Planning a Successful School Trip
Posted on March 02 2016
When planning a trip with school children and students there are a million and one things to think about and check off and health and safety is probably at the top of the list. High up on the list too are the logistics of the travel to and from the start point of the activity or destination.
If you decide to bring your students to explore London or Canterbury or any of the other places we offer, then all the details of where the school coach can drop off and pick up are sent out in the Organiser’s Pack. We also list them under the ‘Useful Info’ tab on our website.
A fantastic resource for coach drivers is the map shown on the Transport for London website which indicates coach parks, coach bays, on street coach meters and coach ban areas!
The adventure starts at Hay's Galleria, close to HMS Belfast, between London Bridge and Tower Bridge and finishes at the Aldwych, not far from Fleet Street and Covent Garden. We recommend English Grounds (off Tooley Street, three bays, 20 minutes free) for dropping off and for pick up Russell Street (four bays, 20 minutes free) or Blackfriars Millenium Pier (two bays, 20 minutes free). To see a map of the route and where the coach bays are in relation to it, we have a handy map available.
This activity starts eitherat the Sherlock Holmes Museum in Baker Street or at the Bandstand in The Regent's Park and the best coach bays for drop off are the ones in Baker Street, with pick up available at Primrose Hill. There is a coach park close to ZSL London Zoo which is free for drop off and pick up. For a longer stay, pre-booking is essential for school parties and full details about the parking can be found here. Helpfully coaches can use the coach park even if the school trip doesn’t include a trip around the zoo.
If this activity is chosen, the coach will need to drop off close to the start at the Monument and pick up near Pye Corner, Smithfield. The best coach park for the Monument is at Tower Hill, Lower Thames Street EC3R 6DT, where there are a total of sixteen bays with 15 minutes free for drop off and pick up, with £6 per hour out of season and £10 for the first hour from April through to September.
The adventure starts and finishes at The Canterbury Heritage Museum on Stour Street which is a short walk from the bus station where coaches can drop off and pick up. This must be pre-booked, which Discovery Games UK can do on behalf of school trip organisers once they have confirmed the trip and identified their arrival time. There is only a 20 minute slot, but the long term coach park is only a short walk from the city centre.