Discover the UK
United Kingdom Educational Tours
Surrounded by ocean, the United Kingdom is made up of the island of Great Britain – England, Wales, and Scotland – and the northern part of the island of Ireland. Though geographically quite a small country, this nation’s legacy extends across the globe in many ways, including in the form of the English language. A trip to the culturally rich United Kingdom offers students such a wealth of educational experiences that the biggest challenge will be choosing how to spend your time!
One of the oldest of the world’s great cities, London remains a highly influential player in global politics, economy, and culture. Students can tour the city on one of its iconic double-decker buses and get off on any point of interest. A good way to get a bird’s eye view of the city is to head to the South Bank of the Thames River for a ride on the famous London Eye, a 443-foot tall ferris wheel and one of London’s most popular attractions. Also located on the South Bank is Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, where students can take a guided tour to learn about Shakespeare’s career as a playwright in London.
London is overflowing with historical points of interest, many of which are famous worldwide. The Tower of London was founded in 1066, and has served as a castle, a prison, an armory, the Royal Mint, and more throughout the centuries. Today this historic castle is home to the Crown Jewels. At Westminster Abbey, monarchs have been crowned for centuries and more than 3,000 famous Britons are buried there. Guarded by troops in colorful regalia, Buckingham Palace is the British monarch’s official residence and administrative headquarters. At the highest point in the city, students can see the enormous St. Paul’s Cathedral, a beautiful Anglican cathedral and the seat of the Bishop of London.
This fascinating city was established in the ninth century and has been home to many prestigious universities and colleges for the past 800 years. Numerous famous authors have lived in Oxford, including C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and Lewis Carroll. Some of the movie sets in the popular Harry Potter movies were modeled from sites in Oxford. On an educational tour to Oxford, students can learn about the history of the city and it’s university as they walk through the heart of the historic city center.
The city of Edinburgh offers many educational activities and attractions for students. A great place to start is the Royal Mile, a historic street that stretches from Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Groups can take a tour at the historic Edinburgh Castle in Old City, which served as the residence for Scotland’s royal leaders for centuries. There students can learn about the history of the site and then have a chance to visit some of the existing buildings including the Crown Room, the Great Hall, St. Margaret’s Chapel and the Prisons of War exhibit. At the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Queen’s residence in Scotland, students can take a guided tour. For a panoramic view of the city, students can walk to Calton Hill, Edinburgh’s acropolis. At the Edinburgh Dungeon, students can see a darker side of Scotland by learning about the famous criminals that terrorized the people of Edinburgh throughout the ages.
Welcome to the Cotswolds, a idyllic region of rolling hills, quaint villages, and golden-hued limestone architecture that provides the quintessential English countryside experience for student travelers. In its northern reaches, the iconic city of Oxford stands as a beacon of academic excellence and architectural grandeur, boasting the venerable Oxford University and its stunning spires. To the southwest, the historic town of Bath enchants with its Roman-built baths and Georgian elegance, showcasing the rich history of its well-preserved architecture and the famous Bath Abbey. In the east, the town of Stratford-upon-Avon resonates as the birthplace of William Shakespeare, drawing visitors into its literary legacy through attractions like Shakespeare’s Birthplace and the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.