School Trips to Kent – The Garden of England
The county of Kent, traditionally known as ‘The Garden of England’ because of its abundance of orchards, strawberry and hop fields, offers a wealth of opportunities for learning outside the classroom.
Kent is a convenient destination for either a day trip, or a few days away where you can combine coast and country, history, art and the environment to give your pupils a memorable and enriching experience. So bring learning to life and start planning your next school trip!
As well as being the capital city of Kent, Canterbury is also the centre of Christianity in England, and Canterbury Cathedral, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the oldest Christian churches in England. For educational visits Canterbury Cathedral offers a wealth of learning opportunities including workshops, guided tours or self-led visits – the choice is yours! The charming city is worth exploring as well, compact and pedestrianised it is a pleasant excursion.
Stunning castles, gardens and stately homes pepper the landscape and tell stories of a bygone era. You may be surprised to learn that there are over 21 castles in Kent alone! All are very different and some are more suited than others to catering to the National Curriculum or for a fun school day trip out.
Leeds Castle is a stunning house, surrounded by a moat, it makes an impression as soon as you visit and their maze is great fun to explore and will keep your children happy for hours. For educational visits Leeds Castle offers an exciting range of themed workshops, self-guided visits and fun-packed itineraries to ensure your school group will learn there is so much more to Leeds Castle than history and they hold the converted Sandford Award for Heritage Education.
Dover Castle, looked after by English Heritage, is another interesting visit. It has always been a strategic position – once an Iron Age Fort stood here and the present castle dates back to the 11th century and commands a majestic view over the straits of Dover. Beneath the castle lies a network of tunnels which were used in the 2nd World War as a major command base for the Navy.
For a fairy tale castle visit Hever Castle and Gardens, with its double moat it has a magical feel, where you can discover 700 years of history, and was once the childhood home of Anne Boleyn.
For a different history lesson visit The Museum of Kent Life is an interesting hands-on museum. Your students will be fascinated on how farming was done in days gone by. It is a great day out where you can explore 28 acres of fun with animals to cuddle, tractors to ride, play areas to go wild in, fascinating historic buildings to explore and cafés to relax in.
For a contemporary look at farming and conservation, The National Fruit Collection is one of the largest fruit collections in the world and includes over 3,500 named Apple, Pear, Plum, Cherry, Bush fruit, Vine and Cob Nut cultivars. Located at Brogdale Farm, near Faversham the collection is owned by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and is part of an international programme to protect plant genetic resources for the future. They offer tours and workshops for schools.
Kent is also a coastal county and a visit to the coastal town of Margate, home to the Turner Contemporary Gallery makes a welcome alternative day out. The Gallery pays homage to Turner’s life, he went to school in the town and often visited throughout his life, as well a hosting a continual changing programmes of events and exhibitions.
Alternatively for seaside fun, the charming town of Whistable, has been a favourite haunt of artists throughout the centuries and continues to be today and is well worth exploring. But whatever you decide to do, finish your stay with a fish and chip supper which will be appreciated by your students and your school trip to Kent will have been a perfect stay.
More to See
- Museum of Kent-Life
- Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway
- Bedgebury Pinetum
- Hever Castle & Gardens
- Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway
- Camber Sands
- Howletts Wild Animal Park
Other Trips in This Region
Travel to Kent stopping off at Dover Castle for a tour of this famous strategic landmark which played has played a crucial part in protecting Britain over the centuries. After a tour of the Secret Wall Tunnels continue our journey to our hotel.
This morning travel to Leeds-Castle for a tour of the house. Surrounded by a pretty mote this fairy tale castle is a lovely place to visit, with an excellent playground and maze.
Today head for Canterbury for a guided tour of the Cathedral followed by a tour of Canterbury-Tales that encapsulates Chaucer’s famous tales in an authentic and fun way. There will be time to shop for souvenirs before head back to our accommodation.
This morning spend the day exploring the coast, fossil hunting and beachcombing with local experts. In the afternoon we continue with outward bound activities including shelter building and orienteering before heading back to your accommodation for a barbeque and camp fire to round up the week’s activities.
Time to pack your bags and head off home. On the way you have the option of stopping off at another attraction. Perhaps stretch your student’s legs and test their co-ordination skills with an outward bound activity such as Go-Ape or alternatively enjoy a picnic lunch at Bodiam Castle to break the journey.
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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- Evening meals
- Packed lunches
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- Personal guides available
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