London History School Trips & Tours - British History

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.

Covering a large range of themes, the huge numbers of educational visits, museums, galleries and collections have tailor-made programmes required to suit the new curriculum. With our relationships with so many of these education departments, we can help you to maximise the educational benefit of your London study tour.

We’ll book educational visits that enhance your pupils’ learning, as well as group friendly accommodation, your leisure activities and even your meals – all at our great school group prices.

Prices start from£99pp

Price Shown includes

  • 1 nights’ bed & breakfast accommodation
  • Executive coach transport from & to school & throughout your stay
  • Group travel insurance
  • 1 in 8 free place ratio

Price shown is based on 40 paying passengers departing from a Zone A  departure point November 2018 and is subject to availability.


On-tour support available...

  • 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
  • Services of a Local Guide 

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Top Visits

Imperial War Museum

After a major redevelopment in 2014, the museum now features groundbreaking new WWI Galleries which will present the story - how it started, why it continued and its global impact - through the lives of those who experienced it on both the front line and the home front. The Witness to War atrium displays iconic larger objects including a Harrier, Spitfire and V2 rocket suspended from above.

Churchill War Rooms

Visit the Churchill War Rooms which Winston Churchill and the War Cabinet used during air raids. Explore the historic rooms to experience secret history and discover the stories of those who worked underground as London was bombed above them.

‘A Cathedral at War’ Workshop at St Paul’s Cathedral

A 60 minute workshop exploring how the cathedral survived the Blitz and still serves the city as a venue for remembrance and reconciliation. Pupils will be taught the Fire Watchers drill by a volunteer fire watcher and are taken on a journey around the Cathedral, being shown where bombs fell and demonstrated how to deal with the dreaded Incendiary bomb and gas mask.

HMS Belfast

Discover the stories behind this warship from WWII and beyond. Imagine sleeping in one of the tightly packed hammocks during duties in Arctic waters, or being stationed deep in the bowels of the ship when she opened fire in support of Allied troops on D-Day.

The Royal Courts of Justice - Court in the Past

This two hour session takes place in a working court room and around the courts. Pupils will be introduced to the Royal Courts of Justice and prepare and enact a trial based on a real historical case. They will then discuss and debate real historical sentencing options and compare these to sentencing options in the present day. Trials include a conscientious objector during WWI, a trial deciding whether forcing slaves to leave the country should be made illegal or a suffragette arrested for malicious damage.

Westminster Abbey - Westminster at War Themed Tour

Offered on Mondays, pupils can take a themed tour around the majestic abbey and learn how it was affected in WWII.

The Old Operating Theatre Museum & Herb Garret

Understand the nature of surgery before the barriers of infection and pain had been overcome with the reconstruction of an early 19th century operation. Also covers the role, status and training of surgeons before the advances in surgery and medical training in the later 19th century.

The Alexander Fleming Laboratory Museum

St Mary’s Hospital is home to the Alexander Fleming Laboratory Museum. As well as seeing Fleming’s laboratory, restored to its 1928 condition, pupils can explore the story of Fleming and debate his precise role in the development of penicillin.

Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons

Pupils will encounter key objects linked to the lives of leading figures including Ambroise Pare, Robert Liston, Joseph Lister and James Young Simpson, giving your pupils a chance to learn more about the significant contributions they made to the history of medicine.

The Florence Nightingale Museum

Helping pupils to examine the role of Nightingale in the development of training for nurses and standards of care in hospitals, groups can see how the status of nurses was transformed, as well as how Nightingale’s work showed a new approach to the day to day running of hospitals.

Old Bailey & Lincolns Inn Visit, Talk & Court Sessions

During your visit you will be given a short talk outside the Royal Courts of Justice before listening to a court hearing in a criminal appeal. Your group will then be taken to Lincolns Inn, where many of the country’s top barristers have their chambers. The tour finishes at the Old Bailey where your group will be given a talk about the history of the court.

The Clink Prison Museum

During an educational tour of this unique and medieval prison, your pupils will have the opportunity to handle original historical torture artefacts relating to crime and punishment used in the prison, witness the terrible conditions of the time, and learn of the prison’s involvement in many major events through audio and visual presentations and the colourful narrative provided by your guide. Self-guided visits are also available.

Tower of London

Help to develop pupils’ understanding on the nature of authority and attitudes to crime and punishment in the early modern period. An ideal opportunity for a more in-depth study of Guy Fawkes and his attempt to destroy the Houses of Parliament in 1605.

The Royal Courts of Justice - Court In Session

Suitable for KS3-5, this exciting visit to the historic Royal Courts of Justice will have your group talking for weeks! You can choose from a wide range of quality learning experiences. 

This two-hour session takes place in a working court room and around the courts. 

Pupils will:

  • Be introduced to the Royal Courts of Justice and what happens there
  • Prepare and enact a trial based on an ex-offender’s experiences
  • Explore roles in a court room and meet a legal professional where possible
  • Discuss and debate real sentencing options

The Royal Courts of Justice - Motion To Appeal

Suitable for KS3-5, this exciting visit to the historic Royal Courts of Justice will have your group talking for weeks! You can choose from a wide range of quality learning experiences. 

