- A fantastic trip which ran smoothly! Enjoyed by both adults and children :-)
Published on: 05 July 2018
York is a quirky and quaint historical hub, and the perfect destination for inspiring primary school trips. The former Roman Capital of England it is bursting with history dating back to this time, with Roman Ruins hiding beneath the city’s most iconic landmark; The York Minster. Although the Roman Empire undeniably left its mark on York, the city’s history offers so much more than this period alone. Strong ties and influence from Viking and Anglo-Saxon settlers are present throughout the city, making your rich in some 2000 years of historical identity.
York as a city is very accessible for primary groups, with many of the key visits within walking distance from each other making the city itself great for exploring. The cobbled streets of the centre and traditional shop fronts are reminiscent of its history and will make your students feel like they’re walking through time. Why not take a stroll down The Shambles while you’re there? These adorably crooked and wonky buildings are rumoured to have inspired the one stop destination for all your wizarding needs; Harry Potter’s own Diagon Alley!
Primary groups visiting York will be able to explore a number of topics in the history curriculum in and around York including; The Romans, Vikings, Normans, Industrial Revolution, Victorian Britain to name a few. The engaging and unique history visits in York include Yorvik, an immersive recreation of a Viking settlement and the York Castle Museum and its Victorian High Street complete with a replica of the Original Terry’s Sweetshop, the home of the Chocolate Orange!
Depart from your school in the morning and head towards York by coach. En route your group will stop off to stretch your legs in the coastal town of Whitby where you can explore the harbour and enjoy some world-famous Whitby fish and chips! Board the coach after your seaside stop off and continue on to York.
Arrive at your accommodation and check into your rooms, depending on the time you may also have some free time before your evening meal.
Enjoy breakfast at your accommodation and collect your groups packed lunches for the day ahead. Travel over to Jorvik Viking Centre and DIG York, where your group can step back in time to see one of York’s many historic forms. Break for a spot of lunch and enjoy some free time to explore York’s cobbled streets. Following this you will have two afternoon visits to Clifford’s Tower and York Dungeon, followed by an evening meal at your accommodation. Why not explore York’s ghostly goings on with an evening Ghost walk?
Breakfast will be served in your accommodation and you will once again collect your groups packed lunches. Today your morning will consist of two fantastic visits, The York Minster and York Castle Museum. After exploring these two fantastic sites your group will break for some lunch and one last explore of the beautiful city before boarding the coach for your return journey to school.
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