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Scotland

+Perth

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Perth is one of Scotland’s oldest burghs, and a lot of Scotland’s history is hidden in its city centre. It became known as a 'capital' of Scotland, due to the frequent residence of the royal court. Royal Burgh status was soon given to the town and it became one of the richest burghs in the country. For heritage attractions, Scone Palace, a major Scottish visitor attraction, is the ancestral home of the Earls of Mansfield and the crowning place of Scottish Kings.

+Dalkeith

Dalkeith is divided into four distinct areas: Dalkeith with its town centre and historic core, with Eskbank to the west,Woodburn to the east and Newbattle to the south. Eskbank is the most architecturally important district of Dalkeith with many large Victorian houses. Newbattle is notable for its historic abbey, which dates back to 1140 A.D.

+Stirling

Stirling is situated just north of Edinburgh, however the town is famous in its own right and has a medieval castle which is considered more beautiful than Edinburgh’s. The heart of the ancient town still survives and gives the town its distinctive and historic appearance. Stirling Castle is the grandest of Scotland's castles and one of the most popular visitor attractions in the country. Stirling is well located for visiting other parts of Scotland and the site of the Battle of Bannockburn, because of which Scotland gained its independence in 1314.

+Penicuik

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Penicuik is a burgh and civil parish in Midlothian, Scotland, lying on the west bank of the River North Esk. The town was well known for its paper mills, the last of which closed in 2005. More recently the town was home to the Edinburgh Crystal works.

+Edinburgh

Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland. The compact size of the city makes it a great place to visit as most of its attractions are in a small area within easy walking distance of each other. The city is dominated by its castle, which sits on top of a dormant volcano and offers spectacular views of the whole city. Edinburgh is also the political and financial centre of Scotland and its most visited city, making it an important stop on your school group tour of the UK. Lying between the south bank of the Firth of Forth and the Lothian Hills, its architecture, setting and heritage are unmatched.

London

+Twin English Centre

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Twin's London English School is a leading provider of British Council accredited General English, one-to-one English and Summer School courses as well as award-winning work experience and internship programmes. Our professional, friendly teachers use the latest interactive technology, alongside traditional teaching methods to effectively engage students and accelerate their learning process.

+Edmonton Green

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Edmonton Green in the north of London is a lively area with plenty on offer to see and do. There is a large shopping centre with a wide variety of over 120 shops. There’s also a leisure centre, plenty of restaurants and cafés, and also a market overflowing with fresh produce. Public transport provides easy access to other areas of London.

+Harrow

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Harrow is a large area in the north west of London. Home to a campus of the University of Westminster, Harrow boasts plenty of things for young people to do. There are two shopping centres and a huge range of shops outside of these centres too.

+Twickenham

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Twickenham is an area in south west London, famously known as England’s ‘home of rugby’. This is due to the fact that it is home to the largest stadium in Europe dedicated to the sport, Twickenham Rugby Stadium, which also often holds music concerts. Twickenham therefore also has a variety of shops, restaurants and other forms of entertainment on offer to draw visitors to the area.

+Wembley

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Wembley is famous worldwide for Wembley Arena and Wembley Stadium, a concert venue and football stadium. The arena is one of the largest in London, and regularly hosts amazing concerts, and the stadium is where major matches take place, including the FA Cup Final. Since the area attracts visitors from around the world due to these places of interest, there are plenty of other things to do, with a range of restaurants and shops.

+Bexleyheath

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Bexleyheath offers plenty of activities for residents and visitors to fill their free time with. The shopping centre has various shops to cater for all needs, there are a number of restaurants to suit all budgets, and there is a bowling alley and a cinema. It is also a convenient location in which to stay for those wanting an amazing shopping experience, with regular buses straight to Bluewater, one of the biggest shopping centres in the UK.

+Bromley

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Bromley is a lively area in the south east of London, and is a popular shopping destination for people living in the surrounding areas. It has been a market town for centuries, and most days the high street still hosts a range of stalls selling a variety of items, from food and flowers to jewellery and unique gifts. There is also a large shopping centre, Intu Bromley, with a range of shops and restaurants, a leisure centre and a cinema.

+Eltham

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As well as having great transport links to lively surrounding areas such as Greenwich and Central London, Eltham is home to a selection of shops as well as the historically fascinating Eltham Palace with a medieval hall and adjacent mansion with its beautiful art deco interior, and has a vibrant and engaging history to be discovered.

+Plumstead

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Home to a highly diverse community, Plumstead is great location to stay in to get a feel of multi-cultural London. The mix of cultures in the area means that there is a variety of different cuisines to try, and something to cater to every taste, at a range of restaurants, and plenty of unique shops.

+Thamesmead

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Thamesmead is an area located excellently for transport into Central London, vibrant suburbs such as Greenwich, and also beautiful Kent. Greenwich is a particularly good area for young people to visit, with a variety of attractions such as the National Maritime Museum and Greenwich Market on offer, as well as a huge variety of restaurants and shops.

+Welling

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Welling is close to lively Bexleyheath, as both are located in the London Borough of Bexley, so travelling from there to the shops, restaurants and entertainment venues in Bexleyheath is easy. Enjoy an evening bowling or at the cinema, or spend a day browsing the wide range of high street shops.

