South Yorkshire School Trip Ideas

School trips educate students in ways that classroom learning cannot.

In addition to providing an immersive learning experience, studies have shown that learning outside of school can improve wellbeing, inspire attainment and cultivate peer relationships.

South Yorkshire is home to a variety of attractions that are perfect for school trips. This article will detail some of the best.

Where can I take school children for a day out?

Places of historical significance

School trips to historic areas enable students to gain a sense of how life was in the past. Instead of just reading about these conditions, students can see historic architecture and objects up close. Some places of historical significance in South Yorkshire include:

Wentworth Woodhouse — this Grade I listed building was built for 1st Marquess of Rockingham from circa 1735, with work continuing over four decades. The house and grounds have been carefully preserved and are open for the general public to enjoy the centuries-old architecture and 87-acre grounds.

Roche Abbey — This English heritage site was founded in the 12th century as a monastery of the Cistercian order. Much of the monastery was suppressed in 1538, but the remaining ruins are still a sight to behold, displaying some of the finest early Gothic architecture anywhere in Britain.

Roche Abbey

Roche Abbey


A school trip to a museum will educate students by allowing them to view artefacts in person. Viewing a historical object for yourself is a unique experience that cannot be replicated through in-class learning. There are several museums available to visit in South Yorkshire, including:

Experience Barnsley Museum & Discovery Centre — This hub of learning is dedicated to the history and people of Barnsley. This is a particularly good choice for schools within the borough, as it will teach students about their local history in a fun and engaging way.

Cannon Hall — This museum is set in a stunning Georgian country house with 70 acres of historic parkland. Students can unravel the interesting story behind Cannon Hall’s rich history while enjoying and exploring the beautiful and historic setting.

Cannon Hall

Cannon Hall


Slightly more unorthodox yet entirely as enriching, zoos, farms and animal sanctuaries provide students  — especially young students — the opportunity to experience, learn about and interact with the animal kingdom. Such trips help students to understand the importance of animal conservation. South Yorkshire attractions include:

Yorkshire Wildlife Park — Yorkshire’s premier wildlife park is home to some of the world’s most majestic animals. Discover African Black Rhinos, South American Squirrel Monkeys and Arctic Polar Bears.

Tropical Butterfly House Wildlife and Falconry Centre – This alternative zoo is a well-known landmark of the local area and features animals such as meerkats, butterflies and falcons. The park is centred around wildlife conservation and is particularly accommodating to large groups on school trips.

Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Guinea Baboons at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park

How to get around

We highly recommend renting a coach/minibus for your school trip. Journeying in a private coach/minibus enables you to keep all your students together, leading to a safer, more orderly trip. Unlike using public buses or trains, you can travel directly to your destination without being lagged by multiple stops, giving you more time to enjoy your chosen attraction.

Here at Wyatt Coaches, we offer 16-seater minibuses with wheelchair access. We ensure to get you to your destination on time, and even offer an experienced chauffeur to do all the driving. To find out more about our services, get in touch today. We serve customers throughout South Yorkshire.