UK Tours

Our ‘Best of England’ and ‘Best of Scotland’ tours are a great way for students to  extend their stay in the UK before or after their International Summer School experience. 

 

The fully supervised 5-day tours provide our students with the opportunity to explore our amazing country with five days of fun, culture and history, taking in some of the UK’s most famous cities, sights and experiences.

Accompanied by the school’s staff and pastoral teams, students can expect complete care and supervision whilst enjoying the highlights of England and Scotland from a young person’s perspective.

Both tours start and finish at Giggleswick School, with the ‘Best of England’ Tour departing the day after our July International Summer School ends and the ‘Best of Scotland’ Tour following straight after and arriving back at Giggleswick the day before our August Summer School starts. 
 

Best of England Tour

30 July – 5 August 2018
The tour starts with three days in London, providing plenty of time for sightseeing and taking in a West End Show on one evening. We then leave the bustle of London and head for the beautiful university towns of Oxford and Cambridge, including tours of the towns and universities.

Accordion England Tour details
Date England Tour Activities Travel and
Accommodation
Sunday 29 July Choice of activities at school
Travel to London
Train to London
Hotel in Greenwich
Monday 30 July LONDON SIGHSEEING BUS TOUR
With the option to hop on and off as needed, you will visit The Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Oxford Stree, Regent Street, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, St Paul's Theatre and Trafalgar Square.

SCIENCE MUSEUM
Fuel your imagination  and immerse yourself in the world of wonder at the most specacular interactive museum in the world. Revealing the beauty of the science and maths that shape our everyday lives.
Train and bus travel around London

Hotel in Greenwich
Tuesday 1 August ROYAL MUSEUM
Home to the Royal Observatory, the iconic historic sailing ship - Cutty Sark, the National Maritime Museum and the Queen’s House art gallery. All within this UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

LONDON DUNGEONS
With a recommended age limit of 11 years of age – expect tales of murder, torture and other foul deeds that are brought to life on a tour of London’s horrible past in a scary but seriously funny style; through a mixture of actors, special effects and rides.
Train and bus travel around London

Hotel in Greenwich
Wednesday 2 August OXFORD UNIVERSITY WALKING TOUR
Walk the halls of one of the world’s oldest and most famous universities. Get a glimpse of student life inside the famous Bodleian Library and see landmarks like the Church of St Mary, the Bridge of Sighs and Trinity College. Learn about prestigious alumni and hear fascinating stories about its history.

THE OXFORD STORY MUSEUM
A gallery of rogues and rascals, wizards, witches and wild things unfolds throughout the atmospheric and immersive exhibitions. Sail to a tropical Island, walk through the wardrobe to Narnia, listen to stories, dress up, meet a talking throne - with author workshops, stories, talks and performances.
Train to Oxford

Hotel in Oxford
Thursday 3 August HARRY POTTER FILMING LOCATIONS TOUR
For all fans of the world’s favourite wizard, this 2-hour Oxford walking tour takes you to recognizable locations of the Harry Potter films. You will explore the grand buildings of Oxford University, including New College and Divinity School — both featured as Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

OXFORD MARKETS and SUPERVISED SHOPPING
The Covered Market welcomes visitors with an array of colours and aroma’s. The building dates back to 1770 and provides a unique showcase for the very best in local crafts, food and drink - with over 40 independent traders selling food, gifts, shoes, fashion, flowers and jewelry to name but a few.
Train to Uttoxeter

Hotel in Uttoxeter
Friday 4 August ALTON TOWERS RESORT (FULL DAY)
The UK’s Number One theme park - home to enchanted forests and water parks and an awesome choice of world first rollercoasters that cannot be experienced anywhere else on the planet! Enjoy G-forces greater than a space shuttle on the legendary Nemesis, brave Oblivion’s iconic vertical drop, fly through space on Galactica, a fully integrated virtual reality rollercoaster, ride The Smiler’s 14 loops or satisfy your need for speed on Rita – hold on tight!
Minibus to Alton Towers (am)

Minibus back to Giggleswick School (pm)

 

Best of Scotland Tour

6 August – 11 August 2018
Edinburgh is the first stop with two days of exploring the city, including a tour of the castle, national museums and some shopping on the famous Princes Street. We then travel across to Glasgow to take in the Cathedral, museum and Science Centre and then escape to the Highlands on a hunt for the Loch Ness Monster!