+Grove Park

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Grove Park, falling into the London Boroughs of Bromley and Lewisham, is a quiet area in South East London. There are a number of picturesque parks, and both Lewisham and Bromley are only short bus journeys away and offer plenty of things to do, from shopping and dining to going to the cinema and bowling.

+Mottingham

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A quiet area of south east London, Mottingham has excellent public transport connections, so getting around to the livelier areas of the capital is simple. While staying in Mottingham, it’s easy to reach places like Bromley and Bexleyheath for shopping or to go to the cinema, or to get the train and enjoy all the attractions of London’s city centre.

+New Eltham

Located in the London Borough of Greenwich, New Eltham is a quiet area, with great transport links perfect for excursions to the vibrant capital’s city centre. Buses through the area also provide easy access to all the exciting surrounding areas, including Bromley, Bexleyheath and Lewisham.

+Orpington

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Orpington is located in the London Borough of Bromley, so the restaurants and entertainment Bromley has to offer are within easy reach. However, on Orpington High Street there are also plenty of shops and restaurants to enjoy and there also is a leisure centre.

+Morden

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Morden is in the south west of London, a quiet place with good transport links to surrounding lively areas. It is very easy, for example, to reach nearby Wimbledon, which is home to many shops and restaurants, as well as, of course, the famous Wimbledon Tennis Tournament, so there is a lot to do locally.

+Mitcham

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Mitcham lies in the south west of London and is a relaxed and pleasant area in which to stay. There are regular trains from the here into the vibrant city centre, and it is also close to areas of interest such as Wimbledon, home of one of the most famous tennis tournaments in the world.

+West Wickham

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There is a variety of shops on West Wickham’s high street, as well as restaurants and a leisure centre, so there is plenty to do. It is also close to Bromley and Croydon, both of which boast great shopping experiences and other things to do. Croydon especially is a popular shopping location, and also hosts a lively scene during the evenings.

+Sidcup

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Sidcup is a district in South East London in the London Borough of Bexley and Greenwich and the county of Kent. It closeness to London makes it an ideal place to stay while for school groups who want to get to central London within a short amount of time. Popular places to visit include the Bexleyheath War Memorial and Hall Place and Gardens. Hall Place is a Tudor mansion that would have been built over 500 years ago during the reign of Henry VIII. With five hundred years of history on show and interactive exhibits, this museum is a must see for school groups interested in history.

+Chessington

Famous for its thrilling theme park, the area of Chessington in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames is the perfect location for groups who want to easily access the buzzing capital of London. Chessington is only 50 minutes away from Central London, so your group will be able to quickly access all of the top attractions and iconic sights that the capital has to offer. A visit to Chessington should not be complete without a day at the exciting Chessington World of Adventures theme park, which has over 40 fun roller-coaster, log flume and children’s rides, as well as a zoo and sea life centre. Chessington also has to offer plenty of modern shops, and great restaurants, bars and cafes.

+Greenwich

The historical and beautiful Royal Borough of Greenwich in South East London makes the perfect location for a group tour, as there is plenty to do here and it is only a short 10 minute train journey away from Central London. Other than the exciting attractions and sights to see in Central London, your group can also spend your trip visiting the historical National Maritime Museum, exploring the stunning Royal Greenwich park or discovering the stars and sky at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich park. Greenwich is also home to the world-famous O2 Arena, which is London’s number one entertainment hub with music concerts, shows, clubs, pubs and restaurants all inside.

+Rose Hill

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Rose Hill is located in Sutton in South West London and is a pretty suburb surrounded by large green spaces. It only takes 50 minutes to reach Central London by train from Rose Hill, so your group will be able to easily access all the fun and excitement of the capital. Rose Hill is also close to other popular areas of interest such as Wimbledon, Richmond Park and the world-renowned Chessington World of Adventures.

+Catford

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Located in the London Borough of Lewisham in South East London, Catford is a vibrant and modern district. It is a great location for groups who wish to easily explore London, as it is only 30 minutes away from Central London by train. Catford has a variety of modern shops and great restaurants serving all kinds of cuisine to enjoy, and is very close to the famous Royal Borough of Greenwich, which is home to plenty of historic and interesting attractions.

+Petts Wood

Petts Wood is a picturesque suburb of South East London in the London Borough of Bromley, which is in a great location for groups who want to have easy access to Central London. It only takes 45 minutes to reach Central London by train from Petts Wood, so groups will be able to spend day trips exploring everything that the cosmopolitan capital has to offer. Petts Wood is surrounded by beautiful woodland and countryside, so groups will also be able to take a break from the busy city atmosphere.

+Bickley

The pretty town of Bickley in the London Borough of Bromley in East London, is located only 40 minutes away from Central London by train, so is an ideal location to stay in if your group wants to spend day trips visiting the vibrant capital. Bickley is well-known for being one of the richest areas in England, and your group will be able to enjoy the picturesque town centre with modern shops and charming pubs and restaurants.

+Sydenham

Sydenham is a district of South London in the London Boroughs of Lewisham, Bromley and Southwark, and is located only 55 minutes from Central London by train. Your group will be able to easily access all of the top attractions and iconic sights in the capital from Sydenham. This location offers large green parks perfect for socialising, sports and picnics, modern shops and great restaurants.

