The International Student Support team organises afternoon and day trips to a range of UK destinations. Some of our full day trips are run in partnership with International Friends, an experienced tour operator and include executive coach travel and full day tour guides to ensure you get the most out of the trip.

Autumn/Winter trips

York by train, with entry to Jorvik Viking Centre

Saturday 2nd November

Tickets £80 each

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This day trip includes a visit to the city of York, with a guided walking tour & visit to the Jorvik Viking Centre. 

York Minster

Tour includes:

  • Return travel from London by high speed train
  • Full day professional tour guide
  • Guided walking tour in York
  • Entry to Jorvik Viking Centre 

York, the old capital of North England, is one of the most important cities in British history. The city has been at the forefront of Britain's cultural development ever since the Romans, Vikings and Normans all contributed to its rich heritage. Entry is included to the Viking Jorvik Centre where you can experience life in the Viking age! The city is famous for its walled city centre, narrow medieval streets, wonderful shops and tourist attractions such as York Minster Cathedral. 

Our approximate return time to London is 6pm. 

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Edinburgh plus optional Loch Ness & Highlands - 3 day tour

15th - 17th November 2019

Tickets £279 each

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A fully guided 3 day city break to Scotland’s capital city. See Holyrood Palace and Edinburgh Castle, walk the Royal Mile and enjoy some whisky tasting.  With journey times of just over 4 hours by train from London, this is a fantastic 3 day break to one of Britain’s most popular destinations. Optional day trip to Loch Ness & Scottish Highlands available.

Edinburgh

City break includes

  • Return travel by high speed train London to/from Edinburgh
  • 2 nights city centre ensuite student accommodation with breakfast
  • City sightseeing tour by coach on arrival
  • Transfers to/from train station/accommodation
  • Professional tour guide

Day 1

Have breakfast in England and lunch in Scotland as we travel through some of Britain's most beautiful scenery by high speed train. Upon arrival in Edinburgh, take your seat on board an executive coach and enjoy an eye opening tour of the city, including photo stops at the Royal Palace of Holyrood House, Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile before checking into your guest house. After check in, enjoy the plethora of free museums, art galleries, bars and shops during your free time in the afternoon.
 
In the evening, you'll have the option to join your guide in some of the local bars to sample local whiskies and maybe some haggis. (Food & drink expenses are not included). Alternatively, we have the option of a ghost tour to explore some of the city's haunted places, a spine tingling way to end the evening.
 

Day 2

After breakfast it's time to enjoy a free day for Edinburgh sightseeing, or if you have selected the Loch Ness & Highlands upgrade, we have a full day in the Scottish Highlands with a local guide. Travel up to the mountains to see waterfalls and wild deer, breathtaking scenery, mysterious Loch Ness, and so much more. See if you can spot the monster! Top off your day trip with a stroll around the romantic ruins of Urquhart Castle, along with a boat cruise along the stunning Loch Ness.
 

Day 3

Our final day in Edinburgh begins with a guided walk to the viewpoint at Calton Hill, then a walk to historic Edinburgh Castle. Later on, you'll have the option to take a tour to the nearby Glenkinchie Whisky Distillery, where you can learn how this famous tipple is created. Transport is provided by minibus, to any one choosing this tour option. Should you choose not to go to the distillery, the rest of the day will be spent at your leisure.
 
 
Our time in Edinburgh draws to a close in the mid afternoon, when we travel back to Edinburgh station for our return to London. 
 

Theatre Night - Book of Mormon

27th November at 7pm

Tickets £49 each

We're offering you the chance to see this hugely successful West End musical at a significantly discounted price.

The Book of Mormon follows the story of two missionaries who are sent from Salt Lake City to preach in a remote Ugandan village. Written by Stone, Parker and Avenue Q's co-creator Robert Lopez, the show is directed by Parker and Casey Nicholaw. This is musical comedy at its most hilarious!

Book of Mormon

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Bath Christmas Markets & visit to Lacock

7th December 2019

Tickets £45 each

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A fully guided day trip from London, to the beautiful village of Lacock in the Cotswolds, and the city of Bath, steeped in the history of the Roman era and Georgian period. 

Bath Christmas market

Tour includes;

  • Travel from London by executive coach
  • Guided walk in Bath, plus free time
  • Full day professional guide.

Each year, the Roman City of Bath is transformed into a magical Christmas paradise with over 170 chalets full of Christmas gifts in the streets surrounding the Roman Baths and Bath Abbey. Perfect for anyone wishing to make a start on their Christmas shopping! Also included is a visit to the beautiful village of Lacock, which has been used in filming for Harry Potter, Pride & Prejudice and more.

