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Examples of low price trips

There is no question, school trips add value to a child's personal development, understanding and overall education. Classroom lessons can be supported and enhanced by good quality trips with real educational value. But in a time of severe government austerity and with regional disparity in national per pupil funding, finding affordable trips can be a real headache for teachers. With this in mind, we decided to take a look at some of the best value trips of various types and covering several areas of the National Curriculum. The following venues are not intended as an exhaustive list, nor do we claim they are the cheapest you will find, but rather they are intended as an example of the type of trip you can find for various budgets. Visit our dedicated page for more ideas on fundraising.



UK Day trips from £0



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English Heritage
We are delighted to be working with English Heritage, featuring a good number of their exceptional venues, perfect for school groups on a budget. Responsible for the management and upkeep of some of England's finest monuments and historic buildings, English Heritage allow free self led school visits, meaning your only cost is transport. Alternatively you can take advantage of their specialist knowledge and book an expert led trip which can cost as little as £100 for a class of 30. Be sure to sign up for our email newsletter at the bottom of this page. English Heritage (and many other venues we work with) sometimes have special offers for school groups and we'll be sure to let you know when they become available.

Workshops from £150 per class



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Cambridge Science Centre
We feature a number of dedicated science centres, throughout the UK. These venues often have hands on exhibits that go beyond what it possible in a school physics or chemistry lab. The Cambridge Science Centre attract more than 25,000 school pupils every year and offer a range of fantastic value, interactive workshops, that can compliment your learning objectives. Their knowledgeable team has a real passion for STEM topics and we have received feedback from teachers about how they really inspire the groups that visit. For a class workshop or science show, prices work out at just a few pounds per pupil.



Multi Day Activities from £84



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Galloway Activity Centre
For multi-night residential activity trips, you only need to have a look at our residential trips pages to see that you are spoilt for choice. While cost may not (and should not) be the only factor, for some schools it can be the difference between being able to send their pupils on a trip and not. Galloway Activity Centre offer bespoke programmes of residential activities run by qualified outdoor professionals. They are one of the first centres in Scotland to run the John Muir Trust award programme.

Overseas trips save £130 per pupil



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Voyager GroupShare
If your school party wish to travel abroad, there are plenty of specialist school tour operators who can help you. They all have many years of experience in organising school tours for a budget you can afford. One of the most budget friendly options we have come across recently is the excellent GroupShare programme offered by Voyager School Travel. As long as you can be flexible, you can take advantage of great savings by sharing the cost of coach or air travel with another school. It's certainly worth a look if you are planning on taking a smaller group of students.



More budget friendly trips


Blue Reef Aquarium

Blue Reef Aquarium

Take one of our guided tours led by one of our friendly aquarists for the ultimate undersea safari. Learning about the marine life in each of our exciting zones - from native fish found around the UK to colourful tropical species. ...
Blue Reef Aquarium

National Science and Media Museum

National Science and Media Museum

Get hands on with science, technology and discover the inventions, objects and stories that have transformed the way we make and share images. Our seven floors of galleries will take you on an incredible journey through the history of media, from th...
National Science and Media Museum

The MAD Museum

The MAD Museum

The Mechanical Art & Design Museum, or 'MAD Museum' for short exhibits around 80 interactive pieces of kinetic art and automata from all around the world. This is where art meets movement, experience the imagination of marvellous minds. ...
The MAD Museum

Paradise Wildlife Park

Paradise Wildlife Park

At Paradise we offer educational talks from reception, through primary and secondary schools, into College and even to University level. We have 3 classrooms and a large Animal Rescource Centre that is a fantastic venue for learning. ...
Paradise Wildlife Park


King Richard III Visitor Centre

King Richard III Visitor Centre

Killed in battle in 1485 and discovered underneath a car park in 2012. This is the amazing story of King Richard III, his life, death and discovery. ...
King Richard III Visitor Centre

Lullingstone Roman Villa

Lullingstone Roman Villa

Lullingstone Roman Villa provides a hands-on insight into the lives of the Romans living there and brings the curriculum to life in a fun and engaging way. Lullingstone is amongst the most outstanding Roman villa survivals in Britain. ...
Lullingstone Roman Villa

Rainbow Factory

Rainbow Factory

Teacher Reviews: ★★★★★
The Rainbow Factory is the only attraction of its kind in the north. Our storytelling wonderland is an alternative to museums and historical attractions, creating a world where children’s stories come to life. ...
Rainbow Factory

Techniquest

Techniquest

Techniquest provides a unique experience — supporting teachers and inspiring pupils from Foundation Phase to Post-16 in STEM — at our Centre in Cardiff Bay and through a dynamic Outreach programme, which brings the Techniquest experience to schoo...
Techniquest