14 Perfect Winter School Trips

Winter School Trips

14 Perfect Winter School Trips

The changeable British weather and freezing temperatures can make school trips a no-go in winter. We’ve collected some of our favourite trips and attractions that either keep you cozy inside or are at their best when experienced in the coldest of our seasons.

North-West England

Museum of Science and Industry – Manchester

Based in the heart of the world’s first industrial city, MOSI is ideally placed to present the ideas that have changed the world, from the Industrial Revolution to the present day. Entry to the museum is free and it runs a wide range of school sessions in their temporary and permanent galleries, as well as shows and hands- activities for a range of ages.

WWT Martin Mere – Burscough, Lancashire

Wrap up warm because winter is the perfect time to visit WWT Martin Mere, as thousands of over-wintering birds, including Whooper Swans and Pink-foot geese, flock to the reserve. The spectacle of feeding time is not to be missed! The reserve offers a brilliant opportunity for hands-on exploration of wetland life and habitats as well as learning about the survival and conservation of wetland species.

Central England

Birmingham Botanical Gardens – Birmingham

If you’re looking for something to warm you up, why not visit the rainforest, desert and Mediterranean at Birmingham Botanical Gardens? From carnivorous plants in the Tropical House to bizarre cacti in the Arid House, there is a full range of plant and animal life to enjoy. The gardens offer cross-curricular teaching sessions that can be tailor-made for your age group and topic.

National Justice Museum – Nottingham

Delve into the fascinating history of justice at Nottingham’s historic Shire Hall and County Gaol. Pupils will love meeting historical characters and taking part in a range of games and activities as they learn how to become an active citizen. The National Justice Museum offers an extensive range of educational workshops, covering key stages one to five.


National Waterfront Museum – Swansea

The National Waterfront Museum tells the story of over 300 years of industry and innovation in Wales. Learning opportunities at the museum cover not only history, but also geography, ICT, music, science, art and literacy, helping pupils to gain a deeper understanding of Welsh heritage. Entrance to the museum is free and the cost of education sessions varies.

Llechwedd Slate Caverns – Conway

Discover the story of slate starting 500 million years ago, through to the industry’s peak in the Nineteenth Century. Descend into Llechwedd Deep Mine, using augmented reality and hands on activities to recreate the harsh realities of mining life. Alternatively, go on a Quarry Explorer adventure in a military 4×4 truck. Find out more.

South-West England

Roman Baths – Bath

If there’s a chill in the air, why not warm up with a trip to the Roman Baths where a natural spring still heats the water today? These remarkably preserved remains are perfect for classes studying Romans and Roman Britain. The team supports study groups from key stage one to A Level and has a full primary schools programme.

National Maritime Museum – Falmouth

The brilliant National Maritime Museum celebrates and explores the influence of the sea on history and culture. It has an award-winning learning program, making it perfect for your school’s winter trips. Available sessions for KS1 include, Under the Sea, The Voyage of Mystery, Wreck and Rescue, Sir Francis Drake and Pirates. KS2 level workshops include Vikings, Tudor Explorers, Scrapheap Sailboat Challenge and Falmouth & the Packet Ships.


National Museum of Scotland – Edinburgh

Based in the heart of Edinburgh, this humungous museum covers a wide range of subjects. These include the natural world, world cultures, science, technology, art, design and fashion, archeology and Scottish history.

Riverside Museum – Glasgow

This fantastic transport museum has won multiple awards, including the European Museum of the Year Award in 2013. With over 3,000 objects on display, ranging from vintage cars to the latest skateboards, there is something for everyone to enjoy during your school trip. Pupils can help to put out a fire with the interactive fire engine, walk down an old cobbled Glasgow street, visiting shops from 1895 to the 1980s, and go onboard the tall ship, Glenlee which is moored outside the Museum.

North-East England

Thackray Medical Museum – Leeds

Housed in the old Leeds Union Workhouse, the Thackray Medical Museum gives pupils the chance to travel back to 1842, meeting the Victorian quack doctor and encountering surgery before the invention of pain-relief anaesthetic, as well as discovering the scientific innovations that have changed our lives for the better. Available education workshops include; a trip to the Crimea with Florence Nightingale (KS1) and life at the workhouse (KS2).

The Great North Museum Hancock – Newcastle upon Tyne

This popular museum covers a fantastic range of science and history, including a planetarium and exhibitions on Hadrian’s Wall, Fossils (including a replica T Rex skeleton), Ancient Egypt and World Cultures. KS1 and KS2 science workshops include ‘Fossils & Dinosaurs’ and ‘Mission to Mars’. History workshops include ‘Investigating Mummies’ and ‘Stone Age to Iron Age’.

London and South-East England

Bank of England Museum – London

Escape the chilly streets of the capital with a trip to the Bank of England’s museum, where pupils can learn about the history of financial storms and hold a real gold bar. The museum runs a variety of talks for groups which encourage children to think about the value of money and prices.

Turner Contemporary - Margate

Feeling arty? Open since 2011, Turner Contemporary is one of the UK’s leading art galleries. Founded to celebrate artist and change agent JMW Turner, and his connection to Margate. Gallery introduction tours are suitable for KS1 and up, and help children to uncover his story and find out more about the gallery, cultural regeneration, and the current exhibition on display.

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