This two-hour session takes place in a working court room and around the courts.

Pupils will:

  • Be introduced to the Royal Courts of Justice and what happens there
  • Prepare for and debate an appeal case which has been heard at the Royal
  • Courts of Justice (this can be a broader debate or one that focuses on a particular point of law)
  • Explore roles in a court room and meet a legal professional, where possible

Imperial War Museum - The Holocaust Exhibition

A rich learning resource for pupils in Years 9-13, visits include an orientation session to help prepare and focus pupils, a visit to the galleries and a feedback session to help pupils reflect on what they have learned.

National Archives Holocaust Workshops

This fascinating session begins with a look at the events happening in Nazi-occupied Europe leading up to the outbreak of World War II. Your pupils will study telegrams, radio intercepts and reports received by the Foreign Office between 1938 and 1944 and will learn about how the events in Nazi-occupied territories unfolded.

Wiener Library

The Wiener Library is one of the world’s leading and most extensive archives on the Holocaust and Nazi era. Formed in 1933, the Library’s unique collection of over a million items includes published and unpublished works, press cuttings, photographs and eyewitness testimony. Workshops include The Nazi Games (looking at propaganda and the 1936 Olympics) and Rescues of the Holocaust (looking at individuals who saved lives under Nazi rule).

The Jewish Museum – Investigating the Holocaust Workshops: Witness the Witness/A Child’s Journey

This museum encourages understanding of the social psychology of the Holocaust, as well as the moral, spiritual and personal dimensions. 

Topics include family separation, the refugee experience and human rights. Pupils explore artefacts, documents and photographs, both as sources of evidence and as a starting point for unravelling personal stories. Tailor-made educational workshops available include:

Never Again Auschwitz, Witness the Witness/A Child’s Journey, Faith & the Holocaust, Focus on the Kinder Transport and Every Object Tells a Story.

Witness the Witness/A Child’s Journey
Pupils will meet and hear the personal testimony of a Holocaust survivor or Kindertransport refugee. We recommend this workshop for pupils in KS2-3 who have prior background knowledge

The Jewish Museum – Investigating the Holocaust Workshops: Faith & The Holocaust

This museum encourages understanding of the social psychology of the Holocaust, as well as the moral, spiritual and personal dimensions. 

Topics include family separation, the refugee experience and human rights. Pupils explore artefacts, documents and photographs, both as sources of evidence and as a starting point for unravelling personal stories. Tailor-made educational workshops available include:
Never Again Auschwitz, Witness the Witness/A Child’s Journey, Faith & the Holocaust, Focus on the Kinder Transport and Every Object Tells a Story.

Faith & The Holocaust
Reflecting on faith during and after the Holocaust. Pupils will look at the role of belief, ritual and prayer in the face of adversity. Pupils will explore religious objects and the texts as a springboard for discussion. This workshop is recommended for pupils in years 9-13.

The Jewish Museum – Investigating the Holocaust Workshops: Never Again Auschwitz

This museum encourages understanding of the social psychology of the Holocaust, as well as the moral, spiritual and personal dimensions. 

Topics include family separation, the refugee experience and human rights. Pupils explore artefacts, documents and photographs, both as sources of evidence and as a starting point for unravelling personal stories. Tailor-made educational workshops available include:

Never Again Auschwitz, Witness the Witness/A Child’s Journey, Faith & the Holocaust, Focus on the Kinder Transport and Every Object Tells a Story.

Never Again Auschwitz
Drawing on the life story of British born Holocaust survivor, Leon Greenman OBE, this workshop enables pupils to reflect on the experience of individuals in the Holocaust and relate this to the concepts of tolerance, respect, freedom and identity both in the past and today. This workshop is recommended for pupils in years 9-13.

Suffragette Walking Tour

Your expert guide will meet you close to where the headquarters of the Women’s Social & Political Union once was, and the tour ends at Emmeline Pankhurst’s statue. 

Along the route, which takes in some of the best-known sights of London, you will learn about major events in which the heroes were Emmeline, Christabel and Sylvia Pankhurst, Kier Hardie, the ill-fated Emily Davison and others. The inspiring story continues through the First World War to the Suffragettes’ final victory. 

Karl Marx Walking Tour

Take a two-hour walk through the life, times and ideas of Karl Marx. Visit the places in and around Soho where Marx lived and worked, and hear the extraordinary tale of this man who would change the world.

The tour gives a full biography of Karl Marx and his family from his early years, his studies, his revolutionary journalism, his hopes, dreams, ailments and tragedies, as well as reviewing his political and intellectual influence. 

London, Sugar and Slavery Exhibition at the Museum of London Docklands

Visit this permanent exhibition that examines London’s involvement in transatlantic slavery. In the setting of this historic sugar warehouse, challenge long-held beliefs that abolition was initiated by politicians and be touched by the real objects, personal stories and vibrant art and music that have left their legacy on the capital today.

