Art & Design Trips to Madrid

Madrid's great cultural and artistic heritage make it a fantastic destination for students of art and design. The Spanish capital is practically bursting at the seams with museums and galleries. From Spain's most important collection of paintings in the Prado to the top spot for contemporary art that is the Reina Sofia, the Spanish capital is home to many of the greatest pieces of art by the most important artists in history.  

Three of the most important art galleries in the world are a short distance from each other in Madrid's Golden Triangle,  however the city holds many smaller treasures so the triangle while an absolute must for art lovers is just the place to start.


Curriculum Topics Key Stage 4 & 5

  • Art, Craft and Design
  • Graphic Communication
  • Textile Design
  • Three Dimensional Design
  • Photography

Prices start from£299pp

Popular 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 Check in to UK airport for flight Arrive Madrid and transfer to your accommodation Visit to Royal Palace
2 Visit the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum Visit to the Prado Meal in a Tapas restaurant
3 Day Trip to Toledo Flamenco Show and evening meal
4 Visit Reina Sofia Museum Transfer to Madrid airport for return flight Arrive UK, onward travel to school
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Morning Check in to UK airport for flight
Afternoon Arrive Madrid and transfer to your accommodation
Evening Visit to Royal Palace
Morning Visit the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum
Afternoon Visit to the Prado
Evening Meal in a Tapas restaurant
Morning Day Trip to Toledo
Evening Flamenco Show and evening meal
Morning Visit Reina Sofia Museum
Afternoon Transfer to Madrid airport for return flight
Evening Arrive UK, onward travel to school

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  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Return airport transfers
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Places to Stay

Reasons to Visit

Prado National Museum

One of the world’s most important museums since it opened in 1819, this massive collection is a testament to the centuries of devoted acquisition by the Spanish monarchy and the church. This neo-classical building, located on one of Madrid’s most attractive street, is home to more that 9000 works of art, mainly paintings, of which only 1500 can be displayed at any one time.

Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum

This fabulous collection of paintings is housed in the 19th century Palacio de Villahermosa, which was completely remodeled by Rafael Moneo specifically to be a home to nearly 800 paintings. Begun in 1920, the collection contains fine examples of Italian primitives and works from the English, Dutch and German schools. Please note no bookings are taken.

Reina Sofia Museum & Art Centre

Formerly the San Carlos hospital, the Reina Sofia was remodelled in the 1980s, becoming the principle location in Madrid for national and international exhibitions. The permanent collection is almost exclusively of 20th century Spanish art, with works by many of the most important artists, including Picasso’s Guernica, which was formerly housed in the Prado.

Sorolla Museum

This small museum, located in Sorolla’s Madrid residence contains a mixture of post-impressionist and Spanish school art. The house has been preserved in its original state; the ground floor preserved to give the visitor a feel of Sorolla’s life, while the upper floor has been converted into a gallery. As well as many paintings from Sorolla himself, there are works from artists representative of the era such as Benlliure.

San Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Art

Created in 1774, the Royal Academy of San Fernando is the oldest art institute in Madrid. In addition to paintings of the Spanish school (Juan de Herera, Zurbaran, Goya, etc), there are collections of drawings, architectural plans and books.

Cerralbo Museum

This Palace located in the heart of Madrid houses the artistic collections gathered in his lifetime by the XVII Marquis of Cerralbo (1845-1922). Visitors can contemplate hundreds of items of historical and artistic value as well as paintings from Spanish masters such as El Greco and Zurbaran.

National Museum of Decorative Arts

Founded in 1871, it was one of the first museums to be created in Europe. Its collection comprises 60,000 items, mainly Spanish, European and Oriental, whose origin lies in a variety of countries. Chronologically, the collection ranges from Roman glass objects and Coptic fabrics to the most recent designs

Caixa Forum Madrid

One of the city's great landmarks, this space opens its doors to old, modern, contemporary and multimedia art, debates and educational workshops.

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What You Say

Superb itinerary. All the galleries are great and the Toledo trip is superb. The unexpected highlight was the Flamenco show. Brilliant!!

Altrincham Grammar School For Girls

Overall, the trip was excellent. The activities were well-planned and timed; the students really enjoyed their stay and all wish to return to Madrid which was the entire purpose of the trip. Thank you!

The Clarendon Academy

No further support could be provided... absolutely everything was taken care of.

Carshalton Boys Sports College

Everything that could have been done was done - the service was excellent from both the Tour Consultant and the Tour Planner

St Ambrose High School