School Trip Destinations: Oxford

The City of Dreaming Spires has been a popular destination for tourists with its rich history that dates back hundreds of years. If you’re looking for a part of the country to ignite a love for history in your students, Oxford is a great city to visit. Let’s take a look at just a few of the attractions in Oxford that your pupils are sure to love.

Radcliffe Camera - Oxford

Oxford Castle

While much of the castle has been modernised as the first courtyard is now home to restaurants, pubs and even a luxury hotel, you can still enjoy the history of the castle on the Oxford Castle Unlocked tour. This tour takes you around the original castle with a host of historic tour guides to bring the history of the castle to life.

There are workshops available for school visits, so your pupils can get a real hands-on experience of the castle with a number of cross-curricular workshops.

You can find out more about educational castle tours here.

Take a Harry Potter Tour

The Harry Potter franchise was very much at home in the city of Oxford, with many of the scenes from Hogwarts being shot in Oxford locations.

Christ Church College gave life to many of the well-loved locations of the stories, including the Great Hall. The New College cloisters were used in a number of scenes for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, including the scene where Malfoy is turned into a ferret by Mad-Eye Moody! The Bodleian Library and Blenheim Palace also take their turn at playing Hogwarts Castle.

Bodleian Library - Oxford

Pitt Rivers Museum

The Pitt Rivers Museum is a unique and truly fascinating place to visit. General Pitt Rivers founded the museum in 1884 having collected more than 20,000 objects of scientific and cultural interest during his postings in countries all around the British Empire.

These days the museum is home to more than half a million artefacts uniquely arranged in typological displays, meaning that they are arranged by type rather than locations. The museum offers workshops for both primary education and secondary education, so you can be assured that your students will be kept entertained!

Find out more about education at the Pitt Rivers Museum here.

Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Founded in 1860, this museum is home to a huge collection of geological and zoological specimens. Research and education are still ongoing within this museum, giving your pupils a real hands-on experience when you visit.

The education team at the museum are all fully-qualified teachers so can offer a uniquely educational and fun experience. With workshops and study days designed for all school ages, this is a great place that you can keep coming back to year after year.

Find out more about the museum here.

Oxford is bursting full of fun and educational things to see and do, making it an excellent location for a school trip. Start planning your visit today with Fussell’s Travel Services. We provide school trips to many areas around the country, including Stratford-Upon-Avon, which makes for a perfect base to visit Oxford from.

If you would like to find out more about our services, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by calling us on 01229 826861 or email us at with your name and contact details and we would be more than happy to discuss your requirements.

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