Duration: 3 Days
Highlights of York
This is a very popular tour. York is a fascinating walled medieval city with excellent traffic-free shopping streets and one of the country’s finest Cathedrals – the York Minster. You can add optional visits through York’s darkest history at the York Dungeon or enjoy a relaxing cruise on the river from reconstructed shops and houses from the past. You can combine your tour with visits to other UK attractions en-route. You will be amazed by the Magna Science Adventure Centre – a truly unique educational experience which looks at the elements of the earth, air, water and fire. Who could resist a visit to Cadbury world – Birmingham’s very own chocolate paradise. Meet (and smell) the past at the world famous Jorvik Viking Centre.
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The Edventure Travel Package
All Edventure Travel trips and tours can be customised to your personal requirements, this sample tour is designed to give you inspiration for your own trip. When you are ready to start planning, get in touch and we can design a bespoke package tour for your group. We will always make clear what is included and excluded in your quotation.
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Customised for you
All tours are 100% customised to suit your group. We believe that every group should be treated individually, it’s your tour after all. If you want to add something that is not featured on our website just let us know and we will work with you to develop an itinerary to meet your needs.
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- Executive Coach throughout
- All travel when at your destination
- Accommodation based on bed and breakfast with students in multi-bedded rooms
- Teachers free of charge sharing twin rooms
- All meals mentioned in the itinerary
- All activities mentioned in the itinerary unless otherwise stated
- Travel Insurance
- Single Room Supplements
- Personal Expenditure
- Tips for guides and drivers
- Full Time Tour Director
- Activities not mentioned
- Meals not mentioned
Travel to York
Visit Cadbury World near Birmingham and/or the Magna Science Adventure Centre at Doncaster en-route to York.
Spend the morning in York visiting the National Railway Museum or the York Dungeon. In the afternoon, visit the Minster, the medieval streets known as the Shambles, and the excellent Castle Museum.
In the evening you could enjoy a river cruise followed by a guided Ghost Walk.
Enjoy a day at Alton Towers resort and then travel back to the school in the evening.
Alton Towers Resort
Visits to the Alton Towers Resort are the perfect way to spend a fun-filled day with your school group. With an abundance of exciting rides and attractions, students can experience a combination of both thrills and laughter suitable for all ages. With a host of pure adrenalin-pumping thrill rides, the Alton Towers resort is renowned for world-first rollercoasters. Experience the world’s first rollercoaster fully dedicated to Virtual Reality on GALACTICA and face your fears on the world’s first vertical drop rollercoaster; OBLIVION! Hold on to your eyeballs as you are catapulted at tremendous speed on RITA! Plus you can meet your NEMESIS as you take the turbulent twists and turns of this metal monster, reaching G-forces greater than the space shuttle launch. Students can then cool down at ICE AGE THE 4D EXPERIENCE or battle zombies as the haunted House strikes back on DUEL. Embark the mission of discovery at SHARKBAIT REEF by SEA LIFE featuring over 300 species of fish! With over 50 rides and attractions, Alton Towers Resort is the UK’s number 1 theme park.
Magna Science Adventure Centre
Magna Science Adventure Centre is an educational visitor attraction, appealing primarily to children. It is located in a remarkable building set in the former Templeborough steelworks, Rotherham. The site used to be home to the Steel, Peech and Tozer steel works. In 50 AD it was the site of the Templeborough Roman fort. Magna is a science centre with unique learning opportunities where pupils can explore and discover science, technology, design and industrial history in an incredible, hands-on environment. As well as hands-on exhibits, multimedia shows, the adventure playground and shop, Magna has a programme of additional workshops, which you can book to enrich your school visit.
Jorvik Viking Science Centre
Let your school group explore the world of the Vikings and Anglo-Saxons with the centre’s cross-curricular and interactive workshops. These 45 minute sessions are specially designed to spark your pupils’ interest in the past by exploring a variety of fun and interesting themes. The centre brings the city of Jorvik back to life with the help of their friendly Vikings. The ride experience transports pupils back to tenth-century York to meet interesting characters including blacksmiths, traders, weavers, fishermen and their families, before digging deeper and seeing the incredible artefacts up close! The talks given by the centre’s interactive team will be tailor made to your group’s key stage level.
