When experienced in the right way, the UK capital is one vast, immersive classroom in itself. UK study tours to London are the most engaging way for teachers to bring its vast cache of art, history and culture to life for students, and the opportunity to stimulate young hearts and minds beyond the classroom is both a pleasure and a privilege. |
UK Study Tours to London
By its nature, however, planning an educational visit to London can be somewhat of a challenge, with the temptation to see as much as possible in a limited time potentially overshadowing the quality of the experience. Enlisting a specialised tour operator to create an itinerary based on selected themes is an excellent way to ensure a focused schedule.
Below are three suggested themes for those planning a visit to the capital on UK study tours.
Delve into Politics & History at the Houses of Parliament
A trip to the seat of the nation's government has the capacity to actualise the history and machinations of UK politics in brilliant context. Exploring the Houses of Parliament can inspire students in different aspects of the process of governance, from the passion of a great debate, to the overarching responsibilities of UK citizenship.
Pupils can explore the numerous buildings, meet their local MP, visit the observation gallery to view the Lords or MPs in debate, and participate in workshops relating to law making, campaigning, speed debating and voting. In addition, the area around the House of Parliament is home to a number of other significant historical sites, including Westminster Abbey, the Jewel Tower and Parliament Square.
Explore Science & Nature at the Natural History Museum
The Natural History Museum can be somewhat less overwhelming than the cultural giants of the British Museum and the National Gallery. Its more modest size in no way reduces its educational value and it provides a multi-faceted destination for students of all ages.
The building in which the Natural History Museum is housed is one of the city's finest examples of neo-gothic architecture, and its magnificent entrance façade is the realisation of Alfred Waterhouse's vision to create a 'cathedral to nature'. The impressive exhibits within form an expansive collection relating to the natural world, providing a wealth of inspiration for discussion with and amongst students.
The surrounding South Kensington museum precinct is also home to several other sites of great educational worth, including the Science Museum, the Royal Albert Hall, and the Albert Memorial.
Immerse in Literature & Drama at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
There's no better way to bring the dusty works of the Bard into sharp, contemporary context for a youthful group than through a visit to the iconic Globe Theatre. An excursion to the theatre affords young people a deeper appreciation of the timeless texts of Shakespeare and allows them to see the Elizabethan theatrical experience in a new light. Through onsite workshops pupils can explore aspects of the themes of the playwright's work, and learn what goes on behind the scenes to stage a theatre performance.
The immediate surrounding area also provides the opportunity to visit the original site of the Globe and the excavated archaeological site of the city's first Tudor theatre, the Rose Playhouse.
Basing UK school tours on themed itineraries can provide an excellent grounding in multiple subjects for young people in a digestible, educational and entertaining way.
John Gardiner is the Managing Director of The School Travel Company, a tour operator specialising in UK study tours for school and youth groups, as well as trips to destinations in Europe and beyond. As a father and avid traveller, John is very passionate about providing students with valuable and engaging learning experiences outside of the classroom. By sharing his expert advice with teachers, he allows them to inspire their students and bring their studies to life.
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