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UK Day Trips & Tours

Day trips are a great option for school groups, quick and easy to organise, and affordable for your students too. 

We offer a wide choice of day trip destinations across the UK, ideal for both primary and secondary school groups.  At NST, we’ll tailor your day trip itinerary to the curriculum topics your students are studying, reinforcing their classroom-based learning whilst also providing a fun and exciting learning experience. We’ll make your budget go further too with advice on the best FREE and low-cost visits available. 

Providing learning outside the classroom in 2021

Choosing a day trip allows your students to still benefit from learning outside the classroom and, is in line with the Department for Education's current advice around school trips.

Reasons to consider a day trip:

  • Give your students something positive to look forward to, having missed out on so much this year
  • Coach travel is an appropriate option to maintain social bubbles 
  • Inspire & re-engage your students, letting them explore somewhere new away from their classroom
  • A budget-friendly option, great value for money with a full itinerary
  • Students are just a coach ride from home, providing parents with peace of mind

Starting from just £49pp, our day trips include:

  • Executive coach transport from and to school
  • Group travel insurance
  • 1 in 8 free place ratio

 

We appreciate the additional pressures teachers are under right now, our service is designed to save you time. We have organised countless day trips over the past 50 years, so we know exactly how to take the hassle out of your planning. 

At NST, we’ll create a full itinerary aligned to your learning objectives, organise your transportation, entrance to visits and attractions, packed lunches and provide you with full support and advice throughout. Get in touch with one of our expert advisors today. 

Book with Confidence Guarantee

We understand that your school will need more reassurance, information and flexibility than ever before when making future travel plans. 

 

 

We have listened to our customers’ feedback and have introduced some new measures to be able to provide you and parents with peace of mind when booking your next trip.  These measures include: 

 

Financial Peace of Mind

To help ease the financial pressures on parents, we have adapted our payment policies to give you increased flexibility, ensuring you have financial peace of mind and more confidence when it comes to booking your next trip.  

 

 

Enhanced Health & Safety

The safety of our groups has always been our number one priority. As a member of the School Travel Forum, we have contributed to a COVID-Secure set of guidelines to provide reassurance to you and parents. 

 

 

 

Our full range of curriculum-linked UK day trips, find your subject below:

Primary School Day Trips 

Bournemouth & Dorset - Day Trips

Bournemouth & Dorset 

Primary Schools

Our primary school trips to Bournemouth and Dorset are particularly popular with primary school groups looking for a short distance trip that still offers plenty of valuable learning opportunities.

View our range of visits and attractions here

 

Cornwall - Day Trips 

Cornwall  

A day trip to Cornwall and the beautiful south coast of the UK offers plenty of diverse learning opportunities. 

You can find more information on each trip we offer below, or visit our page about Cornwall school trips.​

Primary Schools
A safe yet inspirational destination for your pupils, Cornwall offers an abundance of natural attractions, excursions and history to keep primary school pupils entertained and engaged.

View our range of visits and attractions here.

Edinburgh - Day Trips 

Edinburgh

Scotland’s historic capital city provides a unique learning experience for students of all ages, full of quality sights, landmarks and activities. That means there’s a lot to consider when planning your ideal day trip to Edinburgh. 

You can find more information on each trip we offer below, or visit our page about Edinburgh school trips.​

Primary Schools
Edinburgh is one of the UK’s most beautiful cities, full of fascinating museums, enchanting history and heritage. It’s an ideal destination to give primary school groups perhaps their first taste of a remarkable capital city. 

View our range of visits and attractions here.

Liverpool - Day Trips 

Liverpool

As a former European City of Culture, Liverpool is a great location for a school trip.

You can find more information on each trip we offer below, or visit our page about Liverpool school trips.

Primary Schools
Primary school groups visiting Liverpool can take advantage of a major touring musical at the Empire Theatre, take a ferry across the Mersey and take a tour at Anfield Stadium.

