Are you looking for school trips that are safe, well organised and great for learning?

We understand that researching for a successful school trip can take hours or even days out of your week.

There’s lots to consider, from security, to making the trip fun and educational, the overall cost and available facilities.

So, we’ve done all the research and put it together in one place to save you the hassle.

Contents

Chapter 1: Security

“Wherever we stay has to take the safety of everyone in our group as seriously as we do.”

Finding school group accommodation that’s safe and reliable is top of your priority list as a teacher or group leader.

You need to relax in the comfort of knowing that every one of your children are safe and sound at all times of the day and night.

There are several things that a school trip organiser should be looking for when choosing where to stay. It’s the little things that make a big difference when it comes to your children’s’ safety and your peace of mind. Is there CCTV on site? And does the accommodation have electronic key card access to the rooms? A 24-hour reception with access to a first aid kit means you can relax in the knowledge that a friendly, qualified member of staff will always be on hand to help.

Because we all know that things never go wrong at the right time. As for luggage, it’ll be essential to pick accommodation that has secure storage that you don’t have to think twice about while you’re out and about during the day.

We all plan ahead, but something or someone will always stray from the plan.

You’ll need friendly, understanding and available staff members to assist you and the young people in your care.

Chapter 2: Education

“We always have an educational element to every trip we go on. Keep everyone interested is a big challenge!”

Let’s face it, school trips are a total treat for kids.

Not only are they released from the constraints of the classroom, but they also get a taste of freedom - with their friends and without the ever-watching eye of their parents.

So, you’ll want to stay in a fun, vibrant environment with plenty to do. However, picking a location that’s also perfect for its educational hotspots is key. Not only do you want a place that’s got enough activities to keep the children entertained – you’ll also have your curriculum in mind.

The location you decide on will also need to give your school group a fulfilling learning experience.

The great outdoors is often the best classroom.

As a group leader, you’ll be looking for a location that keeps your children entertained, but you also want to visit somewhere that can provide great educational value.

For Science trips, you may be looking for zoos, wildlife centres or National Parks. For Art trips, you’ll need to research the surrounding area’s galleries and museums. For English or History trips, theatres, castles and local landmarks will give children an experience that will bring their classroom teaching to life.

Chapter 3: Cost

“A hostel for school trips is the perfect solution for low budget accommodation that offers a friendly welcome to guests of all ages.”

Cost will of course be a factor. Going anywhere together as a large group is going to seem like a dauntingly expensive exercise.

There’s also the children’s parents to consider.

Value for money is going to be as important as picking the right location.

School group accommodation doesn’t have to be expensive. There’s absolutely no need to be put off by hostels.

These days, many of the world’s coolest hotels in top cities are actually hostels. With choice, comfort, cleanliness and reliability at cheaper options, you can’t go wrong with a good quality hostel in city-centre locations.

The old vision of being crammed into communal rooms is no more. These days, school groups can pick between private dorms, VIP suites and even private, self-catering apartments at budget-friendly prices.

City accommodation is invariably pricey, so reliable hostels are perfect for large numbers of guests who want to save their money for sightseeing.

Chapter 4: Facilities

“We need facilities that cater for our needs, from linen, to access to WiFi”

One of the main things you’re going to look for with school group accommodation is the facilities.

The last thing you need is unkempt rooms; nowhere to safely store the children’s possessions; or no option to hire spare towels when a handful may forget theirs.

Good quality facilities that cover all bases is going to give school trip organisers peace of mind.

There’s always going to be at least one person who doesn’t eat at breakfast time, or doesn’t like what they’ve got in their packed lunch. So, a vending machine for snacks and drinks will prove very useful.

Facilities for disabled guests are just as important as the simple things like Wi-Fi, linen, laundry, hairdryers, towel hire and toilets that are easily found and accessible for students of all ages and of all needs.

As long as you pick accommodation that thinks big about the basics, you’ll be able to focus on your school group enjoying themselves – rather than spending your time worrying about the little things.

Room choices that suit both students and teachers is vital.

For course leaders, booking a private, en-suite room adjacent to their group is going to be important, as well as the option for female-only dorms.

