London Psychology & Sociology School Trips & Tours

A psychology school trip to London is an ideal way to boost grades. From our exclusive mental health visits to a Jack the Ripper walking tour, you can cover a wide range of key study topics.

We can tailor an itinerary to suit your group’s exact requirements, including a range of educational visits, travel, and meals. 

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 in November 2018 and is subject to availability.


On-tour support

On-tour support includes...

  • Airport assistance during check-in, security and gate checks on your outbound flight from the UK
  • Airport assistance when you arrive back at your UK airport when you book a coach transfer to take you home

Additional 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

Accommodation

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Top visits in London

Elizabeth Loftus conference - 25th, 26th & 27th March 2019

Professor Elizabeth Loftus has had a unique career, one of the foremost psychologists of her generation, focusing her research on the malleability of memory.

Her keynote talk for the conference is ‘Memory Matters’. People can be led to believe that they remember the past differently than it really was. Through suggestion they can be led to remember details that were different from actual events and even to falsely remember entire events that never occurred. These false beliefs are important in legal cases when witnesses testify as people can be detailed, confident and emotional, even when the memories are false.

  • Other speakers (subject to confirmation) include:
  • Mike Cardwell - The Psychology of Peace
  • Cara Flanagan - Auschwitz, Obedience & Heroes
  • Phil Banyard - The Psychology of Everyday Life
  • Professor David Wilson - Inside the Mind of a Serial Killer

Freud Museum

Delve into the darker corners of the mind at the final home of the father of modern psychology!

The Freud Museum was the home of Sigmund Freud and his family after they were forced to flee Nazi-occupied Vienna. Students can discover the man behind the theories through his intriguing consulting room, his extraordinary collection of antiquities, and his world-famous psychoanalytic couch.

The Museum has a dedicated Education Team who are passionate about Freud and his work. Facilitated visits include an introduction to the house, and a tailored discussion at the end of the visit to help students understand Freud’s approach and assist with exam preparation.

Students can also explore Freud’s ideas with a new series of specially produced educational films, created for A-Level students learning about the psychodynamic approach.

The Holocaust Exhibition at the Imperial War Museum

The informative Holocaust exhibition at the Imperial War Museum use historical material to tell the story of the Nazi persecution of the Jews and other groups before and during World War II.

An audio tour and tailored teaching session will enable groups to focus on key psychological topics such as prejudice and social influence. We highly recommend this visit. A café is also available on site for lunch, if required.

Bethlem Museum of the Mind

Bethlem Hospital is Europe’s first and oldest institution to specialise in mental illness. The hospital museum, Museum of the Mind, has relocated to Bethlem Hospital site, and the new premises include a dedicated learning space, permanent exhibition, temporary exhibition gallery and archive search room.

Self-guided visits are available for school groups. These 90 minute sessions include a short introductory talk and a visit to the museum which now includes sections on labelling and diagnosis, freedom and constraint, temperament, treatments and recovery.

Teachers are welcome to make an advance visit and develop their own activities.

 

Sleep Assessment & Advisory Service (SAAS) session

During a 90 ­minute session with a sleep expert from the Sleep Assessment & Advisory Service (SAAS), students will explore the links between sleep and wakefulness. Created by Dr Chris Idzikowski, the country's leading expert in sleep and director of the Sleep Assessment and Advisory Service, this unique session draws on his experience of more than 30 years in the field which includes running a sleep disorders centre, investigating the effects of drugs on sleep, giving expert advice at major criminal trials and publishing several books.

You can choose to focus on a range of study themes including: Sleep Research, Sleep Disorders; Sleep and the Law; Sleep and dreaming, Mental Illness and Sleep.­ Your session can be tailored to suit the specific learning requirements of your group. For example, for GCSE groups "Sleep research" can be turned into an opportunity to learn about "Research methods" used in psychological research. 

Centre of Clinical Hypnotherapy Workshops

Exclusive to NST

We now offer a fantastic range of exclusive psychology hypnotherapy workshops in central London.
Sessions last 90 minutes and cover the following study themes:

  • Phobias
  • Stress/Anxiety
  • Fear
  • Depression (inc. suicide)
  • Sleep/Insomnia
  • Eating disorders

Some hypnosis can be included in the sessions (over 16s only). Call us to find out more.

Science & Maths Magic Shows - The Psychology of a Magician

Run by Dr Matt Pritchard, who works for organisations like Royal Institution, British Science Association and The Big Bang fairs, these interactive science and maths magic shows will inspire and inform pupils.

