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A time of prosperity and growth

The Victorian period lasted from 1837 until 1901; the date upon which Queen Victoria I ascended the throne until the time of her death. This period was relatively peaceful and saw the country continue to prosper economically from the Industrial Revolution. The absence of famines or epidemics, improvements in health care and living standards, and a fall in the mortality rate meant that the population doubled.

A relatively recent period of our history, the Victorian legacy offers a wonderful range of study opportunities for your school group. You may decided to visit a museum where the children can look at and read about machinery or household objects of the time, or a more immersive visit at one of the venues where the staff are living in period costume.

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Gloucester Prison



Students have the opportunity to visit a real prison which was fully operational until 2013. Our guides will paint a picture of life in prison from Victorian times to the present day. We bring history and crime & punishment alive

There are very few prisons in this country that are open to the public. We don't offer gimmicks just a real Victorian prison. The tours can vary in length from 2 to 3 hours and a workshop session is an option. On view are 2 wings of the prison, one with 3 landings, the constant watch cells, the segregation area, healthcare, the exercise yards and the cell where the condemned prisoner spent his last night. This can be excluded from the tour if preferred. The tour will be adapted according to school year and what you, as a teacher, want to achieve. As well as being educational some organisations will use the experience as a preventative tool - bringing the harsh reality of prison life home We encourage questions. Many of our visits are led by ex prison officers who know all the...

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Shrewsbury Prison
Shrewsbury Prison

Midlands Citizenship, History, Victorian, Twentieth Century, PSHE, SEN

Students have the opportunity to visit a real prison which was fully operational until 2013. Our guides will paint a picture of life in prison from Victorian times to the present day. We bring history and crime & punishment alive

Florence Nightingale
Florence Nightingale

All UK Regions History, Victorian

Alone in the night the Lady with the Lamp walks the halls of the hospital checking on the sick and wounded. Florence Nightingale is a fascinating character - so let's explore her many accomplishments and efforts that saved the lives of so many.

Day Visits
Day Visits

London & South East Geography, Physical Geography, Environmental Geography, Science, Biology, History, Prehistory, Victorian, Design Technology, Physical Education, Art, Farm, Wildlife, SEN

The ‘Great Stink’ programme brings local Victorian history to life. Children will learn about the water cycle in Victorian London and how Essex Filter Beds played a part in the filtration process. These beds are now a wildlife nature reserve which is great place to see nature in London.

YHA Cardiff Central
YHA Cardiff Central

Wales History, Medieval, Industrial, Victorian, Accommodation Only

YHA Cardiff Central has a 5-star rating and everything you need to explore the vibrant Welsh capital. This former hotel is packed with mod cons and has excellent facilities for school trips and groups.




History Trips
History Trips

North West Geography, Physical Geography, Environmental Geography, Fieldstudies, Science, History, Prehistory, Victorian, SEN

Our Local Area Study day starts with a tour of Southport Centre, front and Pier. We look at the influence the Victorians had on the development of the town, using historical photos and video footage as a comparison. Upon return to the Eco Centre pairs can produce a Southport 'Now and Then' mini movi

Day Visits
Day Visits

North West English, Geography, Human Geography, Physical Geography, Environmental Geography, Science, Physics, Biology, History, Victorian, Twentieth Century, Art

Victorian: Children are always full of excitement about exploring this lived in house. Leighton Hall was altered architecturally in the 19th century to reflect the Victorian gothic style, and offers a fascinating insight into life at that time. Children can get up close, and interact with Vict

Winding House: the Museum of Valleys Life
Winding House: the Museum of Valleys Life

Wales History, Romans, Victorian, worldwar, Twentieth Century

Victorian Britain was a time of progression and modernisation: but was this the case in the south Wales valleys? Victorian Valleys is a workshop that uncovers the unique and horrifying history of Victorian south Wales. Through exploring the harsh realities of living and working in the coalfield, thi