View our range of visits and attractions here.
 

Llandudno & North Wales - Day Trips

Llandudno & North Wales

Primary Schools 

This is an ideal primary school trip destination if you want to touch upon many aspects of the curriculum outside the classroom. A stay in Llandudno and North Wales offers several great opportunities to take in the top attractions in Wales. 

View our range of visits and attractions here.

London - Day Trips 

London

School trips to London offer young people a valuable new perspective outside of the classroom and a chance to experience the sights, sounds, hustle and bustle of a major global city. We offer trips in a wide range of subjects with plenty of activities perfect for aiding the development of your students.

View our range of visits and attractions here. 

 

Manchester - Day Trips 

Manchester 

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

You can find more information on each trip we offer below, or visit our page about Manchester school trips.


Primary Schools
A primary school trip to Manchester is a fantastic alternative to London for groups based in the north or Scotland with a colourful array of educational and cultural visits.

View our range of visits and attractions here. 

 

York Day Trips 

York 

Find more information about our school trips to York here

Primary Schools

School trips to York and the Yorkshire coast provide an incredible learning experience for children of all ages, particularly primary school groups who are looking to learn more about one of the most iconic Roman cities in the UK.

View our range of visits and attractions here. 

 

Stratford Upon Avon - Day Trips 

Stratford Upon Avon

Thousands of school groups flock to Stratford Upon Avon every year to enjoy the iconic sights and shows found in Shakespeare’s home town. 

You can find more information on each trip we offer below, or visit our page about Stratford Upon Avon school trips.


Primary Schools
A primary school trip to Stratford-upon-Avon is guaranteed to inspire your pupils, plus there’s also the opportunity to explore a wealth of attractions throughout the West Midlands.

View our range of visits and attractions here. 


 

Theme Parks - Day Trips

Theme Parks 

Our theme park day trips are a very popular idea for activities week or a class reward for hard work.

View trips for KS2 here

View trips for secondary schools here

 

Cultural & enrichment day trips

London - Day Trips 

London

School trips to London offer young people a valuable new perspective outside of the classroom and a chance to experience the sights, sounds, hustle and bustle of a major global city. We offer trips in a wide range of subjects with plenty of activities perfect for aiding the development of your students.

Find more information about our school trips to London here

 

Theme Parks - Day Trips

Theme Parks 

Our theme park day trips are a very popular idea for activities week or a class reward for hard work.

View trips for secondary schools here

 

English, Drama & Performing Arts Day Trips

London Literature School Day Trips 

London Literature School Day Trips 

For an English school trip that focuses on works of literature and how they can be adapted for stage and screen, you won't be disappointed with NST's London literature study tour.

View our range of visits and attractions here. 

 

London Theatre Day Trips 

London Theatre Day Trips 

A theatre day trip to London is great way for English, drama and performing arts groups to enjoy a low cost experience in the capital city.

View our range of visits and attractions here.

Stratford Upon Avon

Stratford Upon Avon

Thousands of school groups flock to Stratford Upon Avon every year to enjoy the iconic sights and shows found in Shakespeare’s home town. 

You can find more information on each trip we offer below, or visit our page about Stratford Upon Avon school trips.


Drama & Performing Arts
Explore the historic world that shaped Shakespeare’s life, including world class productions and performance arts workshops, in the beautiful town of Stratford.

View our range of visits and attractions here. 
 

History Day Trips

Edinburgh - History Day Trips 

Edinburgh - History Day Trips 

For groups studying the Early Elizabethan England, Edinburgh is a great destination to learn more about Mary Queen of Scots and her relationship with Queen Elizabeth.

View our range of visits and attractions here. 

London - History Day Trips 

London - History Day Trips 

Day trips to London are a great option for groups on a budget or limited time.  Themed day trip itineraries include Crime & Punishment, Medicine & Surgery and The Tudor Period, Greenwich.  