During this exciting hands-on session based around the psychology of a magician your group will take a closer look at what psychology teaches magicians and vice versa.

You will explore how a working knowledge of the vision system and behaviour can be used to trick the eyes (perspective, retention of vision, change blindness, inattentional blindness, motion blindness etc.) plus how a magician can exploit the brain’s thinking to read and influence minds.

There will be lots of opportunities to participate in simple magic tricks and experiments before returning home to test your skills on friends and family.

Science and Pseudoscience Conference – 4th December 2018

This exciting conference aims to educate, entertain and enthuse your pupils, facilitating their understanding of science and increasing their motivation for studying psychology. Content and speakers (subject to confirmation) include:

  • Psychologist Professor Richard Wiseman - The Luck Factor/The Psychology of Magic & Illusion
  • Andrew Newton - Hypnosis
  • Phil Banyard - Science and Pseudoscience
  • Mike Cardwell - The ‘Science’ of Attraction
  • Cara Flanagan - In Defence of Lab Experiment

Legal London Tour - Old Bailey & Royal Courts of Justice

A tour combining both the Old Bailey and the Royal Courts of Justice - it starts at the Royal Courts of Justice, a stunning historical building where some of the country’s most significant legal judgements are made. This is followed by a walk through the secret alleys and courtyards of the nearby Inns of Court, in the footsteps of some of the country’s most renowned legal minds.

The tour then moves on to the Old Bailey, the country’s leading criminal court, for a talk outside on the fascinating history of the Old Bailey and a guide to the most interesting trials being heard that day. You will have the knowledge to make an informed choice of which case to watch. You will know what time trials are starting, what they are about and most importantly where to be and when.

The Clink Prison Museum

During an educational tour of this unique and medieval prison, which dates back to the 12th century, 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.

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

Horrible Olde London Walking Tour

There’s persecution, hanging, drawing and quartering, burnings at the stake, grave robbing, the horror of the Great Fire, an infamous prison and its gallows, a scary ghost, traitors’ heads on gates, bear baiting, prostitution, a debtors’ prison, riots and other general unpleasantness.

The Museum of Brands, Packaging & Advertising

What makes us buy certain products? Discover how well-loved brands have evolved through creative use of packaging and advertising and how we, the public, have evolved with them.

Worksheets can be completed during the visit on topics including advertising, packaging and marketing. Evocative and inspiring, the museum houses a kaleidoscope of images and iconic brands and features over 12,000 original items.

Stadium Tours

Take a behind-the-scenes tour of one of London’s famous stadiums and consider the mindset of the players as they head out to compete. Tours available include Wembley, the Emirates, Stamford Bridge and Twickenham.

Natural History Museum

At this exciting museum, your pupils can explore the natural world and discover the amazing diversity of life that has evolved on our planet. Study a range of themes including climate change, evolution and the natural environment, helping to give your pupils an understanding of the impact that science has on their lives.

Exploring the human biology gallery, which covers memory and how our memory functions and an insight into the human body.

The Wellcome Collection

The Wellcome Collection explores the connections between medicine, life and art in the past, present and future.

The venue provides an insight to anyone seeking to understand biology, medicine and the role of medicine in society – past and present. Free guided tours of exhibitions are available for pre-booked groups.

 

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.

Science Museum

The Science Museum is packed with awe-inspiring galleries, interactive resources and inspirational exhibitions. Your pupils can explore the hands-on galleries which cover a wide range of subjects areas including:

Wonderlab - Science and Maths:

Inspired by the power of wondering, Wonderlab: The Statoil Gallery will ignite curiosity in science and maths through more than 50 cutting edge exhibits and immersive experiences. Along with high-energy shows, live experiments at our Chemistry Bar, live lightning demos at our giant Tesla coil, plus our brilliant Explainers to facilitate engagement, a school trip to Wonderlab is a must for KS2 and KS3 students. The gallery will enrich learning across the curriculum themes of forces, electricity, light, sound, matter, space and maths. The exhibits will encourage students to be curious, to look at close details and to be creative – skills that are invaluable to scientists.

Science: 
‘Who am I?’ - find out what makes you in this gallery that mixes intriguing objects with interactive exhibits. 

Psychology & Sociology: 
Psychology: Mind Your Head – a small exhibition exploring some of the stories, tools and puzzles that have engaged British psychologists during the 20th century.

The museum also offers a great selection of curriculum-linked schools events and shows, and stunning 3D films in their IMAX Cinema. Science Museum resources are also available and free to download.

Jack the Ripper Walking Tour

Discover at firsthand the historical context of Whitechapel in the late 19th century as well as in-depth historical knowledge on Jack the Ripper. 

