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With such a variety of locations and places of interest available in Liverpool, it is our intention to lead you on a journey that reveals the culture and history that has had a massive influence in the development of Britain, its industry and trade that in turn is reflected in the further development of countries around the world.
A visit to Liverpool offers opportunities for students of History, Music, Architecture, Art, Sports, Technology, Engineering and Culture.
Liverpool has a fascinating social history from the earliest days of a fishing village, through the days of the Slave Trade as the port developed as an idustrial city, up to the prominence of the 60's Music scene - not to mention the Beatles. Liverpool is now re-inventing itself as a City of Culture and a university hot-spot.
Liverpool boasts two cathedrals with the Anglican Cathedral being the largest in Europe. The Liver Building, Cunard Building and the Mersey Docks and Harbour Building grace Liverpool's famous Pier Head.
The World Museum in Liverpool and the Walker Art Gallery offer a wealth of inspirational and informative displays. Liverpool is also host to the World Slavery Exhibition that houses a permanent display of artefacts and records the history of this terrible trade.
To fire up your imagination, here are a few ideas of what is available in Liverpool...
Rich heritage meets modern attractions at the waterfront's Albert Dock, boasting magnificent architecture and the largest group of grade 1 listed buildings in the UK, whilst providing fun for the whole family and lively entertainment venues. Home of Tate Liverpool, Maritime Museum, International Slavery museum and the Beatles Story as well as an eclectic mix of bars and restaurants; making it a place where today meets yesterday and day meets night.
Albert Dock has been part of Liverpool's landscape for over 160 years and remains a key feature of Liverpool's world-renowned Waterfront. Transformed in the early 1980s, we have developed into the most popular free tourist attraction in the North West with our museums, boats and tours providing an action-packed experience.
The museum's planetarium, said to be the first in the UK outside London, opened in to the public on 22 May 1970.
The museum was one of a group of museums and galleries that were 'nationalised' on 1 April 1986 under the new organisation, National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside, now called National Museums Liverpool.
The museum's ground-breaking Natural History Centre opened on 1 August 1987. It was the first hands-on centre in a museum and has been imitated across the globe.
The museum was renamed World Museum on 29 April 2005 when a new aquarium, refurbished galleries and a new entrance were opened.
Today the museum is famous for its great collections, its history of innovation and the family-friendly experience that it offers. In 2010 visits to the museum totalled 748,065 making it one of the most popular and respected museums in the UK.
One of the finest art galleries in Europe, the Walker Art Gallery is home to renaissance masterpieces, Tudor portraits and one of the best collections of Victorian and Pre-Raphaelite art in the country.
For 130 years it has housed Liverpool’s most outstanding art collection. Many of the gallery’s most important works have been on display in the city for nearly 200 years.
The gallery also has an outstanding display of contemporary art including work by David Hockney, Lucian Freud and Bridget Riley.
A visit to Anfield Stadium, home of Liverpool Football Club is a memorable experience for all. If you're visiting as part of a group, we offer competitive rates plus the services of a dedicated Groups Manager to help organise your visit.Stadium TourOur award winning Stadium Tour offers your groups the chance to see behind the scenes at one of world's greatest football clubs. The tour is approximately one hour and includes entry into The Liverpool FC Story, our interactive museum.
The Liverpool FC Story - No visit to Anfield Stadium is complete without a visit to The Liverpool FC Story, the Club's interactive museum. Here, you'll discover over 120 years of LFC history and explore football, past and present, with the help of state of the art technology and never seen before displays.To enhance your experience every member of the group is provided with a multimedia handset with personalised 40 minute commentary by LFC Legend, Phil Thompson.
As the first purpose built stadium in England, Goodison Park can offer 122 years of rich history, befitting its affectionately known nickname ‘The Grand Old Lady.'
The stadium tour takes you behind the scenes of a top Premier League club, providing you with an insight into the traditions and ways of Everton Football Club. The itinerary includes:
~ A visit to the inner sanctum of the Players' Lounge
~ An opportunity to view the stadium from the Directors' Box
~ A unique behind the scenes view of the first team dressing room
~ Recreate the entrance of the players from the tunnel to the famous Z Cars theme tune and out onto the historic hallowed turf.
The new museum opened on 23 August 2007. Not only was this the date of the annual Slavery Remembrance Day, but the year 2007 was particularly significant as it was the bicentenary of the abolition of the British slave trade.