And if you find somewhere that can plan everything from your packed lunches to your tour itinerary, then you’ll have more time to relax and enjoy the trip.

Chapter 5: Locations

“We need a central location so it’s easy for us to get lots of students from A to B, quickly and safely. Being centrally located also means that most places of interest are nearby. We like to cram as much culture as we can into each day for the students, so being close by means that we can avoid wasted and frustrated time on coaches!”

Location is everything.

Whether you’re looking to plan a science trip, art venture or sports group tour, we can give you the information you need.

Euro Hostels are located in a number of cities, each with their own selection of sights, activities and fun things to do for school trips – no matter the age-group or subject matter.

LIVERPOOL

ADD opening paragraph here...

Points of interest in Liverpool

City-Centre Sights

From art museums, tours and activities down at Albert Dock, to the largest cathedral in the U.K., theatres and a multitude of sports venues – Liverpool has it all.

Just 0.5 miles away from Seel Street – one of the coolest streets in the U.K. – Euro Hostel Liverpool is in the heart of the city. Liverpool's ongoing urban regeneration and creative vibe makes it one of the country's key cultural hubs and the perfect place to find a ton of sightseeing.

Albert Dock is absolutely perfect for school groups and features the largest collection of Grade I listed buildings in the country. Little historians will gain great insight of Liverpool’s maritime heritage at the Maritime Museum and the city’s slave trade history at the Slavery Museum. While Tate Liverpool is one of the most visited art galleries outside of London and has displayed collections from genre-defining artists such as Andy Warhol and Jackson Pollock. What better place for young creatives to get inspired?!

There’s no shortage of museums in Liverpool. Just an 11-minute walk from the hostel, Museum of Liverpool is on the city’s famous waterfront and is as stunning outside as it is on the inside. The largest in the U.K. and the 5th largest in the world, Liverpool Cathedral took 74 years to build and is a must to visit. Conversely, the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral is an incredibly modern building with multi-coloured stained glass, captivating interiors and modern works of art.

The captivating Liverpool Playhouse is just a 3-minute walk from the hostel, so we can arrange pre-performance meals for your school group. Literary classics like A Clockwork Orange, Othello and A Christmas Carol are on the theatre’s bill, as well as contemporary favourite The Lovely Bones.

Group Room Options

At Liverpool Euro Hostel, we have a wide choice of room options that are perfect for school groups. You can choose from shared mixed gender dorms from 4 to up to 8 people or a female-only dorm for up to 6 people. For guaranteed privacy, our en-suite private rooms range from single occupancy to bunk beds for up to 8 people.

Course leaders can have their own room adjacent to their group.

Group Catering Options

Our on-site Hatch Bar is great for whipping up group meals and a breakfast in the morning. We have an all-day menu that we serve til 21:00 and FYI, the burgers are our speciality. As well as a range of meal deals, we can also arrange group meals for your school trip in advance so everything is taken care of before your arrival. That includes breakfast, packed lunches and 3 course dinners - all at great group rates to set you up for the day ahead.

School Group Facilities

We have everything you need for a secure and comfortable stay with us. Facilities include superfast unlimited free Wi-Fi, luggage storage, lockers and electronic key card access. Our 24 hour reception team can recommend activities during your visit and arrange tour bookings too. Or, you can head to our Liverpool Places of Interest pages and Liverpool Top Attractions blog post for some pre-trip tips.

GLASGOW

ADD opening paragraph here...

City-Centre Sights

The Glasgow Science Centre is only 1.5 miles away from Glasgow Euro Hostel. School groups will be in there element here, where they can immerse themselves in interactive science shows, get involved in workshops and challenge their bodies as well as their minds in one of the world’s best planetariums. The Glasgow Science Centre has everything to keep them (and you!) entertained, from a giant hamster wheel in the cutting-edge BodyWorks exhibition to Scotland’s biggest IMAX Cinema. Educational 3D films show throughout the day and include Under the Sea, To the Arctic and A Beautiful Planet.