+Beddington

Located in the London Borough of Sutton in South West London, Beddington is a beautiful area for groups to stay in who wish to go on day trips to the vibrant Capital. Beddington has a number of gorgeous green spaces and parks to enjoy including the Beddington Park with the royally renowned Carew Manor. This picturesque location is also home to St Mary’s Church, which is a stunning 14th century flint church, and plenty of modern shops, restaurants and cafes. Central London is only one hour away by train, so groups will be able to easily access top attractions and iconic sights.

+Caterham

Caterham is a town in the Tandridge District of Surrey in South East England, and is located 1 hour and 5 minutes away from Central London, so groups staying here will be able to easily access all of the top attractions and sights in the Capital. Caterham has a very modern shopping outlet, and great restaurants and pubs to enjoy in the local area, as well as being close to beautiful green spaces perfect for sports and picnics. Caterham is also close to the affluent districts of Coulsdon and Purley, and the beautiful town of Guildford.

+Wallington

Wallington is a town in the London Borough of Sutton in South West London, and is situated only 40 minutes away by train from the Capital, so groups staying here will have plenty of opportunities to visit top attractions and iconic sights. There are plenty of beautiful open spaces and parks in Wallington, which your group will be able to use to relax, play sports and have picnics in when you are not exploring London.

+Bellingham

Located in South East London within the London Borough of Lewisham, Bellingham is a lively and vibrant area which is situated only 50 minutes away from Central London by train. Bellingham has plenty of cafes, restaurants and local shops to enjoy, and is a great location to stay if you wish to go on plenty of trips to the Capital.

East Anglia

+Cambridge

Cambridge is a picturesque city in the East of England, home to a prestigious university and plenty of other interesting things to see and do. Activities on offer during a stay in Cambridge could include a tour of the university and a visit to its Fitzwilliam Museum, which hosts an amazing collection of artefacts and paintings, punting on the River Cam or a visit to Oliver Cromwell’s house, making Cambridge an excellent location for any sort of trip, from cultural to historical.

 

+Colchester

Colchester in Essex in East England is Britain’s oldest recorded town, and its ideal combination of rich, interesting history and modern centre attracts more than 4.5 million visitors every year. Colchester is brimming with things to do to suit every taste; you could explore the historic Colchester Castle, discover over 260 animal species at Colchester Zoo or shop till you drop in its vibrant city centre. Colchester is also surrounded by beautiful countryside, which is perfect for walks, picnics and sports activities including cycling, golf and football

+Clacton-on-Sea

Clacton-on-Sea is a large, vibrant seaside resort on the Tendring Peninsula in Essex in East England. With its variety of lovely, sandy beaches, Victorian pier with fun seaside amusements and modern shopping outlets, Clacton attracts many visitors each year. Clacton hosts several exciting local annual events, including the Clacton Carnival and Clacton Airshow, which involves historic aircraft such as the Lancaster Bomber, Spitfires and the Red Arrows. This charming seaside resort also has a buzzing arts scene, with two theatres, The Princes and West Cliff, and is one of the last places to put on an old style summer show.

+Frinton-on-Sea

Frinton-on-Sea is a picturesque seaside town in the Tendring District in Essex in East England. Frinton is well-known for its variety of historic and stunning churches, and has plenty of gorgeous landmarks and interesting attractions to entertain any group visiting here. Frinton has a long, pretty grass common overlooking its immaculately clean sandy beaches, with invitingly clear sea, so there are plenty of areas to explore, have picnics and relax. There are a variety of shops and restaurants to enjoy down Connaught Avenue, which is Frinton’s beautiful main shopping street lined with tall trees.

+Bishop’s Stortford

The historic market town of Bishop’s Stortford in East Hertfordshire, is a typical British parish town just minutes away from the international Stansted Airport. Bishop’s Stortford is only 45 minutes away from Central London, so is an ideal location for groups who want to explore everything that London has to offer, whilst staying in a countryside location. In Bishop’s Stortford your group will be able to discover the picturesque fort over the River, which is now known as the Stort, and visit local museums and shops. Bishop’s Stortford also hosts an annual outdoor event called Summerfest, which includes a vibrant Carnival Parade through the town and plenty of stalls and games.

+Norwich

The charming and unique British city of Norwich located in the East of England, offers groups the ideal combination of fascinating heritage landmarks, which have thousands of years of history to tell, with striking 21st century architecture and a modern atmosphere.

History lovers will be in their element here, as there are plenty of heritage attractions to explore, including the famous spired Anglican Cathedral, the remains of the Roman regional capital at Caistor St Edmunds and the stunning Norman castle.

Norwich is home to a variety of beautiful rivers running through the city and nearby countryside, so it is worth taking a local boat ride to really explore both the cosmopolitan city and natural environment.

There are also a few exciting zoos close to Norwich which make a great group tour, such as the award-winning Banham Zoo, Amazona Zoo and Africa Alive.

