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Best places to go for a history school trip

An important factor of teaching history is enabling pupils to have an understanding beyond the simple facts and figures, of the historical events, people and places that shaped where and who we are today. This is surely best achieved through the first-hand experience offered by a history school trip. Here are some of the best places for a history school trip in the UK…


Pupils can explore the recreated Celtic village at YHA Castleton Losehill Hall and get hands on with authentic weapons and shields. The village of Castleton dates back 900 years, and was built around Peveril Castle by William Peveril, son of William the conqueror and has much of its medieval grid pattern and town ditch still intact and preserved.  YHA Castleton Losehill Hall can deliver inspiration and immersion as pupils discover Britain through the ages.


Discover Romans at YHA Eskdale only a one-and-a-half mile walk from Hard knot Roman Fort where you can practise your marching drills on one of Europe’s best preserved Roman parade ground. Our hands-on sessions allow pupils the opportunity to design their own Roman shields and practice formations. Here they can try out their new skills in an awe-inspiring location and home to the best-preserved Roman Parade ground in the UK.


Become time detectives and trace a timeline of the city from past to present when you stay at YHA York. Travel in time at the Jorvik Viking Centre, ride on rockets at the National Railway Museum, or be inspired by the beautiful York Minster. Our package is great for groups wanting to explore York through the ages and makes a great local history study, tracing several aspects of national history before and after 1066.

St Briavels

Uncover hidden medieval secrets by staying the night in a real Norman castle YHA St Briavels.  As King John’s former hunting lodge, we are uniquely placed to offer this within a living reminder of the King and one of the most important pieces of history to shape our socie

Why not begin your journey through time with YHA History School Trips?

Filled with opportunities to gain hands-on learning experiences in unique historical settings, our history packages are designed to deliver inspiration and involvement as pupils discover Britain through the ages. They’re a great value for money too! Fitting faultlessly with the KS2 National Curriculum, our YHA history packages bring to life major historical eras through hands-on activities and adventures.

Our package prices start from £39 per person, per night, (exc VAT.) Price includes full board meals, accommodation and activities. Visit our Groups website to find out more.

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Written by Ruby Higton

Here is Ruby and she is a digital marketer at YHA. She looks after all things social media, as well as content writing for and SEO. Her favourite hostel is YHA Perranporth.

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