School trips in Somerset (and Bristol!)

The South West

With all schools very keen to broaden and enhance the learning opportunities and the social experience of their pupils, school study trips are high on the agenda. If your school is located in or near the South West of England, Somerset is a county well worth a visit.

With an extensive coastline to the north, and a large grassland interior, known as the Somerset Levels, this county is distinctly rural with a good helping of maritime. But for the sake of this article we are controversially featuring a couple of trips located in the urban centre of Bristol. We know that Bristol is not technically Somerset, but if you are in or near this county, then the short hop to the city may be well worth it, as we will discuss below.

While science, geography and even art have all taken centre stage over the years - the birth of powered flight, the birth of the National Parks and more recently the world famous Glastonbury Festival, it is impossible to overlook the immense cultural history of Somerset, woven in layer after layer of demographic history, and ripe for study by modern day school children. From the early hunter gathers who left their flints, through the Iron Age settlers and Roman invaders, to the Norman conquest and later civil war. Museums and exhibition centres provide a wide variety of study options.

Geographically speaking, the county of Somerset can be seen the northern part of the region known as the South West of England. Sitting to the south of the Severn Estury, Somerset is the gateway to Devon and Cornwall, and the South West Peninsula. County towns include Yeovil and Taunton to the south, Bridgwater in the centre and Weston-super-Mare to the north.

Please click the following link for our full list of visit options in the South West of England.


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YMCA Bath



Situated in the very heart of Bath City Centre, YMCA Bath is in the middle of all major tourist attractions, including: the Roman Baths, Bath Abbey, Royal Crescent and Bath Rugby to name a few. We have a variety of rooms we can offer to your group.

When bringing a group to YMCA, you will be able to offer your pupils central accommodation within a 5 minute walk of all of the major attractions. There’s plenty to see beyond the city, too, with stunning Somerset countryside to explore, as well as attractions like Stonehenge, Avebury and Longleat Safari Park. The evenings are your responsibility but you may use our resources if required, ( Private use of Our meeting rooms for evening activities like watching a DVD, Quiz nights, Karaoke nights ). ...

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Farleigh Hungerford Castle
Farleigh Hungerford Castle

Somerset English, History, Medieval

Book a free school trip to Farleigh Hungerford Castle, and explore the ruins, the chapel and the burial vault to learn about the history of the site and the people who lived there. Enhance your learning with a hands-on workshop led by site experts....

Farleigh Hungerford Castle
Magdalen Farm Day Visits
Magdalen Farm Day Visits

Somerset Citizenship, Geography, Human Geography, Physical Geography, Environmental Geography, Design Technology, Food, PSHE, Farm, Wildlife, Bushcraft, SEN, Accommodation Only

What better way to learn about the environment than by being in the great outdoors. Magdalen's working organic farm offers a variety of diverse activities - create a fun yet memorable educational trip. All ages and abilities welcome...

Magdalen Farm Day Visits
Shepton Mallet Prison
Shepton Mallet Prison

Somerset Citizenship, Geography, Fieldstudies, Archaeology, History, Georgian, Victorian, Twentieth Century, Local History, PSHE, SEN

Shepton Mallet Prison is a World Class tourism experience that inspires people, educating, engaging and immersing visitors through a journey behind bars....

Shepton Mallet Prison
Simonsbath House Outdoor Centre
Simonsbath House Outdoor Centre

Somerset Citizenship, Geography, Human Geography, Physical Geography, Fieldstudies, Physical Education, PSHE, Wildlife, SEN, Accommodation Only

COVID-19 OFFER
Simonsbath House Outdoor Centre specializes in offering fun packed, mixed programs of outdoor and environmental courses aimed at giving pupils a taster of challenging, exciting and interesting activities that will shape their future memories....

Simonsbath House Outdoor Centre



FSC Nettlecombe Court
FSC Nettlecombe Court

Somerset Geography, Human Geography, Physical Geography, Environmental Geography, Fieldstudies, Science, Biology, Wildlife, Bushcraft

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FSC 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....

FSC Nettlecombe Court
Magdalen Farm
Magdalen Farm

Somerset Geography, Human Geography, Fieldstudies, Science, Biology, Design Technology, Food, Physical Education, PSHE, Farm, Wildlife, Bushcraft, SEN, Accommodation Only

Join us for school trips and residential stays, environmental education, care farming. Set on a working organic farm, We offer flexible accommodation, delicious homecooked meals and tutor led activities within the great outdoors....

Magdalen Farm
YMCA Bath
YMCA Bath

Somerset Geography, Environmental Geography, History, Celts, Romans, Saxons, Georgian, Victorian, Accommodation Only

Situated in the very heart of Bath City Centre, YMCA Bath is in the middle of all major tourist attractions, including: the Roman Baths, Bath Abbey, Royal Crescent and Bath Rugby to name a few. We have a variety of rooms we can offer to your group. ...

YMCA Bath
Glastonbury Abbey
Glastonbury Abbey

Somerset History, Religious Education, Medieval

Welcome to Glastonbury Abbesy, once the grandest and richest Abbey in England. A great Glastonbury experience awaits you here!...

Glastonbury Abbey

Cheddar Gorge
Cheddar Gorge

Somerset Science, History, Geography, Biology, Chemistry, Physical Geography, Prehistory

Explore Cheddar Gorge, a National Nature Reserve and world famous beauty spot where pupils can learn about its Ice Age creation, Stone Age occupation and Victorian exploration...

Cheddar Gorge

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