London Religious Studies School Trips & Tours

A visit to the capital city offers immense value to religious studies school trip pupils. Our itineraries can be tailored to groups’ requirements allowing pupils to see diversity of worship and investigate differing impacts of religious beliefs. Explore topics (including the Holocaust) further, via a choice of focused study venues, all easily accessible from Central London.

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 Ireland. Visit St Paul's Cathedral for a self guided tour Visit Central Gurdwara or the West London Synagogue or London Central Mosque Thames River Cruise
2 Imperial War Museum Holocaust Exhibition National Archives workshop - Kindertransports & Britain's rescue plan for Jewish child refugees Free time at leisure, possible visit to Hyde Park Holocaust Memorial
3 Visit Neasden Temple including admission to the 'Understanding Hinduism Exhibition' Free time for some shopping & exploring Return flight to Ireland
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Morning Morning departure from Ireland. Visit St Paul's Cathedral for a self guided tour
Afternoon Visit Central Gurdwara or the West London Synagogue or London Central Mosque
Evening Thames River Cruise
Morning Imperial War Museum Holocaust Exhibition
Afternoon National Archives workshop - Kindertransports & Britain's rescue plan for Jewish child refugees
Evening Free time at leisure, possible visit to Hyde Park Holocaust Memorial
Morning Visit Neasden Temple including admission to the 'Understanding Hinduism Exhibition'
Afternoon Free time for some shopping & exploring
Evening Return flight to Ireland

Price Shown includes


On-tour support available...

  • Services of a See Off Representative at your departure airport
  • Pre-booked meals at great group prices
  • Pre-booked and pre-paid London Underground tickets
  • A choice of packed lunches for your group throughout your stay
  • Services of a Local Guide

Accommodation

Popular options in London


Top visits

Central Gurdwara

The Central Gurdwara (Khalsa Jatha) is the oldest established Sikh place of worship in Europe, originally formed to promote religious and social activities among the Sikhs who had settled in the UK.

Westminster Cathedral

Westminster Cathedral is London’s largest Catholic church and the mother church of the Catholic community in England and Wales. View the rich collection of mosaics and marbles around the magnificent building and witness spectacular views over London from The Tower Viewing Gallery. Guided tours suitable for different age groups can be provided.

London Central Mosque

The London Central Mosque (more commonly known as Regent’s Park Mosque), is an established part of the London landscape and provides guided tours for all ages, either with a basic general insight into Islamic belief and practice, or by arrangement, tours with a specific desired focus.

Bevis Marks Synagogue & West London Synagogue

The Bevis Marks Synagogue of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews, is the oldest in the United Kingdom. It can also be contrasted with the 19th century West London Synagogue which is the most famous Reform synagogue in the country. For pupils studying Judaism, the Jewish Museum will also provide a thorough background on the history and development of the Jewish community here.

Neasden Temple

Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, known more commonly as Neasden Temple, is the first traditional Hindu Mandir (temple) in Europe and attracts half a million pilgrims and visitors every year. This dramatic building holds an ‘Understanding Hinduism’ exhibition - a concise, yet comprehensive study of the Hindu religion. Introductory talks to groups are available as well as downloadable worksheets.

Buddhapadipa Temple

This, the first Buddhist temple in the UK, was created with the objective of dissemination of theoretical and practical Buddhist teachings in Europe.

Imperial War Museum – The Holocaust Exhibition

A rich learning resource for pupils in Years 9-13. Visits include an orientation session to help prepare and focus pupils, a visit to the galleries and a feedback session to help pupils reflect on what they have learned.

National Archives Holocaust Workshops

This fascinating session begins with a look at the events happening in Nazi-occupied Europe leading up to the outbreak of World War II. Your pupils will study telegrams, radio intercepts and reports received by the Foreign Office between 1938 and 1944 and will learn about how the events in Nazi-occupied territories unfolded.

Wiener Library

The Wiener Library is one of the world’s leading and most extensive archives on the Holocaust and Nazi era. Formed in 1933, the Library’s unique collection of over a million items includes published and unpublished works, press cuttings, photographs and eyewitness testimony. Workshops include The Nazi Games (looking at propaganda and the 1936 Olympics) and Rescues of the Holocaust (looking at individuals who saved lives under Nazi rule).

The Jewish Museum – Investigating the Holocaust Workshops: Witness the Witness/A Child’s Journey

This museum encourages understanding of the social psychology of the Holocaust, as well as the moral, spiritual and personal dimensions. 

Topics include family separation, the refugee experience and human rights. Pupils explore artefacts, documents and photographs, both as sources of evidence and as a starting point for unravelling personal stories. Tailor-made educational workshops available include:

Never Again Auschwitz, Witness the Witness/A Child’s Journey, Faith & the Holocaust, Focus on the Kinder Transport and Every Object Tells a Story.

Witness the Witness/A Child’s Journey
Pupils will meet and hear the personal testimony of a Holocaust survivor or Kindertransport refugee. We recommend this workshop for pupils in KS2-3 who have prior background knowledge

The Jewish Museum – Investigating the Holocaust Workshops: Faith & The Holocaust

This museum encourages understanding of the social psychology of the Holocaust, as well as the moral, spiritual and personal dimensions. 