The International Slavery Museum highlights the international importance of slavery, both in a historic and contemporary context. Working in partnership with other museums with a focus on freedom and enslavement, the museum provides opportunities for greater awareness and understanding of the legacy of slavery today.
It is located in Liverpool's Albert Dock, at the centre of a World Heritage site and only yards away from the dry docks where 18th century slave trading ships were repaired and fitted out.
Merseyside Maritime Museum offers tours of Liverpool’s revolutionary old dock.
Discovered during excavations in 2001, after having been buried since 1826, the Old Dock is the world’s first commercial enclosed dock.
The tour gives us an insight into this unique location, which includes a bricked-up ancient tunnel in the dock wall. The tunnel is believed to be hundreds of years older than the dock.
A ‘fun and fascinating’ tour of Beatles Liverpool, the tour takes you to key locations in the Fab Four’s upbringing, formation and rise to world wide superstardom.
The tour shows us Beatles' childhood homes, schools, colleges and the places that inspired now legendary songs: Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields, accompanied by professional Beatles guides and the music of Liverpool’s best-loved group.
“If you want a Cathedral, we’ve got one to spare…” so goes the old Liverpool folk song. Located either end of the aptly-named Hope Street, Liverpool Anglican Cathedral and Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King (Catholic) are vastly different in architecture but both majestic and beautiful. Halfway along Hope Street, outside Hope Street Hotel, two bronze statues represent the life and work of Bishop David Sheppard and Archbishop Derek Worlock. The two religious leaders, working together and with others, were a uniting force in the city during the less prosperous years of the 1970s and 1980s.
Liverpool Anglican Cathedral is Britain’s biggest Cathedral, and took 74 years to build from the foundation stone being laid in 1904. Sir John Betjeman called it ‘one of the great buildings of the world.’ The Cathedral has a full programme of events and hosts many conferences, large-scale gala dinners and functions. The Tower is open every day and boasts spectacular views across the city.
The Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King was originally conceived as a huge structure in a similar style to the neo-gothic Anglican Cathedral. Of that design, only the Lutyens Crypt was built and due to the pressures of war and rising costs, the design was abandoned. The current modern, circular Cathedral opened in 1967, and features modern works of art and glorious multi-coloured windows. The majestic barrel vaults of fine brickwork and granite pillars of the original Lutyens Crypt can still be seen.
Speke Hall is a rare Tudor timber-framed manor house in a most unusual setting on the banks of the River Mersey. Restored and brought back to life in the 19th century, it is a unique and beautiful mixture of Tudor simplicity and Victorian Arts and Crafts' aesthetics.
Built by the devout Catholic Norris family - keen to impress visitors with the grandeur of their home and in particular the magnificent Great Hall - this beautiful building has witnessed more than 400 years of turbulent history. From the Tudor period when a secret priest hole was an essential feature, to years of neglect and decay in the 18th and 19th centuries (including a spell when it was used as a cow shed) and then being dragged into the Victorian era of improvement and technology, the Hall has seen it all.
In the 21st century, Speke Hall and its surrounding estate now provide a real oasis from the hurly burly of modern life. As you come through the gates, relax, take a breath and enjoy all that this wonderful place has to offer. The Hall is surrounded by beautiful restored gardens and protected by a collar of woodland.
Merseyside Maritime Museum is in the Albert Dock, Liverpool. It contains a variety of objects associated with the social and commercial history of the port of Liverpool. Highlights include ship models, maritime paintings, colourful posters from the golden age of liners and even some full sized vessels. There is also the major current exhibition Titanic and Liverpool: the untold story, which tells the story of Liverpool's links to the ill-fated liner. The Museum also houses the International Slavery Museum (on the third floor) as well as the Border Force's national museum: Seized! The Border and Customs uncovered (in the basement).
The Museum of Liverpool reflects the city's global significance through its unique geography, history and culture. Visitors can explore how the port, its people, their creative and sporting history have shaped the city.
The museum opened on 19 July 2011 in a purpose-built landmark building on Liverpool's famous waterfront. Since then it has won a number of awards, most recently the Council of Europe Museum Prize for 2013.
The Liverpool Queensway Mersey tunnel tour offers the opportunity to explore beneath the city and witness a masterpiece of engineering first hand.