Victorian Workshop & Wow Day
Victorian Workshop & Wow Day

All UK Regions History, Victorian

Dan Tastic Education uses a wide array of props, historical items, videos, group discussion and teacher in role style student participation to cover the following topics during a Victorian Wow Day: Queen Victoria Life in the 1800s The British Empire Florence Nightingale Karl Benz & the First


Skern Lodge
Skern Lodge

South West Citizenship, English, Geography, Human Geography, Physical Geography, Fieldstudies, Geology, History, Egyptians, Vikings, Victorian, Physical Education, PSHE, Bushcraft, Watersports, SEN

In 1863, the seaside resort of Westward Ho! was founded. Many hotels and boarding houses were built and it became a place for wealthy Victorians to come and relax in the coastal waters. Touring around Westward Ho!, many of these grand properties can be still seen and with the addition of period pho

Crime and Punishment at Oakham Castle
Crime and Punishment at Oakham Castle

East Midlands Citizenship, History, Saxons, Medieval, Tudors, Industrial, Victorian, PSHE, SEN

Join us and explore real historical court cases through role-play in one of the longest running courts in England.

Florence Nightingale Workshop
Florence Nightingale Workshop

East Midlands, Midlands, London & South East, East of England, South West, North West, Yorkshire History, Victorian, Significant Individuals, SEN

During this workshop, our professional actor will take on the role of the famous Lady with the Lamp and help the children learn about her life during Victorian times and in particular the impact she had on nursing and the sanitisation of our hospitals. During this workshop, through role play, improv

The Island Classroom
The Island Classroom

London & South East English, Maths, Geography, Human Geography, Environmental Geography, Fieldstudies, Archaeology, Geology, Science, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, History, Prehistory, Greeks, Egyptians, Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Medieval, Tudors, Industrial, Victorian, worldwar, Business, Physical Education, Art, Farm,

Do you like the idea of teaching your curriculum while your students minds are wide open? When better for them to learn than during the fun of your school trip? We are the Island Classroom, where you can combine fun with education in a unique way.


Audley End
Audley End

East of England History, Geography, Art, Medieval, Tudors, Victorian, Fieldstudies

There's a full day outside the classroom at Audely End House and Gardens. A 17th century mansion complete with Victorian Service Wing, Kitchen Garden and stables to explore outside and visit the hands-on Nursery Suite and Coal Gallery.

Shepton Mallet Prison
Shepton Mallet Prison

South West Citizenship, History, PSHE, Victorian, SEN

Students have the opportunity to visit a real prison which was fully operational until 2013. Our guides will paint a picture of life in prison from Victorian times to the present day. We bring history and crime & punishment alive

Theatre Workshop
Theatre Workshop

All UK Regions English, Geography, Environmental Geography, History, Prehistory, Greeks, Egyptians, Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Tudors, Victorian, worldwar, Performing Arts, SEN

Theatre Workshop have been visiting schools for over 25 years with fun filled active workshops. Our workshops certainly have the WOW factor and will get you pupils scrabbling for the internet to research for themselves. Book NOW

Victorian Christmas Workshop
Victorian Christmas Workshop

All UK Regions, East Midlands, Midlands, North West, Yorkshire History, Victorian, SEN

The workshop leader will arrive at your school with this Festive Victorian Christmas pop-up theatre. The pupils will meet a famous author who is well known for writing stories about Christmas. Who might it be? Dressed in Victorian costume he will perform short extracts from his work and


Oxford Castle and Prison
Oxford Castle and Prison

London & South East English, History, Art, Medieval, Victorian

Take a costumed guided tour today and let the characters reveal their fascinating stories entrenched in the building’s 1,000-year history!

Equity Primary Trips to London
Equity Primary Trips to London

London & South East History, Medieval, Tudors, Elizabethans, Industrial, Victorian, worldwar, Twentieth Century, Music, Art

London has so much to offer for Primary School trips with excursions and attractions that link to all subject areas.Even though this is the biggest capital city in Europe, we choose excursions that are central so it’s easy for groups to travel.

