GROUP ACCOMMODATION IS A BIG FACTOR WHEN ORGANISING A SCHOOL TRIP

We understand that researching for a place to stay on your school trip can take hours or even days out of your week. There’s lots to consider.

 

So, we’ve done all the research and put it together in one place to help you choose the right school group accommodation.

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Security
CHAPTER 1

SECURITY

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? Does the accommodation have electronic key card access to the rooms? Is a 24-hour reception with access to a first aid kit provided?

We all know that things never go wrong at the right time.

"WHEREVER WE STAY HAS TO TAKE THE SAFETY OF EVERYONE IN OUR GROUP AS SERIOUSLY AS WE DO."

As for luggage, it’ll be essential to pick accommodation with 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.

Education
Chapter 2

Education

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 perfect for its educational hotspots is key. We understand that not only do you want a place that’s got enough activities to keep the children entertained – you will have your curriculum in mind too. 

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

And it's worth remembering that the great outdoors is often the best classroom.

"WE ALWAYS HAVE AN EDUCATIONAL ELEMENT TO EVERY TRIP WE GO ON. KEEPING EVERYONE INTERESTED IS A BIG CHALLENGE."

As a group leader, the educational value of the location you choose will - of course - be as important as how much fun they can have. 

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.

Cost
CHAPTER 3

COST

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. So, value for money is going to be as important as picking the right location.

School group accommodation doesn’t have to be expensive.

"A HOSTEL FOR SCHOOL TRIPS IS THE PERFECT SOLUTION FOR LOW BUDGET ACCOMMODATION THAT OFFERS A FRIENDLY WELCOME TO GUESTS OF ALL AGES."

These days, many of the world’s coolest places to stay in top cities are 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 have their own private en-suite dorms 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 and fun group activities.

Facilities
CHAPTER 4

FACILITIES

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

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

You'll need to safely store the children’s possessions, consider meal options and provide essentials such as towels - if they aren't already included.

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.

"WE NEED FACILITIES THAT CATER FOR OUR NEEDS, FROM LINEN, TO ACCESS TO WI-FI."

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 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 are vital, so for course leaders, booking a private, en-suite room adjacent to their group is going to provide comfort as well as reassurance.

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.

Locations
CHAPTER 5

LOCATIONS

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.

"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."

As well as being close to transport links, it’ll be important to choose a hostel location that’s within walking distance of key local attractions, shops and activities. Keeping your school group occupied and energised will be vital. So, long and tricky treks between sights will be a no-no.

Euro Hostel is located in a number of cities. Each city has its own selection of sights, activities and fun things to do for school trips – no matter the age-group or subject matter.

GLASGOW

Glasgow at night

From a giant hamster wheel in the cutting-edge BodyWorks exhibition to Scottish Football Museum tours and historical monuments that attract visitors from all over the world, Glasgow has a wide range of sights and subject matters to keep your school group entertained and inspired.

Map of Glasgow, including location of Euro Hostel Glasgow

Euro Hostel Glasgow is located right in the heart of the city centre. Here are some great places to visit:

  • Botanic Gardens - 17 minutes via public transport
  • Gallery of Modern Art - 8 minute walk
  • Science Centre - 16 minutes via public transport
  • Scottish Football Museum - 19 minutes via public transport
  • Glasgow Cathedral - 17 minutes via public transport
  • Riverside Museum - 22 minutes via public transport

City-Centre Sights

The Glasgow Science Centre is only 1.5 miles away from Glasgow Euro Hostel. School groups will be in their 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 possibly the adults, too!

If it’s outdoor adventures you’re after, Glasgow Botanic Gardens is renowned for its 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, 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 trustworthy 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

School group accommodation at Euro Hostel Glasgow

At Euro Hostel Glasgow, school groups have a wide choice of room options from single private rooms, all the way up to a dorm of 14 – each with their own en-suite and large smart TV, perfect for some downtime before or after exploring the city.

For a touch of luxury, our exclusive VIP suites are just the thing to make your group stay remarkable. Suites range from rooms that sleep 6-20 people and come complete with your very own private lounge plus access to our Secret Garden – great for group activities or just getting together after a day of sightseeing.

