London Art & Design School Day Trips & Tours
An art day trip to London is great way for art and design groups to enjoy a low cost experience in the capital city, with a wide range of unique educational visits to choose from.
This great value for money option helps to put classroom-based learning into context through a range of educational visits, whilst also giving your pupils the chance to take in the sights of this lively capital city and enjoy an unforgettable jam-packed school trip. Plus, when you book your study tour with NST, we can arrange your visits, transportation, meals, travel insurance and free places - making it even easier for you.
Price Shown includes
- Return executive coach transportation
- Group travel insurance
- 1 in 8 free place ratio
Price shown is based on 40 paying passengers departing from selected departure points in February 2020 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
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.
An outstanding collection of Old Masters from the early Renaissance to 1900. A collection of Old Masters’ works from the early Renaissance onwards. The five floors and wings are arranged chronologically, making it easy for your pupils to track artistic progression. Examples include Giotto, Duccio, and many more.
The Hayward Gallery
One of the biggest temporary art exhibition centres in the world. The gallery has a reputation for presenting a diverse range of landmark exhibitions, casting new perceptions on prominent, established artists, and providing a platform for works of up-and-coming art and artists. The Hayward develops ideas and encourages critical discussions.
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.
Royal Academy of Arts
An independent, privately funded institution led by eminent artists and Architects. The Royal Academy of Arts has a unique position in being an independent, privately funded institution led by eminent artists and architects whose purpose is to promote the creation, enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts through exhibitions, education and debate.
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.
Tate Britain holds the national collection of British art from 1500 to present and, following the recent huge renovation project, now boasts a totally chronological ‘walk through’ of works so that you can now get a rich cross- section of British art by era. You’ll find masterpieces by Gainsborough, Hogarth, Millais, Whistler, as well as outstanding modern and contemporary artists such as Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, and Damien Hirst. The world’s largest collection of works by JMW Turner is also held here.
A touchstone for contemporary art internationally. For over a century the Whitechapel Gallery has premiered world-class artists from modern masters such as Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Frida Kahlo to contemporaries such as Sophie Calle, Lucian Freud, Gilbert & George and Mark Wallinger. The Gallery is a touchstone for contemporary art internationally, plays a central role in London’s cultural landscape and is pivotal to the continued growth of the world’s most vibrant contemporary art quarter.
Sketching in Covent Garden
Let your pupils develop their sketchbooks in this bustling area of London. Here, they can draw inspiration from the many street performers and passers-by. A great way to inject new life into exam prep work!
3D Printing Workshops
Take a 21st century approach to embedding technology learning in school, and introduce your students to the world of 3D printing where a solid object of virtually any shape can be created from a digital model.
In our Introduction to 3D Printing workshop, students will get hands on with 3D computer modelling and see designs turned into real life on a 3D printer. All students will receive a certificate of attendance and will take away a 3D printed item too.
Other workshops include:
Understanding 2D and 3D
Create 2D and 3D shapes through designing a house in Sketchup. Look at the difference between a 2D representation of the shape and the 3D model itself. What is a plan and how would an architect use 2D and 3D shapes to represent their project?
Create simple shapes like triangles, squares and arcs. And through learning simple ideas such as angles and rotation, turn these shapes into amazing nature-like structures such as snowflakes and shells.
For maths groups, we can also offer full day workshops at The National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park combining a tour of Bletchley Park, a visit to Colossus (the first electronic computer) and a hands-on processing or 3D printing workshop.
London Town Walking Tours - Street Art Walk
The Old Street, Spitalfields and Shoreditch areas have become London’s capital of street art. There’s a dazzling array of images to see, and the great thing is the art is continually changing. You’ll visit the well-known street art spots and see favourite spots that are a little off the beaten street art tourist track. You’ll learn something about Banksy too.
Charles Dickens Museum
Charles Dickens lived in this house - now museum - from 1837 until 1839 and wrote Oliver Twist and Nicholas Nickleby whilst living here. This museum offers pupils the chance to experience what Dickens’ home would have been like, as well as learn more about the life and works of the great novelist and social commentator. Here, you will find one of the most important collections of his artefacts in the world. Every museum visit also includes an opportunity to explore the house following a self-guided activity worksheet.
The Author’s Craft Workshop
This taught manuscript workshop looks at how Dickens crafted his work. Pupils understand how texts relate to the social and historical context in which they were written and learn to shape meaning and evaluate ideas and effect in their own writing. The workshop will culminate in a new collaborative manuscript based around a particular setting or theme.
The lastminute.com London Eye
Standing tall on the south bank of the River Thames, nothing says iconic like The lastminute.com London Eye.
Right in the heart of the city, you'll get closer views of London’s most spectacular landmarks from Big Ben to The Houses of Parliament and even Windsor Castle on a clear day! Go one better than looking at the iconic skyline, move through it.
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 Dungeon will reinforce your pupils’ historical education in an accurate, dramatic and thought-provoking way. Witness scenes of British history depicting human sacrifice, martyrdom, torture, witchcraft and many little known yet curious facts of the lives of our forebears.
Discover the all new, bigger and bolder London Dungeon, with a full cast of 20 brilliant actors in 18 new shows, rich sets, special effects and two new exciting rides, we’ll take you on a unique 90-minute thrill-filled journey through 1000 years of London’s murky past.
Filled with 14 exciting, interactive zones and the excellent Marvel Super Heroes 4D movie experience, Madame Tussauds London combines glitz and glamour with incredible history with over 300 wax figures, including David Beckham, Lady Gaga, the Queen and many, many more. So, who do you want to meet?
Star Wars at Madame Tussauds
Created in close collaboration with Disney and Lucasfilm, Star Wars at Madame Tussauds is a unique, immersive experience starring extraordinarily life-like wax figures of the favourite heroes and villains of Star Wars Episodes I-VI. The figures appear in authentic walk-in sets inspired by key scenes from the movies. Dynamic special effects add to the immersion, as you can step right into, and star in, some of the most iconic moments in film history.
Thames River Cruise
Take in London’s best-loved sights on this enjoyable cruise. Your students will gain an insight into the many layers of history that have built up along the river, from the Houses of Parliament and Tower Bridge to the Coca-Cola London Eye.
National Portrait Gallery
The history of British portraiture from its beginning, through to the edge of abstraction. The most comprehensive portrait gallery in the world. Includes works by Holbein, Van Dyck and Reynolds, Gainsborough, Millais and Tissot, Cecil Beaton, David Bailey, and Patrick Heron.
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, with ideal for connections to Eurostar, major airports and travel to many city destinations.
Giving you full support throughout
Before your tour
- Your own dedicated NST contact
- Bespoke tour itineraries
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- Free group leader inspection visits
- Risk assessment guidance
- Safety assured, transport, accommodation and visits
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- On-tour support from our reps on the ground
- Support & assistance from our specialists guides throughout your tour
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Great value day trips
Day trips are ideal for groups on a budget & with limited time out of the classroom.
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