Cultural Tour of London for International Schools
Cultural Tour of London for International Schools

London & South East English, Science, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, History, Medieval, Tudors, Industrial, Victorian, Art

Museums and palaces overflowing with art, science and history, incredible theatre shows in the West End, bustling Oxford Street and Covent Garden, and iconic Big Ben and Trafalgar Square! London is the perfect destination for a cultural tour.

Portals To The Past
Portals To The Past

East Midlands, Midlands, London & South East, East of England, South West, North East, North, Yorkshire English, Geography, Human Geography, History, Prehistory, Greeks, Egyptians, Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Medieval, Tudors, Victorian, worldwar

Portals to the Past provide high quality history workshops in schools for KS2, led by experienced historical re-enactors and historians. Available across most of England. From the Stone Age through to WW2 our workshops come to your school.


STEM and History Trips
STEM and History Trips

South West Maths, Geography, Human Geography, Physical Geography, Science, Physics, History, Georgian, Industrial, Victorian, Design Technology

Underfall Yard offers pupils a fascinating insight into the Victorian Period. The sights and sounds of our 1880s workshop complete with belts, line shafting, steam engine and machine tools are evocative of a Victorian Factory in full flow. Both our workshop and hydraulic system are once again operat

National Museum Cardiff
National Museum Cardiff

Wales Geography, Science, History, Victorian, Twentieth Century, Religious Education, Art

You can create your own visit or let us do it for you. We offer you a range of stimulating workshops which explore parts of our collections in more detail. All workshops are linked to the National Curriculum.

Southport Eco Centre
Southport Eco Centre

North West Geography, Physical Geography, Environmental Geography, Fieldstudies, Science, History, Prehistory, Victorian

Our Local Area Study day starts with a tour of Southport Centre, front and Pier. We look at the influence the Victorians had on the development of the town, using historical photos and video footage as a comparison. Upon return to the Eco Centre pairs can produce a Southport 'Now and Then' mini movi

York City Overnight Trip
York City Overnight Trip

Yorkshire History, Romans, Vikings, Industrial, Victorian, Design Technology

There are many attractions in York where students can learn about the Victorians. At York Castle Museum and Prison students will learn about Victorians and their attitudes to crime and punishment. The National Railway Museum and the National Coal Mining Museum also give invaluable insights into this


Victorian Workshop
Victorian Workshop

East Midlands, Midlands, London & South East, East of England, South West, North East, North, Yorkshire, Wales Citizenship, Maths, History, Victorian, Design Technology, PSHE, SEN

Hands-On Building Workshops For KS2 to fit in with your Victorian Topic. Pupils work individually in teams and altogether to produce a 3m high, 12m long structure that represents the central spine of the Crystal Palace, which they then parade through

Gloucester Prison
Gloucester Prison

South West Citizenship, History, PSHE, Victorian, Twentieth Century

Students have the opportunity to visit a real prison which was fully operational until 2013. Our guides will paint a picture of life in prison from Victorian times to the present day. We bring history and crime & punishment alive

Suffragettes Workshop
Suffragettes Workshop

East Midlands, Midlands, London & South East, East of England, South West, North West, Yorkshire History, Victorian, Edwardian, worldwar, Twentieth Century, SEN

The Suffragette movement has been formed and the members are working tirelessly to secure equal rights and the vote for women. The date is 1912 and today, Sylvia Pankhurst is due to speak at a Rally where she is delighted to see so many supporters there to hear her! During this workshop our actor wi

A Victorian Christmas
A Victorian Christmas

East Midlands, Midlands, London & South East, East of England, South West, North West, Yorkshire English, History, Victorian, SEN

The Drama Hut offers on-site school workshops, encouraging learning in a creative environment. With a wide range of topics to choose from, let us create a unique learning experience for your school.


