London Transition Year School Trips & Tours

An exciting London Transition Year trip offers pupils the opportunity to cover many aspects of their curriculum in a short space of time. 

By choosing NST, you’ll receive valuable advice and expertise on hundreds of visits, as well as excellent prices at top attractions, West End shows and pupil-friendly accommodation.

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 Jack the Ripper Tour
2 Thames River Cruise. Coca-Cola London Eye Madame Tussauds West End Show
3 Warner Brothers Studio Tour - The Making of Harry Potter 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 Jack the Ripper Tour
Morning Thames River Cruise. Coca-Cola London Eye
Afternoon Madame Tussauds
Evening West End Show
Morning Warner Brothers Studio Tour - The Making of Harry Potter
Afternoon Return flight to Ireland
Evening

Price Shown includes


On-tour support

On-tour support includes...

  • 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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Harry Potter is a behind-the-scenes walking tour which will truly immerse pupils into the world of film-making. 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. Located at the Studios where all 8 films were produced.

Science Museum

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

Wonderlab - Science and Maths:

Inspired by the power of wondering, Wonderlab: The Statoil Gallery will ignite curiosity in science and maths through more than 50 cutting edge exhibits and immersive experiences. Along with high-energy shows, live experiments at our Chemistry Bar, live lightning demos at our giant Tesla coil, plus our brilliant Explainers to facilitate engagement, a school trip to Wonderlab is a must for KS2 and KS3 students. The gallery will enrich learning across the curriculum themes of forces, electricity, light, sound, matter, space and maths. The exhibits will encourage students to be curious, to look at close details and to be creative – skills that are invaluable to scientists.

Science: 
‘Who am I?’ - find out what makes you in this gallery that mixes intriguing objects with interactive exhibits. 

Psychology & Sociology: 
Psychology: Mind Your Head – a small exhibition exploring some of the stories, tools and puzzles that have engaged British psychologists during the 20th century.

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.

Natural History Museum

At this exciting museum, your pupils 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 pupils 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.

NST Stage School Theatre Workshop – Stage Combat

Pupils will learn about the relationship between acting and fight choreography. Discover how fights are choreographed and hone your collaboration skills whilst creating your own combat.

NST Stage School Workshops are delivered by qualified teaching artists (so you can get involved too) and can be tailored to your chosen show, as well as your curriculum requirements.

NST Stage School Theatre Workshop – West End 101

A popular and versatile interactive workshop designed to enhance the participants’ night in the West End. In a fun and relaxed environment, pupils are taught skills and techniques used by professional actors inspired by the themes of the show they see. 

NST Stage School Workshops are delivered by qualified teaching artists (so you can get involved too) and can be tailored to your chosen show, as well as your curriculum requirements.

V&A Museum

The world’s largest collection of decorative and applied arts. Some areas focus on the history of costume and are of particular interest to pupils studying textiles. The holdings of ceramics, glass, costumes, jewellery, furniture, sculpture, prints and photographs are among the largest and most comprehensive in the world.

Art Galleries

Appreciate works of art, both old and new, at the fantastic galleries on offer in the city.

The Tower of London

Help to develop pupils’ understanding on the nature of authority and attitudes to crime and punishment in the early modern period. An ideal opportunity for a more in-depth study of Guy Fawkes and his  attempt to destroy the Houses of Parliament in 1605.

Imperial War Museum

After a major redevelopment in 2014, the museum now features groundbreaking new WWI Galleries which will present the story - how it started, why it continued and its global impact - through the lives of those who experienced it on both the front line and the home front. The Witness to War atrium displays iconic larger objects including a Harrier, Spitfire and V2 rocket suspended from above.

Jack the Ripper Walking Tour

Discover at firsthand the historical context of Whitechapel in the late 19th century as well as in-depth historical knowledge on Jack the Ripper. 

This eerie yet informative evening activity led by expert guides provides an insight into the mindset of this renowned murderer and maps his trail of terror. The site is also near Cable Street so the study visit can include work on 20th century protest.

London Dungeons

History is brought to life in chilling reality! The Dungeon will reinforce your pupils’ historical education in an accurate, dramatic and thought-provoking way. 

Your group will witness scenes of British history depicting human sacrifice, martyrdom, torture, witchcraft and many little known yet curious facts of the lives of our forebears. 

Go back to the Great Fire of London and be plunged into the heart of a searing inferno or take a dark boat ride in the role of condemned prisoners.

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.

Disney’s Aladdin Education Workshops

These exciting workshops are run by Disney Theatrical Teaching Artists who are experience, specifically trained and DBS checked.

Movement & Music Arabian Nights 

Your wishes come true as you learn the iconic music and inventive choreography to the West End’s hit musical. Disney Teaching Artists will lead you on a magical journey from a West End rehearsal studio to the wondrous world of Agrabah.

Spotlight on Acting

Hop on a flying carpet and explore the magical world of Aladdin. Disney Teaching Artists will help you develop your own version of the memorable cast of characters in Aladdin and explore what it takes to bring these beloved characters to life on stage.

Spotlight on Singing

Explore the unique musical style of Aladdin, learn to sing as a cohesive ensemble as you incorporate movement and acting to enrich storytelling

Spotlight on Dancing

Experience the incredible choreography from Aladdin in this dance-focused workshop. Layer in singing and acting as you step into the shoes of a triple-threat West End performer.

 

Disney's The Lion King Education Workshops

Everyone from beginners to professionals can experience the thrill of the West End through these hands-on explorations of theatrical performance that are led by expert Disney teaching artists. Options include: 

Spotlight on Acting - ages 9 +

Spotlight on Movement & Music - ages 7 +

Spotlight on Singing - ages 12 +

Spotlight on Dancing - ages 14 +

 

 

On the Front Line: New Frontiers in Forensics, Crime and Security - 21st Nov 2017

Immerse your students in lectures and demonstrations led by the world’s most prominent experts in forensic, crime and security science. A riveting and unforgettable day, carefully designed to connect to fundamental objectives or key themes in your science curriculum. Proudly hosted by Forensic Outreach, expect live demonstrations and talks by leading scientists and technologists from across the UK and abroad. 


Evening activites

  • West End Show
  • Jack the Ripper walking tour
  • Bowling
  • Imax cinema

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
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