BMW World Museum and the Allianz Arena, Munich is an exciting destination to inspire your design and technology students.

Learn more about our design & technology trips to Munich here 

New York 

New York 

Explore our designed and made world and feel inspired by the many careers from which the subject can lead. With a wealth of educational visits and many memorable attractions, a trip to New York is guaranteed to leave your design and technology students feeling inspired long after they return to the classroom.

Learn more about our design & technology trips to New York here 


Our most popular design & technology school trip destinations 

Our most popular design & technology school trip destinations 

London 

Explore world-class museums such as the Design Museum where students can view designs from around the world including architecture, fashion, furniture, graphics, product and transport. Inspire students with a guided tour of  The Crystal, the world’s most sustainable events venue, and office space for global engineering powerhouse Siemens.

Find out more here

Munich 

Munich offers a range of automotive engineering visits to inspire your students including the BMW World Museum and BMW World Showroom, here students will receive a fascinating presentation of the company, brand and product history of BMW, at the showroom they’ll be able to explore production processes at the BMW Group Plant and a new display of trends at the BMW Museum.

Find out more here

 

Planning your first school trip?

If you're planning your first school theatre 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 organiser - 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 geography 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 design & technology 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.

  • FREE group leader inspection visits

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

  • 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.

  • Risk assessment guidance 

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

 

  • Value for money

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

  • 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.

  • More than 50 years’ experience

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

  • 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.