South East

+Ashford

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Ashford is a town in the borough of Ashford in Kent, located about 55 miles (90km) from London. Its closeness to London has always made Kent a strong influence on the capital, and vice versa. The town has many tourist attractions, including the Ashford Borough Museum and the Godinton House and Gardens which has 12 acres of gardens that are over 500 years old. Another popular activity for school groups is taking a stroll in the Ashford Green Corridor; a linear park alongside the two main rivers through the town.

+Oxford

Oxford, known as The City of Dreaming Spires, is famous the world over for its University and place in history. For over 800 years, it has been a home to royalty and scholars, and since the 9th century an established town, although people are known to have lived in the area for thousands of years. Nowadays, the city is a bustling cosmopolitan town full of modern shops and restaurants. Oxford is popular with school group tours thanks its magnificent architecture and romantic rivers. Oxford also has a link with a certain boy wizard who studied at Hogwarts! Contact us to find out about Harry Potter themed tours of Oxford.

+Reading

Reading is a large town in the county of Berkshire in the south east of England. Reading’s location in the Thames Valley makes it an important part of England's transport network, which has excellent transport links to London. The town is also the site of one the UK’s most famous music festivals, making it a great place to visit for music students.

+Dartford

Dartford is located on the outskirts of London next to the River Thames in Kent (about 16 miles/26km from Central London). Dartford has a rich and varied heritage and is home to Domesday churches and buildings with royal connections. Popular places for school groups to visit include St John's Jerusalem, a National Trust chapel with a garden and Central Park, a formal park in the town centre which comprises 26 acres of land.

+Folkestone

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Folkestone is Sandgate, a charming seaside village known for its antique shops. Folkestone also commemorates its front-line role in wartime with the Battle of Britain Museum and memorial amongst other sites. The major landmark in Folkestone, apart from the Harbour, is the Leas, the cliffs above the beach. Your group can also enjoy the historic Cinque Port town of Hythe, beaches and the Romney Marsh.

+Herne Bay

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Herne Bay is a seaside town in Kent, South East England located on the south coast of the Thames Estuary and about 7 miles (11 km) north of Canterbury and 1 mile (2 km) east of Whitstable. The seafront features gardens, amusement arcades and children's play areas. Some of the most popular landmarks by the seafront include the clock tower, the sea defence jetty, the off-shore World War II sea fort and the off-shore wind farm.

+Whistable

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Whitstable is a seaside town in Northeast Kent, Southeast England and is located approximately 8 km (5 mi) north of the city of Canterbury. Whitstable is famous for its oysters which have been collected since at least Roman times but the town also has a strong arts scene and rich maritime history. Popular landmarks for school groups include Whitstable Castle, situated on the border of Whitstable and Tankerton and the windfarm located off the coast with 30 wind turbines. From the town’s coast you can also see a now redundant offshore World War II sea fort.

+Rochester

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Rochester is a town in Kent, England and about 30 miles (48 km) from London. Rochester is home to a number of important historic buildings, the most prominent of which are the Guildhall, the Corn Exchange, Restoration House, Eastgate House. The town was for many years the favourite of Charles Dickens, who lived nearby at Gads Hill Place and who based many of his novels in the area. Your group can learn more about the author’s connections to the area at Dickens World at Chatham Maritime. Another popular attraction is the Historic Dockyard Chatham where visitors will discover how warships were built in 1758 in the Wooden Walls gallery.

+Sittingbourne

Sittingbourne is an industrial town about eight miles (12.9 km) east of Gillingham in England and about 17 miles from Canterbury. Milton Regis located close to Sittingbourne, tells the fascinating story of the local paper and brick industrial past. Other places of interest include Sittingbourne's Steam Railway which is the preserved southern half of the former Bowater's Industrial Railway.

+Bexhill-on-Sea

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Bexill-on-Sea lies between Eastbourne and Hastings in the beautiful 1066 Country area, and is in within easy reach of many castles and attractions such as the beautiful medieval town of Rye. The town today retains much of the charm and style that made it a favourite of the Victorian and Edwardian aristocracy. Bexhill has an elegant two-mile promenade, where deck chairs and beach huts can be hired. The world famous De La Warr Pavilion also lies along the seafront and offers an excellent arts programme throughout the year. The Bexhill Museum is a popular choice with school groups thanks to its shows such diversity as dinosaurs and artefacts from India and Africa.

+Worthing

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Worthing is a major town on the Sunny Sussex coast with a history dating back to well before Roman times. The town has been a popular seaside resort since the Victorian era thanks to its combination of sunshine, sea, spectacular countryside and relatively easy access from London. The impressive beach is undoubtedly still the star attraction at Worthing. The beach stretches for 10 miles, all the way from Shoreham to Littlehampton. Away from the beach, Worthing itself is full of attractions, from its art galleries and top class museum to nightclubs and other nightlife.

+Hastings

Throughout the world Hastings is known for its role in the historic story of the Norman invasion - the Battle of Hastings 1066. Hastings also offers school groups a distinct architecture and a south facing coastal environment. Popular tourist attractions include such landmarks as the Hastings Castle, Hastings Pier, St Clement's Church, All Saints Church and Hastings Museum and Art Gallery.

+Portsmouth

Portsmouth is a dynamic and vibrant waterfront city bursting with attractions for school group tours. From the town’s proud naval and maritime heritage, to world-class museums and galleries, unique shopping destinations, great places to eat and miles and miles of beautiful seafront, Portsmouth offers something for everyone.

