History Trips to New York

New York offers a diverse range of visits to bring the study of history off the page.  As the gateway to the land of opportunity mass immigration has shaped the city with its diverse and distinct neighbourhoods. A visit to the Ellis Island Immigration Museum offers students an insight into how it was to see the Statue of Liberty for the first time, and all the hope and opportunity it symbolised. At the forefront of historical events as home to the UN, and the devastating terror attacks on the World Trade Centre, New York offers a unique insight into international relations as well as a trip of a lifetime.


Curriculum Topics Key Stage 4

  • America 1920-1973: Opportunity and inequality

Curriculum Topics Key Stage 5 

  • The American Dream: Reality and Illusion 1945-1980
  • The Making of a Superpower: 1865-1975

Prices start from£699pp

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 Visit to 9/11 Tribute Center Visit to United Nations Headquarters Tickets to see a Broadway Show
3 Circle Line Sightseeing Cruise Evening meal in a local restaurant
4 Visit to The Museum of the city of New York 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 Visit to 9/11 Tribute Center
Afternoon Visit to United Nations Headquarters
Evening Tickets to see a Broadway Show
Afternoon Circle Line Sightseeing Cruise
Evening Evening meal in a local restaurant
Morning Visit to The Museum of the city of New York
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 a 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

Civil Rights & Social Justice Tour of Harlem

Discover more about social movements of African-Americans in New York City including the abolitionist movement against slavery, the civil rights movement and today’s struggles for fair housing and equal justice. See the site of the 1964 Harlem uprising, The Bloomfield Department store visited by Martin Luther King Jr. and much more.

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.

Ellis Island Immigration Museum

Quite literally the gateway for more than 12 million immigrants to the United States as the nation's busiest immigrant inspection station. Now it stands as a museum dedicated to immigration where the Ellis Island Medal of Honor is awarded annually to pay homage to the immigrant experience.

9/11 Tribute Center

Five galleries of stories, images and artefacts will walk you through events of 9/11 including the rescue and recovery mission and the acts of generosity and support from nations around the world. Walking tours are conducted along the World Trade Centre Site by survivors and rescue workers of the 9/11 attacks.

United Nations Headquarters

Guided tours of the Headquarters include an explanation of its history, its structure, its composition and who designed the famous buildings located by the East River. The tour covers the newly renovated chambers and work of the Security Council, the Trusteeship Council and the Economic and Social Council Chamber.

New York State Court Tours

The guided tour of one of the court facilities will include an explanation of the various roles within the courtroom including that of the Jury. The similarities and differences between the US Civil and Criminal trials will also be discussed before the groups are given the opportunity to observe a trial or arraignment in session.

The Museum of the City of New York

Several ongoing exhibitions showcase the vast, fascinating history of New York City. Recent installations have examined George Washington’s time in NYC, the 50th anniversary of South Pacific’s Broadway premier and the Astor Place Riots. There is also a very moving exhibition on the World Trade Centre.

Jewish Museum

The Jewish Museum in New York is housed in the 1908 Warburg Mansion, which was renovated in 1993. It contains a fascinating collection of art, artifacts and media installations. The permanent exhibition explains the Jewish cultural experience through exhibits of many objects and artifacts.

Tenement Museum

The Lower East Side Tenement Museum’s mission is to promote tolerance and historical perspectives through the presentation and interpretation of the variety of immigrant and migrant experiences on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, a gateway to America.

Lower East Side Immigration Experience

Feel history come alive as you walk among historic landmarks and hear from knowledgeable and experienced tour guides.

Harlem Walking Tour

This tour consists of a guided walking experience which takes you to the heart of the Civil Rights movement in Harlem and to the very sites where the race riots began and the people involved and what impact this had on the Civil Rights movement nationally.

Educational resources

  • Day to day support and advice from our team of travel experts
  • Easy-to-view online tour quotation
  • Market-leading trip organiser portal, My Tour Manager
  • Free Resources and templates to help launch your trip
  • Email reminders to keep you on track
  • Free and completely personalised Travel App to access your information on the go
  • Locate My Trip designed to provide reassurance to parents and teachers
  • Risk Assessment advice so you can make an informed decision on every tour component
  • Teacher Inspection Visits

What You Say

The Harlem Civil Rights guided tour was FANTASTIC and we thoroughly enjoyed our time. Marty, our guide, was incredible. I would definitely book that tour/activity again. 

Didcot Girls School

UN tour was excellent and enjoyed by all. Top of the Rock and Ellis Island tour good too. All instructions were perfect. 

Notre Dame High School

We loved the Tenement museum and the UN. All our activities were great. 

McLaren 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