School trips to Madrid

Madrid combines a storied cultural history with modern infrastructure, food, art and design to offer a quality learning experience for all classes, whatever your focus.

The Spanish capital is home to a wealth of museums, plazas, elegant boulevards and beautiful, well-kept parks. A school trip to Madrid allows students to explore this fantastic city, picking up local customs, language and tapas along the way.

Visit the ‘Golden Triangle’ of art museums – Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen-Bornemisza – for unique artistic perspectives that are all within a few hundred yards of each other. 

Take a look at some of our popular school trip options below, or give us a call today for more information and advice on planning your ideal school tour of Madrid.

Browse our curriculum-linked school trips in Madrid

Spanish Language

Spanish language

There’s no better way to introduce your classroom-based learning than by surrounding your pupils with native speakers on a Spanish language school trip.

Learn more about our Spanish language trips to Madrid here.

Art & Design

Art & Design

Soak up the Spanish culture and explore the many museums, monuments and parks during an NST school trip to Madrid.

Learn more about our art & design trips to Madrid here.

Music tours

Music tours

Home to a wonderful cathedral, church venues and a warm climate, Madrid is a truly memorable destination for your music group school trip.

Learn more about our music trips to Madrid here.

Cultural trips

Cultural trips

Madrid combines a modern infrastructure with an important cultural and artistic heritage, with a range of cultural and educational visits to choose from, a trip to the city is certain to inspire your Spanish language pupils.

Learn more about our cultural tours to Madrid here.


Madrid trip highlights - our groups love...

Prado Museum

Prado Museum

Located right at the heart of Madrid’s cultural centre, the Prado is home to many European masterpieces. The extensive collection of historical works by artists such as Goya, Velázquez and El Greco celebrates Spanish heritage and clearly defines links to all the other major European schools.

La Puerta del Sol

La Puerta del Sol

This well-known and busy square houses many important statues including the bear and madrone tree (Madrid’s heraldic symbol), shops, cafés and occasional street music. 

Guided Walking Tour of Madrid

Guided Walking Tour of Madrid

Experienced in taking youth groups, our local guides will bring the history and culture of Madrid to life. Students will be amazed as they walk down world-famous streets such as Gran Via and through Madrid’s many plazas.

Reina Sofia Museum

Reina Sofia Museum

Completing the cultural triangle of museums in Madrid, this centre houses a permanent collection of Spanish modern and contemporary art and is home to Picasso’s Guernica.

Flamenco Lessons

Flamenco Lessons

Groups can try the heart-stopping and passionate art of Flamenco dancing, a true cultural experience from Spain’s musical heritage.

Language Workshops at Madrid Language School

Language Workshops at Madrid Language School

In a relaxed environment, students will take part in speaking and listening sessions with native speakers, greatly enhancing their learning experience. This centrally-located school focuses on working at your group’s current skill level with workshops that involve topics linked to visits in the city. Groups are split into a maximum of 15 to encourage participation.

El Rastro (Flea Market)

El Rastro (Flea Market)

Groups can use their language skills to purchase bargains galore at this popular, bustling flea market, where there truly is something for everyone! 

Football Club Tour

Football Club Tour

Choose from Real Madrid's stadium, or the Spanish Football National Stadium and take a guided tour of the trophy room, the pitch and players’ tunnel and everything behind the scenes!

Madrid school trip experts

Hundreds of groups travel with NST to Spain every year, and members of our team regularly visit Madrid 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 Madrid 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 your first school trip

Planning your 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 tour group's location

Get live updates on your tour group's 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 app, FREE 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.