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The best educational trips for kids in the UK

Published 14th Aug 2023
Stepping beyond the classroom walls and into the real world is a vital for a child’s learning experience. Educational trips are unforgettable days that kids will cherish forever, so it’s important that you plan a truly special day for your group. 

From ancient landmarks enriched in history to cutting-edge wonders of modern science, here’s The Best Educational Trips for Kids in the UK. 

ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

Voted the best wildlife attraction in the School Travel Awards 2019/20, you have every reason to take your educational group to ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. 

Curriculum linked interactive workshops and expert talk sessions will teach kids all they need to know about the wildlife Whipsnade has to offer. 

With the zoo being the largest in the UK and being the home of near extinct animals found in no other country, it’s a day out that children won’t want to miss out on. 

Location - Bedfordshire, England 

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Cardiff Castle

Are you going to be teaching your class or group about British History? Look no further than Cardiff Castle when deciding on your historical day trip. Perched on a hill overlooking the City of Cardiff, the castle boasts more than 300,000 visitors a year. 

Did you know building began on the castle in the 1st century AD by the Romans. But with 2000 years of history there is a plethora of eras to learn about when visiting the castle including the Victorians and Normans. 

Kids are often wowed by the hands-on Firing Line Museum, and there’s plenty of group workshops available to learn about the castle in a fun and interactive way. 

Location – Cardiff, Wales 

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Go Ape

Hidden deep within 36 of Britain’s most beautiful woodlands, GoApe is an outdoor adventure company that provide unforgettable days in the great outdoors. 

Although known best for their tree top rope courses, GoApe offer educational trips allowing kids to experience nature like never before. 

Trips include tree-top and ground-based games, perfect for improving problem solving, teamwork skills and confidence. Group Leaders are extremely knowledgeable and will make sure to educate your group about the many wonders of the wild. 

Location – Various locations around the UK 

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The Real Mary King’s Close

Follow in the footsteps of former Edinburgh residents in an underground street with over 400 years of history. 

Groups are guided through the 17th century close, where they will experience an award-winning immersive tour that’s been leaving guests stunned since 2003. Paid Actors give a remarkable insight into how life was lived on the street throughout different periods in time.

Workshops include historical role playing and interviews, to make your group’s day even more memorable.

Location – Edinburgh, Scotland 

The Science Museum

Modern-day learning in many museums around the UK falls short of expectations, as it often involves spending hours reading endless amounts of text on a wall.

The London Science Museum on the other hand, is home to interactive exhibits, inspiring historic technologies and fantastic events. Children are guaranteed to have a memorable experience. 

The Museum hosts formal education groups that can be tailored to different levels of learning. Tour guides will certainly lead your educational group on a science lesson they will never forget.

Location – London, England 

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Etihad Stadium

Discover the home of the 2022/23 treble winners, Manchester City! 

Trips will include educational experiences that link to key aspects of football business and life at the stadium. Experiences can be tailored to specific subjects and Key Stages, so your tour guide will cater information to children effectively. 

Of course, included in your trip will be a tour of the mind-blowing Etihad Stadium.

Location – Manchester, England 

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