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Film & Media Studies School Trips
to New York

From film classics like “King Kong” and “Breakfast at Tiffanys” to the ground-breaking TV hits “Seinfeld” and “Friends”, New York has been the co-star in so many memorable films and TV shows. Bring your students to explore the best New York City TV & Movie sets and locations and inspire them in the Big Apple, one of the world's most famous cities. 

Students will visit the Museum of Moving Image, the country's only museum dedicated to the art, history, technique and technology of the moving image in all its forms. They will take part in a workshop at the Paley Media Center or visit the New York Film Academy to be inspired and have a life changing experience that they will never forget. 


Curriculum Topics Key Stage 4 & 5

  • Media Industries: The impact of production processes, personnel and technologies on the final product.
  • Media Audiences: How media organisations categorise audiences.

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Prices start from£1069pp

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 to New York Arrive and transfer to your accommodation Visit to Empire State Building
2 New York TV & Movie Tour Workshop at the New York Film Academy Tickets to see a Broadway Show
3 Visit to American Museum of Moving Image Take a 50 minute behind-the-scenes tour of a professional NYC recording studio Evening meal in a local restaurant
4 Circle Line Sightseeing Cruise and Statue to Liberty Free time for sightseeing and shopping Transfer to Airport. Overnight flight back to UK
5 Arrive UK Airport, onward return travel to school
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Morning Check in to UK airport for flight to New York
Afternoon Arrive and transfer to your accommodation
Evening Visit to Empire State Building
Morning New York TV & Movie Tour
Afternoon Workshop at the New York Film Academy
Evening Tickets to see a Broadway Show
Morning Visit to American Museum of Moving Image
Afternoon Take a 50 minute behind-the-scenes tour of a professional NYC recording studio
Evening Evening meal in a local restaurant
Morning Circle Line Sightseeing Cruise and Statue to Liberty
Afternoon Free time for sightseeing and shopping
Evening Transfer to Airport. Overnight flight back to UK
Morning Arrive UK Airport, onward return travel to school

Price Shown includes

  • Return Air Travel
  • 3 nights Room Only Accommodation on Bedshare Basis
  • Specialist Group Travel Insurance
  • Bespoke itinerary planning service
  • Free Place Ratios
  • Live Trip Tracking
  • Online trip organiser & Travel App
  • 24/7 support whilst you are away

Places to Stay

Reasons to Visit

Museum of the Moving Image

The museum exists to educate the public about the art, history, technique, and technology of film, television, and digital media and examines their impact on culture and society. It also offers hands-on workshops including Video Games and Political Advertising.

Groups can also experience the Jim Henson exhibition which includes puppets, character sketches, scripts, interactive experiences, and costumes from the worlds of Sesame StreetThe Muppet ShowFraggle Rock, and more.

TV & Movie Tours

A unique way to get to know Manhattan as you listen to TV theme songs, answer trivia, and learn the facts about New York City. Tours available include New York TV and Movie Sites, Sex and the City Hot Spots, and a Central Park Movie Sites tour all showcasing some of the most famous places seen on screen.

New York Film Academy

The Academy was founded on the principle of learning by doing and offers workshops on the craft of film making. Workshops are 1, 2 or 3 hours long and cover topics like Digital Cinematography, Digital Editing, Screen writing and Directors Craft.

The Paley Centre for Media

The Museum presents a wide variety of programs from the collection in two screening rooms and two main theatres. The Ralph Guild Radio Listening Room offers a unique way for visitors to experience the radio collection.

Introduction to Recording

Take a 50 minute behind-the-scenes tour of a professional NYC recording studio.The students will meet professionals within the music industry who will explain the logistics and operations of a recording studio, as well as their personal experiences within the industry and educational history of recording.

Empire State Building Observatory

New York’s famous Empire State building soars more than a quarter of a mile above the heart of Manhattan. Located on the 86th floor, the observatory offers panoramic views from within a glass enclosed pavilion.

Top of the Rock Observation Deck

The newly renovated Observation Deck on the 70th floor of 30 Rockefeller Plaza, in the heart of midtown Manhattan at Rockefeller Center. The view itself is unique and astonishing, unobstructed for 360 degrees and stretching for miles in every direction.

Circle Line Tour (Boat Cruise)

This cruise circumnavigates Manhattan Island allowing you to see all its highlights (dependant on length of cruise chosen) 3 rivers, 7 major bridges, 5 boroughs, over 25 world renowned landmarks and, of course, a magnificent close-up of the Statue of Liberty. Beverages, food and souvenirs are available on board.

Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island

The Statue of Liberty is New York's most symbolic structure. The Auguste Bartholdi statue was given as a gift from the people of France and stands at 111 feet 6 inches from the toe to the crown. In the base of the statue there is an interesting museum devoted to the statue's history.

Broadway Theatre & Dinner Packages

Make the most of your stay by rounding off the day with a Broadway show. The best value tickets are available for mid-week performances and can be combined with dinner in a nearby restaurant before the performance.

Basketball and Ice Hockey Matches

Tickets to the New York Knicks Basketball and New York Rangers Ice Hockey Games range from $25 and upwards depending upon availability.

Ice Skating at Wollman Rink

Wollman Rink provides 26,600 square feet of ice for skaters in the winter. Wollman Rink, located near the Parkside Avenue/Ocean Avenue entrance to Central Park, is open for ice skating from late November through March. The Rink features a snack bar, skate shop, skate rental and free lockers.