War on the Wards Show

Suitable for KS3 groups - explore medical gore and more from the First World War. Investigate the history of wartime medicine and innovation and how this has influenced medicine today with the 'War of the Wards' show from Centre of the Cell.
The show contains sections on the following:

  • Nursing in WW1 
  • Developments in blood transfusion
  • Gas attacks and gas masks
  • Medical dressings and bandages 
  • Prosthetic limbs

Wounded: Conflict, Casualties & Care Exhibition at the Science Museum

On 1 July 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme, British forces sustained 57,000 casualties, creating a medical emergency of unprecedented scale and severity.

On 29 June 2016 a new exhibition will open at the Science Museum, commemorating the centenary of this momentous battle and the huge medical and human impact of wounding during and beyond WWI.

Wounded: Conflict, Casualties and Care will draw on the Science Museum’s extensive WWI medical collections as well as the words of the wounded and those who cared for them to explore the remarkable medical responses and innovations catalysed by this conflict.

Beyond the battlefields, the exhibition will also focus on the longer-term impact of the war on the soldiers who were left physically and mentally affected, and show how the medical lessons learnt still carry relevance today.

 

City of London Police Museum

The City of London Police Museum takes visitors on a unique journey, which includes the last hours of Catherine Eddowes, one of Jack the Ripper’s victims; bomb damage during the Blitz; being at the forefront of technology to counter terrorism and the current work against economic crime and cybercrime.

The National Army Museum

Visit the National Army Museum and find out how Britain’s past has helped to shape our present and future. Discover the impact our Army has had on the story of Britain, Europe and the world, and see how the actions of a few can affect the futures of many.

Crime in Whitechapel – The National Archives Education Session

Why was 19th century Whitechapel so difficult to police?  Using original documents from our collection, students will explore the key features of Whitechapel in the 19th century to uncover why this area was such a challenge for the Metropolitan Police. Students will also discover how the police sought to overcome these challenges, from dressing as women to developing silent footwear, in their bid to rid Whitechapel of Jack the Ripper.

EXCLUSIVE TO NST - Whitechapel, Crime and Policing Tour

This new guided walking tour in London is ideal for pupils studying Crime and Punishment in Britain or Whitechapel, c1870–c1900: crime, policing and the inner city options for their History GCSE. Led by a guide with examining experience, your group will discover the area of Whitechapel and learn about;
•    The environment of Whitechapel of the time
•    The role of the police
•    Reasons for Jack the Ripper's escape
•    View contemporary sources for the period

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 class 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.

School visits can support learning across both the National and London Curriculum, including History, English, Maths, Geography, and Art and Design.

Support lessons in advance of your visit and enhance pupils' learning experience with free downloadable resources - https://dmtrk.net/26L-5MU6X-1UN8ZU-34HMZG-1/c.aspx

 

Old Bailey Insight Tour

A morning talk at the Viaduct Tavern opposite the Old Bailey, which includes a hot drink and a croissant. Hear about the fascinating history of the Old Bailey, and the places of interest around it, such as the pub where wealthy people rented rooms to get the best view of the public executions and an exclusive view of the old Newgate Prison gaol cells. Afterward, we can direct you straight to the most interesting cases on at the Old Bailey that day. For schools, colleges and universities, a special teachers’ information pack is available which includes a history of the Old Bailey and an Old Bailey timeline. 

Shakespeare's Globe - AQA History Tour & Interactive Lecture

For groups studying the ‘Elizabethan England, c1568–1603: The Globe Theatre’ site for their AQA specified historic sites GCSE History, we can arrange a interactive, enriching experience at Shakespeare’s Globe to help your pupils gain a deeper understanding of the site’s history. A 90 minute specific lecture session to correspond to the AQA History syllabus comprises of a tour and an interactive lecture.


Evening activites

  • London Eye
  • Thames River Cruise
  • West End Show
  • Jack the Ripper Tour
  • Bowling
  • IMAX Cinema
  • A quiz or disco at your hotel (many hotels can provide a room for groups to use in the evenings)

Study themes

• Surgery in the mid-19th century
• Key individuals in the development of surgery
• The discovery of penicillin
• The changing nature of prisons
• Context of crime in late Victorian London issues in policing

• How the lives of civilians were affected by WWI & WWII
• Use of propaganda
• Blitz in London
• The government’s Cabinet War Rooms


Study levels

A Level

AS Level

GCSE

KS3


Transport

Available from any location in the UK, our executive coaches are fitted with seatbelts, toilet facilities, air conditioning, DVD and reclining seats.

Coach

Rail is a convenient travel option for small groups, with ideal for connections to Eurostar, major airports and travel to many city destinations.

Train

We can arrange for your group to fly from a range of UK airports and we’ll work with you to plan your route at the best value possible.

Flight


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Before your tour

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