+Guildford

Guildford is located in the county of Surrey, south west of London. The charm of its High Street hints at Guildford’s past with its cobbled street and historic buildings, including the Guildhall with its glorious gilded clock protruding out over the street. Guildford is well known for its modern day Cathedral that offers great views of Guildford town centre. Other attractions popular with School Groups touring the area include the Norman Castle Keep, the Guildford Museum, Abbots Hospital and the Medieval Undercroft.

+Maidenhead (Windsor Area)

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Windsor and Maidenhead are located to the west of London, close to Heathrow Airport. The region is famous for its large rural areas like Windsor Great Parkas well as top visitor attractions like Windsor Castle and Legoland, two of the most visited attractions in the UK. Thorpe Park is a world-class theme park located only 7 miles (11km) from Windsor, making it a must-see attraction for any school group in the area.

+Woking

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Situated in north-west Surrey, 25 miles from London, Woking was originally a village located at what is now known as Old Woking. The area now known as Woking town was formerly open heathland. With the arrival of the Basingstoke Canal and then the railway in 1838, Woking suddenly became more accessible from London and, in the 1800's, the present town started to develop when London had a shortage of land. Woking is a popular choice for school groups that want a day trip out of London due to its close proximity to the capital (30 minutes away by National Rail).

+Aylesbury

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Aylesbury is located in Buckinghamshire in the South East of England. Aylesbury is very close to the beautiful scenery of the Chiltern Hills and the historic centre has many links to key periods of English history. Famous events that happened in the town include Henry VIII wooing Anne Boleyn in the Kings Head Inn and Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, U2 and The Ramones playing Friars’ Club. Literature students will be interested to see the house of famous children’s novelist Roald Dahl, who invented his classic stories in the Aylesbury area.

+Brighton

Brighton is one of the biggest and well known sea-side resorts in England. The most famous attraction in the area is Brighton Pier; with 537 metres of restaurants, shops, arcade games and more it is a great example of the traditional British seaside strip. Away from the beach, Brighton is known as the London by the sea thanks to its vibrant nightlife and diverse mix of people who live there. This diversity is reflected in another of the city’s popular attractions, the Royal Pavilion, which has Arabic, Chinese, Hindu and Gothic influences in its architecture. Brighton is easily accessible by rail from London for school groups who are based in the capital but want a day trip to the coast.

+Eastbourne

This elegant coastal town in East Sussex has everything you would expect from an authentic English seaside resort. Eastbourne’s beautiful beaches offer your school group the chance to experience a traditional English seaside holiday. The town and its sea front offer plenty of attractions, including the Sovereign Swimming and Leisure Centre, Redoubt Fortress and Museum, mini golf and the pier. For groups who also enjoy shopping, there are plenty of opportunities; the Arndale Shopping Mall in the town centre, which has a great mixture of boutique and large name stores, and the Enterprise Centre which has a fascinating choice of artisan and handicraft shops, small boutiques, cafes and food shops. The famous cliffs of Beachyhead are also close to Eastbourne, and provide some of the most spectacular views on the South Coast of England.

+Southampton

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Southampton became famous in the twentieth century as the UK's main departure port for migrants heading to America. Southampton’s Eastern Docks saw perhaps the city’s biggest moment in history. In 1912 RMS Titanic departed from White Star Dock on its maiden voyage. When the ship sunk, 500 of the 1500 lives lost were crew whose home was Southampton, and the city descended into a long period of mourning. Many school groups choose to visit the Follow the Titanic trail, which links memorials and places connected to the Titanic. Other interesting attractions in Southampton are the fully restored Medieval Merchants House, the Maritime Museum located in the old Wool House and the historic Tudor House museum. Literature students will enjoy the Jane Austen Walking Trail, which visits the places associated with the famous writer, who had a home in the city.

+Bognor Regis

Located on the South Coast of England in the county of West Sussex, Bognor Regis is a popular, traditional seaside resort famous for its beautiful sandy beaches, long hours of sunshine and local sites of historical interest.

Whether your group wants to experience all the fun of the British seaside on the award-winning sand and shingle beach, soak up the local history at the Bognor Regis Museum or get active with thrilling water sports activities, there is something for everyone in Bognor Regis. This culturally rich seaside town also hosts year-round live entertainment including the International Clowns Convention, the Rox Music and Arts Festival and Hotham Park Country Fair.

Bognor Regis is only 1 hour and 40 minutes away from London, so students who are staying in the capital will be able to easily reach here if they want a day trip to the coast.

+Dover

Famous for its gorgeous white cliffs, the coastal ferry port of Dover in Kent is a unique location where coast meets countryside and English heritage meets rich culture.

The world-renowned white cliffs of Dover were described as one of the top 10 places to walk in England, as you can see spectacular views of the beaches and France across the water during an exciting cliff top walk. Dover has been inhabited since the Stone Age, and is home to 3 castles, 9 museums, 4 forts and a Roman painted house which was built around AD 200, so there is plenty of history to discover here.

Your group could spend your trip exploring the nautical town, taking part in thrilling water sports activities and enjoying local fish and chips on the beautiful beach.

