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Our great selection of coach excursions take full advantage of the enviable locations of our summer schools, which have good access to many of the UK’s top tourist locations. Every ORA course includes a coach tour, with destinations including the following.
Please note that these are example excursions from previous summers, and excursions may change from year to year and vary according to age group.
In the heart of Oxfordshire’s countryside, see the grandeur and beauty of Blenheim Palace. The architecturally rare English Baroque style Palace is notable as birthplace and ancestral home of former British wartime Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill.
Highlights of your trip will include visiting the beautiful state apartments, playing a giant game of chess and walking through stunning landscaped grounds.
Henry VIII acquired 60 houses during his life, but none was more important to him than Hampton Court. His favourite home is now open for the public to enjoy beautiful gardens, the world’s most famous maze and the impressive Tudor Kitchens which catered for 600 people each day!
See the greatest medieval hall in Europe, and look out for the place where Catherine Howard was accused of adultery.
Originally built in the 11th Century, Windsor Castle has housed many generations of the Royal family, and is still a part time residence of Queen Elizabeth today. Its long and interesting history makes it a unique and captivating palace to explore; with a vast mixture of beautiful scenery and impressive rooms and possessions inside.
A visit to Windsor Castle also includes witnessing the Changing of the Royal Guard; and the chance to discover the beautiful location of Windsor town and the Castle’s exceptional views and gardens.
Established in 1881, the Natural History museum has collected some of the worlds finest natural specimens in the world. These rare and stunning samples can be seen on display throughout the architectural wonder of the museum, which include exhibits on botany, entomology, mineralogy, paleontology and zoology. See the skeletons of discovered dinosaurs, preserved specimens of deep water creatures, and wondrous collections of rare and exotic gems and stones, as well as much, much more.
The V&A is the worlds largest museum of decorative arts and design, and one of the biggest museums overall. Its 145 galleries hold outstanding exhibits and collections of pictures, jewellery, costumes and so much more from all over the world and various time periods. The V&A specifically holds the world's largest collection of post-classical sculpture, and East-Asian collection of artistic pieces in Europe. The V&A is a museum that has something for everyone to enjoy.
As Britain's national gallery of international modern art, it is one of the largest galleries to hold such a collection in the world. Based in the former Bankside Power Station in London, the Tate Modern is a rather unique attraction to visit.
The main collection displays consist of 8 areas with a named theme or subject. These areas individually change periodically, showing different works in keeping with the overall theme or subject.
Engage with Britain's rich history of theatre and performance by going to visit a live show yourself. Students could get the chance to see some of London's top West End theatre shows. See one of many globally popular performances such as Wicked, Les Misérables, The Lion King, Phantom of the Opera, School of Rock, and many more possibilities.
Cotswold Wildlife Park is home to species of animal from around the world. Ring-tailed lemurs, giant tortoises, ostriches and giraffes are waiting to greet you around every corner. In between the animal exhibits, there are beautiful landscaped gardens, perfect for relaxing during your stroll around the animal kingdom.
This rather special safari park offers a variety of entertainments. In addition to exotic animals, there is a walk-through trail designed to educate young visitors about periods of zoological history. Students can walk through the ice age, the land of the dinosaurs, and more on their journey, and come face to face with life-size models of creatures that walk the earth no more - as well as real ones that still do.
Explore the impressive Woburn Abbey - once a medieval monastery - and deer park, before taking to the Woburn Safari. Naturally the larger and more dangerous animals are better viewed from inside the safety of a coach, but you can get up close and personal with meerkats, deer, sea lions and stunning birds of prey on a rather special walking tour.
Stonehenge is a 5000 year old conundrum in that no one knows what its true purpose was, but thousands of visitors come to the UK every year to try and find out. You can walk around these enormous stone monoliths and come up with your own theories as to how it was done, before heading to the Roman Baths in the aptly named city of Bath to explore life in Roman Britain.
Witness a slice of medieval life at Warwick Castle, built by William the Conqueror in the 11th century. History is brought vividly to life at this 1000 year old stone fortress, by a team of re-enactors dedicated to jousting, archery, falconry and regaling transfixed visitors with the castle’s lore. Students can take part in any of these activities, examine the medieval graffiti scrawled by long-forgotten prisoners, or take a relaxing stroll around the castle’s beautiful Victorian Rose Garden.
Visit the home built for Baron De Rothschild in the 1870s. This formidable chateau was constructed in the French Renaissance style, to show off the Baron's fabulous collection of art, furniture, porcelain, textiles, books and clocks. The landscaped grounds of the manor are filled with flowers, sculptures, fountains, fabulous vistas and ancient trees. Installation art is on display at certain times of the year here, and there is even an aviary of rare and endangered birds for the wildlife enthusiast to peruse.
Once the home of the RAF, where the world-famous spitfires scramble to take to the skies, this historical site is now a huge, world-renowned War Museum. Experience over 100 years of aviation history, with a huge selection of ancient classics like the Lancaster Bomber, up to cutting edge machines such as the supersonic Concorde. Staring up into the disemboweled belly of a Vulcan bomber is an experience that will change your perspective on air warfare - quite literally.
Drayton Manor is home to over 100 rides and attractions, as well as a fifteen-acre zoo. Visit the many different types of birds, reptiles and mammals, before letting off some steam on the exhilarating rides. Students can round off the day by tackling the vertiginous aerial assault course, or enjoying a round of crazy golf.
London Sealife is spread over a network of aquatic zones, where sharks, rays, fish and even octopi drift serenely above, below and alongside their visitors. The London Dungeons, on the other hand, are a network of dark chambers and tunnels where you can discover gruesome history of the city as told by actors, and finally scream your way through exhilarating rides as part of this popular attraction.
Head to the London Eye for a bit of light relief, as you drift slowly up the curve of this 443 foot ferris wheel, securely contained in your glass pod as you take stunning photos of the London skyline.
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