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Spring/Summer trips

Warner Bros Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter

Saturday 15th February 2020

Tickets £79 each

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A day trip from London by executive coach, including entry to The Warner Bros. Studio Tour - The Making of Harry Potter. 

Harry Potter studio tour

  • Return travel from London by executive coach
  • Services of a tour manager for the excursion
  • Entry to Warner Bros. Studio Tour – The Making of Harry Potter
  • 4 hours in the Studios to explore 

Follow in the footsteps of Harry, Ron and Hermione as you step onto authentic film sets and experience the magic that went into creating one of the most popular film series of all time!

Stroll along the famous cobbles of Diagon Alley, featuring the shop fronts of Ollivander's, Flourish and Blotts, the Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes, Gringotts Wizarding Bank and Eeylops Owl Emporium. See iconic props from the films, including Harry’s Nimbus 2000, Hagrid’s motorcycle and the Philosopher's Stone! Explore the Forbidden Forest Rediscover other memorable sets from the film series, including the Great Hall, the Gryffindor common room, the boys’ dormitory, Hagrid’s hut, Potion’s classroom and Professor Umbridge’s office at the Ministry of Magic. No visit would be complete without visiting Platform 9 ¾, and on this tour, you’ll have a chance to snap a photo with the trolley on your way to catch the Hogwarts Express.

The latest addition to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour is Gringotts Wizarding Bank. Lined by towering marble pillars with three magnificent crystal chandeliers and finished with real brass leaf, you will discover costumes and prosthetics belonging to Bogrod, Griphook and many other goblin banker, as well as inkwells, quills, ledgers and piles of Galleons, Sickles and Knuts will complete the goblin tellers’ desks as seen on screen. Enter the depths of the Lestrange vault used to store the treasures of Bellatrix Lestrange, including the Sword of Gryffindor and Helga Hufflepuff’s Cup, one of Voldemort’s many Horcruxes. Here, you can have a unique photo opportunity allowing you to step inside the Lestrange vault and surround yourselves with treasure.

Return time 

Our estimated return time to London is 4pm, subject to traffic and other delays. 

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Horse Riding in Wales

7th - 8th March 2020

Tickets £189 each

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This outdoor adventure weekend explores the rugged beauty of wild Wales. This two day tour is made up of one day sightseeing, and on day horse riding through the Brecon Beacons.

Wales

The highlights of this tour include Chepstow Castle, Hay-on-Why, Tintern Abbey, Baskerville Hall, and of course a horse ride through the Brecon Beacons National Park.

Day 1

Your weekend adventure begins as we travel west across the border, crossing the River Severn estuary and into another country - Wales!

The first stop on this weekend is Chepstow, featuring its impressive castle - the oldest stone fortress in the country. It is here the stunning River Wye merges with the Severn and flows out to the ocean. This ancient Welsh port is our first stop, where we stop for an early lunch, before we travel onwards to the Wye Valley and the ancient ruins at Tintern, a 12th century Cistercian Abbey. As we continue our journey westwards, we enter the dramatic country of South Wales and visit Hay-on-Wye, the famous town of books, boasting a yearly festival that Bill Clinton once called 'the Woodstock of the mind'. Here, amongst the quiet, narrow streets there will be time to look around the many second hand bookstores before we head off to our accommodation where you can enjoy a relaxing evening meal.

We stay overnight in Baskerville Hall on the edge of the Brecon Beacons in 130 acres of Welsh countryside. Built in 1839 by Thomas Baskerville, the Baskervilles were family friends of Sherlock Holmes author, Arthur Conan Doyle. A regular visitor to Baskerville Hall, it was here that he learned of the legend of the hounds of the Baskervilles. It was reputed that this famous case was written nearby on Herget Ridge, but at the request of his friends, who wanted to avoid the tourism that such a high profile story would bring, he actually set the book in Devon!

Day 2

Our second day involves a half a days horseback riding in the Brecon Beacons National Park, along remote bridleways and ancient tracks, enjoying views of the stunning mountains, an important feature of the Welsh countryside. All riders will receive instruction in outdoor riding in the centre before leaving for your ride, by experienced instructors. We then make a relaxing stop in a village pub for lunch (please note that food and drinks are not included in tour price).

This price of this weekend tour includes;

  • Half a day's horse riding in the Brecon Beacons National Park - an adventurer's paradise!

  • Sightseeing in Chepstow and Wye Valley along the way

  • A nights accommodation in Baskerville Hall, complete with breakfast. Accommodation is in multi-bedded rooms, but you can select an upgrade to a twin rooms if you wish. If you do not select a upgrade, you will automatically be placed in a room with customers of the same gender.

