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History School Trips to London, England

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England’s capital city shouldn’t be overlooked when it comes to searching for that perfect History Trip destination. Beyond the famous landmarks, fantastic shopping and the show business of the West End, London is home to an array of museums and original historical sites allowing your students to explore the wonderful, intriguing and sometimes unbelievable world of Medicine and Health Through Time.

Medicine and Health Through Time

For nearly 2000 years, London has been a centre for commerce and politics, and as the population grew, further work was required to care for the population’s health. As a result London is packed with evidence and tales of seemingly barbaric Roman surgery through to fascinating developments in modern science and public health for your students to discover.

“A very enjoyable tour experience with the highlight being the Body Snatchers Tour”

The Wordsley School, Miss Ellen Parkes - London

“Great experience for the students. There are so many and an incredible variety of attractions within a very small area and accessibility is fantastic.”

Aqaba International School in Jordan, Mr Brett Macdonald, March 2012 - London

What other history teachers thought of their Medicine and Health Through Time trip…

100% of our clients said they would recommend a Medicine and Health Through Time trip with Rayburn Tours to another history teacher.

Did you know?

Over 400,000 people visit the Science Museum as part of a school group each year.

The Old Operating Theatre and Herb Garrett houses an actual Victorian emergency room.

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Perfect for:
KS3, KS4 and KS5

Nearest Airports:
London Heathrow, London Gatwick, London City and London Luton.

Monetary unit:
1 pound = 100 pence

Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)


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Recommended Visits

London History Study Visits

England’s capital city is a prime destination for a History Trip for students studying Medicine and Health through Time. Below you can discover a range of visits and excursions that can be built in to your tailor-made itinerary.

The Alexander Fleming Laboratory Museum The Florence Nightingale Museum The Old Operating Theatre Museum The Science Museum Public Health Walking Tour The Wellcome Collection The Hunterian Museum Body Snatcher's Walking Tour
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London Sample Itineraries

Your bespoke itinerary will include the appropriate balance of educational visits and leisure excursions to fill your chosen duration and meet your aims and objectives. Your dedicated School Tour Coordinator will offer advice and recommendations with the sole aim of creating the perfect itinerary for your group, but just to get you inspired, we have outlined the itinerary created for one of our clients below.

Science Museum

2 days,
1 night

Dates: 1st – 2nd March 

Travelling from: Jersey

Passengers: 35 students and 4 teachers

Accommodation: Clink 261 Youth Hostel

Board Basis: Bed and Breakfast

Overview of visits: Science and History of Medicine Museum, Old Operating Theatre, Florence Nightingale Museum, Planet Hollywood and Legally Blonde theatre show!

Day 1:

The group arrived in London at 9.30am. Keen to make the most of their day, they moved swiftly on to the Science and History of Medicine Museum, arriving just in time for its doors opening at 10.00am.
Here the group was able to explore and view some 5000 objects from around the world, depicting the history of medicine in both western and non-western cultures.
After an insightful day enjoying the interactive nature of the museums exhibits, the group travelled by public transport to their hostel to freshen up, before enjoying a pre-theatre meal at the fantastic Planet Hollywood restaurant. The Savoy was the girl’s theatre of choice, and a performance of Legally Blonde! The perfect end to the day!

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Day 2:

After a good nights rest the group rose early for breakfast before setting out on what was to be an extremely busy day.

The groups’ first visit was to the Old Operating Theatre and Herb Garret. Hidden in the roof of a church, the group explored the 300 year old Herb Garret, which houses the only surviving 19th Century operating theatre. Complete with wooden operating table and observation stands, the oak-beamed garret was also used for the storage of medicinal herbs.

There was then just enough time before lunch for the group to take part in London’s public health guided walking tour, where they learned of the poor working conditions the Victorians had to suffer and how the mass cholera infection created opportunities for body snatchers to sell bodies on to hospitals for the purposes of research.

The group then grabbed a quick bite to eat, before completing their trip with a visit to the Florence Nightingale Museum to learn of the dramatic effect her influence had on the health and hygiene standards of today’s modern day nursing.

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Florence Nightingale Museum

1 day

Date: 7th December 

Passengers: 40 students and 4 teachers

Travelling from: Shropshire

Overview of visits: Science and History of Medicine Museum, Old Operating Theatre, Florence Nightingale Museum.

7th December 2011:

The group was met by their coach in Telford, where they travelled into London for their first visit to the Old Operating Theatre. The visit was a hit with all students, particularly when staff at the museum gave a dramatic reconstruction depicting the atmosphere of an operation in the time before the discovery of anesthesia.

With just enough time before lunch, the group embarked on the guided public health walking tour, where they learned of how the mass cholera infection created opportunities for body snatchers to sell bodies onto hospitals for the purposes of research.

After lunch the group moved onto The Florence Nightingale Museum where her nursing efforts in the Crimea are documented, along with her legacy and influence on the hygiene standards of today’s modern day nursing.

The Science Museum was the final visit of the day, and rounded off the groups’ trip before commencing their journey back home.

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London Accommodation

A Medicine and Health Through Time can be organised as a day trip, however to maximise your time in London we would recommend an overnight trip. Here is our favourite London accommodation centre:

Clink 261

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This stylish boutique hostel near Kings Cross St. Pancras and the trendy Hoxton is the perfect base for a visit to London. With a truly British feel, the walls are adorned with Union Jacks and pictures of the Queen! The stylish and cosy rooms come in 4-6 beds, 8-10 beds and 18 bed dorms. Bathroom facilities are shared along with the lounge and TV room with comfy sofas, huge TV facilities, music and a Nintendo Wii; there are also internet enabled P.C’s (at a small charge).

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  • Students in single or bunk beds
  • Shared facilities
  • Lounge and TV room
  • WiFi
  • Key card security
  • Laundry room
  • Multilingual staff

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Kip in a Ship

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Let your group experience life below deck on the HMS Belfast. Catering for up to 52 children (26 boys and 26 girls for mixed-gender groups), groups can stay for up to three nights on board and immerse themselves in the ship’s history by sleeping in a real sailor’s bunk! Discover the stories of the men who lived and worked on board during D-Day and beyond with its multi-media learning session, all the while enjoying an authentic ‘Kip in a Ship’ experience.

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