For Sixth Form students who are thinking of university, Liverpool has four universities that offer a wealth of courses in an incredible range of subjects. We would be pleased to liaise with the universities in Liverpool to arrange visits for students thinking of studying in Liverpool.
Liverpool has always been a vibrant city and a centre of cultural wealth and diversity. In 2004 the city became a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its impressive waterfront which, according to UNESCO, represents a 'supreme example of a commercial port at the time of Britain's greatest global significance.' It became the first English city to be designated European Capital of Culture in 2008 and this has had a huge impact on the city which is currently enjoying a period of investment and development with the help of funding from central Government and the EU. The Liverpool ONE development is evidence of great progress. Liverpool is a friendly and economical base for students, with excellent opportunities for part-time work and one of the lowest costs of living in the UK. Students tend to live and socialise around the central Smithdown Road area because of the cheap rents, but the Kensington area is also popular.
Take a walking tour around Liverpool’s street art, hidden attractions and alternative sights. The ideal tour to seek out some hidden spots and abandoned corners of the city, this tour will show you how easy it is to overlook the colourful parts of Liverpool.
The experience includes:
~ Expert guided tour around Liverpool’s Ropewalks area
~ Multimedia Show & Tell
~ Secret Stories
~ City Guide
~ ‘Learn Yerself Scouse’ Guide
You will see and learn about:
~ Local and International street art
~ Liverpool’s alternative shopping areas
~ Groundbreaking art installations
~ Local culture and community
~ Liverpool’s amazing history
~ Forgotten buildings and streets
With a stay at HOAX Liverpool - Hostel, you'll be centrally located in Liverpool, steps from Cavern Club and Royal Court Theatre. This hostel is within close proximity of Liverpool National Conservation Centre and Liverpool Playhouse.
HOAX is Liverpool's first and No. 1 contemporary, cutting-edge style hostel. We offer visitors to the city a great alternative to the cheaper hotels in Liverpool. Hoax is a place where it all just feels right, even if it’s your first time. Enjoy comfortable private rooms for 1, 2, 4, 6 or 8 people all with en-suite bathrooms, hot showers, fresh bed linen as well as free WiFi (premium superfast WiFi available too) and a 24-hour check-in reception desk. On the ground floor we have our fully licensed and laid back HOPSKOTCH Bar and Kitchen. Eat, drink and meet at the place where trends blend and travellers of the world unite. Open for breakfast, brunch, dinner and good conversation with loads of meal and drink deals available.
Make yourself at home in one of the 52 guestrooms. Prepare your meals in the shared/communal kitchen. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available to keep you connected. Bathrooms with showers are provided.
Enjoy a satisfying meal at a restaurant serving guests of HOAX Liverpool - Hostel. Quench your thirst with your favourite drink at a bar/lounge.
Featured amenities include a 24-hour front desk, luggage storage, and a safe deposit box at the front desk.
Liverpool is a cultural capital, birthplace of The Beatles and UNESCO world heritage site with world-class attractions, a proud sporting history and beautiful coast and countryside. This vibrant and energetic city has fabulous museums, libraries and galleries as well as cinemas and theatres showcasing every style of performance that have regular children-friendly and suitable for all ages events and exhibitions. It is a place for UK school trips, student tours and educational visits to do as much or as little as they wish!
YHA Liverpool is located just across the road from Liverpool Waterfront, the country’s top heritage attraction boasting museums, galleries, and within easy reach of all of the city’s most famous landmarks.
The hostel has 24 hour reception with friendly staff that are always ready to help your field trip, coach parking and a secure green area around the building. Most of the accommodation has en-suite facilities, with rooms allocated amongst three floors with easy layout to help leaders supervise their students. Two of our rooms are also suitable for guests with reduced mobility and wheelchair users.
Study tours and educational trips can also use our small classroom, TV room and selection of board games to keep students occupied during the evening and free time periods.
Let us spoil you with great choice of our homemade and healthy meals from breakfast, packed or served lunches to evening meals and even evening hot drinks to help you and your students to relax after a busy day. We cater for most dietary requirements and, on top of competitive rates, we offer free leader places with full board (evening meal, bed, breakfast and packed lunch) options.
We know that it is important to you to ensure that your Educational Tour is Professionally Managed and that you will have many questions about the destination, the accommodation, how the booking process works and what guarantees you have. The senior members of our team combine expertise from four fields: Travel, Egyptology / Archaeology and Education. With our Senior Team having over 20 years personal experience in travel and tourism, you can rest assured that you are truly in expert hands.
