School Trips to York

Professional tailor made itineraries for you

York is one of Britain’s most historic walled cities, full of exciting and unmissable experiences for children.

York offers an abundance of museums, galleries, attractions and experiences to inspire and amaze children of all ages.

Walk the cobbled streets and soak in the ancient history, visit York Minster one of the world’s most magnificent Cathedrals.

Visit Jorvik and see how the city looked in 975AD, explore Merchants Adventures Hall or become a Roman or Viking for the day, the options are endless!


Below are many of the venues we can organise for your group to visit.

National Railway Museum

Situated next to York Station the National Railway Museum is home to over 300 years of history and over a million interesting objects. Step back in time through the industrial revolution and the invention of the steam train. Pupils can learn about the historic role of our railways, and even view the Royal carriages used by Queen Victoria and King Edward VII!! The National Railway Museum offers self guided tours and curriculum linked workshops and focus on science and engineering. All workshops are suitable for Key Stage 1 – 3. Contact us for further information.

City Cruises York

Cruise on the picturesque River Ouse and enjoy a unique perspective of York, a great place to have a packed lunch! Pass through the walled City of York and observe for yourself where Vikings fought the Saxons in 1066! City Cruises York has a choice of two departure points: Kings Snaith Landing and Lendal Bridge.

Merchants Adventurers Hall

Set in beautiful gardens the Merchant Adventurers’ Hall is a unique building in the heart of historic York. This amazing timber framed building was constructed by a fraternity and has been in use for 660 years There are three main rooms in the Hall. The Great Hall, The Undercroft and The Chapel. The hall offers subject based guided tours and curriculum based workshops with the Jorvik group.

Barley Hall

A hidden gem, Barley Hall is a stunning reconstructed medieval townhouse in the centre of York. Your group will encounter a real insight into medieval life. Barley Hall will immerse pupils into the life of a wealthy merchant house offering an authentic encounter for your pupils. Workshops are available upon request and booking.

Yorkshire Museum & Gardens

The Yorkshire Museum has exciting and interesting exhibitions on Roman and Medieval York. With dedicated learning areas and lunch rooms it is an ideal venue for a school visit. The Yorkshire Museum offers self-guided tours and based on the National Curriculum provide workshops which cover the following topics: Prehistory, Ancient Greeks, Romans, Vikings & Saxons, Egyptians, also Art and Science.

York Castle Museum

Step into a recreated cobbled street and visit authentic shops to learn how people lived in the 19 th century. Venture into the original prison cell that once held Dick Turpin! York Castle Museum offers self Guided Tours and many workshops for KS2, here are just some samples: Troubled Times in Victorian York, Crime & Punishment, Hidden York and Victorian Classroom.

Richard III Experience or Henry VII Experience

A visit to either of these experiences is designed to help children get a glimpse of life in England during the War of the Roses and the reign of these two kings. Your tour will be hosted by a medieval guide and will include a themed medieval activity and will last approximately an hour. Medieval Battle and Sieges at the Richard III Experience. Crime and Punishment at the Henry VII Experience.

Clifford’s Tower

Clifford’s Tower is an English Heritage site and was once the central stronghold of York Castle; it enjoys magnificent views over York. It was built by William the Conqueror and played a key role in the control of England surviving flood, siege and fire. Also imprisoned in the tower was the notorious highwayman Dick Turpin! Let your pupils imagine what life was like in medieval York and book a self–led tour with downloaded resources to help your group make the most of your visit.

Mansion House

Nestled in the heart of York and almost 300 years old, Mansion House offers a wonderful peek into civic and social history. This beautiful townhouse brings to life the grandeur of the Georgian era, with beautifully decorated rooms, wonderful displays and a kitchen laid out as it would have been in the 1900’s!! Tours and workshops are available for your school group; please contact us for more information.

Murton Park/Danlaw Dark Age Village

Murton Park is home to the award winning Danelaw Centre for Living History. Danelaw offers a range of educational services from Prehistory through to World War Two days aimed for pupils in Key Stages 1 and 2. This is real life Living History designed to provide a hands-on experience for primary school children. Experience life as a Roman Solider or as a Viking in the fabulous reconstructed Viking Village or Roman Fort. Danelaw are now offering a new and exciting Stone Age and Bronze Age Village to enable your pupils to learn about the lives of our ancestors. If you are visiting Danelaw Dark Age Village, this is an outdoor activity so please bring your wellies! The mud is real. Contact us for further information.