+Canterbury

Situated in Kent in the South East of England, the historic and culturally rich city of Canterbury is a perfect destination for a group trip, as it has the ideal blend of city, coast and countryside.

Canterbury is home to a stunning cathedral, a variety of churches and a Norman castle, so history lovers will be in their element here. The vibrant city offers groups the chance to go punting on the picturesque river whilst learning about the history of Canterbury, explore local museums and go shopping in one of its many retail outlets. Canterbury is also just a short journey away from 14.5 miles of beautiful coastline, where your group can enjoy all the fun of the seaside and take part in exciting water sports activities.

+New Romney

New Romney is a charming port town located in Kent in South East England. This picturesque town is situated on the edge of Romney Marsh, which is an area of beautiful flat land reclaimed from the sea. New Romney is one of the first Cinque Ports, and its harbour was originally adjacent to the church, however today the city centre is just a mile away from the sea.

Groups visiting here will be able to easily access New Romney’s shingle and sand beaches, and explore its variety of interesting attractions including a Norman church, striking marsh perfect for walks and picnics, and plenty of shops.

+Ramsgate

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Popular for its beautiful marina and architecture, the seaside town of Ramsgate in Kent in South East England is a great location for a historic and fun group trip. Ramsgate is a traditional British seaside resort, with beautiful award-winning sandy beaches, which are perfect for swimming, rock-pooling, surfing and relaxing. This vibrant town is well-known for its rich history, and your group can take a step into the past on the stunning Viking Coastal Trail, and at local museums such as the Dickens House Museum and the Ramsgate Maritime Museum. Your group can also shop till you drop at the Westwood Cross mall or various farmers markets dotted throughout the town.

South West

+Plymouth

A vibrant waterfront city located on the south coast of Devon, about 190 miles (310 km) south-west of London. It offers many attractions all year round such as Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery or the Theatre Royal (1,315 capacity). School groups have can visit the Barbican’s quayside following in the Pilgrim Father’s footsteps or see the National Marine Aquarium with its deepwater fish tanks. Further west and up on the Hoe is the Smeaton’s Tower lighthouse which has amazing views of the city and surrounding coastline.

+Bath

Bath and its surrounding area are brimming with things for school groups to see and do. Designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, Bath presents some of the finest architectural sights in Europe, such as the Royal Crescent, the Circus and Pulteney Bridge. The city also has a diverse collection of museums and attractions including the Roman Baths, Jane Austen Centre and Thermae Bath Spa. Bath's compact city centre offers irresistible shopping and there are plenty of activities to enjoy in the surrounding area.

+Midsomer Norton

Midsomer Norton is characterised by the River Somer which runs the length of the town centre. The town has a long history which can be seen through a number of early churches which remain, but really started to grow and become a transport hub with the development of the Somerset coalfield.

+Radstock

Radstock is home to the Radstock Museum which has a range of exhibits which offer an insight into north-east Somerset life since the 19th century. Many of the exhibits relate to local geology and the now disused Somerset coalfield and geology. Another attraction in Radstock worth a visit from your group is Writhlington School, famous for its Orchid collection, and a range of educational, religious and cultural buildings and sporting clubs.

+Wells

Wells is the smallest city in England, with about 12,000 inhabitants. Wells qualifies as a city because of the famous 13th century Cathedral. The city remains remarkably unspoilt and features many historic buildings including the moated Bishop's Palace, Vicars' Close, St Cuthbert's Church and a good local museum. The Wells Market Place, with lively markets twice a week, the narrow streets and an eclectic mix of building styles all reflect on the continuing development of the town throughout the ages, making it an ideal choice for school group students interested in design and architecture.

+Bodmin

Centrally located in the heart of Cornwall, Bodmin is just 30 minutes from the stunning north and south coast Cornish beaches. Situated on the western fringes of Bodmin Moor with its granite tors, panoramic views, and rugged moorland villages; the area is abundant with wildlife and fresh air. There are a few attractions situated walking distance such as a Steam Railway, the Town Museum and the Courtroom Experience.

+Exeter

Exeter is located in the Southwest of England and situated on the River Exe in the county of Devonshire. It is 37 miles (60 km) northeast of Plymouth, and 70 miles (110 km) southwest of Bristol. Exeter is home to the magnificent Exeter Cathedral, which dates back to Norman times and to the Rougemont Castle, also known as Exeter Castle, the historic castle of the city of Exeter. Other popular sightseeing options for school groups in Exeter are the Clock tower, and the Iron bridge.

+Falmouth

Falmouth is a town and port located on the River Fal on the south coast of Cornwall, England. It is famous for its harbour, which is the third deepest natural harbour in the world. Falmouth is also known for Pendennis Castle, built in 1539 to guard the entrance of the River Fal. Falmouth has become a popular area for tourists thanks to five main beaches starting next to Pendennis Castle and moving along the coast towards the Helford river. Many school groups also find the National Maritime Museum Cornwall a great attraction to visit. The Maritime Museum opened in February 2003 and was designed by the architect M. J. Long.