We have tried to provide the answer to the most Frequently Ask Questions below. If you have a particular question that we have not thought of, please let us know - We're happy to help.
Simply click on the "Enquire Now" button which will take you to our online enquiry page. You will be able to select various options such as which airport you would like to fly from and dates of travel and tell us about any particular requirements you have for your tour.
You will have a dedicated Travel Consultant who will initially send you a quote by email and then continue to work with you to ensure that we meet all your requirements and provide the highest level of service.
If you are happy with the quote you have received, simply send a reply email confirming that you would like to proceed and we will begin the booking process immediately. If, once you receive your quote, there is something you would like to change then smiply let us know.
Remember - We're always Happy to Help!
There are so many different options available for any particular tour that provide opportunity for a more cost effective price or upgrades with certain hotels that you might miss out on a better deal. Additionally, you might have your own particular curriculum requirements that need to be built into the itinerary.
We strongly believe that a real person is better able to make intuitive decisions about an educational tour enquiry than a computer programme that will not have the same dedication or commitment to providing the best possible service.
Rest assured, you will always be dealing with a real live person and you will have direct contact with the same person all the time. You will never have to deal with an anonymous person in a call centre.
It is our absolute, number one, priority to ensure that you are happy with the details of your Tour Itinerary before you book and it is important that you have the time to do this.
It is also important to remember, however, that prices change all the time (particularly the cost of flights) and it is with this in mind, that we would urge you to try and confirm the booking as soon as possible. We will provide a quote according to your enquiry for the best prices on the day. Communication is the key to getting the best deal and we will work to ensure that we respond to your requests as quickly as possible to guarantee the best prices for you.
Our usual ratio of free places is one member of staff for every 10 students. It is occasionally possible for us to arrange other 'free place' ratios. If you would like to receive a quote for other ratios then please let us know in your initial enquiry.
The Itinerary shown for this trip is only a suggested itinerary and is completely flexible. The itinerary can be used as a starting point from which to develop a programme that is most suited to your curriculum requirements. If you feel that the suggested itinerary meets your needs then it can certainly be used as it stands for your trip.
We don't sub-contract to other tour companies and we use our own guides and tour leaders which means we can enjoy working with you before you travel and during your trip to ensure that all of your requirements are met and your learning targets are achieved.
We have available full and comprehensive Risk Assessments prepared to the strictest LEA requirements. The documents are made available Free of Charge, upon request, to all Education and Youth Group leaders who are arranging a trip with us.
Yes, of course.
If you have heard about a certain hotel or you have a particular hotel in mind where you would like to stay, simply let us know in the "Comments" section at the end of the online Enquiry Form (Enquire Now) and we will be pleased to check availability and include this in your quote.
The simple answer is "...just let us know."
It is impossible for us to send you a quote for every possible hotel option so we usually provide a choice of two or three different hotels in each quote. We are always happy to provide you with other choices and the more information you can give us will help us in finding that sought after hotel that is "Just Right".
We have tens of thousands of hotels available to us throughout the world and we fully accept that we might occassionally select a hotel that doesn't quite meet your requirements. You might prefer a different location or have in mind a particular hotel that you feel would be better suited to your students. Simply drop us a line and we will look for alternative options that better meet what you are looking for
We have several very simple and straightforward methods available for receiving payment.
The most popular and convenient method for group tours is to take payments by direct bank tansfer and we would be pleased to send you our bank details when the time comes to pay deposits etc.
It is also possible to make payment using a debit or credit card. If you prefer, we are able to send you a Client Payment Form that can be completed and emailed back to us.
As soon as we have received payment of your deposit, we will immediately begin confirming all the relevant flights, accommodation, tours and any other services.
Once your initial documentation becomes available in the booking system (usally within two hours of receiving your deposit) we will email this to you.
Your initial documents will usually include a Receipt, Confirmation of Booking, Flight Confirmations and Confirmation of Accommodation Reservations.
Occasionally, emails which contain attachments can be delayed or filtered out by your email provider. If you have not received your documents from us within 24 hrs, please let us know and we can resend them.
There are so many locations for study available in Liverpool that it presents the opportunity for a vast array of different programmes - far more than we can easily show on this page.