York’s Chocolate Story

Located in the centre of York discover the history of chocolate making at York Chocolate Story. Take your group on a fascinating, guided tour and discover how chocolate made history. Children can experience the hands-on chocolate making station and enjoy a live Chocolatier demonstration. Uncover secrets and informative facts behind York’s most famous chocolate products. York’s Chocolate Story also offer curriculum based workshops.

York Minster

This Medieval Minster is an absolute must see whilst visiting York. It is one of the largest of its s kind in Northern Europe. It was built on what was previously a Roman fortress, now with beautiful stain glassed windows and an Undercroft in the chambers, York Minster will amaze both young and old. With extremely informative staff York Minster offers school groups a range of educational KS2 workshops and guided tours of the cathedral.


A fantastic archaeological adventure! Dig and see what you can find in specially designed excavation pits!! Discover amazing artefacts from 2000 years of York’s historic past. DIG also offers school group a fantastic range of workshops including ‘Secrets in the Soil’, ‘Burials & Beliefs’, ‘People, Place & the Past: Changing Urban Landscapes’ and ‘Improving Living Conditions’

The Jorvik Viking Centre

The Jorvik Viking Centre is centrally located in York; it holds the preserved remains of the Vikings from 1,000 years ago. Your group will have an unforgettable educational experience of life in the Viking Age York. Available workshops include Anglo-Saxon & Viking Costume, Anglo-Saxon & Viking Medicine, Viking Battle Tactics and Viking Saga.


  • Professional and personal service provided at all times.
  • Tailor made Itineraries for your groups visit.
  • Superb friendly accommodation with excellent service for school groups, great facilities and locations.
  • All residential bookings are based on a full board basis and packed lunches are
    provided for each day.
  • Coach transfers can be arranged whilst in York if required.
  • Accommodation based Evening Activities available if requested.
  • 24 hour support for the duration of your stay.
  • If arriving by train a ‘Meet & Greet’ can be arranged to collect and transfer your entire luggage to your accommodation enabling your group to head straight into York.
  • We can arrange a free group leader inspection visit if requested.
  • Risk Assessments of booked attractions will be provided prior to your arrival.
  • A Trip Pack will be sent to your group leader prior to arrival, this will contain
    any passes required, your Itinerary and a Map of York centre.


Attractions beyond York:

  • Eden Camp
  • Rydale Folk Museum
  • The Deep – Hull
  • Yorkshire Air Museum
  • Flamingo Land Zoo and Theme Park
  • Sutton Bank, North Yorkshire Moors
  • Eureka – Halifax
  • Royal Armouries – Leeds
  • Tropical World – Leeds

Let York Time Travel build your Itinerary to your specific requirements. There are many other attractions and workshops to choose from, the choice is yours!


Here is an example of a 2 nights stay in York.

Day 1

  • 11.30am – Arrive in York
  • Arrive at Mansion House and have packed lunch
  • Tour and Workshop
  • 2.00pm – Jorvik Viking Centre
  • 3.15pm – Meet your Guide for a Wall Walk
  • 4.30pm – Finish 
  • Evening meal at your hotel, then enjoy a night of booked activities i.e. Saga Stories or a Quiz

Day 2

  • Breakfast
  • 10.00am – Danelaw Viking Village
  • Lunch (Packed Lunch provided by the Hotel)
  • More Viking Activities
  • 3.00pm – Finish and visit the shop
  • 3.45pm – Coach pick up
  • Evening meal at your Hotel
  • Evening activities if required

Day 3

  • Breakfast
  • 10.00am Castle Museum with Self Guided Tour and Workshop.
  • Lunch (Packed Lunch provided by the Hotel)
  • 1.00pm – York Minster Tour & Education Centre
  • 3.00pm Depart for home.

Jorvik Viking Centre

Danelaw Dark Age Village

York Minster

Attractions to Visit

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Testimonials from our schools/teachers

South Hampstead Junior School

We have worked with York Time Travel for many years to organise our Year 4 trip to York as part of our Vikings topic. Karen and her team are always very helpful and communicative beginning to end and always go that extra mile to be flexible with any last-minute changes. The trip always runs smoothly, which is why we continue to choose this travel agency and highly recommend them to others. Thank you for your impeccable service!

Teacher: T Bhattacharyya
Year Group: 4
Date of Trip: February


Bute House Preparatory School

I have been using YTT to organise our school trip since they started over 20 years ago. They have never been anything less than completely helpful and professional. Taking 60+ Year 5 pupils to York for 4 days each year is a daunting prospect for even the most experienced teachers so having YTT to make sure everything is organised in advance and be available 24/7 to ensure the trip runs smoothly is great. I could not imagine trying to run our annual trip without YTT!

Teacher: M Bowen
Year Group: 5
Date of Trip: April