Accordion Scotland Tour details
Date Scotland Tour Activities Travel and
Accommodation
Sunday 7 August Choice of activities at school
Travel to Edinburgh
Train to Edinburgh
Hotel in Edinburgh
Monday 8 August EDINBURGH SIGHTSEEING BUS TOUR
Ride through Edinburgh in a glass-roofed, convertible mini coach on this hop-on-hop-off tour. Learn the history, culture and traditions of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stop by some of the area's top attractions, such as the Grassmarket, Edinburgh Castle and Edinburgh’s central university area. Hear an insider's perspective on the vibrant city via the on-board audio commentary.

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF SCOTLAND
One of the Top 20 most visited museums and galleries in the world. Fresh from a £47 million redevelopment, the museum houses a spectacular array of over 20,000 fascinating artefacts. Our magnificently diverse collections will take you on an inspirational journey through the history of Scotland, the wonders of nature, world cultures and the excitement of science and discovery – all under one roof.
Train and bus travel around Edinburgh

Hotel in Edinburgh
Tuesday 9 August HIGHLAND TOUR AND TROSSACHS NATIONAL PARK (FULL DAY)
Explore Loch Lomond and Stirling Castle, and delve into the world of William Wallace, Robert the Bruce and Rob Roy on this day tour from Edinburgh. Visit Stirling Castle, widely considered among Scotland’s most impressive fortresses. Then, head through the National Park to the Highland village of Balloch, nestled by the banks of magical Loch Lomond. 
Train and bus travel around Edinburgh

Hotel in Edinburgh
Wednesday 10 August EDINBURGH THE ROYAL MILE CASTLE TOUR
In the narrow streets of Edinburgh you were as likely to meet a murderer as a man of genius. Body-snatchers, witch hunters, firebrand priests and philosophers all living on the side of a dead volcano. Guides will take you down narrow alleyways, tell you the stories behind the history, and show you views which will define your trip to Scotland’s capital! 

GLASGOW RIVERSIDE MUSEUM OF TRANSPORT AND TRAVEL
Winner of the European Museum of the Year. Guided Tour highlights include steam trains, Glasgow trams and trolley buses, vintage cars, motorbikes and cycles including possibly the world’s oldest bicycle. There is also a Glasgow street with shops, subway station and pub. 
Train to Glasgow

Hotel in Glasgow
Thursday 11 August GLASGOW SIGHTSEEING HOP ON/OFF TOUR (FULL DAY)
Glasgow sightseeing by open-top double-decker bus on a City Sightseeing hop-on hop-off tour. Discover the lively, cosmopolitan city at your own pace; listen to recorded commentary during the two hour route and hop off at more than 20 strategically placed stops to explore Glasgow.
Bus travel in Glasgow

Hotel in Glasgow
Friday 12 August GLASGOW SCIENCE CENTRE
With over 300 hands-on interactive science exhibits over three floors. Students can expect workshops, shows, puppetry, computer coding, ethical hacking, human health centres, powering the future exhibitions and a digital planetarium allowing visitors to “leave earth,” and travel through the cosmos. 

GLASGOW PRINCESS SQUARE AND GRETNA GREEN
An afternoon of retail and shopping in Glasgow’s Princess Square followed by a stop off at Gretna’s Outlet Village. This will also include a tour of Gretna Green’s Blacksmiths, world renown as the premier venue for runaway weddings!
Minibus to Gretna (am)

Minibus back to Giggleswick School (pm)