Design Technology School Trips & Tours to London
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 to the city of 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 educational experiences on your design and technology school trip including Sky Skills Studio and The Crystal, showcasing Siemens’ sustainable technologies.
Price Shown includes
- 1 night's B&B accommodation
- Executive coach transport from & to school & throughout your stay
- Group travel insurance
- 1 in 8 free place ratio
Day trips start from £59pp
Price shown is based on 40 paying passengers departing from selected departure points in November 2022 and is subject to availability.
On-tour support includes...
- Pre-booked meals at great group prices
- Pre-booked and pre-paid London Underground tickets
- A choice of packed lunches for your group throughout your stay
Top visits for design & technology trips in London
Take your group on a self guided visit to the Design Museum, to view designs from around the world including architecture, fashion, furniture, graphics, product and transport. Design is a continually evolving subject which the Design Museum explores through its exhibitions programme, permanent collection, learning and research activities.
The world’s largest collection of decorative and applied arts. Some areas focus on the history of costume and are of particular interest to pupils studying textiles. The holdings of ceramics, glass, costumes, jewellery, furniture, sculpture, prints and photographs are among the largest and most comprehensive in the world.
National Theatre Backstage Tour
Go backstage at Britain’s largest theatre complex to discover the secrets behind bringing productions to the stage. Your group will get exclusive access to unseen parts of the building, including the workshops where sets and props are created, on a tour led by an experienced and enthusiastic guide.
Museum of Brands
Featuring over 12,000 original items from the unique Robert Opie Collection, here your group will discover how well-loved brands have evolved through creative use of packaging and advertising and how the public has evolved with them. Free worksheets available.
This is an unforgettable learning experience that works to enhance and align with what students are already learning in the classroom. On their visit, students can create something amazing there on the spot with Apple products. Whatever they create, students will leave with a renewed outlook and motivation for learning.
Visit this striking stadium to gain an invaluable insight into modern engineering. Take a 90-minute tour, see England’s changing rooms, the players’ warm-up zone, the Royal Box and much more. You can even ‘Lift the Cup’! Worksheets are available to accompany your visit, and explore topics related to science, maths, statistics, design and engineering. You can use our Maths Explorer learning resources to link football shirts to maths too.
The View from The Shard
The View from The Shard offers a unique education experience – it is the only place where students can see the entire city at once; both old and new! Two high speed kaleidoscopic lifts will transport your group to the viewing platforms on Level 69 and Level 72 where you can encourage your student’s fascination with the history of London and enjoy the unparalleled 360 degree views.
Educational visits can support learning across both the National and London Curriculum, including History, English, Maths, Geography, and Art and Design.
The lastminute.com London Eye
A classroom with a moving view! Standing 135m tall on the South Bank of the River Thames, nothing says iconic like The lastminute.com London Eye.
Since 2000, this world-famous structure has taken over 75million people on a journey into London’s skyline. Be Inspired with our Skyline Workshops. At an additional cost, these enhanced in-pod experiences are delivered by our education hosts and include interactive activities and interesting facts on London's iconic skyline.
Developed in collaboration with education specialists, teachers can book either a KS2/KS3 version.
The ArcelorMittal Orbit is the perfect destination for persons of any age! You will be able to admire breath-taking views of London from the UK's tallest sculpture, from stunning viewing platform with floor to ceiling windows & from the outside observation walkways suspended 80m above the ground. You will also experience the adrenaline of riding the world's tallest, longest and fastest tunnel slide of 178 metres length. You will travel through light and dark sections, loops and gentle curves at a speed of up to 15 miles per hour!
Emirates Aviation Experience Exhibition
Explore the Aviation Experience with this self-guided tour of the exhibition. Learn about different aspects of the aviation industry, including what happens to aircraft on the ground, the roles and responsibilities of cabin crew and the advances in aircraft technology. Then discover the science behind flight and examine a real Rolls-Royce jet engine.
To further your students’ experience, you can also add a flight simulation experience.
Britain’s spectacular museum of modern and contemporary international art. Themes include landscapes, environment, still life, action, and the body. The viewing level offers awe-inspiring 360ᵒ views of the London skyline from high above the River Thames, whilst The Tanks celebrate new art and showcase performances, interactive art and video installations.
Contemporary art by largely unseen UK artists and established international artists rarely exhibited in the UK. The Saatchi Gallery acts as a launchpad for lesser-known artists and houses brave, contemporary art. Well-proportioned rooms with high ceilings showcase works famed for courting media controversy and gaining extremes of critical reaction. This gallery is ideal for challenging more traditional ways of thinking.
The Silverstone Experience
State of the art interactive displays, compelling stories, iconic cars and motorcycles – let the Silverstone Experience take you on a journey through the past, present and future of Silverstone and British motor racing! Workshops are also available at the Silverstone Experience and are designed to provide curriculum-related, hands-on opportunities for students to extend their learning in STEM subjects. Workshops are led by trained facilitators and are based in one of the Learning Studios overlooking the famous Silverstone Circuit. Also, at the end of your visit, experience the thrill of speeding around Silverstone alongside your racing heroes in a dramatic, immersive show ‘The ultimate lap of Silverstone’ with commentary by Murray Walker.
Fashion Enter – The Factory Uncovered
Over the last 17 years, Fashion Enter has given students a unique and invaluable insight into the world of fashion and garment production.
The two-hour site visit can be tailored to suit the group's studies, and includes:
- The manufacturing process of a garment - from initial idea right through to delivery (The Garment Life Cycle)
- The supply chain and challenges a supplier faces
- Critical path
- What makes the factory SMETA approved
- Tour of the factory - review of the cutting table, industrial machines flat bed and over-locker, quality control stations
- How long it takes to make a garment
- How a garment is costed
- Tour of the fashion studio - patterns, grading, toiles, sampling and small production runs
Battersea Power Station
At its peak, Battersea Power Station was supplying a fifth of London's electricity. After decades of sitting derelict, it is now being redeveloped into a new destination for London. Groups will receive a presentation from a dedicated Sustainability employee who will talk about how the development is using resources responsibly and minimising our impact on climate change. Educational workshops from KS2 - A Level are available. Workshops can be tailored to the group's requirements and topics include the history of the site; it's development to what it has become today, and the plans for the future, moving from fossil fuels to renewable energy, understanding electricity, urban redevelopment and community issues.
We recognise the growing popularity of theme parks as well as the need to add educational value to these visits. We recommend the following talks, which are available at Thorpe Park: Marketing, Human Resources, Customer Service, Health & Safety, ICT, Design & Technology. The talks last for around 45 minutes with time for questions at the end, and supporting literature may be available, after the talk, upon request.
- Jack the Ripper tour
- Ice skating
- Host a quiz at a function room
Available from any location in the UK, our executive coaches are fitted with seatbelts, toilet facilities, air conditioning, DVD and reclining seats.
Rail is a convenient travel option for small groups, ideal for connections to Eurostar, major airports and travel to many city destinations.
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Before your tour
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- Free group leader inspection visits
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- On-tour support from our reps on the ground
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