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London Science School Trips & Tours

This exciting destination offers pupils the opportunity to explore a range of science themes at a number of intriguing visits and hands-on workshops, whilst also enjoying a big city experience. We’ll tailor-make your itinerary to suit your group’s specific learning requirements to include the best visits and attractions at great value for money on your science school trip.

Pupils can witness science in the past, present and future across a broad spectrum of scientific topics on their London school trip including: astronomy, biology, chemistry, environmental science, geology, mathematics, physics technology and more. 

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 flight from Ireland Blue Badge Guided tour by coach. Check into your accommodation Thames River Cruise
2 Centre of the Cell Hands on lecture of your choice West End Show
3 The Wellcome Collection Return flight to Ireland
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Morning Morning flight from Ireland
Afternoon Blue Badge Guided tour by coach. Check into your accommodation
Evening Thames River Cruise
Morning Centre of the Cell
Afternoon Hands on lecture of your choice
Evening West End Show
Morning The Wellcome Collection
Afternoon Return flight to Ireland
Evening

On-tour support

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

Accommodation

Popular options in London


Top visits

Science Museum

The Science Museum is packed with awe-inspiring galleries, interactive resources and inspirational exhibitions. Your students can explore the hands-on galleries which cover a wide range of subject areas.

The museum also offers a great selection of curriculum-linked schools events and shows, and stunning 3D films in their IMAX Cinema.

Science Museum resources are also available and free to download.

New for 2022 - Interactive careers gallery:

Aimed at KS3 & KS4 levels, students will get to explore this gallery and get hands on with interactive exhibits which simulate job-related tasks. Students can experience what it's like to create visual effects on a film set, analyse blood samples in a lab, fix a fault on a wind turbine and plenty more.

Natural History Museum

On a Natural History Museum school trip, your students can explore the natural world and discover the amazing diversity of life that has evolved on our planet. Study a range of themes including climate change, evolution and the natural environment, helping to give your students an understanding of the impact that science has on their lives.

Exploring the human biology gallery, which covers memory and how our memory functions and an insight into the human body.

3D Printing Workshop

3D printing is a process that's becoming increasingly important and commonly used in everyday life. It is used accross a variety of industries from medical research through to catering, as well as the more traditional engineering industries. Many pupils don't get to see the process ... until now! Take part in one of our 3D printing workshops, choosing from DNA and Protein Visualisation or Design By Nature.

3D Printing Workshop - Mars Rover Design (STEM, Engineering and Design)

Space exploration goes 3D as your students plan, design and prototype a concept vehicle for Mars. This project is perfect for STEM learning and getting students thinking about life-supporting conditions on another planet.

3D Printing Workshop - Design by Nature (Biology and Design)

Use 3D printing to engage study of evolution and plant biology. Show how leaf shape and size has evolved to perfectly adapt to their climate, designing and 3D printing your own leaf.

L’Oréal Young Scientist Centre - Make and Test Your Own Shampoo

Produce your own version of a shampoo and compare it to the commercial product.

L’Oréal Young Scientist Centre - Extract Your Own DNA

Learn about DNA molecules, extract your own DNA and create a necklace to take away.

L’Oréal Young Scientist Centre - Cosmetic Chemistry

Get hands on and make bath bombs and lip balms whilst learning some fundamental chemistry.

L’Oréal Young Scientist Centre - High Velocity Eggsporter

Build and crash test a vehicle on a specially designed rig then analyse the results using high-speed photography.

 

L’Oréal Young Scientist Centre - Forensics Workshop

A great introduction to genetics and forensic analysis with the opportunity to use modern molecular biological techniques to test DNA samples.

L’Oréal Young Scientist Centre - A Question of Taste

Extract your own DNA using modern techniques and equipment only found in research laboratories.

 

The LookOut Discovery Centre

This education eco-facility at the heart of Hyde Park offers half day sessions inspired by the unique biodiversity of the Royal Parks for science students, including Science in the Royal Parks (looking at the different careers in the parks which use science), Food Chains & Webs, Talk About the Weather, Unlocking Classification and Local Nature Conservation.

 

Wembley Stadium

Visit this striking stadium to gain an invaluable insight into modern engineering. Worksheets are available to accompany your visit on Science, Maths & Statistics and Design & Engineering.

London Zoo

Spend time with over 750 species on a London Zoo school trip. Immerse students in the sights, sounds and experiences of life in the animal kingdom.

Centre of the Cell

Placing science in context, this is the first science education centre in the world to be located within medical laboratories. Sudents will experience unique science shows, digital interactive games, human specimens and interactive microscopes. All groups are joined by a STEM ambassador who studetns can question about the life of a scientist and their own career choices.

We can also book you a fun-filled and curriculum linked Science Show or Workshop. The content relates to cells and the human body, and all of the Shows and Workshops have specific curriculum links.

