The transport links in the UK are well established and comprise road, rail air and water.There are fantastic museums throughout the country which chart the growth of these links throughout the last centuries. A school trip to any one of them would be an informative day your students would never forget, particularly if it was linked to a trip on a steam train or a tour of a vintage car.
Here are a few of our particular favourites. A trip to any one of them would be interesting and educational but most of all great fun!
Beaulieu Motor Museum
With a world-famous motor museum, a 13th century abbey and a Victorian styled stately home, there’s nothing like Beaulieu! Beaulieu’s award-winning team of education specialists offer a range of curriculum linked and made-to-measure programmes to suit the needs of your group. With programmes like Motoring Maths, The History of Motoring, Medieval Realms and Victorian Christmas, there are a range of engaging subjects to choose from, covering Science, English, Maths, Design & Technology, Geography, Leisure & Tourism, Engineering and Art. Visiting groups can have access to a lecture theatre and purpose-built classroom (subject to availability) and once a booking has been made, teachers are invited to make a free preliminary visit to plan their day.
The British Motor Museum
The British Motor Museum in Gaydon tells the story of the people, products and places linked to Britain’s motor industry and can help support studies across many areas of the National Curriculum. It offers an exciting range of learning programmes, from interactive workshops and self-led sessions, to outreach and themed curriculum weeks. There are dedicated Learning Spaces and the friendly Education team offer a mix of formal and informal sessions, suitable for groups of all abilities.
The Fleet Air Arm Museum
The Fleet Air Arm Museum in Ilchester, is devoted to the history of British naval aviation. It has an extensive collection of military and civilian aircraft, aero engines, models of aircraft and Royal Navy ships. It has an exciting and informative learning programme, with workshops designed to suit the needs of every Key Stage and offers children an excellent resource for learning about aviation and the 20th century. Learning programmes for schools may be adapted to fit your particular requirements.
The Runway Visitors Centre
Families and aviation enthusiasts looking for a summer day out should look no further than Manchester Airport’s Runway Visitor Park.The Runway Visitor Park is located at the end of Manchester Airport’s two runways, giving visitors panoramic views of the hundreds of daily flights landing and taking off. Home to five retired aircraft, the park gives visitors the chance to explore iconic aircraft such as the Concorde, sitting where royalty once sat and even getting a chance to play pilot as they learn more about these magnificent machines.It’s not just about planes at the park, with a playground, picnic areas, aviation shop, and restaurant so there’s something to keep the whole family entertained.
Yorkshire Air Museum
Yorkshire Air Museum at Elvington has authentic wartime surroundings, original exhibits and a collection of 60 aircraft and military vehicles on display make for an immersive experience which children will never forget! Over the years, the Museum has become one of the most interesting and dynamic museums of its type in the country. As well as being home to the only Allied Air Forces Memorial in Europe, the Yorkshire Air Museum is the largest independent aviation museum in the UK, with an acclaimed aircraft collection of over 50 aircraft showcasing flight from its very early origins in Yorkshire through to the latest technology of the supersonic age. The Museum is based on the original wartime RAF Elvington station and children can experience wartime life when visiting the Officers Mess, the original Control Tower and the Airmen’s Billet.
Mersey Ferries offers a 50-minute cruise with a fascinating recorded commentary. The cruise is the best way to enjoy the spectacular waterfront views and famous landmarks of Liverpool. The cruise also calls in at Seacombe and Woodside for visits to Spaceport and U-boat Story attractions.
The Museum of the Royal Navy
The Museum of the Royal Navy in Hartlepool offers Discovery Visits which include the chance to explore their atmospheric authentically created eighteenth century quayside and the unique opportunity to go on board HMS Trincomalee, currently the oldest warship still afloat in the world. Added to this, groups can discover what life was like for the officers and crew in the ‘Fighting Ships’ exhibit. Their learning programme offers fun and informative workshops for key stages 1 and 2 on a variety of subjects and interests. A visit will bring to life the Royal Navy’s rich history and heritage.
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
A visit to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard offers a fantastic range of education visits for groups at all levels. Choose from a wide range of bespoke educational packages across a superb variety of dedicated learning facilities; The Mary Rose, HMS Victory, HMS Warrior 1860, The National Museum of the Royal Navy Portsmouth and Action Stations. All visits are designed to maximise pupils’ learning experiences and can be tailored to your individual learning needs, time and budget.
East Lancashire Railway
The award-winning East Lancashire Railway and Bury Transport Museum boast inspiring, interactive itineraries making it the ideal destination for your next educational visit. Your students will be able to explore the life of a 1940s evacuee, find out how the Industrial Revolution shaped the North West or delve into the wonderful world of wheels. Discover the fascinating history of the region with guided tours, steam train rides and programmes suitable for all ability levels
North Bay Railway
The North Bay Railway is situated in Scarborough’s beautiful North Bay and commenced operation on the 23rd of May 1931. It is a 20-inch gauge railway and is one of the oldest seaside miniature railways in the country. It runs from scenic Peasholme Park for nearly a mile to Scalby Mills
The North Yorkshire Moors Railway
The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is a non-profit charitable organisation run by volunteers. It stretches for 18 miles with more than 30 bridges through the difficult but beautiful countryside of North Yorkshire. It is the largest preserved heritage railway in the UK in terms of route mileage operated and passenger numbers. Their self-contained Learning Centre facilities, on Platform Two, include classroom, outdoor learning space/picnic area, Peter's Railway Young Engineer's Visitor Centre with interactive science exhibits, Archives & Reading Room – the ideal place for learning for your school visit.
Spaceport is an education attraction in Seacombe with direct links to the science and astronomy curriculum. During your visit you will get to know the Sun, Moon and Earth and their relationships.As part of your visit to Spaceport, you can become a virtual space explorer in our 360 degree, Space Dome Show, where their latest show Astronaut is showing. Here your class will learn how an astronaut is trained and the dangers they face in space.
The Original London Sightseeing Tour
Experience the best of London aboard The Original London Sightseeing Tour's famous red open-top buses. London's most popular sightseeing tour offers its guests the ultimate introduction to the capital and includes entertaining English-speaking guides, an unrivalled fleet of superb modern buses, three main tour routes, two of which offer full multi-lingual commentary, 3 fascinating free walking tours, a fantastic free Thames Hop-on Hop-off river cruise pass, and an exclusive Kids' Club. Don’t forget to pick up their exclusive Kids’ Club Activity Pack from your departure point!