Ferry ride to the Statue of Liberty

The Circle Line to Staten Island offers impressive panoramas of Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty. The ferry departs from Battery Park every thirty minutes.

Madison Square Garden All Access Tour

Explore exclusive VIP areas of the state-of-the-art arena and commemorate over 130 years of legendary Garden history. Discover the spectacular Chase Bridges, get the inside scoop on all your favourite players when you explore the Knicks and Rangers locker rooms, and view the arena like never before.

Madame Tussauds

This attraction holds models of a whole host of celebrities including Brad Pitt, Woody Allen, Whoopi Goldberg and Madonna. Madame Tussauds NY provides visitors with an entertaining educational opportunity to experience the world’s most fascinating celebrities, influential world leaders, historical figures and sports icons.

Central Park

One of the great pleasures New Yorkers and tourists enjoy is getting away from it all in Central Park. Stretching 51 blocks between 59th and 110th streets, this 843-acre area, green rectangle has served its city well since 1859. From famous statues to castles, there is so much to see within this pastoral landmark.

Radio City Music Hall Tour

A tour round the building will explain the history of the building and show the beautiful art deco interiors. You will learn the secrets of the Great Stage, one of the largest indoor performance stages in the world; the stage’s hydraulic system, and their impressive new technological features. For those thinking of a career in theatre they can give an insight into the behind-the-scenes aspects of what it takes to run Radio City Music Hall.

9/11 Memorial and Museum

The 9/11 Memorial and Museum is the principal institution dedicated to telling the story of 9/11, the people who lost their lives and the psychological scars that remain. Multimedia displays, archives, narratives and artefacts tell intimate stories of loss, compassion, reckoning, and recovery. Two hour workshops are available based on the themes of memorialization, remembrance and repercussions.

One World Trade Centre Observation Deck

The Freedom Tower is a 104 storey building that stands on the World Trade Center site in Manhattan - giving amazing views of the city.  Interactive exhibitions reveals the transformation of New York City from unsettled lands to today’s remarkable forest of skyscrapers.   Ascend the 102 floors to the observation deck in under 60 seconds in one of five sky pod elevators!

Yankee Stadium Tours

This classic tour of Yankee Stadium allows you to absorb the history of one of the most iconic of American sports teams.    The tour will take you to famous locations such as Monument Park, get you up close to historic baseball memorabilia as well as teach you more about how the stadium is used and the events hosted here which go beyond baseball.   Each tour is led by an expert guide and culminates in the chance to purchase some of its famous merchandise.


RiseNY pairs museum-style galleries with an amusement park-quality ride.

Begin your adventure with an immersive film by an award-winning documentarian that transitions to an interactive self-guided walkthrough tracing tipping points in history that helped shape Music, Fashion, TV, Theater and more in each dedicated gallery:

  • Discover the rise of Wall Street and The New York Stock Exchange in the Finance Gallery.
  • Learn the history of mass media with Telsa’s Coil in the TV/Radio Gallery.
  • Understand the law of physics through the Otis elevator brake in the Skyline Gallery.
  • Visual, language and performing arts come to life in the Fashion, Music, Broadway and Film Galleries.

Then, board an extraordinary elevator experience that transports you to a spectacular virtual soaring ride! Feel the rush of wind in your hair as you “fly” over the world’s most stunning skyline.

Summit One Vanderbilt

Explore three levels of mind-bending multi-sensory immersive experiences. With magnificent views over the Manhattan skyline, Summit takes the concept of an “observation deck” to entirely new heights.


Edge is the highest outdoor sky deck in the Western Hemisphere, a marvel of architecture, engineering, and technology with panoramic views of New York City. Edge combines the pulse-quickening excitement of leaning out over a 100-story outdoor balcony with the warm welcome of elevated food & beverage service in a unique social space.

There are free downloadable STEM resources to take students on a virtual adventure into NYC’s newest and most forward-thinking neighbourhood. Get students thinking like community builders and changemakers by harnessing the Design Engineering Process, a simple tool you can use to elevate Reach for the Sky resources and ground student explorations in project-based learning.

Evening activites

  • Empire State Building
  • Top of the Rock
  • Broadway Show
  • Sports Fixture Tickets - choose from basketball, hockey or baseball

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What you say

Radio city tour was excellent! I will book this again. This was the first time we have been and the students loved it.   The Henley College

Radio City was fantastic, and really interesting for our production and art students as well. A brilliant tour service - you were recommended to me, and they were right. The service is fantastic.   The Downs School

The service we received was outstanding. The organisation and smooth running of the trip was exceptional... Taking 43 kids to NYC is no easy task but EST definitely helped to make the process smooth and ensured the students had the time of their life.   St Aidans CE High School

I have now used European study tours 4 times and I personally wouldn't use anyone else...excellent service!   Darlington College

Thank you for your professionalism, flexibility, time and support which made the trip such a success!   Cathedral Academy

Really positive and helpful all the way through the booking and planning process - always on hand and really personable.   Melksham Oak Community School

I think the the service was amazing!!! Every time I rang there was always help and support at the end of the phone - truly excellent customer service. EST make planning a trip of a lifetime easy, fun and effective. Thank you!   The John Wallis Academy - Secondary​