Victorian Christmas
Victorian Christmas

All UK Regions History, Victorian, Performing Arts

During the course of the workshop day, our drama facilitator will guide your class through exploration of the people living in Victorian society and the social classes and new inventions all with a focus around how the Victorians shaped the traditional Christmas celebrations.

History and Field Studies
History and Field Studies

Midlands History, Geography, Physical Education, PSHE, Wildlife, Bushcraft, Watersports, SEN, Accommodation Only, Romans, Victorian, Fieldstudies

The Four Stones at the summit of the Clent Hills, near the Bell Heath centre, are thought to be neolithic however we installed as a Victorian folly by Lord Lyttleton in 1763. The Victorian era saw Malvern grow in popularity around 1842, when Doctors James Wilson and Gully established their water

Chatsworth
Chatsworth

East Midlands English, Geography, Science, Biology, History, Tudors, Victorian, worldwar, Art, PSHE, Farm, Wildlife, SEN

House tour - Our expert guides will take your learners on a journey full of stories about the people and the objects that have shaped Chatsworth's 500-year history. Pupils will learn about key elements of the house, from ancient artefacts to modern art, and compare and contrast what they see to thei

YHA London Thameside
YHA London Thameside

London & South East English, Science, Biology, History, Medieval, Tudors, Industrial, Victorian, Physical Education, Accommodation Only

A warm welcome awaits you at our purpose-built hostel, based in the docklands area of London. With a coach drop-off just outside the door getting here is easy. Inside you’ll find great social spaces, full meals service and places to study.


Educational Day visits
Educational Day visits

East of England English, Maths, Geography, Physical Geography, Science, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, History, Victorian, Design Technology, Art, Wildlife

Transported back to a bygone era, a train ride at Audley End Miniature Railway enables students to put themselves in the shoes of those first railway pioneers. By studying the Victorian tunnel builders, children consider the difficulties those engineers might have faced.

Clifton Suspension Bridge
Clifton Suspension Bridge

South West English, Maths, History, Industrial, Victorian, Significant Individuals, Design Technology, Careers

Bristol was very prominent in the Victorian times and its industrial efforts can still be seen today, especially at the bridge. The Victorians were innovative and none more so than Brunel, the designer of the Clifton Suspension Bridge. In all our tours and workshops we discuss the 33 years the bridg

Shrewsbury Escape Room-The Cell
Shrewsbury Escape Room-The Cell

Midlands Citizenship, Maths, History, Victorian

An Escape Room in a REAL prison. We lock your team in a cell and they need to work together to escape solving a series of challenges and puzzles

Edinburgh City Tour
Edinburgh City Tour

Scotland History, Medieval, Tudors, Victorian

Edinburgh is a city of beautiful contrasts. The ancient castle perched atop its volcanic crag, the mishmash of medieval tenements towering over the Royal Mile, and the New Town's neoclassical grandeur are all out to impress and charm.


Cornwall Art Tour
Cornwall Art Tour

South West Industrial, Victorian, Physical Education, Art, SEN

Take your students to a world-class artists region, home of the Tate, Barbara Hepworth and incredible landscapes shed in natural light - this is Cornwall.

Malvern Hills
Malvern Hills

Midlands Science, Physics, Biology, History, Victorian, Geography, Physical Geography, Environmental Geography, Fieldstudies, Physical Education, SEN

Adventure challenges and outdoor activities for all ages and abilities in 9 acres of woodland at our Malvern centre and surrounding area with a focus on team-work, leadership, building independence, self-confidence and facilitating exploration.

Cardiff Castle
Cardiff Castle

Wales History, Religious Education, Medieval, Tudors, Victorian

Cardiff Castle has over 2000 years of hisory which makes it perfect for a historical school trip covering areas the both the English and Welsh National Curriculum.