The Scottish Football Museum stadium tour allows visitors to experience the underground roadway, team changing rooms and walk down the tunnel of Hampden Park. Guests also get the chance to strike a ball in the Hampden Hotshots gallery and have the shot speed electronically measured! We can guarantee this will spark enough competitive energy to keep the kids entertained for hours – and quite possible the adults, too!

If it’s outdoor adventures you’re after, Glasgow Botanic Gardens is renowned for their tropical plant collections and architecturally impressive glasshouses – the most famous of which is Kibble Palace. Or if the sunshine can’t be guaranteed for the time of year that you’re planning your school trip, the Loch Lomond Aquarium is home to the largest collection of sharks in Scotland, the only Cow Nose Rays in Scotland and family favourites - otters Lily, Pickle and Cub. Chat with our friendly team at Glasgow Euro Hostel to figure out your best route for the day.

For historical sights, did you know that Glasgow Cathedral is the only cathedral to have survived the Reformation of 1560 intact? The Glasgow Necropolis attracts visitors from all over the world. While just a 12-minute walk from Euro Hostel Glasgow, George Square is home to historical buildings and an important collection of statues and monuments.

Daily tours of the Glasgow City Chambers take place here between 10.30am and 2.30pm. Art students will revel in Kelvingrove’s 22 themed, state-of-the-art galleries and 8,000 objects on display. One thing’s for sure, you’ll never be struggling for itinerary ideas with a school trip to Glasgow. If you need some inspiration, our Top Attractions in Glasgow 2018 is full of pre-trip research.

If you’d like some help cramming in all the sights, chat to our friendly team who are available 24/7 at reception. Not only are they locals themselves, they can provide a cracking tour booking service.

Group Room Options

At Glasgow Euro Hostel, we have a wide choice of room options that are perfect for school groups. You can choose from shared mixed gender or female only dorms for up to 14 people. Or, for guaranteed privacy, our en-suite private rooms range from single occupancy to comfy bunk beds for up to 8 people. This mean that course leaders can have their own room adjacent to their group. And with a large smart TV in every private room, you can take a well-earned breather before your next outing.

Group Catering Options

“Breakfast needs to be a quick and simple task, a grab-and-go bag with a juice and a snack would be ideal to avoid the hustle and bustle of a breakfast room.”

Our on-site Mint & Lime Bar is the perfect place for some food and relaxation after a busy day exploring Glasgow. We’ve got meal deals and drink promos every day of the week including 2 meals and 2 drinks for £10, ideal for group dining. The morning after we can offer a pick-me-up in the form of our all-you-can-eat hot buffet brekkie from 07:00-10:00 for just £5 each. We can also arrange meals in advance so everything is taken care of before your arrival. If a takeaway snack is all you need to make sure you get to your tour on time, that’s fine too.

School Group Facilities

Euro Hostel Glasgow provides everything school groups need for a secure and comfortable stay with us. Facilities include bike storage, superfast unlimited free Wi-Fi, luggage storage, lockers and electronic key card access. Plus, late check-out and early check-in, ‘cause let’s face it – it’s rare that plans go to plan. Towels are available to hire from reception for a small fee, for those who have forgotten theirs.

NEWCASTLE

With the Great Exhibition of the North taking place throughout the summer of 2018, the region is finally getting to showcase its vast selection of world-class art, culture, design and innovation. It’s an exciting new era for the North of England and more than ever, a perfect time for school groups to experience Newcastle’s cultural offering.

Places of interest in Newcastle

City-Centre Sights

Less than a mile from Euro Hostel Newcastle, the Centre for Life is one of the U.K.’s prime destinations for budding, young scientists. Life's schools' programme aims to provide hands-on, minds-on, hearts-on science education. An educational trip to Life typically includes a curriculum-linked workshop, plus time to explore the Science Centre. Their schools’ programme aims to provide ‘hands-on, minds-on, hearts-on science education’. The venue will plan the day for your school group and give you a schedule when you turn up, to make sure your school trip goes without a hitch.