Opening in Summer 2018 will be the exciting new Neuron Pod, which adds to the Centre of the Cell's capacity for educational workshops, experiments, debates and exhibitions.

Science & Maths Magic Shows - Could it be Magic?

Run by Dr Matt Pritchard, who works for organisations like Royal Institution, British Science Association and The Big Bang fairs, these interactive science and maths magic shows will inspire and inform students.

Can you discover the sneaky scientific secrets behind the illusions? The show will challenge you to think creatively like a scientist and a magician. The interactive show encourages enquiry, using magic tricks to inspire students’ imaginative engagement with scientific ideas and technological developments.

Science & Maths Magic Shows - Superhero Science

Run by Dr Matt Pritchard, who works for organisations like Royal Institution, British Science Association and The Big Bang fairs, these interactive science and maths magic shows will inspire and inform students.

Are superpowers fact, fiction or feasible in the future? Explore x-ray vision, super strength, invisibility, levitation, telekinesis and mind-reading and find out what they do (or don’t) have to do with real science like forces and motion, light and radiation, waves, electricity, psychology and neuroscience.

Science & Maths Magic Shows - Something About Nothing

Run by Dr Matt Pritchard, who works for organisations like Royal Institution, British Science Association and The Big Bang fairs, these interactive science and maths magic shows will inspire and inform students.

Nothing is notoriously hard to grasp. However, this show will attempt to fill in the empty gaps and explain almost everything there is to know about nothing. A comedy show uniquely fusing magic, multimedia and mathematics that explores the history, maths, science and philosophy behind nothing.

The Wellcome Collection

The Wellcome Collection explores the connections between medicine, life and art in the past, present and future.

The venue provides an insight to anyone seeking to understand biology, medicine and the role of medicine in society – past and present. Free guided tours of exhibitions are available for pre-booked groups.

 

Sleep Assessment & Advisory Service (SAAS) session

During a 90 ­minute session with a sleep expert from the Sleep Assessment & Advisory Service (SAAS), students will explore the links between sleep and wakefulness. Created by Dr Chris Idzikowski, the country's leading expert in sleep and director of the Sleep Assessment and Advisory Service, this unique session draws on his experience of more than 30 years in the field which includes running a sleep disorders centre, investigating the effects of drugs on sleep, giving expert advice at major criminal trials and publishing several books.

You can choose to focus on a range of study themes including: Sleep Research, Sleep Disorders; Sleep and the Law; Sleep and dreaming, Mental Illness and Sleep.­ Your session can be tailored to suit the specific learning requirements of your group. For example, for GCSE groups "Sleep research" can be turned into an opportunity to learn about "Research methods" used in psychological research. 

Thames River Cruise

Take in London’s best-loved sights on this enjoyable cruise. Your students 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 lastminute.com London Eye

A classroom with a moving view! Standing 135m tall on the South Bank of the River Thames, nothing says iconic like The lastminute.com London Eye.

Since 2000, this world-famous structure has taken over 75million people on a journey into London’s skyline. Be Inspired with our Skyline Workshops. At an additional cost, these enhanced in-pod experiences are delivered by our education hosts and include interactive activities and interesting facts on London's iconic skyline.

Developed in collaboration with education specialists, teachers can book either a KS2/KS3 version.

The Legacy of London 2012 – Guided Olympic Site Tour

HALF & FULL DAY OPTION AVAILABLE

Come and witness the legacy of London 2012 and see the Olympic Park area following the exciting urban regeneration programme which transformed the face of East London. Your Blue Badge Guide can take you even closer to the venues, driving right next to the Velodrome, the BMX track, and the Olympic and the Paralympic Villages. The coach will travel around the edge of the Olympic Park before making a stop at the Olympic Stadium, the Aquatics Centre and the Orbit. The tour also affords fantastic views of the International Broadcast Centre and the Copper Box venue. Weather permitting, there are opportunities to get off the coach and explore.

You’ll then head to the Royal Docks to view ExCel, which hosted seven Olympic sports and five Paralympic sports. Then to Woolwich to see the magnificent facade of the Royal Artillery Barracks, the venue for shooting and for the Paralympic archery. The tour ends at Greenwich with a walk in the Park where the Equestrian events and the Modern Pentathlon had such a spectacular setting.

Tours can be tailored to a group’s specific requirements.

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 and the Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, Westminster Abbey and St Paul’s Cathedral.

West End Shows

A West End show is a magical and unforgettable experience and a must for 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.

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter

Step on to authentic sets, discover the magic behind spellbinding special effects and explore the behind-the-scenes secrets of the Harry Potter film series. Tread the original stone floor of the iconic Hogwarts Great Hall, encounter animatronic creatures and wander down Diagon Alley. Your Harry Potter World school trip is located at the Studios where all 8 films were produced.

