School trips to Liverpool

With one of the biggest collections of galleries and museums of any UK city outside London, Liverpool is a great option for your next school trip. It’s easily accessible via the rail network and the motorway.

Art students will benefit from the many galleries in the city, including the Tate Liverpool and the Walker Art Gallery. The Foundation for Art and Creative Technology can offer students a real insight into the design industry. Budding photographers will find the Open Eye Gallery a particularly valuable learning experience.

Liverpool is also huge for music history. Students - and fans - will love one of the many Beatles attractions across the city. The Beatles Story and the British Music Experience are particularly popular attractions among students. Time to spare? Visits to the Radio City Viewing Tower or trips on the Mersey River Explorer offer great ways for students to get to know the city - and the best views.

Get in touch today to discuss a field trip to Liverpool. Contact our team of school travel experts on 0845 293 7970.

Browse our curriculum-linked school trips in Liverpool

Art & Design

Art & Design

Liverpool has the largest collection of galleries and museums outside London, which means that it is the perfect place to choose for an educational school trip. Its mercantile architecture situated on its striking waterfront is a concrete reminder of its past. The famous Albert Docks dating back to 1839 cannot be missed, as it is a significant landmark in British history as it reminds us that Liverpool was once an important global port. Why not explore the latest exhibition at the Tate or the Open Eye Gallery The only gallery dedicated to photography.

Learn more about our Art & Design trips to Liverpool here

Music

Music

Exciting things have been happening in Liverpool over recent years, and this vibrant city offers lots to see and do. Music groups can take advantage of a major touring musical at the Empire Theatre, take a ferry across the Mersey and take a tour at Liverpool FC’s Anfield Staduim.

Learn more about our Music Trips to Liverpool here

Primary school trips

Primary school trips

Exciting things have been happening in Liverpool over recent years, and this vibrant city offers lots to see and do on an educational visit for KS2 pupils. Primary school groups can take advantage of a major touring musical at the Empire Theatre, take a ferry across the Mersey and take a tour at Liverpool FC’s Anfield Staduim.

Learn more about our primary school trips to Liverpool here


Liverpool trip highlights - our groups love...

Walker Art Gallery

Walker Art Gallery

One of the finest art galleries in Europe, the Walker Art Gallery is home to renaissance masterpieces, Tudor portraits and one of the best collections of Victorian and Pre-Raphaelite art in the country. For 130 years it has housed Liverpool’s most outstanding art collection. Many of the gallery’s most important works have been on display in the city for nearly 200 years. The gallery also has an outstanding display of contemporary art including work by David Hockney, Lucian Freud and Bridget Riley.

Open Eye Gallery

Open Eye Gallery

The only gallery dedicated to photography and related media in the north-west, Open Eye is increasingly an essential part of Liverpool's art scene. Using a mixture of cutting-edge international photography and a considerable archive, Open Eye is a must-visit destination on the city's art map.

Tate Liverpool

Tate Liverpool

A spectacular museum of modern and contemporary international art. Tate Liverpool was created to display work from the Tate Collection which comprises the national collection of British art from the year 1500 to the present day, and international modern art. The gallery also has a programme of temporary exhibitions.

Radio City Viewing Tower

Radio City Viewing Tower

View the fantastic skyline of Liverpool and beyond in glorious technicolour from the very top of St Johns Beacon. At 400 feet above the City Centre of Liverpool, your group will experience 360 degree panoramic views of Merseyside, the Wirral, North Wales and as far away as the Cumbrian Hills on clearer days.

Liverpool City Walking Tour

Liverpool City Walking Tour

See the major sights of the city. An expert Blue Badge Guide will join you on your coach or guide on foot and bring this vibrant city to life for your group. Sights may include taking in the stunning riverside of Liverpool, from the Albert Dock with its many attractions and the Pier Head with its iconic buildings and famous Liver Birds, to the city’s two oldest buildings – the Town Hall and the Bluecoat, via the Cavern Quarter and Liverpool’s most vibrant new development Liverpool One.

Mersey River Explorer

Mersey River Explorer

Mersey Ferries Pleasure Cruise - Guided by expert commentary throughout the 50-minute trip, the River Explorer Cruise offers your group stunning views of Liverpool's famous skyline. Students be captivated as the rich and fascinating history of UNESCO World Heritage waterfront unfolds before you.

The Beatles Story

The Beatles Story

The award-winning Beatles Story is the world's largest permanent exhibition purely devoted to the lives and times of The Beatles. Located in the Fab Four’s hometown of Liverpool, The Beatles Story takes visitors on an atmospheric journey through the lives, times, culture and music.

Liverpool school trip experts

Hundreds of groups travel with NST to Liverpool every year, and members of our team regularly visit to Liverpool to really get to know the ins-and-outs of the area, from logistics and visits to our range of student-friendly accommodation. Your dedicated Tour Co-ordinator will use their knowledge of Liverpool to create an itinerary that’s tailor-made, perfectly timed and meets your exact school travel needs. They’ll be able to share their first-hand experience, suggest options you might not have considered and give you insight into the feedback other teachers have given us too.

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

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

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

FREE classroom resources

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

Take a look at our downloadable posters here.

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 appFREE classroom posters and trip launch resources to support 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

  • 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 are LOtC Council’s Quality Badge assured

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