Itineraries can be developed for one days visits up to week-long residential tours. We would be delighted to work with you in developing the most suitable tour that will meet your curriculum requirements.
Please do not hesitate to drop us a line (using the online Enquiry Form) and let us know your particular areas of interest. We will then develop a proposed itinerary suggesting the various locations that will facilitate you in meeting your learning objectives. This can then be fine-tuned in disscussion with you to ensure that your trip is of the highest possible standards and most suited to your student's particular areas of study.
As an example, we have shown a proposed itinerary below for a hypothetical school trip.
Arrival at Liverpool
Check-in to Hotel
Visit to Museum of Liverpool.
During your visit you will have a general tour of the museum with particular focus on Social and Community History. This collection includes objects of local and national importance and reflects the changing history of the city told through the diverse stories and experiences of Liverpool people.
The collection is particularly strong in areas of popular culture and entertainment, working life, labour history, politics and public health.
Return to your hotel - overnight Liverpool.
Students of Art and Design, Architecture and Social History will particularly benefit from today's activities. The day starts with a visit to the Tate Art Gallery at Liverpool's Albert Dock.
The Tate Gallery is home to National Collection of Modern Art in the North and is one of the largest galleries of Modern and Contemporary Art outside of London. A selection of works from the Tate permanent collection is always on show at the Tate Liverpool and recent displays have included canvases by early modern masters such as Picasso and Braque, Dada and surrealist pieces by Duchamp and Ernst.
Following the visit to the Tate Gallery, there will be opportunities for artists to study the Victorian architecture of the Albert Dock before making your way to Liverpool Anglican Cathedral.
Lunch will be taken at the Cathedral and following lunch, your group will tour the inside of this neo-gothic building with the opportunity to take in the spectacular panoramic views of Liverpool from the top of the tower. On fine days, it is interesting to explore the Victorian cemetery in the Cathedral Grounds which is a testament to the social history of Liverpool and there will be opportunities to take wax crayon rubbings from some of the more interesting grave stones.
In comparison, Liverpool's Metropolitan Cathedral offers a startling contrast with its circular construction which contains religious iconography in the form of modern works of art. On a sunny day the interior of the cathedral is lit with a glorious kaleidoscope of colours as the sunlight is reflected through the stained glass of the famous funnel.
Leaving the cathedral, your tour will continue with a visit to the Walker Art Gallery located near Liverpool's famous St. George's Hall.
The Walker Art Gallery houses a vast collection of paintings, sculpture, visual art and fashion. Including works by famous artists such as Rambrant, Turner, Rossetti, Monet, Freud, Hockney, Bridget Riley and Doig. The collection of sculptures include works by Gibson, Degas, Moore and Hepworth.
Due to the enormity of the collection, it is recommended that your tour includes an overview of the most famous works with an emphasis on a small number of specific pieces that are of most interest and benefit to your students.
Return to your hotel - overnight Liverpool.
Between about 1500 and 1900, Europeans forcibly uprooted millions of people from throughout West Africa and West Central Africa and shipped them across the Atlantic in conditions of great cruelty.
The aim of the International Slavery Museum is to address ignorance and misunderstanding by looking at the deep and permanent impact of slavery and the slave trade on Africa, South America, the USA, the Caribbean and Western Europe. Thus increasing our understanding of the world around us.
The museum runs popular handling sessions that promote an understanding of transatlantic slavery and life in West Africa from key stage 2. Activities that explore African heritage through arts, crafts, storytelling and music are available from Early Years. There is also a session specifically about Liverpool’s connections with slavery, suitable for those in year 9 and above.
The tour of the museum covers the following topics:
~ The trade triangle
~ Africa before European slavery
~ European traders
~ The Middle Passage across the Atlantic
~ Arrival in the Americas
After lunch, conclude your visit to Liverpool with a fun and informative Magical Mystery Beatles Tour of the city.
Step aboard the colourful Magical Mystery Tour bus for a fun and fascinating 2 hour tour of Beatles Liverpool. You’ll see all the places associated with John, Paul, George and Ringo as they grew up, met and formed the band that would take the pop world by storm.
See the Beatles childhood homes, schools and colleges and get up close to places that inspired some of their most memorable songs – Penny Lane and Strawberry Field
Return to your hotel - overnight Liverpool.
Check-out of hotel
Board coach or transfer to train station for return journey.