Primary School Trips & Tours

Our destinations have been chosen with primary school groups in mind. Our safe, secure accommodation options and range of engaging visits provide an ideal introduction to the world outside the classroom. We go the extra mile to offer residential tours which enable children to understand how they fit into the world around them and embed the educational values from your tour within your learning environment in school.

Our primary school trips programme covers the UK and Europe. Our trips which can be tailor-made to your exact needs and subject themes curriculum your pupils are studying.  Explore key topics in London including WWII & the Battle of Britain, Crime & Punishment in Britain and The Tudors. 

Or take your pupils on an NST primary school trip educational tour to the Continent, inspire them with brand new surroundings and challenge them with fun-filled educational visits, and you’ll develop them both as individuals and as part of a team! 

We offer unique and exclusive educational materials for you to use on your tour, and provide you with resources for pre- and post-tour tasks too.

Learn more about our primary school trip destinations 

Barcelona & Catalonia 

Barcelona & Catalonia 

Base your group on the coast in safe, secure accommodation that’s within easy reach of Barcelona.

Learn more about our primary school trips to Barcelona & Catalonia here

Cantabria 

Cantabria 

Bring your pupils closer to Spanish life, history, culture and language.

Learn more about our primary school trips to Cantabria here

Cornwall 

Cornwall 

A safe yet inspirational destination for your pupils, Cornwall offers an abundance of natural attractions, excursions and history to keep pupils entertained and engaged. Cornwall is the perfect location for primary school trips.

Learn more about our primary school trips to Cornwall here

Dutch Coast 

Dutch Coast 

The ideal destination for your first Primary School tour abroad!

Learn more about our primary school trips to the Dutch coast here

Dorset & Bournemouth

Dorset & Bournemouth

The many educational tour experiences on offer in Dorset and Bournemouth will encourage your pupils to take a strong interest in conservation issues too.

Learn more about our primary school trips to Dorset & Bournemouth here

Edinburgh

Edinburgh

Streets are steeped in history, attractions offer the chance to experience an earthquake, and you can even explore the famous castle.

Learn more about our primary school trips to Edinburgh here

Isle of Wight 

Isle of Wight 

The area offers a range of other educational visits covering topics such as rainforest environments and archaeological ruins.

Learn more about our primary school trips to the Isle of Wight here

Liverpool 

Liverpool 

Exciting things have been happening in Liverpool over recent years, and this vibrant city offers lots to see and do.

Learn more about our primary school trips to Liverpool here

London 

London

A London tour will enable your group to cover many curriculum topics in a short space of time. We can create an itinerary package around any theme, from Tudors and Victorians to Science and Nature.

Learn more about our primary school trips to London here

 

 

London Day Trips

London Day Trips

Primary school day trips to London are a very popular way to give pupils an insight into city life with limited time out of the classroom.

Learn more about our primary school day trips to London here

Manchester

Manchester

This vibrant city offers lots to see and do. Major touring musicals stop off at the Palace Theatre, MediaCity UK continues to grow, and the exciting tour of Manchester United’s Old Trafford ground is still our most popular visit.

Learn more about our primary school trips to Manchester here

Normandy

Normandy

Take your pupils to the heart of everyday French life.

Learn more about our primary school trips to Normandy here

 

North Wales 

North Wales 

Llandudno and North Wales offer great opportunities to take in some of Wales’ top attractions.

Learn more about our primary school trips to North Wales here

Opal Coast, Northern France 

Opal Coast, Northern France 

The Opal Coast is easily accessible and close to channel ports, whilst offering fantastic visits which will introduce your pupils to a new culture, and fascinate them with an environment so different to their own!

Learn more about our primary school trips to the Opal Coast, Northern France here

Paris 

Paris 

An experience here is one that will both expand your pupils’ cultural awareness and encourage group bonding too!

Learn more about our primary school trips to Paris here

Rhineland 

Rhineland 

The region offers a wide range of visits that give an insight into German life and a safe and welcoming environment within which to practise language skills.

Learn more about our primary school trips to the Rhineland here

Stratford

Stratford

Explore Stratford-Upon-Avon, the birth place of Shakespeare which provides a look back to life of a historic Tudor world. Enjoy a range of primary educational visits, including an RSC theatre workshop, town walks and Tudor workshops.

