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Locate My Trip Included in Every Tour
Locate My Trip is the easy, convenient way for your school to follow your group’s location whilst on tour and, has been specifically designed to provide reassurance to both parents and teachers and is included as STANDARD in all our tours.
We Take Responsibility
For every school and college who take a trip with us, a Maya nut tree will be planted in Peru supporting reforestation and we pledge to offset an additional tonne of CO2 through the Brazilian Amazon deforestation project. Learn more here.
Religious Studies Trips to London
London is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world and as a result is a city where a number of different religions are practised daily. A visit to the capital presents your students with a unique opportunity to find out about religious practices, places of worship and gain a greater insight into the history and teachings of the different religions and theologies.
Religious buildings make up some of the city’s most recognisable landmarks, probably the most famous is St Paul’s Cathedral which runs curriculum linked workshops in RE and philosophy. London is also home to the largest Hindu temple outside India at Neasden, and the London Central Mosque houses an exhibition, the first of its kind in the UK, which provides visitors with a visual journey through the Islamic faith.
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.
|1||Group Rail travel to London, drop bags at your accommodation||Take part in a workshop at St Paul's Cathedral||Dinner and trip on the London Eye|
|2||Visit the Holocaust Exhibition at Imperial War Museum||Visit the Neasden Temple||Return Group Rail Travel|
|Morning||Group Rail travel to London, drop bags at your accommodation|
|Afternoon||Take part in a workshop at St Paul's Cathedral|
|Evening||Dinner and trip on the London Eye|
|Morning||Visit the Holocaust Exhibition at Imperial War Museum|
|Afternoon||Visit the Neasden Temple|
|Evening||Return Group Rail Travel|
Price Shown includes
- Return rail travel (based on the fare from Birmingham stations)
- 1 night B&B accommodation
- Specialist group travel insurance
- Bespoke itinerary planning service
- Free place ratios
- Locate My Trip - live trip tracking app
- Online trip organiser & travel app
- 24/7 support whilst you are away
Reasons to Visit
London Central Mosque & Islamic Cultural Centre
The tour will involve taking all the visitors to their Exhibition Centre where they have a plethora of topics for students and staff to engage with.
Southwark Cathedral Workshops
Southwark Cathedral Education Centre aims to bring learning to life. Using the Cathedral as an inspirational resource, they provide curriculum-linked trails and workshops for key stage 3-5 that are exciting, engaging and experiential.
Bevis Marks Synagogue
Visit the oldest and most splendid synagogue in Great Britain. See its architectural significance and take a look inside to see the influence of the impressive sister synagogue in Amsterdam become obvious.
St Paul's Cathedral
A guided visit encourages students to discover Christianity through Art & Design. It offers an interesting and inspiring opportunity to think about how beautiful objects and paintings can enhance sacred spaces and how they might help Christians to pray, worship and learn about the Bible.
The Neasden Temple, also known as Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, is the largest Hindu temple outside India. It welcomes students of all faiths and none. The temple houses a fascinating exhibition, acting as a museum of Hinduism presented through appealing visual effects, paintings, tableux and traditional craft work.
The Buddhapadipa Temple is a Buddhist monastery covering 4 acres and inlcudes an ornamental lake, a small grove, a flower garden and an orchad. The Uposatha or Shrine Hall of the temple is a holy place, which is the sacred house of all Buddhist activities and ceremonies such as Ordination. On the four interior walls are some masterpieces of typical Thai mural paintings to depict the Buddha's lifetime.
The Jewish Museum
The Jewish Museum is an amazing resource for school groups. As well as inspiring a sense of discovery and creativity, their wide-ranging, cross-curricular workshops encourage students of all backgrounds and faiths to explore Jewish culture, heritage and faith as part of the wider story of Britain. They have an extensive programme of workshops grouped into four categories: Discovering Judaism, Exploring History, Investigating the Holocaust and Revealing Arts.
Visitors of every faith and none are welcome to cross the threshold of this holy place to sense the presence of God.
Coca-Cola London Eye
The famous Coca-Cola London Eye is one of the world’s highest observation wheels, standing at 135 metres high. The wheel has thirty-two capsules, each of which holds 25 people and views possible as far away as twenty-five miles on a clear day.
The view from the Shard is situated on floors 68, 69 and 72, almost twice the height of any other viewing platform in London, where you can take in all of London at once with 360 degree views of up to 40 miles long.
Sightseeing Tours by bus
Hop-on hop-off bus tours are great for general sightseeing, giving access to all the major sites. Departing from Grosvenor Gardens it includes Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, St Paul's Cathedral, Trafalgar Square, Big Ben, London Eye and Piccadilly Circus.
Thames River Cruises
A great opportunity for you to discover the 'must-see' sights in London. Watch as the River Thames weaves its way through the heart of London and see the history of this city around every bend. Cruises depart frequently from Westminster Pier, Waterloo (London Eye) Pier, Tower Pier and Greenwich Pier.
The Emirates Air Line
Rising to a height of 90 metres, Emirates Air Line offers you an exciting 1.1km cable car journey across the Thames on the UK’s only urban cable car. Emirates Air Line connects the Greenwich Peninsula and the Royal Victoria Dock.
The London Dungeons
Transport yourself back to the darkest moments in the capital's history within the deep depths of the London Dungeons.
Madame Tussauds is one of London’s most popular tourist attractions with over 400 wax works of celebrities, politicians, pop stars and actors. A fully interactive experience, Madame Tussauds will inspire, enthuse and immerse pupils in celebrity culture and modern media as they walk among the stars!
Downloadable lesson plans are available to enhance and support your visit which will explore the media, fake news and celebrity culture.
The ArcelorMittal Orbit in the Queen Elizabeth Park, Stratford which is the iconic structure of the London 2012 Games and has the longest and tallest tunnel slide in the world.
Take the lift up to the viewing platform, 80 meters high, and after marvelling at the view take the slide down which lasts a thrilling 40 seconds! Go back to the top and take some time learning about the city on the interactive touchscreens or making use of the free Key Stage 1-4 resources before walking back down the winding staircase with its 455 steps.
You can book with or without the slide and you can choose to stay the whole day in the park by taking a behind the scenes tour at the iconic London Stadium, swimming at the London Aquatics Centre or visiting the Lee Valley Velopark; alternatively, explore the parklands and waterways with a local Blue Badge guide.
Tower Bridge, which crosses the River Thames, was built between 1886 and 1894 and is an iconic symbol of London with its two towers and bridge deck which opens to allow tall ships through. You can walk across the lower bridge deck but the twin towers and high-level glass walkways and Victorian engine rooms are part of the Tower Bridge Exhibition.
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What you say
Once again delighted with the service we have received from beginning to end with EST.
Queen Elizabeths Grammar School
I will continue to use EST as each year our annual London trip gets better and better.
Kings Leadership Academy
An excellent trip which was thoroughly enjoyed by staff and students. I received great support throughout.
Sir John Deanes College
This was my second journey via European Study tours and I would highly recommend the company to anyone bringing groups to London.