This eerie yet informative evening activity led by expert guides provides an insight into the mindset of this renowned murderer and maps his trail of terror. The site is also near Cable Street so the study visit can include work on 20th century protest.

London Dungeons

History is brought to life in chilling reality! The Dungeon will reinforce your pupils’ historical education in an accurate, dramatic and thought-provoking way. 

Your group will witness scenes of British history depicting human sacrifice, martyrdom, torture, witchcraft and many little known yet curious facts of the lives of our forebears. 

Go back to the Great Fire of London and be plunged into the heart of a searing inferno or take a dark boat ride in the role of condemned prisoners.

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. 

The V&A Museum of Childhood - with Sociology Session

Visit this fantastic museum’s exhibitions and explore a broad range of subjects relating to childhood, fashion, play and social issues. Major exhibitions, such as War Games, are large and feature around a hundred objects, interactive interpretation and multimedia. For A-level sociology groups, hour-long talks are available in the afternoons on ‘The Social Construction of Childhood’. Tailor made sessions can be requested and provided where available.

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.

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. 

Museum of London Collection: Suffragette Material

The Museum holds the largest collection in the world of memorabilia relating to the Women’s Social & Political Union, in its 1850-1940s collection, including Emmeline Pankhurst’s Hunger Strike Medal.

West End Shows

A West End show is a magical and unforgettable experience and a must for school groups visiting the city! Catch a show at one of the capital's famous theatres with tickets to an array of award-winning plays and spectacular musicals, including the Lion King and Wicked! 

There are so many popular options to choose from and we can book any show for your group. Plus, our dedicated in-house theatre team and our links with the best ticket providers means we’ll be able to reserve your first choice tickets.

Coca-Cola London Eye

For a fantastic bird’s eye view of England’s capital city, take a ride on the Coca-Cola London Eye. Spot famed landmarks and take in the 30-mile panoramic view. Plus enjoy fantastic group prices with NST.

Educational resources are available for engineering, maths, ICT and primary school groups.

Thames River Cruise

Take in London’s best-loved sights on this enjoyable cruise. Your pupils 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.

Madame Tussauds

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.

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

 

Highlights of London Blue Badge Guided Tour

See the major sights of the city. An expert Blue Badge Guide will join you on your coach and bring the Capital to life for your group. Sights may include Big Ben & Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, Westminster Abbey and St Paul’s Cathedral.

Art Galleries

Appreciate works of art, both old and new, at the fantastic galleries on offer in the city.

Explore Covent Garden

A trip to the capital isn’t complete without a little shopping time! We recommend Covent Garden as a suitable area for groups to explore and watch the street performers.

Museum of London

Discover the history of London and its people.   The Museum of London overlooks the Roman remains of the City wall and reveals the history of the capital from prehistoric and Roman times through to medieval, Tudor and 18th century expansion, and the bustling multicultural London of today. Spectacular collections, immersive spaces and interactive exhibits transport you through the capital's tumultuous past, rich with drama, triumph and near-disaster!

Whitechapel Crime, Policing & The Inner City Walking Tour

For those studying the GCSE option Crime and Punishment in Britain, take a walking tour of the Whitechapel area.  Five of the six most famous murder cases in Britain from 1811-1911, plus a famous Kray Twin murder, the Sidney Street Siege and the Cable Street Riot, all took place in or a stone's throw from Whitechapel.

This walk can be adapted to your study themes, whether it be the Whitechapel of Jack the Ripper, the Krays, some of the other crimes or, a combination of them, we'll cover the social history, the policing and also consider why it is that Whitechapel produced such famous crimes.  

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. 


Evening activites

  • Bowling
  • West End Shows
  • Thames River Cruise
  • IMAX Cinema
  • Coca-Cola London Eye

Study themes

  • Memory
  • Research & Treatment Methods
  • Social Development & Influence
  • Intelligence & Learning
  • Health & Clinical Psychology
  • Psychopathology
  • Prejudice & Ethics
  • Depression, Stress & Addiction
  • Dysfunctional Behaviour
  • Fear
  • Phobias

Study levels

A Level

AS Level

GCSE


Expert's comment

“London offers an array of psychological experiences ranging from specialist museums to mental health visits, zoos or even a ghost tour. There are lots of opportunities for fabulous extra-curricular activities when you and your pupils can let your hair down! Choose from the wide range of possible activities or suggest your own ideas and we’ll do our very best to accommodate them.”

Cara Flanagan, NST Expert Guide Lecturer


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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