Now one of the world’s top city destinations and home to world class visitor attractions, Belfast is a colourful mix of arts and politics. It’s renowned for the warmth of its welcome, the vitality of its culture and the progress towards a peace few thought possible. With deliverable outcomes across a range of subjects, a trip to Belfast provides your students with a wonderful and stimulating learning experience
Belfast today is a city of contrasts reflecting it’s troubled past but also looking forward to a new shared future. From the grandeur of the City Hall and the majesty of the Parliament Building at Stormont to the ‘Peace Walls’, the buildings tell a tale seldom noticed by the casual viewer.
Study Experiences has established an exclusive tour programme for school and college students combining great sights with exclusive educational experiences. Our tour to Belfast includes Experience Belfast’s award winning, “There’s More to Belfast than Walls”. A tour specifically developed for schools and colleges delivered by local guides with outstanding local knowledge and contacts. This is no ordinary city tour but a theatrical performance with a solid educational basis that addresses key syllabus points using the medium of youth culture, ‘pop and rock music’, to keep your group interested, engaged and learning regardless of their age. It delivers vital messages around inclusion, tolerance and understanding, covers a range of subjects and areas but can be tailored to suit specific study areas. Your students will see history and politics materialize and have fun whilst doing so. Sights include the political walls and murals, Parliament Buildings at Stormont, Belfast Castle, the Entries, Belfast City Hall, the historic First Presbyterian Church and Titanic Quarter. Also included is a workshop with leading players from the arts, politics and journalism which can include a focus on "the Troubles"..
- Journalism with Henry McDonald - Ireland correspondent of the Guardian and the Observer
- Drama with Gary Mitchell - playwright
- Documentary Film Making with John T Davis – film-maker
- Football and Sectarianism with Michael Boyd - head of Community Relations at the IFA
Optional excursions include the impressive new Titanic Visitor’s Centre which sits where the doomed liner was built and reflects the transformation of the city from its industrial heyday to the 21st century. As Belfast is ringed by mountains and overlooks the sea, it has stunning scenery on its doorstep. Your group can head to the Giant’s Causeway along the fabulous Antrim Coast Road or maybe journey south to the wondrous Neolithic monument at Newgrange.
Belfast and its surroundings will provide stimulation and learning that will stay with your pupils long after their return to the classroom.
What the price includes
- Return flights to Belfast
- Return airport to accommodation coach transfers
- 2 or 3 nights’ accommodation
- Continental breakfast daily
- Experience Belfast Tour "There's More to Belfast than Walls"
- Visit to Stormont
- Themed Workshop (approximately 2 hours)
- Services of a Specialist Local Guide during your trip
- Individually tailored itinerary
- Educational Visits and Attractions Guide
- 1 Free Staff Place for every 10 students
- All Government Taxes, City Taxes, Service Charges & VAT
- 24 hour emergency cover and support
In addition to our 3 included visits/activities, the following can be added to your itinerary at a supplement, on request:-
A fantastic self-guided exhibition that not only tells the iconic liner’s tale but shines a light on industrial Belfast, spread over 9 interactive galleries, with multiple dimensions to the exhibition, drawing together special effects, dark rides, fullscale reconstructions and innovative interactive features. Allow a minimum of 90 minutes for a self-guided tour. Guided tours and/or Education Workshops can be quoted for on request.
Giant's Causeway and Antrim Coast Road
Northern Ireland’s iconic World Heritage Site is home to a wealth of local history and legend. Explore the basalt stone columns left by volcanic eruptions 60 million years ago and search for distinctive stone formations fancifully named the camel, the wishing chair and the organ. The Antrim Coast Road is regarded as one of the finest coastal drives in the world and its outstanding natural beauty is used extensively in film and TV. This tour can include a stop to cross the rope bridge to Carrick-a-Rede Island – the Larrybane Quarry here was used as a film location for ‘Game of Thrones’.
Located just outside Drogheda, 1½ hours from Belfast, Newgrange dates from 3200 BC, making it older than the pyramids and Stonehenge. It consists of a number of burial sites and buildings, aligned to the sun. The site has a Visitors Centre which includes an extensive exhibition including a full scale replica of the chamber at Newgrange and Knowth. Your list will include a guided trip to Newgrange itself as well as admission into the Visitor’s Centre.
Your Flight Arrangements
We use the services of airlines such as Easyjet and Ryanair. Please see approximate timings below for flights from London (please note that these times are purely for guidance). Flights are also available from a wide range of UK regional airports at a supplement.
Outbound: Depart: London – 1140 hrs, Arrive: Belfast – 1315 hrs
Inbound: Depart: Belfast – 1620 hrs.Arrive: London – 1750 hrs
Your group will stay in one of our carefully selected properties. Our range includes properties such as the Ibis Belfast, the Holiday Inn Express Belfast and the Ramada Encore.
Your package price includes continental breakfast each morning. For lunches and dinners you can choose to make your own arrangements, alternatively your Customer Services Tours Specialist can pre-book selected venues for you. For example, The Garrick Pub located in the city centre offers a special menu and a private room which can be reserved for student groups, or a meal with ten-pin bowling can be arranged.
The Odyssey Pavilion is home to various bars, restaurants, the Belfast Giants (ice hockey), a cinema and ten pin bowling. The Odyssey Bowl offers ten-pin bowling, pool tables, video games, bar and fast food restaurant. Your Customer Services Tours Specialist can pre-book your requirements for bowling and meals. Tickets to an ice hockey game can also be arranged, subject to availability.
Your Specialist Local Guide
During your time in Belfast your Specialist Local Guide will be on hand to assist and support you and your students.
Our prices are based on a minimum group size of 30 students. Smaller groups sizes can be quoted for on request.
Your Choice of Travel Dates
As our Belfast trips are available throughout the year, during term time and also during half terms and holidays, you are able to select travel dates that suit you and your students. Please note that certain dates may carry a supplement to the prices shown. In particular, tours during the Easter Holidays are likely to be more expensive.