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Madrid Art & Design School Trips & Tours

Soak up the Spanish culture and explore the many museums, monuments and parks during an NST art school trip to this colourful city.

The Museo del Prado alone justifies a study tour to Madrid, but this city of Velázquez and Goya has been complemented over the years by the installation of the amazing Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and the Reina Sofia Museum. Home to the ‘Golden Triangle of Museums’, Madrid offers gallery after gallery of masterworks.

Located at the very heart of mainland Spain, Madrid is a large and lively city. A school trip to Madrid destination, offers excellent educational visits, and the chance to sketch the many fountains, cathedrals, dazzling Bourbon architecture and boulevards. With NST, we will arrange a fantastic itinerary for your group to focus on the main artistic attractions, whilst also including some less well-known collections, all interspersed with exciting sightseeing opportunities.

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 Daytime flight from Ireland & transfer to accommodation Bowling
2 El Museo del Prado Real Madrid Football Club Ice skating
3 Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum Sketching time Evening stroll around Gran Via
4 Centro de Arte Reina Sofia Transfer to airport for return flight to Ireland
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Morning Daytime flight from Ireland & transfer to accommodation
Afternoon Bowling
Morning El Museo del Prado
Afternoon Real Madrid Football Club
Evening Ice skating
Morning Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum
Afternoon Sketching time
Evening Evening stroll around Gran Via
Morning Centro de Arte Reina Sofia
Afternoon Transfer to airport for return flight to Ireland

On-tour support

On-tour support includes...

Additional on-tour support available...

  • Pre-booked meals at great group prices
  • A choice of packed lunches for your group throughout your stay


Popular options in Madrid

Top visits

El Escorial

Two architectural complexes, the historic monastery and the former Royal Hunting Lodge give your students an insight into Spanish history and house the resting place of several Spanish monarchs.

Reina Sofia Museum

Completing the cultural triangle of museums in Madrid, this centre houses a permanent collection of Spanish modern and contemporary art and is home to Picasso’s Guernica.

Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum

The prestigious collection consists of over a thousand pieces and was once labelled the most important private art collection in the world. The galleries host many modern masters of the 20th century movements documenting the influences of Van Gogh, Monet and Mondrian among others.


An evening at a bowling alley in Madrid is always popular with groups.

Warner Bros Movie World

A magical and fun-packed visit for all your students, with 25 fabulous attractions. Its four areas contain numerous opportunities to experience and enjoy some of the largest and fastest rides in Europe.

Guided Walking Tour of Madrid

Experienced in taking youth groups, our local guides will bring the history and culture of Madrid to life. Students will be amazed as they walk down world-famous streets such as Gran Via and through Madrid’s many plazas.

La Puerta del Sol

This well-known and busy square houses many important statues including the bear and madrone tree (Madrid’s heraldic symbol), shops, cafés and occasional street music. 


Groups can try the heart-stopping and passionate art of Flamenco dancing, a true cultural experience from Spain’s musical heritage.

Groups can try it out for themselves in one of our Flamenco dance classes, or watch a performance in a spectacular dance show. Or why not do both for a true Flamenco extravaganza!

We can also include a paella or tapas meal to make it an even more emersive Spanish experience.

Prado Museum

Located right at the heart of Madrid’s cultural centre, the Prado is home to many European masterpieces. The extensive collection of historical works by artists such as Goya, Velázquez and El Greco celebrates Spanish heritage and clearly defines links to all the other major European schools.

Evening activites

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


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


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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