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Away for the Day: Great Ideas for a One-Day UK School TriP

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The ideal solution for any teacher looking to organise an exciting, eye-opening and fulfilling school trip for their students whilst either sticking to a tight budget or avoiding long travel times and overnight stays is a one-day trip within the UK. 

There are a number of cities, towns and areas of interest that are perfectly suitable for groups of students on a one-day school trip. From the historic, attractive and enticing city of York to the immensely popular, fun-filled Alton Towers, the UK has plenty to offer. 


This northern city is arguably one of the country’s most ideally-suited places to tackle in one day. A visit here will be packed to the rafters with culture and history, especially if you and your class decide to take a wander down the city’s most famous street, the Shambles. It is arguably one of the most intriguing in the UK, with its buildings hanging over the incredibly narrow walkway. 

A medieval and immensely historic city, York will broaden the minds of students and provide an entertaining day out for teachers too. Become immersed in the Viking experience over at the Jorvik Centre and take in the stunning architecture of York Minster before heading up to Clifford’s Tower for some remarkable views out across this picturesque place. 

Alton Towers 

With so many thrilling rides, Alton Towers is one your best options if you’re looking for a one-day school trip where pupils get the chance to have endless fun. A relaxed float down the River Rapids, an adrenaline-fuelled ride on the Nemesis and a wander through enticing restaurants and shops await your group. 

It’s not all rollercoasters, either. There are also plenty of educational activities on offer at Alton Towers. These include curriculum-based rides which encourage students to become active thinkers, as well as lessons where students will learn about how the park operates. 


Another excellent option for your one-day school trip is Ironbridge, a town that will offer students a window into Britain’s industrial past. Your class will get the chance to meet the Victorians at Blists Hill Victorian Town, whilst the numerous museums in the surrounding area will take students on intriguing tours through subjects such as modern science, geography, tourism and art. 

To get the most out of your one-day school trip, it is often a good idea to use the services of a specialist educational travel tour operator to assist you. Not only will this take away the hassle and time commitment that comes with organising a suitable excursion, you will also have the expertise and experience of those who regularly plan these kinds of trips at your fingertips. 

Where will you take your class next – York, Alton Towers, Ironbridge or somewhere completely different? Wherever you choose, one thing is certain: a single-day adventure in the UK is the perfect combination of low stress and high education. 

Article By  Laura Jeeves

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John Gardiner is the Managing Director of The School Travel Company, a tour operator specialising in school trip itineraries for school and youth groups to the UK, Europe and beyond. As a father and avid traveller, John is very passionate about providing students with valuable and engaging learning experiences outside of the classroom. By sharing his expert advice with teachers, he allows them to inspire their students and bring their studies to life.

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