Trips to London for College Public Services Students

A college trip to London offers students an interesting and informative way to explore the UK’s approach to public services.

The wealth of visits allows public services students to gain a deeper understanding of the UK’s famed public sector both past and present, including its Armed Forces, healthcare, education, national security and policing services.

A college trip can provide your students with important skills required for their studies and future careers, such as teamwork, communication and leadership skills.

Prices start from£99pp

Sample Itinerary

Our sample itinerary provides you with an idea of the visits you can cover during your trip. We can tailor-make an itinerary to support your specific learning outcomes.

Morning Afternoon Evening
1 Executive coach transfer to accommodation City of London Police Museum Evening visit to the lastminute.com London Eye
2 Legal London Tour - Old Bailey & Royal Courts of Justice RAF Museum Executive coach transfer home
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Morning Executive coach transfer to accommodation
Afternoon City of London Police Museum
Evening Evening visit to the lastminute.com London Eye
Morning Legal London Tour - Old Bailey & Royal Courts of Justice
Afternoon RAF Museum
Evening Executive coach transfer home

Price Shown includes

  • 1 night’s bed & breakfast accommodation
  • Executive coach transport from & to college & throughout your stay
  • Group travel insurance
  • 1 in 10 free place ratio

The visits shown in the sample itinerary above are not included in your quoted price unless indicated. If you would like to add any of these activities to your quote price, please get in touch.

Price shown is based on 30 paying passengers departing from a selected departure point on selected dates and is subject to availability.


On-tour support

Additional on-tour support available...

  • A choice of packed lunches for your group throughout your stay
  • Pre-booked meals at great group prices
  • Pre-booked and pre-paid London Underground tickets

Top visits for college groups in London

HMS Belfast

Discover the stories behind this warship from WWII and beyond. Imagine sleeping in one of the tightly packed hammocks during duties in Arctic waters, or being stationed deep in the bowels of the ship when she opened fire in support of Allied troops on D-Day.

Old Bailey & Lincolns Inn Visit

During your visit you will be given a short talk outside the Royal Courts of Justice before viewing the legal costume exhibition then later listening to a court hearing in a criminal appeal. Your group will then be taken to Lincoln’s Inn, where many of the country’s top barristers have their chambers. The tour finishes at the Old Bailey where your group will be given a talk about the history of the court. Each person will then be provided with a complete run down of cases taking place in all 18 courts, so groups can make an informed choice of which hearing to observe after a break for lunch.

The Clink Prison Museum

During an educational tour of this unique and medieval prison, which dates back to the 12th century, your students will have the opportunity to handle original historical torture artefacts relating to crime and punishment used in the prison.

Witness the terrible conditions of the time, and learn of the prison’s involvement in many major events through audio and visual presentations and the colourful narrative provided by your guide. Self-guided visits are also available.

The Royal Courts of Justice - Court In Session

Suitable for KS3-5, this exciting visit to the historic Royal Courts of Justice will have your group talking for weeks! You can choose from a wide range of quality learning experiences. 

This two-hour session takes place in a working court room and around the courts. 

Students will:

  • Be introduced to the Royal Courts of Justice and what happens there
  • Prepare and enact a trial based on an ex-offender’s experiences
  • Explore roles in a court room and meet a legal professional where possible
  • Discuss and debate real sentencing options

Old Bailey Insight Tour

A morning talk at the Viaduct Tavern opposite the Old Bailey, which includes a hot drink and a croissant. Hear about the fascinating history of the Old Bailey, and the places of interest around it, such as the pub where wealthy people rented rooms to get the best view of the public executions and an exclusive view of the old Newgate Prison gaol cells. Afterward, we can direct you straight to the most interesting cases on at the Old Bailey that day. For schools, colleges and universities, a special teachers’ information pack is available which includes a history of the Old Bailey and an Old Bailey timeline. 

City of London Police Museum

The City of London Police Museum takes visitors on a unique journey, which includes the last hours of Catherine Eddowes, one of Jack the Ripper’s victims; bomb damage during the Blitz; being at the forefront of technology to counter terrorism and the current work against economic crime and cybercrime.

Crime in Whitechapel – The National Archives Education Session

Why was 19th century Whitechapel so difficult to police?  Using original documents from our collection, students will explore the key features of Whitechapel in the 19th century to uncover why this area was such a challenge for the Metropolitan Police. Students will also discover how the police sought to overcome these challenges, from dressing as women to developing silent footwear, in their bid to rid Whitechapel of Jack the Ripper.

Imperial War Museum

After a major redevelopment in 2014, the museum now features groundbreaking new WWI Galleries which will present the story - how it started, why it continued and its global impact - through the lives of those who experienced it on both the front line and the home front. The Witness to War atrium displays iconic larger objects including a Harrier, Spitfire and V2 rocket suspended from above.

Medical Projects

We're delighted to offer a bespoke half-day course that is designed to give your students an insight into what life's really like working as a healthcare professional.  They will get an expert talk, along with the opportunity to try some experiential activities, such as suturing and venepuncture.

During this four-hour visit, your students will get:

  • To gain a genuine understanding into the role of a healthcare professional
  • To develop teamwork, leadership and communication skills
  • To develop basic clinical skills taught to students at Medical School
  • To gain a deeper understanding into the process of becoming a Doctor
  • To gain experiences that can be used to boost university applications

The Florence Nightingale Museum

Helping students to examine the role of Nightingale in the development of training for nurses and standards of care in hospitals, groups can see how the status of nurses was transformed, as well as how Nightingale’s work showed a new approach to the day to day running of hospitals. Why not use our worksheets to focus your group in the museum? 


Evening activites

  • The lastminute.com London Eye
  • View from The Shard
  • Thames River Cruise
  • West End show 
  • Jack the Ripper tour
  • Bowling
  • Cinema

Study Themes

  • Understand the Impact of War, Conflict and Terrorism on Public Services
  • Police Powers in the Public Services
  • Aspects of the Legal System and Law-making Process
  • Crime and its Effects on Society