YHA London Thameside School Trips
Unlike many residential providers we are a not-for-profit organisation. The money we make goes straight back into improving our facilities, keeping prices affordable and thereby allowing us to create more opportunities for young people to enjoy a residential experience with YHA.
Offering self-led or organised trips, our residentials are tailor-made to meet the needs of your students and designed to offer engaging and exciting ways to inspire, motivate and challenge every member of your group, at a price that offers great value for money. Plus, up to 50% bursaries are available through our Breaks for Kids fund.
Why are YHA great for School Trips and Educational Visits?
YHA London Thameside provides the ideal base for school groups wanting to explore the sights and bright lights of this capital city. Based in the Docklands area, the hostel has great transport links to the many famous attractions and offers a friendly base for schools to return to at the end of an action-packed day. Or if you’d prefer to walk, the Thames Path is nearby, offering the chance to walk along the Thames, through the setting of many Dickens novels, before emerging at London Bridge and the Tower of London.
This purpose-built, 24 hour access, hostel has plenty of space for students to relax, with great social areas, free Wi-Fi, desktop computers and space to do studies or watch tv together. Schools will also be well catered for here with breakfast, packed lunches and evening meals all available here.
There is so much to do in London that it’s difficult to decide what to do first. Our bolt-on activities are always a great places to start! Go on an adventure with our city explorer bolt-on or tie in a visit to a West End show with a theatre workshop bolt-on.
London is packed with group-friendly attractions. Perhaps you’ll pay a visit to the Queen at Buckingham Palace, see a Beefeater at the Tower of London, get spooked at the London Dungeon, or see the Bard’s work at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre? If there’s time go and see the view from The Shard, visit London Zoo, take a City Cruise along the Thames, soak up the culture at the Royal Opera House or Tate Britain, take a spin on the Coca-cola London Eye, tour the Science Museum, wave at Big Ben, cast a spell at The Making of Harry Potter studio tour, or have your photo taken with a celeb or two at Madame Tussauds. One thing’s for sure – you’ll not be bored!
Activities available during group visits
YHA City explorer bolt-on – This bolt-on enables students to explore the famous streets and museums of London. Interact with the locations and actors and we work as a team to solve intricate puzzles and prepare to solve a final mission. Activities include murder at the museum, the curse of the crystal skills, the world crime leave and the Battersea Barter, to name just a few.
YHA Theatre bolt-on – This bolt-on is the ideal accompaniment for students who are planning on taking in a show when staying in London. Through a bespoke 2-3 hour workshops, delivered by the fantastic staff at The Theatre Workout, students are offered the opportunity to explore the characters, analyse the plot, rehearse and perform scenes before discussing their relevance to modern day issues.
What size groups do you cater for?
YHA London Thameside has 70 en-suite rooms that range from two bed private rooms, through to four bed, six bed and ten bed rooms, meaning we can accommodate groups of all shapes and sizes. You will be placed together on corridors that can be secured for your individual group.
Do you offer on-site classroom facilities?
Is there first aid on site?
Yes, and we are also committed to ensuring we meet stringent health and safety standards - please contact us if you need any further details
Do you offer access for visitors with disabilities?
At YHA London Thameside we strive to cater for everybody. We have six bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms which have adaptations which may make them suitable for wheelchair users. We also have step-free access to entrance and facilities, lift access to all floors and en-suite bedrooms.
Coach drop-off is just outside the front door and coach parking is available locally.
Breaks 4 Kids Funding
Current School Trip Offer
Here at YHA we believe that every young person should have the opportunity to travel. Our Breaks for Kids fund is available to help cover the cost of a YHA school trip for children who may not necessarily be able to afford it. For further information please see https://groups.yha.org.uk/bursaries-groups
Need more inspiration?
We are bursting with ideas on places that deliver first class teaching both outside the classroom and as in-school workshops. Here are a few similar suggestions, or head to our tailor-made trip form and let us know how we can help you!