Bath and Bristol
Bath and Bristol are both fabulous venues for your future school trip and are close enough to discover both cities in one visit. These two West Country gems, provide the yin and yang to turn an ordinary school trip into an adventure of high contrasts and fun. Between them, Bristol and Bath offer up the best of both worlds, combining ancient history, science and contemporary sophistication.
Bristol is at the forefront of urban innovation and green living with street art, as well as cultural institutions like the Arnolfini, an international arts centre and gallery. It has a programme of contemporary art exhibitions, artist's performance, music and dance events, poetry and book readings, talks, lectures and cinema. The Watershed, is a buzzing multi-arts venue with an arthouse cinema overlooking the water and Bristol Old Vic a beautiful Georgian theatre, hosts an ever changing programme of events and world class theatre. The city is home to At Bristol Science Centre, one of the best centres for science in the UK, with lots of hands on activities and changing exhibitions there is plenty to see and do.
The Unesco World Heritage City of Bath is just twelve minutes away by train and is full of examples of stunning Georgian architecture including the Royal Crescent and the Roman Baths which are the only hot spring baths in England.
Below we have listed one of our favourite school trip itineraries but of course, there are always lots of alternative attractions in these vibrant cities.
Depart school and travel to Monkey World – Ape Rescue Centre for a Keepers’ talk bespoke to your group followed by a trip around the park. Late afternoon travel to your accommodation and take time to settle in and explore the grounds after dinner.
Visit the Roman Baths where you can learn about Roman Life followed by lunch in the nearby Parade Gardens if the weather is fine. In the afternoon, visit the Fashion Museum – enjoy a talk and tour of the museum and the current exhibition. Enjoy a spooky guided Ghost Walk around the city before returning to your hotel for dinner and time to relax.
Visit Bristol and M Shed museum located in the historic dockyard for a history session tailored to your studies. After lunch bring the past to life with object handling and role play at one of three historic houses in the city. Return to accommodation for an early dinner and then off for a night at the theatre.
Depart for the final day of your trip to Longleat Safari and Adventure Park - an exciting place with so much to see and do. Make sure you take a boat trip to get up close to the sea lions on the lake. See all the amazing animals including the famous lions and enjoy the other exciting activities on offer. Depart late afternoon and journey back to school.
This trip to Bath & Bristol combines history, science,
wildlife and nature but it’s also an ideal destination for many other subjects.
Other “don’t miss” days out include:-
The Victoria Art Gallery is a free public art museum in Bath. The Grade 11 listed building houses over 1500 objects of art including a collection of oil paintings from British artists dating from 1700 onwards.
Explore Bath with a city guide learn about the cities
famous landmarks, Bath Abbey, Pulteney Bridge and the Royal Crescent.
Brunel’s inventions are everywhere in this city, and a day learning about this famous engineer is to visit some of his major inventions including the Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, and Brunel's SS Great Britain, one of the world’s most important historic ships.
The Folly Farm Centre, situated in a 250 acre nature reserve, is the perfect venue to energise your students. Promote teamwork with sheep herding or navigation challenges across the nature reserve. Learn new skills with bush craft and nature conservation skills with the help of the experts at Avon Wildlife Trust, and their award winning ‘Wild Schools Programme’.
World famous Cheddar Gorge is Britain’s biggest gorge rising over 450 ft from the stunning
stalactite caverns to the dramatic cliffs above. It is an area of outstanding Natural Beauty
and reveals many fascinating stories of our prehistoric ancestors and is an
international centre for caving and rock climbing.
The Fleet Air Arm Museum near Yeovil is Europe’s largest naval aviation museum and offers an exciting and informative learning programme.
Visit Stonehenge this prehistoric monument is designated a World Heritage Site and is one of the ‘must see’ attractions in Britain and wonders of the world. The advantage of visiting when staying in Bath or Bristol is that you can arrive early in the morning before the crowds have descended or spend late afternoon there, when most of the day trippers have departed.
All in all, it really is a wonderful area to visit and explore.