York
York

Yorkshire Science, History, Religious Education, Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Medieval, Victorian, worldwar, SEN

York is a fantastic destination for groups of all ages and home to some of the UK's most iconic landmarks. Attractions and visits include the "Diagon Alley-esque" Shambles, York Minster, Jorvik, York Museum Gardens & the National Railway Museum.


The Very Elegant Victorian
The Very Elegant Victorian

All UK Regions History, Victorian, Performing Arts, SEN

Don't dare to talk in class, make sure your hands are clean or Miss Grimm our strict Victorian teacher has a cane and not afraid to use it. What job will you do in the workshop, be a Chimney Sweep, work in the mills, crawl down the mine or be a maid.

YMCA Bath
YMCA Bath

South West Geography, Environmental Geography, History, Celts, Romans, Saxons, Georgian, Victorian, Accommodation Only

In 1830, Princess Victoria opened the Royal Victoria Park. It has 56 acres of parkland, contains trees and shrubs from around the world and was designed by the City architect, Edward Davis. Victoria did not return to Bath as Queen. During her visit, it is said that a resident of Bath commented on th

Gladstone Pottery Museum
Gladstone Pottery Museum

Midlands Science, History, Geography, Art, Victorian, Twentieth Century

Gladstone is the only complete Victorian pottery factory from the days when coal-burning ovens made the world's finest bone china. Explore the cobbled yard, with huge bottle kilns and take part in daily worksho

Leeds Castle
Leeds Castle

London & South East English, Science, History, Prehistory, Saxons, Medieval, Tudors, Monarchs, Victorian, Performing Arts, Art, SEN

Leeds Castle in Kent offers an exciting range of themed workshops, self-guided visits and fun-packed itineraries ensure your school group will learn that there is so much more to Leeds Castle than history.


Victorians
Victorians

All UK Regions History, Victorian, SEN

So much fun they won't realise they're learning! Interactive Victorian workshops to inspire, engage and educate! Costumed experts bring the Victorian world to life with artefacts and activities right in your classroom.

Immersive Experiences
Immersive Experiences

All UK Regions Science, History, SEN, Prehistory, Greeks, Egyptians, Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Medieval, Tudors, Elizabethans, Industrial, Victorian, worldwar, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Environmental Geography, SEN

Immersive Experiences is the UK's leading multi-diciplinary mobile planetariums and sensory learning experiences company. Over 15 subjects | National Curriculum & Common Entrance 13 level | Over 160 programs to suit all ages | SEN/SLD/PMLD

Dan Tastic History
Dan Tastic History

All UK Regions History, Prehistory, Greeks, Ancient Civilisations, Egyptians, Celts, Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Medieval, Tudors, Victorian

Tudors & Stuarts Workshop, Wow Day & School Visit! An exciting display of historical items, armour, weapons, Victorian inventions and lots of other interesting props. Using humour and a huge wealth of knowledge on the subject matter, your Dan Tastic Workshop Facilitator will educate and entertain yo

Geography Galore – Southampton Docks and Solent
Geography Galore – Southampton Docks and Solent

London & South East English, Maths, Geography, Human Geography, Physical Geography, Environmental Geography, Fieldstudies, Geology, Science, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, History, Prehistory, Greeks, Egyptians, Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Medieval, Tudors, Industrial, Victorian, worldwar, Twentieth Century, Business, Art

A day trip to the stunning Isle of Wight is only a short ferry crossing away! With only a small stretch of water between you and the island, the Isle of Wight offers a truly unique experience and can be reached in as little as 12 minutes!