+Frome

Is a town located in northeast Somerset, England. Situated at the eastern end of the Mendip Hills, the town is built on uneven high ground, and centres around the River Frome which is crossed by the 16th century town bridge in the town centre. The city of Bath and its famous Roman architecture is approximately 13 miles (21 km) from Frome. Frome also provides a centre for cultural and sporting activities, including the annual Frome festival and the Frome Museum.

+Newquay

Is a town, seaside resort and fishing port in Cornwall, England. It is situated on the North Atlantic coast of Cornwall approximately 20 miles (32 km) west of Bodmin. Newquay is famous for its 11 beaches and the range of water sports they offer. The town also has a Zoo, golf course, Waterworld or the Blue Reef Aquarium for school groups who want to leave the beach area.

+Penzance

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Penzance is a town and port located in Cornwall, approximately 75 miles (120 km) west of Plymouth and 300 miles (500 km) from London. A conservation area forms most of the core of the town of Penzance and the historic harbour areas of Newlyn and Mousehole, with a number of Georgian and Regency buildings also present in the town. The area surrounding Penzance is home to some of the major attractions in South West of England including: St Michael’s Mount, the Minack Theatre, Trengwainton Gardens, Penlee Museum and Porthcurno Telegraph Museum.

+St Austell

The old Market Town of St Austell is located a few miles from the south coast and is approximately 10 miles (16 km) south of Bodmin and 30 miles (48 km) west of the border with Devon. St Austell is one of Cornwall’s biggest towns, but the main point of interest is the Eden Project located 2 miles away. The Eden Project is a collection of giant, multi-domed greenhouse, containing plants from various regions of the globe. Numerous educational tour options are available for school groups who visit the Eden Project; it is a particularly informative attraction for students interested in geography or botany.

+Torquay

Is a town located in the area of Torbay and county of Devon, England. It is situated 22 miles (35 km) south of Exeter and 38 miles (61 km) north-east of Plymouth and adjoins the neighbouring town of Paignton on the west of the bay. The first major building in Torquay was Torre Abbey, a Premonstratensian monastery founded in 1196. The historic building is an ideal attraction for school groups interested in religious studies or architecture. Torquay and the surrounding areas have numerous tourist attractions, including Kents Cavern (Britain's most important Stone Age site), Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway, the Babbacombe Model Village (a miniature village and railway) and the Babbacombe Theatre. The highlight of any school group trip has to be a visit to Living Coasts, Torquay's coastal zoo, where school groups can mix with penguins, seals and otters

+Salisbury

Famous for its beautiful Cathedral, Salisbury in Wiltshire in South West England is rich with history, culture and plenty of iconic sights and top attractions.

Dubbed by the Lonely Planet as one of the world’s top 10 cities to visit in 2015, Salisbury is home to an Early English Gothic Cathedral that houses the Magna Carta, a vibrant arts scene and plenty of museums and historic houses. This buzzing city is situated in the middle of gorgeous English countryside just waiting to be explored, and is only a short journey away from the world-renowned ancient Stonehenge.

+Weymouth

With its beautiful sandy beaches, buzzing harbour and being one of the sunniest and warmest locations in England, it’s no surprise that Weymouth is one of the UK’s top seaside resorts.

Located in Dorset in South West England, this vibrant waterfront town is at one end of the UNESCO World Heritage Site the Jurassic Coast, and has plenty of amazing beaches nearby including the 3-mile golden Weymouth beach and the famous Chesil Beach. Weymouth offers groups a fantastic variety of attractions and things to do, including the exciting Sea Life Adventure Park with over 1000 creatures, the historical Sandsfoot Castle, an array of fun seaside amusements and a modern shopping outlet.

+Bournemouth

From seven miles of golden sand and glistening sea to a vibrant, buzzing town centre filled with modern shops, restaurants and bars, the seaside town of Bournemouth in Dorset in South West England has it all.

Named as the Best UK Coastal Resort at the British Travel Awards 2014, Bournemouth offers a variety of top attractions and iconic sights, ensuring your group will never be short of things to do. Your group can explore the beautiful sandy beach and award-winning parks, learn more about Dorset’s history at one of the many churches or castles and take part in thrilling sports activities including kayaking, cycling and surfing.

North East

+York

York City Centre is contained inside large compact walls, with gates to provided entrance to the city. One of the reasons that York is a popular choice for school groups touring the UK is the city has kept almost all of its ancient features. Today, much of York's history can still be seen by visiting the Historic District on Liberty, Madison, Kings Mountain, Jefferson, and Congress Streets.

North West

+Chester

Located south of Liverpool, the Town of Chester is the capital of Cheshire and can be considered one of the best preserved fortified towns of Great Britain. Some parts of the intact city wall date back to the 1st century AD. The major museum in Chester is the Grosvenor Museum, which includes a collection of Roman tombstones and an art gallery. School groups can find plenty of educational material on a tour of Chester; including the Dewa Roman Experience with its reconstructed Roman street, Chester Castle houses the Cheshire Military Museum. Chester Zoo is also an attraction your group will not want to miss!

East Midlands

+Northampton

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Northampton is a city and district in the County of Northamptonshire, home to one of Britain’s largest market squares, dating from 1235. As well as the market square and Northampton Football Club, your group will also find a large collection of art galleries all around the city. The Northampton Museum and Art Gallery has a world-class collection of historical footwear and Italian art, glass and ceramics, plus visiting exhibitions and local history. The Old Fish Market is another popular choice for tourists, with three art gallery spaces, retail units, a café, and an arts studio which hosts exhibitions by leading artists and musicians.