  • We would recommend bringing your own towel for this tour, as towels are not included with the multi-bedded rooms, but can be hired.

  • Travel by executive coach

  • Please note, entry to Tintern Abbey or Chepstow Castle is not included in the tour price.

The typical group size for this weekend tour is 30-40 people. You will travel by luxury, air-conditioned vehicle, and enjoy the service of one of our professional tour managers for duration of the trip.

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Cambridge day tour with punting on River Cam

4th April 2020

Tickets £55 each

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This day trip from London includes a guided walking tour & free time in Cambridge, as well as a chauffeured punt ride along the River Cam.

Cambridge

Day trip includes;

  • Travel by executive coach from London
  • Full day professional tour guide
  • Guided walking tour in Cambridge
  • Punting on the River Cam

Cambridge is one of the most famous University cities in the world, a group of over 30 individual colleges with medieval buildings of stone, timber and brick, clad in ivy and built around quiet courtyards and cloisters. The walking tour of this beautiful city will reveal many of its oldest colleges such as Corpus Christi, Trinity, St John's and King's College. In the afternoon enjoy punting on the River Cam with your own chauffeur. 

Return time

We will return to the Sir Alexander Fleming Building, Imperial College Road at approximately 6.00pm.

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Stonehenge & King Arthur’s Glastonbury

9th May 2020

Tickets £60 each

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This day trip combines a visit to the ancient site of Stonehenge with the mysterious yet tranquil Glastonbury, including entry to Chalice Well Gardens and a visit to the dramatic Glastonbury Tor.

Stonehenge

Tour includes:

  • Return travel from London by executive coach
  • Full day professional guide
  • Entry to Stonehenge
  • Entry to Chalice Well Gardens
  • Visit to Glastonbury Tor

A visit to  In the afternoon we visit Glastonbury and explore the myths and
legends of King Arthur. 

Our first stop is the mysterious Stonehenge, one of the greatest mysteries of the prehistoric world, Stonehenge. Why and how was it built? Who were the builders? What was its purpose? During our guided tour we learn about the different periods of building, stretching back over
5,000 years.

In the afternoon we drive further west, where we enter Celtic lands to explore the myths of King Arthur's Avalon and the mysterious Glastonbury Tor, rising above the wetlands and marshes. Legend has it that a mortally wounded Arthur was brought here after the Battle of Camlann. We visit the tranquil and atmospheric Chalice Well Gardens, believed by many to be the hiding place of the Holy Grail.The truly magical town of Glastonbury has something for everyone, including a great selection of New Age shopping and fun and quirky cafes.

This tour returns to London approximately 6pm.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Who can join the day trips?

The day trips are open to all current Imperial College students, including EU and UK students. Occasionally staff members may attend, but they must ask permission from the International Student Support team first.

Unfortunately non-Imperial friends and family members are unable to attend.

How do I register and pay?

Click on the link in the trip you would like to attend. You will be asked to complete a registration form and will then be taken to a payment page where you will need a credit/debit card to pay. Your place will not be confirmed until you have paid.

Please note that each student wishing to attend the trip must register and pay separately.

What do I need to bring with me?

For each trip, you must bring:

  • Your Imperial College ID card.
  • Your Oyster Card if the trip is in London.
  • Suitable clothing and shoes for the weather.
  • Suncream, sunhat and water bottle if it is likely to be warm.
  • Lunch if you will not be buying this on the day. Please note that restaurants are likely to be busy and you may wish to reserve a table in advance, especially if a large group of you will be eating together.
  • Money to cover your expenses. Please do not bring very large amounts as we cannot be held responsible for this.
  • A camera.

There may also be additional items you will need to bring for specific trips but you will be notified of these in a pre-trip email.

What if I need to cancel?

Tickets are non-refundable unless otherwise stated.

Please be aware that as tickets for our trips are purchased in advance by the International Student Support team, we are unable to provide a refund of money if you can no longer attend. If you can no longer attend, you may find another Imperial Student to take your place. You will need to email us to let us know.

If there is a waiting list for the event, we may be able to find someone to replace you. In this case your payment will be refunded from the person taking your place on the trip. 

If you have any queries about this, please email us: international@imperial.ac.uk

What are the closing dates below?

The closing date for each trip is the date after which no more bookings will be accepted. Note that a trip may fill up before the closing date.

Please note that all events are open to Imperial College students only. Each person wishing to attend must register and pay separately. PLEASE DO NOT PAY FOR MULTIPLE PEOPLE

Photos from some of our past trips

Osterley House

Osterley House

Globe Theatre

Globe Theatre

Stonehenge

Stonehenge

Dorset

Dorset trip

Oxford

Oxford trip

Harry Potter

Harry Potter studio trip