School Visits

Top places to visit on your residential trip

Residential trips are a great way to create lasting memories and experiences for your pupils. We've listed below our most popular sites to enjoy as part of your residential experience, which can be discovered on a free self-led visit, or one of our immersive and hands-on Discovery Visit workshops. Engage your pupils and bring learning to life.

Please book your visit online at least 14 days in advance and make sure you check our schools pages and what to expect page for full details of what's in place ahead of your trip.

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Osborne and Carisbrooke Castle, Isle of Wight

Include a visit to Carisbrooke Castle, Osborne and Yarmouth Castle on your residential to the Isle of Wight and create a trip to remember. From the opulence of Osborne, which was Queen Victorias's former holiday home, to the romance of Carisbrooke Castle, with its stunning views and Norman Wall Walk, there's plenty for your students to see and do. You can also enjoy our immersive Discovery Visits at both Osborne and Carisbrooke Castle. These sessions delve deeper into the stories and histories of each site, using role play and fun hands-on activities.

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Stay and explore at Birdoswald Roman Fort - Hadrian's Wall, Cumbria

See the longest remaining stretch of Hadrian's Wall and explore the remains of Birdoswald Roman Fort with your pupils. Create lasting memories as they discover what life would have been like at the edge of the Roman empire and use our free handling collection providing a fascinating insight into the building of Hadrian's Wall. You can even stay overnight in Birdoswald's Farmhouse, which is perfect for school groups and provides an ideal base from which to visit Hadrian's Wall country.

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Whitby Abbey, North Yorkshire

Inspire your students with a free self-led visit to Whitby Abbey. This iconic landmark on the North Yorkshire coastline allows your pupils to discover a sense of place, whilst also covering a wide variety of curriculum links. Enjoy a visit to this unique site and use our free resources, which are full of fun activities to learn more about the relationship between Whitby Abbey and its surroundings. Or book a hands-on Discovery Visit and delve deeper into life in Anglo Saxon monasteries and the lives of Benedictine monks. 

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Scarborough Castle, North Yorkshire

Incorporate a visit to Scarborough Castle into your itinerary and discover nearly 3000 years of history. Dominating Scarborough's headland, your pupils will be able to look down upon the town and enjoy panoramic views to the north and south. Book a free self-led visit or enhance your day with an expert-led Discovery Visit, during which your pupils will explore what life was like in the medieval period and how the castle was defended during times of conflict. Create lasting memories and knowledge that your pupils can take with them as they move through their school career.

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Peveril Castle, Derbyshire

Plan a trip to Peveril Castle in the heart of Derbyshire's Peak District with your pupils during your residential visit and explore one of England's earliest Norman fortresses. Climb to the castle at the top of the hill and enjoy beautiful views over the Hope Valley and use our free activity trail to collect evidence to discover more about Peverill Castle's Norman and medieval history.

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Lindisfarne Priory, Northumberland

A site of immense religious importance for over 1400 years, your pupils can follow in the footsteps of ancient monks and cross the dramatic causeway to visit Lindisfarne Priory as part of a residential trip.Explore monastic life, the cult of St Cuthbert, and the impact of violent Viking raids by using our free Teachers’ Kit and handling collection, before exploring our museum, now home to internationally significant objects that are on display for the first time!

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