West Midlands

+Stratford upon Avon

One of the greatest playwrights and poets in history was born in this city, which is located in the county of Warwickshire. We are of course talking about William Shakespeare! More than three million people visit Stratford upon Avon every year because of its most famous inhabitant. The most popular attractions are Shakespeare’s Birthplace and Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, which used to be the home of his wife Anne. Alongside the river you can find the theatre of the world famous Royal Shakespeare Company. Built alongside is the Swan Theatre, occupying the Victorian Gothic structure that formerly housed the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre. Another building that belongs to the Royal Shakespeare Company is the Black Box Theatre which consists of a simple, somewhat unadorned performance space, usually a large square room with black walls and a flat floor.

Wales

+Cardiff

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Cardiff is the capital city of Wales, and is believed to be a city of contrasts. A castle with 1900 years of history stands alongside a modern shopping centre and one of the world's great civic centres. Hundreds of acres of beautiful parkland reach into the very heart of the city. There are many castles in and around Cardiff - a reminder that for centuries this was a turbulent frontier land. Mountains and beaches are only a short drive away, yet Cardiff offers all the facilities expected of a capital city: excellent shopping, good restaurants, live theatre, opera and concert halls, art galleries and museums.

+Swansea

Swansea is Wales’ second city and is a lively and vibrant maritime place. This industrial port of the 19th Century has nowadays a marina surrounded by attractive buildings. A short drive from the city of Swansea will lead you to the Victorian resort of Mumble, known as the “Gateway to Gower” – the Gower Peninsula – an area of stunning coastal countryside. The Gower Peninsula was Britain’s first designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Gower Peninsula offers a diverse range of landscapes from its award winning beaches and dramatic cliffs to its picturesque villages and rolling countryside, hills, valleys, commons, woodland, dunes and marshes.

+Bridgend

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Bridgend is a town in the Bridgend County Borough in Wales, 22 miles west of the capital, Cardiff. The river, crossed by the original bridge, which gave the town its name, is the River Ogmore. Bridgend is home to the 113 acre Bryngarw Country Park, which offers an adventure play area, barbecue and picnic areas, cafe, visitor centre and a patchwork of woodland, grassland and freshwater habitats. Bryngarw Country Park is a Grade II listed Historic Park and Garden. Bridgend is perfect for adventurous school groups, interested in cycling, quad biking, mountain biking or surfing. Bridgend is famous for its beautiful beaches.

Republic of Ireland

+Cork

Located in Munster in the South West region of the Republic of Ireland, Cork is the third largest city in Ireland. Cork is a very interesting city as it is steeped in history, but also has modern influences and is steadily gaining a reputation as one of Europe’s hippest cities.

Similar to Venice, this vibrant and exciting city is built upon water, so your group will be able to explore the gorgeous streets and bridges along the river.

There is an abundance of things to do in Cork, so your group will surely never be bored; you can ring the bells in the 300-year-old tower of St Anne’s Church, discover the stunning St Finbarre’s Cathedral, explore the variety of top museums and galleries or enjoy unique small boutiques or major department stores in the city centre.

+Dublin

With its gorgeous architecture, top-class attractions and friendly atmosphere, Dublin the capital city of Ireland, makes the perfect fun and cultural group tour. You could explore the famous Temple Bar neighbourhood, which is where all the locals go for restaurants, shops, cafes and art galleries and is made up of stunning architecture and cobbled streets. If your group wants to step back in time, then you can visit the grand Dublin Castle, and discover its stunning traditional interior. Your group can really get into the Irish spirit by travelling to Dublin on the 17th of March to enjoy the fascinating and exciting St Patrick’s Day Parade.

+Galway

Renowned for its friendly local people, charming streets and top shopping, the beautiful city of Galway in Connacht on the Western Coast of Ireland makes a fantastic location for a group tour. You can spend your trip here wandering the picturesque cobbled streets, discovering the charming harbour and visiting the famous Galway Farmers Market in Church Lane, which is full with delicious Irish food to enjoy. You can discover Galway’s rich history at its largest medieval church, St Nicholas’ Church, at the breath-taking Galway Cathedral and at the fascinating Lynch’s Castle. There is also a wide variety of things to do and see in the countryside surrounding the city, including the magnificent 16th century Dunguaire Castle and one of Ireland’s most popular sights the Cliffs of Moher.

+Kerry

The county of Kerry in South West Ireland offers groups a variety of welcoming towns, a fascinating coastline with breath-taking sights and a vast national park containing beautiful views and the country’s oldest oak forests. Perfect for nature and geography lovers, your group could visit one of Kerry’s stunning beaches, search for wildlife on a thrilling boat trip or go shopping and enjoy a traditional Irish meal in one of the charming nearby towns. Kerry is home to some of Ireland’s most famous natural sights including the Ring of Kerry consisting of a 179km circuit of pristine beaches and coastline, the secluded and mysterious islands of Skellig Michael, and the 15th century Ross Castle.

Northern Ireland

 

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