Cadbury World has over 25 years’ experience in welcoming groups of all ages and offers a unique experience that gives fascinating insight into the rich heritage of the nation’s favourite chocolate brand. They have an assortment of zones dedicated to chocolate where your group will discover the history, the making and the magic behind this best loved brand. They offer educational talks and resources to complement your topic.
The York Dungeon gives students a journey through 2000 years of York’s murky history, with a cast of historic characters (played by real actors) who will take your group through every era from the Vikings to Dick Turpin and beyond! There are shows and exhibitions, special effects and displays of models and objects which are all loosely based on historical events and practices. The Great Plague show is a recreation of a plague doctor’s surgery; at the Golden Fleece Inn your students will be told ghost stories; at the Judgement of Sinners the visitors are accused of various crimes; and the Torture Chamber where there are demonstrations of torture devices. During the tour, the actors playing plague doctors’ assistants; innkeepers; night watchers; torturer; judges; executioners; stage coach guards; and witch-burners, tell visitors gruesome stories. Your students will love experiencing the Dick Turpin section which features ’drop benches’ that give sudden movement to simulate a crashing stage coach, and squirm at the discussion about leeches, when the anamatronics under the seat will simulate their feeling!
York River Cruise Ouse
Let Edventure Travel book your school a cruise on the River Ouse so that your students can enjoy the view of the city from a completely different perspective. There are various cruises for your group to choose from so that they see the best sights of York. The routes of the cruises provides an opportunity for your school to gain a balanced account of York’s Roman, Viking and Industrial past with additional reference to local fauna, the history of the development of the River Ouse, local architecture, life on the river itself and its role in the progress of York’s emergence as one of the most pivotal cities in the north of England.
National Railway Museum
The National Railway Museum tells the story of rail transport in Britain and its impact on society. Your group will see the original Rocket and journey through a great age of innovation when vicars, lace-makers and miners brought their own miniature locomotives to life. Your students will get up close to the game-changing Stephenson’s Rocket, which shaped the future of the railway in 1829. Meet the ordinary people who, fascinated by innovations like Rocket, turned their kitchens into makeshift workshops and crafted extraordinary hissing, steaming machines entirely from scratch. You will discover their beautifully intricate homemade creations and learn how their small-scale experiments pushed the boundaries of engineering, influencing the course of the Industrial Revolution.
York Minster is the seat of the Archbishop of York, the third-highest office of the Church of England. The title ”minster” is attributed to churches established in the Anglo-Saxon period as missionary teaching churches. Every aspect of this ancient building; from the exquisite, handcrafted stone through to the unrivalled collection of medieval stained glass; tells the story of Jesus Christ. The minster, has a very wide Decorated Gothic nave and chapter house, a Perpendicular Gothic quire and east end and Early English North and South transepts. Your group will be able to see the famous and beautiful stained glass windows including the Great East Window over the Lady Chapel which is the largest expanse of medieval stained glass in the world. In 1984, York Minster suffered a serious fire in its south transept but was restored by 1988.
This trip can help develop a student’s motivation for the subject and inspire them when back in the classroom due to personal experience.
Knowledge and Perspective
Personal experience and close interactions with these locations can help students understand the subject and put it into perspective.
A trip can make a students engage with a subject and become more positive about a subject.
Educating through a school trip can create a better understanding of a subject with hands-on learning. Students are engaged, enthusiastic and observant.
This tour is great for history students, giving them an insight into the events that took place and a sense of what it was like during this period in history.
This tour provides and insight into the religious beliefs of the country and explores their values and principles.
Take an in-depth look at the Art of this fantastic destination where students can get up close and be inspired by world famous displays.
This tour can assist with teaching English subjects at all levels and help to engage students with the subject.
Inspire students with interactive science attractions on this tour.