Learn more here

 

 

York - History Day Trips 

York -History Day Trips 

Visit York Minister, stroll down the Shambles and finish the day with a ghost walk in Europe’s most haunted city! Take a trip to Eden Camp to be immersed in WW2 wartime England. 

View our range of visits and attractions here. 

Stratford Upon Avon - History Day Trips 

Stratford Upon Avon - History Day Trips

Explore the historic world that shaped Shakespeare’s life and discover more about the Tudor Era in this compact city, which is an ideal location for a day trip. 

View our range of visits and attractions here. 
 

Maths Day Trips

London - Maths Day Trips 

London - Maths Day Trips 

Investigate the mathematics that makes the capital city of London work! From the Wembley Stadium arch, to the Bank of England, your pupils will be surrounded by maths during a visit to the city.

View our range of visits and attractions here.

Theme Parks - Maths Day Trips

Theme Parks - Maths Day Trips

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. Our choice of theme parks offer a STEM schools programme and a wide range of curriculum linked resources for use prior, during and after your visit.

Learn more about our range of maths theme park visits here.

 

Art & Design Day Trips 

Cornwall - Art & Design Day Trips 

Cornwall Art & Design Day Trips 

On an art and design school trip to Cornwall, your pupils will feel inspired by the beautiful setting and could even walk in the footsteps of Barbara Hepworth, Bernard Leach, John Opie or other influential Cornish artists.

View our range of visits and attractions here.

Liverpool - Art & Design Day Trips 

Liverpool Art & Design Day Trips 

With the largest collection of galleries and museums outside London, Liverpool is the perfect place for an art and design school trip.

View our range of visits and attractions here. 

 

London - Art & Design Day Trips 

London Art & Design Day Trips 

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. 

Find more information about our day trips to London here

 

Manchester - Art & Design Day Trips 

Manchester - Art & Design Day Trips 

A city bursting with charm and character, art is available in abundance, with art and design school trips to Manchester boasting a number of fascinating galleries on their itineraries. Why not explore the latest exhibition at the Whitworth Art Gallery, or delve into the works of the region’s most famous artists, like L.S Lowry?

View our range of visits and attractions here.

Geography Day Trips 

Cornwall - Day Trips 

Cornwall Geography Day Trips

Cornwall provides geography pupils with the ideal learning environment to investigate coasts and tourism, and of course, a visit to the amazing Eden Project.

View our range of visits and attractions here.

London - Geography Day Trips 

London Geography Day Trips

A geography visit to England’s capital city offers a great opportunity to study urban regeneration, cost/benefit issues, infrastructure and networks, whilst Olympics sites enable pupils to cover several study themes too. 

Find more information about our school trips to London here

 

Business Studies Day Trips 

London - Business Studies Day Trips 

London - Business Studies Day Trips 

Our London day packages provide a great value option and offer a wide range of curriculum-linked visits for Business Studies school trips with limited time out of the classroom. 

Find more information about our Business studies day trips to London here

 

Midlands - Business Studies Day Trips 

Midlands - Business Studies Day Trips

Home to world famous brands such as Cadbury and Jaguar Land Rover, a visit to the Midlands is a must for business studies groups for its diverse array of visits, with a chance to look at marketing strategies, production, logistics, business responsibilities and priorities.

View our range of visits and attractions here.

Work with our experts...

Hundreds of groups travel across the UK with NST every year, and members of our team are regularly travelling up, down and across to really get to know the ins-and-outs of each city and area. 

Your dedicated Tour Co-ordinator will use their knowledge of the UK to create an day trip itinerary that’s tailor-made, perfectly timed and ensures your students make the most of their time outside the classroom.

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.

 

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 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 geography 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 of the UK 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.

  • 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.

  • More than 50 years’ experience

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

  • Risk assessment guidance

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

  • 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.

  • Offsetting carbon emissions

For every 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. 

 

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.