Shropshire: rich in history and ideal for school trips

The West Midlands

Lacking a large urban area (although Telford is growing rapidly and will no doubt eventually join up with Wolverhampton and the larger Birmingham connurbation), Shropshire has largely managed to hang on to its rural charm and historical legacy. Consequently you will discover an extraordinary wealth of culture on any field trip to the villages and towns here. Encompassing a region known as the Welsh Marchers, the county is peppered with castles, and decorated with market towns featuring defensive walls and medieval market squares. However, progress did not stop in the Middle Ages, but rather continued with a rich history of nationally important technological development, and world famous scientific thinking.

School Trip Access

Perhaps one of the greatest advantages for Shropshire when it comes to school visits, is its location. Getting here from major centres like Liverpool, Manchester and Birmingham is very quick and easy, so it is natural that with such a large target market, the county makes the most of its appeal to students. If you are within striking distance of Shropshire, make sure you take a look at what the county has to offer - with most venues near one of the main towns, access is quick and easy.

Whatever the educational focus of your fieldtrip, the county has a large number of trips and tours to tempt teachers and students alike. To find out more you may either use the link on the left to discover everthing the region has to offer, or let us tempt you with a selection of what we consider the best school trip venues in Shropshire. We have visited all three more than once and would recommend them without hesitation.

The county of Shropshire makes up a large part of the area known as the West Midlands of England. The main county towns include Whitchurch and Oswestry and Market Drayton in the North of the county. Ludlow and Craven Arms to the South, and right in the middle is the principal town of Shrewsbury.

Please click the following link for our full list of visit options in the East & West Midlands.


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Shrewsbury Prison


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, both with 3 landings, the constant watch cells, the segregation area, healthcare, the exercise yards and the hanging room including 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...








Our fantastic Midlands locations are Preston Montford in Shropshire and Bishops Wood in Worcestershire. Both offer fieldwork for all ages to bring the curriculum to life. The locations are easy to reach while offering access to beautiful countryside....

Field Studies Council - Midlands



Step back in time to explore Viriconium (Wroxeter), once the fourth largest city in Roman Britain. Wander the remains of the bathhouse and visit a reconstructed town house from a city which was almost as large as Pompeii. ...

Roman Trips to Wroxeter Roman City



Located in Shrewsbury this centre is +8000 square ft of huge climbing space. Our purpose built, climbing centre caters for all ages and abilities. Designed together with one of the market leaders, each section caters perfectly for all requirements. ...

Indoor Climbing



Culmington Manor is Manor Adventure's flagship outdoor pursuits centre, based in the heart of the South Shropshire countryside. Experience and enjoy more than 35 adventurous activities on our 100 acre estate. Click to find out why we are so popular...

Culmington Manor



ACUK Pioneer Centre
ACUK Pioneer Centre
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ACUK Pioneer Centre offers superb residential trips for schools, covering a huge range of different activities including, Abseiling, High Robes, Climbing, Zip Wire and much much more. ...

ACUK Pioneer Centre
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Arvon have been running residential creative writing courses for schools since 1968. Bring a group to spend a week immersed in creative writing with two published authors in one of our historic houses in beautiful rural locations across the UK. ...

Arvon – The Hurst, Shropshire
★★★★★
Outback 2 Basics
Outback 2 Basics
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A fantastic way to get the children really immersed in the wilderness. Interactive and hands on workshops.You can even sleep out in your own shelters to truly get back to basics. Bring the Stone Age alive or Learn Bushcraft and survival skills! ...

Outback 2 Basics
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Located in Shrewsbury this centre is +8000 square ft of huge climbing space. Our purpose built, climbing centre caters for all ages and abilities. Designed together with one of the market leaders, each section caters perfectly for all requirements. ...

SEN Indoor Climbing

Science Into Schools
Science Into Schools
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Delivering interactive Science shows and workshops directly to your Schools and offering a varied experience of Science for all ages. Helping to enhance your students Mathematical and Scientific knowledge ...

Science Into Schools
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Set in a converted Georgian farm in 43 acres of woodland, fields and gardens, our friendly full-time team deliver a wide range of outdoor & creative adventures for a special learning experience. Day visits, residentials, and sole occupancy available....

Edgmond Hall
Stone Age Workshops
Stone Age Workshops
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Our Sticks and Stone Age programme is a great way to introduce the Stone Age topic. We offer a unique interactive 'show and tell' to really bring the subject alive and pass around the tools and clothes of the past. Touch, taste and smell the StoneAge...

Stone Age Workshops
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RAF Museum Cosford tells the story of man's successes and failures in flying and missile development from the early days of aviation through two world wars to the present day. ...

Royal Airforce Museum Cosford



Condover Hall in Shropshire is JCA's flagship centre and offers a wide range of adventurous outdoor and indoor activities in line with the national curriculum. ...

JCA - Condover Hall



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 ...

Shrewsbury Prison

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