History School Trips & Tours

Bring history to life with NST, we offer a range of history school tour destinations to enrich classroom-based learning and inspire deeper interest. We can personalise your tour and theme your itinerary to suit the learning requirements of your group.

For example, pupils studying Medicine and Surgery on the Western Front can take a tour following the evacuation journey a casualty would have taken. They'll consider the effect of both the scientific and organisational developments that the war engendered and their impact, both on the battlefield and on the wider course of medical history. Furthermore, the history of the Cold War, the Holocaust, and the Nazi dictatorship are all evident in Berlin.

Our guides are former teachers with detailed knowledge of the current curriculum, including the recent changes for the new GCSE history specifications. This means they are well-equipped to help meet your specific learning needs and understand the demands of organising a school tour, especially overseas.

Learn more about our history trip destinations

WWI Battlefields Trips

Our established WWI battlefields tours programme covers the events of WWI in the Ypres Salient and Somme regions, enabling your pupils to learn from a wealth of important historical sites and excursions.

WWI Medicine & Surgery on the Western Front

For groups studying Medicine and Surgery on the Western Front, our established WWI Battlefields tours programme will give context to the events in the Ypres Salient and Somme regions and allow pupils to gain understanding of medical treatments, developments and historical context of medicine in the early 20th Century.

Northern France & Belgium

Covering the period from the outbreak of war until liberation, your tour will concentrate on the events of 1940 and 1944, giving your pupils a fascinating insight into the impact of the war. Learn more here

Normandy

This popular tour seeks to bring to life the events of June and July 1944. Learn more here

Paris

Paris, birthplace of the Revolution and the Déclaration des droits de l’homme et du citoyen, is an ideal place to discover the origins of the modern nation state. Learn more here

London

With the curriculum changes placing greater emphasis on the history of Britain and its place in global history, London provides an ideal location for a history school trip. Learn more here

Day Trips to London

Day trips to London are a great option for groups on a budget. There are a huge number of museums, galleries and national collections that have tailor-made programmes designed to suit your syllabus requirements. Learn more here.

Dublin

A school trip to Dublin can vividly bring history to life with visits to many of the locations associated with the growth of Irish nationalism from the late 18th century onwards, to the creation of the Irish Free State. Learn more here.

Amsterdam

A school trip to Amsterdam, allows history groups to explore all aspects of Jewish life and culture prior to WWII through a series of well-preserved sites and excellent museums. Learn more here.

Berlin - Impact of the Cold War

The recent history of Germany’s capital is still clearly evident today, to the extent that it is impossible to walk through the city without being continually made aware of its recent past. During a history school trip to Berlin, your group will see for themselves the breathtaking pace and breadth of change since 1989.

Berlin - Germany 1918 to 1945

During a history school trip to Berlin, our experienced guides can provide an introductory talk on the history and diversity of what was the largest Jewish community in Germany and to the background and tragic events of the Final Solution.

Krakow

A history school trip to Krakow will provide an in-depth study of the Jewish community in the city, one of the most important centres of Jewish life in pre-war Europe. Learn more here

Munich & Nuremberg

Your pupils will gain an in-depth understanding of the Rise of Nazism through visits within Munich and Nuremberg. Learn more here

Vienna

From the capital of a huge Empire to a small troubled nation state, from its Nazi past to its role in the Cold War, Vienna bears witness to many major 20th century history themes. Learn more here

St Petersburg

The grandeur of St Petersburg gives a vivid insight into Russian society on the eve of revolution and its canals, squares and buildings were the backdrop against which the events of the revolutions of 1905 and 1917 were played out. Learn more here

Moscow & St Petersburg

Moscow contains so much that vividly evokes the society and politics of the Soviet era, enabling a breadth of study options and the grandeur of St Petersburg gives a vivid insight into Russian society and the events of the revolutions of 1905 and 1917. Learn more here

New York

New York is a great place for your pupils to learn firsthand about Civil Rights to explore the origins of this movement and its effects throughout American history. Learn more here

New York & Washington DC

Travel to the East Coast of America and explore the origins of the Civil Rights movement and learn more about American political history. Learn more here

Washington DC

The US capital city is home to many excellent museums, educational visits and sites to give your pupils an invaluable insight into American history and how the country has evolved. Learn more here

China

On an NST school trip to China, there is an opportunity to gain an insight into a culture and society radically different from our own through a range of unforgettable educational visits. Learn more here

Rome

A visit to Rome allows students studying Italian Fascism to get a sense of how Mussolini aimed to make Fascism appear modern and powerful whilst simultaneously linking his regime to the ancient glories of the Roman Empire. Learn more here

Gdansk

For groups studying the OCR GCSE depth study ‘Poland 1956-1990: The People and the State’, Gdansk provides an ideal destination. Learn more here


Our most popular school history trip destinations...

WWI Battlefields

The Ypres Salient and Somme regions provide a brilliant but tragic reminder of the impact of war.

Students will have the opportunity to learn more about different aspects of the war, including medicine and life on the front line. Learn more...

 

WWI Medicine & Surgery on the Western Front

The WWI Battlefield Tours will provide students with a thorough understanding of the events in the Ypres Salient and Somme Regions. 

Students will have the opportunity to learn more about different aspects of the war, including medical treatments, developments and the historical context of medicine in the early 20th Century. Learn more...

 

Berlin: Impact of the Cold War

At the centre of landmark historical events in the 20th Century, Berlin is an ever-popular trips for teachers looking to provide students with a learning experience that complements their studies on the World Wars, Nazi Germany, and the Cold War. Learn more...

 

Germany 1918 to 1945

Berlin is a historic reminder of it's recent past. Our tour will give students context of what was the largest Jewish community in Germany and the tragic events of the Final Solution. Learn more...

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Explore the world with our history guides

We offer the chance to take one of our expert history guides on your next history trip. We have a range of guides available in many of our destinations, covering a wide range of subjects (20th Century, Ireland, World War I & II, the Holocaust, the Cold War, and so on).

Our guides are former teachers with detailed knowledge of the current curriculum. They are selected to meet your exact tour requirements, helping your group to get even more from their time outside the classroom. Our guides are passionate about their subject areas, meaning they're well prepared to meet your group's needs.

Additional support, resources & information

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

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 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

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

NST's new trip tracker, Locate My Trip, is the easy, convenient way for your school to follow your group's location whilst on tour.

Our app has been specifically designed to provide reassurance to both parents and teachers.

Watch our short Locate My Trip video here.

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

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

Take a look at our downloadable posters here.

Free educational resources

Developed by experienced history teachers, our free educational resource packs contains a wealth of information for use before, during and after your tour and are suitable for a range of levels including GCSE, AS & A2. You can view samples here.

Furthermore, all pupils travelling with NST on a Berlin history trip will receive two Imperial War Museum postcards, featuring images from Berlin's past.

These can be used to highlight historical events from WWII and The Cold War period, to compare and contrast historical sites from the past to modern day, and to also provide a memorable souvenir for your pupils.

Planning your first school trip?

If you're planning your first history 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

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 history 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.

  • Aligned to current study themes

All of our History trips are aligned with the current GCSE and A-level curriculums. 

  • 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.

  • Support from our History Educationalist Guides

Our history guides have a strong background in teaching. They are highly experienced and passionate former teachers who aim to deliver detailed background information on all key sites and study topics.