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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, or our page offering free trips for high pupil premium groups.

Stonehenge
Stonehenge
Stonehenge

Stonehenge


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.
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National Science and Media Museum
National Science and Media Museum
National Science and Media Museum

National Science and Media Museum


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 National Science and Media Museum 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.
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UKSA
UKSA
UKSA

UKSA


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. With the generous support of individuals and donors, we have up to 100% funding available for children who do not have the financial support to join their classmates on a residential trip.
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French Language Tour to Normandy with Equity
French Language Tour to Normandy with Equity
French Language Tour to Normandy with Equity

French Language Tour to Normandy with Equity


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 3 day Normandy trip offered by Equity School Travel. The offer the 3 day trip including accommodation & travel from as little as £239, based on 40 students and 5 staff travelling. As long as you can be flexible, you can take advantage of great savings. It's certainly worth a look if you are planning on taking your students overseas.
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Nettlecombe Court Field Centre

Nettlecombe Court Field Centre

Field Studies Council Nettlecombe Court has excellent access to the Somerset coast as well as Exmoor National Park and The Quantocks Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Visit for fun outdoor activities, geography and biology trips at all ages.

Audley End

Audley End

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.

Bushcraft with the Field Studies Council

Bushcraft with the Field Studies Council

Experience amazing outdoor locations at Field Studies Council’s network of UK Centres. Our courses are all focused on students being immersed in the natural world. They also make use of the beautiful surroundings including using bushcraft skills.

YHA Holmbury St Mary

YHA Holmbury St Mary

YHA Holmbury is set in woodland grounds close to Holmbury Hill which has panoramic views of the North and South Downs. You'll find 4,000 acres of woodland great for walking, mountain biking and horse-riding.


Lake District Discovery and Adventure Trips

Lake District Discovery and Adventure Trips

LAKE DISTRICT DISCOVERY AND ADVENTURE PACKAGES - brought to you by Fussell's Travel Service, the Lake District Specialists. Explore the best of the Lake District with one of our Lake District residential trips.

Gainsborough Old Hall

Gainsborough Old Hall

Bring history to life for your pupils with a visit to Gainsborough Old Hall. As one of the best preserved Tudor manor houses in the country, pupils can step into the shoes of the people who lived and worked there.

Field Studies Council - London South East

Field Studies Council - London South East

Five fantastic locations in the South East offering fieldwork for all ages to bring the curriculum to life. The choice of day and residential centres include a huge range of excellent urban and rural field sites from Box Hill to Bushy Park.

Orford Castle

Orford Castle

Discover one of England’s most complete and unusual keeps, at this fascinating visitor attraction in Suffolk. The unique polygonal tower keep of Orford Castle stands beside the pretty town and former port, which Henry II also developed here.

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