Topics include family separation, the refugee experience and human rights. Pupils explore artefacts, documents and photographs, both as sources of evidence and as a starting point for unravelling personal stories. Tailor-made educational workshops available include:
Never Again Auschwitz, Witness the Witness/A Child’s Journey, Faith & the Holocaust, Focus on the Kinder Transport and Every Object Tells a Story.

Faith & The Holocaust
Reflecting on faith during and after the Holocaust. Pupils will look at the role of belief, ritual and prayer in the face of adversity. Pupils will explore religious objects and the texts as a springboard for discussion. This workshop is recommended for pupils in years 9-13.

The Jewish Museum – Investigating the Holocaust Workshops: Never Again Auschwitz

This museum encourages understanding of the social psychology of the Holocaust, as well as the moral, spiritual and personal dimensions. 

Topics include family separation, the refugee experience and human rights. Pupils explore artefacts, documents and photographs, both as sources of evidence and as a starting point for unravelling personal stories. Tailor-made educational workshops available include:

Never Again Auschwitz, Witness the Witness/A Child’s Journey, Faith & the Holocaust, Focus on the Kinder Transport and Every Object Tells a Story.

Never Again Auschwitz
Drawing on the life story of British born Holocaust survivor, Leon Greenman OBE, this workshop enables pupils to reflect on the experience of individuals in the Holocaust and relate this to the concepts of tolerance, respect, freedom and identity both in the past and today. This workshop is recommended for pupils in years 9-13.

Coca-Cola London Eye

For a fantastic bird’s eye view of England’s capital city, take a ride on the Coca-Cola London Eye. Spot famed landmarks and take in the 30-mile panoramic view. Plus enjoy fantastic group prices with NST.

Educational resources are available for engineering, maths, ICT and primary school groups.

West End Shows

A West End show is a magical and unforgettable experience and a must for school groups visiting the city! Catch a show at one of the capital's famous theatres with tickets to an array of award-winning plays and spectacular musicals, including the Lion King and Wicked! 

There are so many popular options to choose from and we can book any show for your group. Plus, our dedicated in-house theatre team and our links with the best ticket providers means we’ll be able to reserve your first choice tickets.

Explore Covent Garden

A trip to the capital isn’t complete without a little shopping time! We recommend Covent Garden as a suitable area for groups to explore and watch the street performers.

Highlights of London Blue Badge Guided Tour

See the major sights of the city. An expert Blue Badge Guide will join you on your coach and bring the Capital to life for your group. Sights may include Big Ben & Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, Westminster Abbey and St Paul’s Cathedral.

Madame Tussauds

Filled with 14 exciting, interactive zones and the excellent Marvel Super Heroes 4D movie experience, Madame Tussauds London combines glitz and glamour with incredible history with over 300 wax figures, including David Beckham, Lady Gaga, the Queen and many, many more. So, who do you want to meet?

Star Wars at Madame Tussauds
Created in close collaboration with Disney and Lucasfilm, Star Wars at Madame Tussauds is a unique, immersive experience starring extraordinarily life-like wax figures of the favourite heroes and villains of Star Wars Episodes I-VI. The figures appear in authentic walk-in sets inspired by key scenes from the movies. Dynamic special effects add to the immersion, as you can step right into, and star in, some of the most iconic moments in film history.

Thames River Cruise

Take in London’s best-loved sights on this enjoyable cruise. Your pupils will gain an insight into the many layers of history that have built up along the river, from the Houses of Parliament and Tower Bridge to the Coca-Cola London Eye.

The View from the Shard

The View from The Shard offers a unique education experience – it is the only place where students can see the entire city at once; both old and new! Two high speed kaleidoscopic lifts will transport your class to the viewing platforms on Level 69 and Level 72 where you can encourage your student’s fascination with the history of London and enjoy the unparalleled 360 degree views.

School visits can support learning across both the National and London Curriculum, including History, English, Maths, Geography, and Art and Design.

Support lessons in advance of your visit and enhance pupils' learning experience with free downloadable resources - https://dmtrk.net/26L-5MU6X-1UN8ZU-34HMZG-1/c.aspx

 

Wembley Tour

Visit the new stadium and take a 90-minute tour. See England’s changing rooms, the players’ warm-up zone, VIP reception area, the Royal Box, dugouts, the post-match interview area, press conference room, treatment rooms and the Bobby Moore Statue. You can even ‘Lift the Cup’!

St Paul’s Cathedral Tour & Workshop

At St Paul’s Cathedral pupils can study an iconic Christian place of worship and learn about the beliefs and practices of the Church of England through a number of workshops suitable for KS3-KS5, including: The World of Worship, The Bible: Is it Relevant in Today’s World?, The Big Issues, ‘Jesus’ Fact or Fiction for Today’s Society and Christianity Through Art & Design. Guided tours suitable for different age groups can also be provided.

Royal Courts of Justice - Freedom of Religious Expression Session

Suitable for KS3/4 groups - The Freedom of Religious Expression case looks at a real appeal against a well-known company. It explores the right to religious expression in the form of wearing a religious symbol to work.  This fascinating session considers the role of the European Convention on Human Rights in people’s everyday lives and looks at tolerance, rights and religious conviction.


Evening activites

  • Thames River Cruise
  • IMAX Cinema
  • West End shows
  • Bowling

Transport

We offer flights from a variety of departure airports and we’ll work with you to plan your route at the best value possible.

Flight


Giving you full support throughout

Before your tour

  • Your own dedicated NST contact
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  • Free group leader inspection visits
  • Risk assessment guidance
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