Leading a school trip to London can be a daunting task for anyone, as it can be difficult to choose just a handful of attractions to visit during the trip.
We here at Fussell’s Travel thought it’d be beneficial to create a handy guide on some of the top attractions in the capital, and why you should visit them to aid your selection process.
The London Eye
The London Eye is a staple of any trip to London and offers the opportunity to have a panoramic, bird’s eye view of the whole city.
The attraction can be found next to the River Thames and is currently the largest Ferris wheel in Europe standing at 135 meters tall.
Prices to ride The London Eye start at as little as £9.50 per person and discounts are offered for larger groups. It is best to book in advance for this attraction due to it being the most popular paid tourist attraction in the UK, which is visited by over 3.5 million people annually.
The Lion King
A favourite for all school goers, the award-winning Broadway musical is available for viewing at London’s West End.
The fantastic production is a must if you’re staying overnight with your school trip and is great fun for people of all ages.
The show has won 24 major awards since first opening in November 1997 and is sure to be one of the highlights for any school trip visiting the capital.
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
The Park in Progress Tour offers an exclusive, behind the scenes look at the developing London 2012 site. It also offers a chance for your school trip to go up the ArcelorMittal Orbit next to the Olympic Stadium.
This tour offers a unique look at how the Olympic site is being turned into a whole area of London.
The tour offers visitors access to a new interactive story experience on the ArcelorMittal Orbit viewing platform, where they will be greeted by a stunning 360 degree view of London.
You’ll get the full site experience, as you’ll be handed your hard hat and high visibility jacket before starting the tour.
A short bus journey from Pudding Mill Lane to the Orbit Tower will take you into the heart of the Olympic Park, passing the Olympic Stadium and Aquatics Centre on the way.
Your tour ends after you’ve had the Orbit Tower experience, where you can view London’s newest green space in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
This is one of London’s cheapest paid attractions and tickets can be purchased from as little as £5 per person. This is great value considering the educational benefits for your students and the views you’ll experience at the top of the Orbit Tower.
This is one of London’s most popular tourist attractions and is always a favourite for school trips.
Madame Tussauds opened over 200 years ago and displays lifelike waxworks of film stars, sport stars, historical and royal figures.
This attraction also offers an educational benefit, as your school group can learn as there is information available next to historical figures waxworks. Along with this, there is also realistic recreations of key historical periods on display too.
Watch as your pupils flock to their favourite film or sport star for pictures, it’s sure to be one of the favourite stops on your trip to London.
Cruises along the River Thames are an ideal way of getting plenty of sightseeing into a short space of time and are perfect for large school trips.
With boats leaving every 30 minutes you’ll be on course to see Big Ben, The London Eye and Tower Bridge along the route.
Boats come equipped cafés stocked full of enticing food and soft drink options, they are a great way to ensure your school group are well fed on their travels.
London is a city full of history, and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre is an educational experience that any school trip should take advantage of.
Shakespeare’s Globe is a reconstruction of the Globe Theatre, a playhouse that was destroyed by a fire in 1613, was rebuilt a year later, but was then demolished in 1644.
Based on the south bank of the River Thames, Shakespeare’s Globe plays host to thousands of tourists each day.
School groups are offered a programme of educational events at the attraction. Groups are invited to attend an exhibition providing information on the state of London when Shakespeare was writing.
Natural History Museum
The museum is perfect for any science based school trip and admission is free.
The Natural History Museum has five main collections: Botany, Entomology, Mineralogy, Palaeontology and Zoology and holds over 700,000 million exhibits.
The museum has specimens collected by Charles Darwin, as well as a large collection of scientific and historical documents that played a vital part in discoveries made over the course of history.
Here at Fussell’s Travel Service, we provide a fantastic school booking service for locations across the whole of the UK. Our expert team will be more than happy to help you plan your visit to the capital – providing tailor-made itineraries for your school trip.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us today on 01229 826861 to find out more information on our services.