History School Trips to

History School Trips to

The Battle of Waterloo is one of the most famous European battles. Even at the time, the clash between the Duke of Wellington’s British forces and the troops of the Seventh Coalition against Napoleon was known throughout Europe. Today, a history school trip to Waterloo allows your students to explore this significant part of British history.

After the long Napoleonic Wars, including the Peninsula campaign 1803-1814, Wellington and the European leaders believed that Napoleon was finally defeated and cast into exile in Elba. When the new Monarch of France, Louis XVIII, failed to create stability, Napoleon staged a comeback and entered Paris in March 1815.

The European Powers were meeting in Vienna when they heard the news of Napoleon’s return and immediately declared war once more. By the time the forces met in June 1815, all of Europe waited anxiously for peace to be won.

Let us help your students explore the key sites surrounding the build-up to the battle and the events of the battle itself on a history school trip to Waterloo.

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Curricular Links

The Key Stage 3 National Curriculum stipulates that pupils should study the history of Britain from 1745-1901.

A tour to explore the battlefields of Waterloo would highlight the themes of:

  • Britain and the Wars with France
  • Britain and Europe
  • France and Napoleon

Supporting topics and themes for GCSE and A Level include:

  • The Changing Nature of Warfare
  • France and the Napoleonic Wars
  • Britain and Europe in the 19th Century

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Safety and Financial Security

At Rayburn Tours we’re proud of our continual commitment to safety. We monitor the safety of all aspects of our trips so that you can focus on having a memorable experience for all the right reasons.

When you choose Rayburn Tours you can be rest assured that your school trip is in safe and secure hands thanks to our years of experience and all the right policies and accreditations behind us.


Learn more about our Safety and Financial Security policies
  • ABTA Bonding and ATOL Licensing
  • Safety Management System Policy
  • Risk Management Handbook
  • Crisis Management System
  • School Travel Forum Membership
  • Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge
  • Specialist School Travel Insurance Policies

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do you provide risk assessments for hotels?

    Rayburn Tours have individual audits which are completed on every hotel/accommodation centre which we use. We are more than happy for you to see this should you wish. Our audits cover fire safety, means of escape and general safety.

  • What should be included in my risk assessment?

    Start by identifying the potential hazards before deciding on the appropriate precautions to minimize the potential risk for your group. Once identified, record your findings and implement the precautions. Specific requirements are available from your Local Authority.
  • What are you responsible for?

    The DfE’s guidance for safe travel highlights the need for all those involved with the organisation and running of a tour to work together as a team. This is our aim at Rayburn Tours, to work together with our party leaders to ensure our groups' safety and peace of mind.

  • What would happen if our flights are delayed or cancelled?

    In the event that your flights are cancelled or delayed by the airline, then the airline will offer us an alternative flight for your group and payment under the delayed departure section of your insurance would be applicable. EU airlines and carriers are subject to the EU Directive regulation 216/2004. Insurance policies do cover delayed flights and in the first instance party leaders would need to call the insurance company for further details.

    For groups travelling with our insurance (provided by Endsleigh Insurance Services Ltd) we would be able to call on your behalf. Delayed cover through Endsleigh Insurance Services Ltd entitles each person to claim up to £100, dependent on the length of delay, which can then be used to offset any additional expenses that may have been incurred.

    We will offer your group continued support via our 24-hour emergency phone; we will liaise with our contacts at the relevant airline and accommodation centres, if necessary, and continue to communicate with you throughout until your flight departs.

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