Urban Planning College Trips & Tours to London

Discover London’s iconic skyline with its distinctive skyscrapers and contemporary architecture which is constantly evolving. During their study tour, your Urban Planning students will be able to explore many of the constructions which make London so unique, from the London Eye and the Shard building to the Houses of Parliament.

London also offers students on a college trip the opportunity to experience some of the world's best museums and galleries including The National Portrait Museum, The Serpentine Gallery and the Tate Modern, even rounding off your stay with a trip to the theatre to see a West End show.

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 travel BedZED Development & Guided coach tour of major sights. Transfer to accommodation Coca-Cola London Eye
2 Thames Barrier & Information Centre Olympic Park Executive coach transfer home
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Morning Executive coach travel
Afternoon BedZED Development & Guided coach tour of major sights. Transfer to accommodation
Evening Coca-Cola London Eye
Morning Thames Barrier & Information Centre
Afternoon Olympic Park
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...

  • Pre-booked meals at great group prices
  • Pre-booked and pre-paid public transport tickets
  • Services of a Local Guide

Top visits for college groups in London

The Legacy of London 2012 – Guided Olympic Site Tour

HALF & FULL DAY OPTION AVAILABLE

Come and witness the legacy of London 2012 and see the Olympic Park area following the exciting urban regeneration programme which transformed the face of East London. Your Blue Badge Guide can take you even closer to the venues, driving right next to the Velodrome, the BMX track, and the Olympic and the Paralympic Villages. The coach will travel around the edge of the Olympic Park before making a stop at the Olympic Stadium, the Aquatics Centre and the Orbit. The tour also affords fantastic views of the International Broadcast Centre and the Copper Box venue. Weather permitting, there are opportunities to get off the coach and explore.

You’ll then head to the Royal Docks to view ExCel, which hosted seven Olympic sports and five Paralympic sports. Then to Woolwich to see the magnificent facade of the Royal Artillery Barracks, the venue for shooting and for the Paralympic archery. The tour ends at Greenwich with a walk in the Park where the Equestrian events and the Modern Pentathlon had such a spectacular setting.

Tours can be tailored to a group’s specific requirements.

LondonWaste EcoPark

Students coming on a tour can see first-hand how waste and recyclables are managed at the 40 acre LondonWaste EcoPark site. Groups studying geography can incorporate what they have learnt into their study/course work. EcoPark tours are held every Wednesday and they accept students from 14 years and upwards and tours are free to students in the UK. Students are able to visit the following areas:

The Compost Centre – makes compost from food and garden waste collected from the seven north London boroughs. Once EcoPark compost is matured it
is used by farmers, allotment holders, community growing projects, schools and for compost giveaways.

The Energy Centre – produces energy from black bagged waste. Around 20% of the energy is used to power the LondonWaste EcoPark and the remaining electricity is transferred to the National Grid.

Control Room – a chance to talk to engineers about the Energy Centre.

Thames Barrier Visits & Talks

The Thames Barrier is one of the largest movable flood barriers in the world. The barrier spans 520 metres across the River Thames near Woolwich, and it protects 125 square kilometres of central London from flooding caused by tidal surges. An Information Assistant will give your group a guided tour of the Information Centre and deliver a talk covering topics such as the history of the River Thames and the risk of flooding in London, as well as describing the environment and wildlife of the river. The talk lasts approximately an hour and a half. When visiting on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday (when the centre is closed to the public) exclusive use of the conference room with refreshments and cakes is also provided.

 

The Crystal – A Sustainable World

This new exhibition showcases global trends, challenges, and existing technological solutions to build environmentally sustainable, prosperous cities. Across ten zones, your group will be encouraged to change the way they think about our cities, now and for future generations through exploring a range of issues including city trends, urban planning, smart buildings, energy and many more. The ‘Future Life’ theatre, invites students to imagine how London might look in 2050. Guided tours are also available.

WWT Wetland Centre

London Wetland Centre is unique in being the first created wetland habitat to have been developed in any capital city in the world. Over five years the area has been transformed by WWT from 43 hectares of concrete reservoirs into an impressively diverse wetland reserve and visitor attraction.

Royal Observatory Greenwich

The exhibition includes time pieces, a history of the building as a working observatory, the Greenwich Meridian line, the history of time and astronomy and the giant refracting telescope.

Coca-Cola London Eye

For a fantastic bird’s eye view of England’s capital city, take a ride on the Coca-Cola London Eye. Spot famed landmarks and take in the 30-mile panoramic view. Plus enjoy fantastic group prices!

Educational resources are available for engineering, maths, ICT and primary school groups.

Thames River Cruise

Take in London’s best-loved sights on this enjoyable cruise. Your students will gain an insight into the many layers of history that have built up along the river, from the Houses of Parliament and Tower Bridge to the Coca-Cola London Eye.

Madame Tussauds

Filled with 14 exciting, interactive zones and the excellent Marvel Super Heroes 4D movie experience, Madame Tussauds London combines glitz and glamour with incredible history with over 300 wax figures, including David Beckham, Lady Gaga, the Queen and many, many more. So, who do you want to meet?

Star Wars at Madame Tussauds
Created in close collaboration with Disney and Lucasfilm, Star Wars at Madame Tussauds is a unique, immersive experience starring extraordinarily life-like wax figures of the favourite heroes and villains of Star Wars Episodes I-VI. The figures appear in authentic walk-in sets inspired by key scenes from the movies. Dynamic special effects add to the immersion, as you can step right into, and star in, some of the most iconic moments in film history.

The View from The Shard

The View from The Shard offers a unique education experience – it is the only place where students can see the entire city at once; both old and new! Two high speed kaleidoscopic lifts will transport your group to the viewing platforms on Level 69 and Level 72 where you can encourage your student’s fascination with the history of London and enjoy the unparalleled 360 degree views.

Educational visits can support learning across both the National and London Curriculum, including History, English, Maths, Geography, and Art and Design.

Support lessons in advance of your visit and enhance students' learning experience with free downloadable resources - https://dmtrk.net/26L-5MU6X-1UN8ZU-34HMZG-1/c.aspx

 

West End Shows

A West End show is a magical and unforgettable experience and a must for groups visiting the city! Catch a show at one of the capital's famous theatres with tickets to an array of award-winning plays and spectacular musicals, including the Lion King and Wicked! 

There are so many popular options to choose from and we can book any show for your group. Plus, our dedicated in-house theatre team and our links with the best ticket providers means we’ll be able to reserve your first choice tickets.

Art Galleries

Appreciate works of art, both old and new, at the fantastic galleries on offer in the city.

BedZED Development

Take your students on a 45 minute tour around this award winning, world famous, eco-development, which was designed to achieve big reductions in climate-changing greenhouse gas emissions and water use. It sought to make it easy for people living there to have a greener, lower impact lifestyle, relying less on private cars and producing less waste. The tour covers all aspects of the eco-village, with plenty of time to ask questions.

Thames Barrier

Tour of the Information Centre with an Information Assistant. The talk covers topics including the history of the river, the risk of flooding in London, describing the environment and wildlife of the Thames.


Evening activites

  • West End Show
  • Bowling
  • Cinema
  • Coca-Cola London Eye
  • Thames River Cruise
  • Jack The Ripper Tour

Study themes

  • Urban Regeneration
  • Cities & Social Change