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Geography School Trips & Tours to North Wales

Snowdonia, in North Wales, presents the perfect location for a case study of a deglaciated environment, and highlights the sheer impact within a small geographical area. 

Llandudno and North Wales offer great opportunities to take in some of Wales’ most stunning geographical sites. This is an ideal destination if you want to touch upon many aspects of the curriculum outside the classroom.

Sample Itinerary

Our sample itinerary provides you with an idea of the visits you can cover during your trip. We can tailor-make an itinerary to support your specific learning outcomes.

Morning Afternoon Evening
1 Morning departure from school Arrive and check into your accommodation Evening meal and local orientation
2 Full day exploring Nant Ffrancon, Cwm Idwal and the Llanberis Pass Evening meal
3 Full day exploring Mount Snowdon and the Snowdonia National Park Evening meal
4 Visit the Great Orme Depart for return journey to school Arrive back at school
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Morning Morning departure from school
Afternoon Arrive and check into your accommodation
Evening Evening meal and local orientation
Morning Full day exploring Nant Ffrancon, Cwm Idwal and the Llanberis Pass
Evening Evening meal
Morning Full day exploring Mount Snowdon and the Snowdonia National Park
Evening Evening meal
Morning Visit the Great Orme
Afternoon Depart for return journey to school
Evening Arrive back at school

Top Visits

Anglesey Sea Zoo

Anglesey Sea Zoo are committed to providing a fun and educational experience. The amazing diversity of British Marine life is often a surprise to visitors, as are the various challenges and threats it faces and the impacts of human activity on our seas. 
We have carefully reconstructed native marine habitats so you can see what it’s really like under the waves! Don’t expect to see large sharks, tropical fish or sea turtles – instead you’ll find fascinating creatures from around the UK coast, such as octopus, conger eels and British catsharks, as well as our lobster hatchery and seahorse nursery! Anglesey Sea Zoo is the perfect place for an educational visit for schools because we cater to whatever it is you’re looking for. Educational packages such as guided tours, seashore safaris and diving displays are available to all ages and can be tailored to fit your curriculum.

Cwm Idwal

There are fantastic opportunities for field sketching and Till Fabric Analysis at Cwm Idwal, a location commonly featured in the key texts. This lake filled corrie is a spectacular product of glaciation, surrounded by high crags, screes and moraines. It affords dramatic views down the Nant Ffrancon.

The Great Orme & Tramway

Explore and study the limestone scenery of the Great Orme and take a guided nature walk to learn about the fascinating flora and fauna. Alternatively, take an underground tour of the Bronze Age Great Orme Copper Mines.

The Llanberis Pass

This dramatic landscape is testimony to the sheer scale and power of the glaciers that shaped it, including hanging valleys, glacial troughs, ribbon lakes and evidence of rockfall and frost shattering. An excellent location to witness postglacial landforms.


Spend time exploring the historical Llandudno Pier, visiting shops, amusement arcades and Leisure Island. There are also funfair rides and a slide located about half way down the pier. At the pier head there’s a café an ice cream or a tempting afternoon cake.

Llechwedd Slate Caverns

The vast Llechwedd Slate Caverns are North Wales’ most popular attraction. Ride the Miners’ Tramway through the side of the mountain, experience the Victorian miners’ village or descend into the deep mine and learn about slate mining and the earth’s development.

Morfa Harlech Dunes

This extensive dune system provides the perfect location for investigations into vegetation succession and psammosere characteristics. Opportunities for data collection and field sketching.

Nant Ffrancon Valley

A classic glacial trough complete with rock steps, hanging valleys, ribbon waterfalls, streams, and Roche Moutonnées. 

Mount Snowdon

The highest mountain in Wales, Snowdon affords breathtaking views of the deglaciated landscape. Experience the journey to the summit at leisure on the Snowdon mountain railway. Students can investigate the relationship between temperature and altitude with this visit.

Snowdonia National Park

840 square miles of varied countryside - mountains, lakes, forests, three lovely estuaries and 25 miles of coastline, much of it with sandy beaches, this is not a park in the sense of a 'pleasure ground' but a working landscape. There are country-side centres at Llanrwst, Llanberis, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Harlech, Bala, Aberdovey and Dolgellau, where staff can advise visitors and where displays are set out giving an introduction to each Centre's part of the park.

Another fascinating way of appreciating the Park countryside is by exploring the landscape, nature and forest trails, laid out along some of the more popular walks. Approximately 25 miles from Llandudno itself is the Snowdon Mountain Railway. Snowdon is the highest mountain in England and Wales. Its summit, 3,560 ft above sea level, is reached by the only rack and pinion railway in Britain, opened in 1896 and still operated entirely by coal fired steam locomotives. The railway climbs more than 3,000 ft to the very summit of Snowdon in a distance of just less than five miles. On a fine day the views from the trains are unsurpassed.


Sygun Copper Mine

Sygun Copper Mine is a Victorian copper mine which closed in 1903 but was renovated & reopened by the Amies family as a tourist attraction in 1986. Enjoy a self guided tour of the underground workings of this fascinating mine.

Welsh Mountain Zoo

Set in North Wales, high above Colwyn Bay with panoramic views and breath-taking scenery, beautiful gardens are home to this conservation zoo. Spend time roaming the wooded pathways, relax on the grassy slopes and spend a day learning about many rare and endangered species from Britain and around the world. There is also an extensive Jungle Adventureland and Tarzan Trail Adventure Playground. Educational games are available too.

Study Themes


  • Beaches
  • Biogeography
  • Coastal features
  • Conservation and sustainability
  • Ecosystems
  • Erosional and depositional landforms
  • Geology
  • Glacial features and processes
  • Lakes
  • Landscape processes
  • Mountains


  • Impact of tourism


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