Advanced bookings for group visits to the Great North Museum include free admission, pre-booked guided tour lasting 45 minutes to 1 hour and a £5 refreshment voucher for the driver! Wonderful workshops are available for history programmes, science programmes and early years as well as foundation stage. The children will be able to investigate mummies, Ancient archaeology, the Ice Age to the Iron Age, evolution, fossils and the great galaxies – to name just a few. Constellation tours and space exploration takes place in the venue’s Planetarium and the Bio Wall in the Living Plant section of the museum contains hundreds of creatures, which come to life through a mixture of touch-screen technology and hands-on investigations.

World-renowned art galleries such as Laing Art Gallery, the Biscuit Factory and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art are all a short walk from Euro Hostel Newcastle. And for the bookworms, The National Centre for Children’s Books is close to the city’s newly regenerated quayside and showcases unique exhibitions, lively events and playful activity that bring children’s books to life.

A 4-minute walk from Euro Hostel Newcastle, the Theatre Royal runs performances of everything from Cats, to Stomp, Sherlock Holmes, An Officer and a Gentleman and – our personal favourite – The Play That Goes Wrong. Join us in the Ware Rooms for a pre-organised meal before tucking into the musical or play of your choice.

There’s no doubt that big kids and small children alike will find something they love in Newcastle. Have a look at the top 10 historical attractions in Newcastle for even more school trip inspiration.

Group Room Options

At Euro Hostel Newcastle, we have a huge choice of group room options. We have private, en-suite rooms for up to 8 people, mini suites and even VIP suites with their own private lounge for up to 14 people. Single, twin and triple private rooms are also available, perfect for course leaders to have their own privacy but still be close enough to keep an eye – and ear – on the group!

School Group Facilities

We’ll provide everything you need for a clean, comfortable and enjoyable stay with us. We have luggage storage and lockers available, as well as bike storage, electronic key card access and laundry facilities. Plus, our building is non-smoking and equipped with CCTV and a 24-hour reception. Our free unlimited Wi-Fi and pool tables will keep busy hands occupied during downtime.

Edinburgh

ADD opening paragraph here...

Places of interest in Edinburgh

City-Centre Sights

Euro Hostel Edinburgh Halls will be your ultimate place to be to soak up the selection of summer events on offer. Not only are there many world-renowned galleries and museums for aspiring artists, there is also the must-see Edinburgh Castle and dungeons for mini historians and Edinburgh Zoo, Deep Sea World, Dynamic Earth and Edinburgh Butterfly & Insect World for young scientists and geography-enthusiasts.

Edinburgh Zoo is accessible by bus, which runs every 10-minutes from South Bridge, just a 3-minute walk from the hostel. Even more reason to visit the Giant Panda Exhibit, Penguins Rock and wee beasties. We can guarantee that the Blue Poison Arrow Frogs will put a smile on your kids’ faces!

DID YOU KNOW?

The National Museum of Scotland holds more than 65,000 school visits every year? With everything from the natural world, world cultures, science, technology, design, art and fashion, archaeology and Scottish history - they cover it all!

Many of the attractions in Edinburgh will offer school group visits all year round, including private tours and discounted group admission rates. Open from June to August, Euro Hostel Edinburgh Halls will be the perfect base for some sunny, outdoor learning – whatever the subject matter.

Group Room Options

During the busy Festival period, Euro Hostel Edinburgh Halls can offer you choice and comfort at budget friendly prices. We have private apartments from small groups of 3 right up to school groups of 12. All our rooms are single, lockable, modern and clean.

For creating your own packed lunches or evening meals, each apartment kitchen comes fully equipped with utensils, pots, pans, crockery and cutlery. You’ll have exclusive use of the kitchen, lounge area and bathrooms for your downtime. Perfect for group evening activities such as quizzes, film night – or simply just somewhere where the kids can hang out, be silly and play with their phones (the free Wi-Fi will also help with that!).

Our private apartments in Edinburgh will feel like a real summery treat for your school group and the atmosphere in the city will be second-to-none.

School Group Facilities

We have everything you need for a secure and comfortable stay with us. Facilities include tour booking services, laundry, towel hire, 24-hour reception and facilities for disabled guests. Plus, early check-in and – more importantly – late check-out, for the ones who always lose something and never get packed in time. Euro Hostel Edinburgh Halls is roughly a 9-minute walk from Waverley Station.