Here at Educational Visits UK we understand the importance of Learning Outside The Classroom it really does bring the lessons learnt in school to life. So over the next few weeks we are going to list our top destinations to visit for those groups wanting an educational visit that may last a day or even a week. Please email us at with your favourite destinations to add to our list or Facebook and Twitter pages.
No. 1 An Educational Visit to York
We may be a bit biased living in Yorkshire but York is truly a great destination to visit with plenty of excellent accommodation and museums and attractions both in the city centre or a short coach drive away. It is a beautiful city, easy to walk around and safe as the centre is pedestrianised.
York's Top attractions include:-
1. The National Railway Museum, where you can discover the story and technology of the railways and is free to enter.
2. The Jorvik Viking Centre and will be opening next spring 2017 after major refurbishment due to the recent flooding in early spring of this year.
3. Their sister museum Dig is still open and well worth a visit for hand's on fun it is an archaeological adventure for kids to discover York's 2000 years of history. One of the most popular exhibits is a fossilised turd! It always causes great mirth amongst the audience!
4. York's Chocolate Story will keep your students entertained as well as sampling some delicious chocolate and without realising will absorb the history of how important the chocolate making industry was to the creation of York. They have now introduced walking tours of the city (which we will intend to try out and will report back later on.
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5. The Yorkshire Air Museum tells the story of the 2nd World War and is the largest aviation museum in the United Kingdom. Its message is more relevant today than ever.
6. A great opportunity to spend some time relaxing during a busy day, is to take a cruise down the beautiful River Ouse with Yorkboat. It is an ideal way to eat your packed lunch as well as being interesting and informative. If you are lucky you may even see a kingfisher!
7. Another way to have some time to relax is by taking a York City Sightseeing Tour. Not only is it fun and informative but you are able to hope on and off the bus at over 20 stops around the city which any teacher knows can be a life saver if you are walking around all day. By taking a bus tour on the first day it gives you a good knowledge of the city so that you know your way around.
8. For evening entertainment we suggest a Ghost walk we recommend The Original Ghost Walk of York. This walk will thrill and entertain everyone. Mark Graham started the Original Ghost Walk in 1973, which is believed to be the first one in the country and although many have tried to copy him he is still one of the best.
9. The York Terror Trail is a relative newcomer but they have quickly grown in popularity to be voted one of the top ten walks of its kind in the world. Unlike the ghost walks it is more of a history story about the terrifying events that have taken place in this city over the past 1900 years.
These are just some of the top places to visit but there are plenty more.
- York Minster. This beautiful Gothic cathedral dominates York's skyline. They offer curriculum led workshops together with a tour of the Minster. There is an option (additional cost) to climb the tower to the roof for an amazing view.
- The newly refurbished York City Art Gallery has the finest collection of World War 1 Art in the United Kingdom. Co Co is now a new gallery dedicated to ceramic art. It has recently won many awards including York Visitor Attraction of the year 2016 and was recently runner up for the Art Fund Museum of the Year Award 2016, second to the V&A in London.
- York Castle Museum is home to Kirkgate, the world-famous recreated Victorian Street, and The York Castle Prison Experience, and is the perfect venue to explore and understand how people have lived over the past 300 years.
- The Yorkshire Museum hosts exciting and vibrant exhibitions on Roman and Medieval York as well as the science of Extinctions. Situated in the beautiful museum gardens there are dedicated learning labs and lunch spaces it is an unmissable venue for a school visit.
So with so much to do one visit is definitely not enough time to explore this great city. With so many other magnificent Yorkshire attractions within a short drive of York we would recommend at least 3 days here if not the whole week.
First class accommodation and restaurants ensure that you will have a great fun packed time and here are a few of the best places to stay.
- The Fort, York. Situated in the city centre this is York's first boutique hostel. A great location, only 2 minutes walk to the Minster.
- Headley House. This hotel is based very near the city centre and is a great location for being able to walk around the city.
- The Racecourse Centre is situated a five minute drive from the city centre this hostel offers safe, secure and comfortable accommodation and free coach parking.
- Queen Ethelberga's College. Half and hour from York is this lovely private school situated in 150 acres of beautifully maintained grounds. 5 star accommodation at affordable prices.
- York YHA. This recently refurbished 4* modern hostel has free WiFi & en-suite rooms. Safe & secure. 24 hour access. It is on a direct bus route into the city centre of a level walk which takes approximately 25 minutes into the centre.