A school trip to Hadrians Wall and the Northumberland National Park is a memorable experience particularly for schools who are not familiar with this beautiful part of Britain.
The Northumberland National Park’s new, state of the art hostel, The Sill is a fantastic venue for group accommodation and your next school trip, offering first class facilities.
Ideally placed to visit the historic sites of Hadrians Wall Heritage Site, the Roman fort of Vindolanda, Housesteads and the Roman Army Museum as well as making use of the wonderful facilities that the Education team that the National Park provide.
Hadrians Wall is 84 miles in length from coast to coast and was created a National Trail in 2003. The trail crosses the rugged landscapes along the border of England and Scotland, with magnificent scenery to enjoy, as well as interesting places to visit. Although it takes 6 days to walk the trail, it is well worth taking longer to enjoy the experience. Why not visit the villages and places of interest along the way and rest your feet.
The trail starts at Wallsend on the East Coast near Newcastle and stretches across the undulating Northumbrian countryside, passing through the city of Carlisle and finishing on the Solway Coast with a backdrop of the Scottish hills in the distance.
Built by a force of 15,000 men in less than six years, it is an astounding feat of engineering, and there are milecastles, barracks, ramparts and forts to explore. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site Hadrian’s Wall is a unique, must-see monument and a remarkable place to experience.
For outward bound activities Kielder is the place to go to experience the great outdoors. Kielder Water is one of home the largest man-made lakes in Northern Europe and, at over 250 square miles, is Kielder Forest is the largest working forest in England.
There are a variety of providers offering outward bound and environmental activities. Whilst visiting Kielder be sure to plan a visit Kielder Observatory, it is also an excellent place to view dark skies and our solar system.
Known as Northumberland and Kielder Water and Forest International Dark Sky Park, at nearly 580 square miles,is the second largest area of protected night sky in Europe, and achieved this status thanks to the International Dark Skies Association, the leading international organisation working to combat light pollution worldwide.
Becoming a Dark Sky Park means that the night skies will be kept free from light pollution and we can create more opportunities for people to be inspired by the stars. For many children and adults too, they have never experienced looking looking at a dark sky totally unpolluted by artificial light.
It is estimated that 85% of the UK population has never seen a truly dark sky or experienced the sense of wonder that a clear night filled with billions of stars can give! At Kielder, the skies can be so dark that the Milky Way and even the planet Jupiter can cast shadows, a phenomenon many have never seen. Kielder is recognised as one of the best place to see the stars in the UK.
The coast is another highlight of Northumberland with its long sweeping sandy beaches, and golden sands. It also is a haven for wildlife and the trips to the Farne Islands, cared for by the National Trust to view nesting seabirds and seals is a memorable experience. Bamburgh Castle and Dunstanburgh Castle dominate the coastline and a school trip taking in a coastal walk and a visit to one of these castles is an enjoyable day out.
A visit to nearby Alnwick Castle is a must for Harry Potter fans and why not also visit Alnwick Gardens who offer a variety of workshops for schools.
Alnwick also boasts one of the largest second hand bookshops in England with over 350,000 books to choose from if you are lucky you may well find a first edition Harry Potter!
More to See
- George Stephenson’s Birthplace
- Alnwick Castle
- The city of Newcastle
- Baltic Centre
- The Sage
- Carlisle Castle
- The Roman Senhouse Museum
- Customs House
- Birdoswald Roman Fort
- Roman Army Museum
- Corbridge Roman Fort
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Arrive by coach and settle into your accommodation. Spend the afternoon exploring Hadrian’s Wall Heritage site. There is plenty to do each night, Northumberland National Park Authority offer a great range of activities including geology, geography dark skies and astronomy, delivered by their own staff and selected local partners.
In the morning we head first of all to Housestead’s to see how the Romand’s would have lived and an opportunity to walk along the wall. After lunch we travel on to the Vindolanda Museum which has both an outdoor site with ongoing live excavation, and an indoor Roman Army museum full of rare treasures.
After breakfast, explore Brocolitia Roman Temple which gives an intriguing insight into Roman religious practises. The well preserved temple, dedicated to Mithras the God of Light, imitates the cave where Mithras killed a bull from whose body all goodness sprang. After a picnic lunch join the coach for the journey home.
Relieve the Stress
Here at School Trips UK our dedicated school trip team have over 20 years’ experience in the travel industry and we pride ourselves in delivering bespoke tips that make learning fun and engaging.
At the start of your enquiry we will research the best accommodation for your chosen destination as well as transport providers if required, and one agent will keep in touch with you throughout the process to ensure you are happy and kept in the loop right to the end of your visit.
All trips can be arranged around a particular subject or subjects and we can include workshops, talks, company visits and other relevant activities accordingly. Everything for your trip would be individually sourced, from local restaurants for your meals to evening activities such as ghost walks or ten pin bowling.
Before you depart on your trip you’ll be provided with detailed itineraries, all booking information, travle maps if required and 24 hour emergency contact details.
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- Entry to attractions
- Evening meals
- Packed lunches
- FREE teacher places
- Information packs
- Personal guides available
- Risk assessments
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