Group Catering Options

Our Mint & Lime Restaurant is the perfect place for some food and relaxation after a busy day exploring Glasgow and is ideal for group dining. To prepare for the busy day ahead we can offer an all-you-can-eat hot buffet brekkie from 07:00-10:00 for just £5 each.

“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.”

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 - simply help yourself to our full self-service kitchen. 

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, ‘cos let’s face it – it’s rare that plans go to plan. Towels are provided in private rooms so there's no need for you to bring your own.

DID YOU KNOW?

According to Wikipedia, the world's first international football match was held in 1872 at the West of Scotland Cricket Club's Hamilton Crescent ground in the Partick area of the city. The match, between Scotland and England finished 0–0.

LIVERPOOL

Liverpool

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. Liverpool's ongoing urban regeneration and creative vibe makes it one of the country's key cultural hubs.

Map of Liverpool, including location of Euro Hostel Liverpool

Euro Hostel Liverpool is on Stanley Street. Here are some great places to visit:

  • The Cavern Club - 1 minute walk
  • Tate Liverpool - 12 minute walk
  • Albert Dock - 14 minute walk
  • Seel Street - 5 minute walk
  • Museum of Liverpool - 11 minute walk
  • British Music Experience - 12 minute walk
  • Liverpool Playhouse - 3 minute walk

City-Centre Sights

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 make 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. Mini artists in the making should head to Tate Liverpool, which 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 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 Euro Hostel Liverpool, we have a wide choice of room options that are perfect for school groups. We have exclusive Mini Suites for up to 6 people and VIP Suites for up to 8 people – each with their very own en-suite and separate lounge area, making them the perfect place to take a well-earned breather before your next outing.

School group accommodation at Euro Hostel Liverpool

As for the group leaders, we offer private, single occupancy en-suite rooms, as well as private rooms with bunk beds for up to 8 people.

Group Catering Options

Our Hatch Restaurant is great for whipping up group meals and 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.

DID YOU KNOW?

The Liverpool and Manchester Railway (opened on 15 September 1830) was the first railway to rely exclusively on steam power and the first to be fully timetabled.

NEWCASTLE

Newcastle and Gateshead quayside

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.

Map of Newcastle, including location of Euro Hostel Newcastle

Euro Hostel Newcastle is located right in the heart of the city centre. Here are some great places to visit:

  • Laing Art Gallery - 3 minute walk
  • St. James' Park - 12 minute walk
  • Theatre Royal - 5 minute walk
  • The Baltic - 20 minute walk
  • Centre For Life - 18 minute walk
  • Great North Museum - 14 minute walk

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. 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, a 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. 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 activities 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

School group accommodation at Euro Hostel Newcastle

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 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.

DID YOU KNOW?

Lucozade (originally called 'Glucozade') was invented by William Walker Hunter in 1927 in Newcastle.

EDINBURGH

Edinburgh

Euro Hostel Edinburgh Halls will be your ultimate place to be to soak up the selection of summer events on offer. 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.

Map of Edinburgh, including location of Euro Hostel Edinburgh Halls

Euro Hostel Edinburgh Halls is located right in the heart of the city centre. Here are some great places to visit:

  • Edinburgh Castle - 8 minute walk
  • Dynamic Earth - 15 minute walk
  • National Museum of Scotland - 3 minute walk
  • Edinburgh Zoo - 32 mins by public transport
  • The Real Mary King's Close - 4 minute walk
  • Royal Mile - 6 minute walk

City-Centre Sights

There are many galleries and museums for aspiring artists, as well as 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!

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 private, lockable, modern and clean.

School group accommodation at Euro Hostel Edinburgh Halls

For creating your own packed lunches or evening meals, each apartment kitchen comes fully equipped with utensils, pots, pans, crockery and cutlery. You’ll also have exclusive use of the lounge area, which will be great 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, towels, 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.

DID YOU KNOW?

The Royal Mile measures 1.81 km. It's approximately one Scots mile long, which is longer than an English mile but hasn’t been used since the eighteenth century.

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