Learn more about our primary school trips to Stratford Upon Avon here

UK Theme Parks

UK Theme Parks

A fun packed day at a theme park is a great option for activity week, a class reward for hard work or to encourage team working skills.

Learn more about our primary school trips to UK theme parks here

York & Yorkshire Coast

York & Yorkshire Coast

If you’re planning a primary educational trip in the UK, then York and the Yorkshire coast are two of our most popular primary educational tour destinations, so we recommend that you book early to avoid disappointment!

Learn more about our primary school trips to York & Yorkshire Coast here


Our most popular primary school trip destinations...

Our most popular primary school trip destinations...

London 

There’s nothing quite like your first big city experience! Our very own capital city is an exciting and inspiring destination for primary school children, with endless opportunities for learning, fun and group bonding. Whether you are planning a farewell tour, a reward trip or simply to give your pupils the opportunity to learn beyond the classroom, we can create a tour to London suit your needs and support your curriculum.

Find out more here

Opal Coast, Northern France

For a fun first experience overseas in a safe and secure environment, a trip to the Opal Coast in Northern France staying at NST’s Château d’Ebblinghem is the ideal destination. A fantastic introduction to life in France, here
your pupils will experience a new culture and lifestyle so different to their own. If you’re seeking to challenge and inspire your group in the practical application of French language skills, our French Language Enrichment
Experience can be included in your school trip too.

Learn more here

Take a look at one of our school trip experiences

NST, the number one choice for primary residential trips 

NST has worked alongside thousands of teachers, like you, to create unique school trip experiences and memories that last a lifetime. That’s why so many primary schools choose to travel with us each and every year.

We’ll work closely with you to bring your school trip ideas to life and with our unrivalled knowledge of destinations across the UK and Europe, together with years of experience in planning unforgettable primary school trips, we’ll help you to create an experience that’s as unique as your group itself. 

Planning your first school trip?

If you're planning your first 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

Additional support, resources & information 

Tour planning service 

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 

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 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

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

Get live updates on your group's tour location

Locate My Trip uses GPS technology and is the easy, convenient way for your school to follow your location whilst on tour. Specifically designed to provide reassurance to both parents and teachers, NST will know where your group are 24/7. If your schedule needs to change, we’ll put plans in place to keep your tour on track. 

With Locate My Trip your group can also share photos and videos with the school and parents, via a secure link, to keep them updated on your experience whilst you’re away.

Watch our short Locate My Trip video here.

Your online school trip organiser - My Tour Manager 

Your online school trip organiser - My Tour Manager

Save time and stay on track with your school trip admin with our online organiser - 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 

Free classroom resources

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

Take a look at our downloadable posters here.

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 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.

  • Risk assessment guidance 

Our risk assessment guidance will help you to manage group safety on your next educational trip. 

  • FREE group leader inspection visits

We offer a free inspection visit to your chosen destination to support your risk assessment planning. 

 

 

  • Offsetting carbon emissions

For every school trip taken, we'll plant a Maya nut tree in Peru to support reforestation, local communities & biodiversity. Plus, we'll offset an additional tonne of CO2 to guarantee carbon emission reductions. 

  • Value for money

We’re committed to bringing you the best possible value trips to help make every penny count.

  • 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.

  • More than 50 years’ experience

With over 50 years’ experience, with NST you can rest assured that your group is in safe hands.

 

 

Looking for protection on your next school trip? 

Booking with a school travel company is the best way for you to protect parents’ money and give yourself peace of mind.  

 

Don’t forget – if your school arranges transport, accommodation and other services directly, you’ll be liable under the Package Travel Regulations – meaning you’ll have all the responsibilities of a travel company, both legal and financial. 

 

Financial protection from the moment you book

NST are fully bonded:

  • ABTA
  • ATOL
  • IATA

Managing safety on school trips

For your protection, NST's independently audited Safety Management System covers:

  • 24-hour emergency cover
  • Audited accommodation & transport
  • Excursions & school visit assessment
  • Group leader preview visits to assist with risk assessment planning

We're LOtC Council’s Quality Badge assured

The Department for Education advises schools to always look for the LOtC Quality Badge when choosing a school travel provider.