45 minute workshops are also available, covering Art and Design, Business Studies, English and Drama, Film and Media and STEM subjects, as well as Primary.

 

Madame Tussauds

The world of the Media is a creative and inspiring one, where ideas combine with drama, excitement and humour to keep us entertained and engaged. A fully interactive experience, Madame Tussauds will inspire, enthuse and immerse pupils in celebrity culture and modern media as they walk among the stars!

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 group 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.

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

THORPE PARK Resort

Learning through enjoyment is our ethos at THORPE PARK Resort. Teachers have the option to book an educational workshop from the award-winning STEM & Business programme that aims to harness students’ excitement and provide the framework to challenge and inspire them.

THORPE PARK Resort can help bring your subject to live with a range of engaging 45-minute talks and interactive hands on workshops for key stages 2-5. 

LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort

With over 55 rides, live shows and attractions, all set in 150 acres of beautiful parkland; bring learning to life outside of the classroom with LEGOLAND® Windsor Resorts tailored school trips which can engage, excite and inspire your students. LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort has been awarded with a Learning Outside of the Classroom Quality Award: a national accreditation for the provision of learning.

There are educational workshops available, perfect for teachers and pupils to have a fun, hands on and engaging session hosted by a trained member of educational staff.

Medical Projects

We're delighted to offer a bespoke half-day course that is designed to give your students an insight into what life's really like working as a healthcare professional.  They will get an expert talk, along with the opportunity to try some experiential activities, such as suturing and venepuncture.

During this four-hour visit, your students will get:

  • To gain a genuine understanding into the role of a healthcare professional
  • To develop teamwork, leadership and communication skills
  • To develop basic clinical skills taught to students at Medical School
  • To gain a deeper understanding into the process of becoming a Doctor
  • To gain experiences that can be used to boost university applications

Science Gallery

The Science Gallery is part of a mission by King’s College London to connect art, science and health to drive innovation and creative thinking in the heart of the city. The free-to-visit space is at London Bridge, and three seasons will each focus on a theme through exhibitions, events, performances, live experiments, open discussions and festivals. All will have scientific engagement at their core and the programming draws on and reflects a broad range of expertise in health and wellbeing.

BodyWorlds Museum

BodyWorlds London is the perfect place for your trip. The plastinates and thought-provoking interactives will educate and challenge students, making it possible for the entire group to study the inner workings of the human body into great detail – up to the smallest hair vein! There are more than 200 exhibits, spread over six galleries, split into the following sections: Locomotive System, Cardiovascular System, Reproductive System, Nervous System, Digestive System and the Respiratory System. The museum experience educates about the inner workings of the human body, showing the effects that daily lifestyle choices have on our health. Set up in the former home of Ripley’s Believe It or Not, BodyWorlds offers comprehensive education packs to guide students and teachers during their visit, catering for Key Stages 3, 4 and 5. All are linked to the National Curriculum. An unforgettable field trip your group will be talking about for years to come!

CSI Forensic Workshop

Students will learn and engage in practical ‘hands-on’ activities relating to evidence preservation and retrieval at a Crime Scene Investigation. Activities include dusting for fingerprints, hair & fibre analysis and UV detection.

Emirates Aviation Experience Exhibition

Explore the Aviation Experience with this self-guided tour of the exhibition. Learn about different aspects of the aviation industry, including what happens to aircraft on the ground, the roles and responsibilities of cabin crew and the advances in aircraft technology. Then discover the science behind flight and examine a real Rolls-Royce jet engine. 

To further your students’ experience, you can also add a flight simulation experience.

Sphere Science – Buggies Workshop

In this 90 minute interactive workshop, students will each build and test a buggy powered by a balloon. They will work out all the independent variables and choose one to investigate its effect on a dependant variable.


Evening activites

  • Jack the Ripper tour
  • Evening ghost bus tour
  • Ice skating
  • Bowling
  • A quiz or disco at your hotel (most hotels can provide a room for groups to use in the evenings)

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
  • Bespoke tour itineraries
  • Unrivalled local knowledge & expertise
  • Curriculum linked visit programmes
  • Great value for money - no hidden costs
  • Free group leader inspection visits
  • Risk assessment guidance
  • Safety assured, transport, accommodation and visits

Whilst you're away

  • Free educational resources
  • Group-friendly accommodation
  • Exceptional standards of coaching
  • On-tour support from our reps on the ground
  • Support & assistance from our specialists guides throughout your tour
  • 24/7 support just a call away
  • Extensive group travel insurance

On your return

  • Priority rebooking services
  • Rewarding your loyalty with our reward scheme
  • You say, we listen - we're committed to continuously improving our tours
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