Victorian Workshop
Victorian Workshop

All UK Regions, London & South East, North West History, Victorian, SEN

During this workshop our professional actor will take on the role of Syrie Barnardo, the wife of Thomas Barnardo, who established the first children's home in Victorian times. Together with the children, she will travel back in time and experience the harsh life or the poor in a typical workhouse, r

National Museum Of The Royal Navy in Hartlepool
National Museum Of The Royal Navy in Hartlepool

North West East English, Geography, Human Geography, Physical Geography, Science, Physics, History, Ancient Civilisations, Egyptians, Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Medieval, Tudors, Elizabethans, Industrial, Victorian, worldwar, Twentieth Century

A visit to us will bring to life the Royal Navy’s rich history and heritage. A Discovery Visit includes the chance to explore our atmospheric authentically created eighteenth century quayside and the unique opportunity to go on board HMS Trincomale

Braeside Residential
Braeside Residential

South West Geography, Human Geography, Physical Geography, Environmental Geography, Fieldstudies, Geology, History, Prehistory, Romans, Victorian, Physical Education, Farm, Wildlife, Bushcraft, Watersports

Superb residential outdoor learning centre based on the edge of the Marlborough Downs in Wiltshire. Offering physical and educational programmes for young people tailored specifically to them in an idyllic setting.

Summerlee Victorian Life
Summerlee Victorian Life

Scotland History, Design Technology, Victorian

The museum of Scottish Industrial Life is one of Scotland's best industrial heritage attractions. This twenty two acre site at Summerlee, North Lanarkshire, has an exhibition hall with working exhibits, tramway, mine tours and a social history area.


Maths Workshops
Maths Workshops

East Midlands, Midlands, London & South East, East of England, South West, North East, North, Yorkshire, Wales Citizenship, Maths, Physics, Victorian, Design Technology, PSHE

Our Hands-On Cross-Curricular Activities are for All Key Stages & Abilities, From EYFS to Sixth Form Making Learning Fun & The Complex Simple. Utilsing Creativity, Problem Solving, Teamwork and Resilience, workshops increase Self Esteem by Degrees

History Workshops
History Workshops

London & South East, North West History, Prehistory, Greeks, Egyptians, Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Tudors, Victorian, SEN

The Drama Hut brings on-site workshops directly to your school, covering a wide range of curricular topics. Through drama, improvisation and role play let us create a unique learning experience for your school.

Kenwood House
Kenwood House

London & South East History, Victorian, Art

Explore life in the Georgian and Victorian periods with a visit to Kenwood. To enhance learning, book an expert-led Discovery Visit workshop: • KENWOOD CONNECTIONS: LORD MANSFIED AND THE ABOLITION OF THE TRANSATLANTIC SLAVE TRADE (KS3): explore the emergence of the abolition movement of the 18th-

Blenheim Palace
Blenheim Palace

London & South East Maths, History, Geography, Tudors, Victorian

Blenheim Palace is the birth place of Sir Winston Churchill and a World Heritage Site. The venue is perfect for national curriculum based school trips as well as general interest and leisure visits


Osborne
Osborne

London & South East Science, Biology, History, Victorian, Art

Find out more about the lives of Queen Victoria and her family, by exploring the house, Swiss Cottage and grounds. Enhance your learning with a Discovery Visit workshop, and discover the life of a Victorian servant with housekeeper Mrs Pilkington in WAITING ON HAND AND FOOT! (KS2), or enter the exci

London History
London History

London & South East History, Prehistory, Romans, Medieval, Tudors, Industrial, Victorian

Thames Explorer offer children an opportunity to visit the River Thames foreshore and learn what the materials and artefacts that they find can tell them about the history of London and the people who have lived here in the past.

Victorian Workshop
Victorian Workshop

East Midlands, Midlands, London & South East, East of England, South West, North East, North, Yorkshire, Wales History, Victorian

​Throughout the day, the children will take part in the following activities: - Introduction: The Schoolmaster will give an overview of Victorian Britain and of the British Empire to the children in the form of a presentation/assembly. - The Victorian Classroom: The Schoolmaster will take a clas

London
London

London & South East History, Industrial, Victorian, Performing Arts, Music, Art, SEN

London – the ultimate city break offering every conceivable educational experience for all age groups with a plethora of opportunity for school groups, without the need to go abroad!



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