From boggy grove to castle peak, the beauty and history of the British Isles sets the perfect stage for any syllabus. Explore the union of modern culture and medieval history as you travel across the spectacular landscapes that knights and nobility spent centuries defending. Castle-hop in Wales—where every fortress has a different story to tell. Travel back to the Middle Ages in Scotland and see how its history has blended comfortably into the modern day. In Ireland, take note of the restored 19th-century architecture and thriving art scenes. Check out these teaching moments in the British Isles.
1. Rock of Cashel
Seat of the Kings of Munster for hundreds of years, the Rock of Cashel is one of the most historic and well known castles in Ireland. Walk through the preserved medieval architecture of a castle that’s stood for nearly a thousand years, and learn the significance and connection with Ireland’s patron saint, Saint Patrick.
2. Snowdonia National Park
While the cities of Britannia catch the attention of many, beautiful vistas and wide open spaces are plentiful as well, especially at Snowdonia National Park. While it does receive the most rain in the United Kingdom, don’t let that stop you and your students from experiencing another side of Wales.
3. Royal Mile
Located in Old Town, the Royal Mile is a grand thoroughfare that contains some of the most important and historic locations in Edinburgh. Walk through Scottish history from Edinburgh Castle, to the old Parliament House, to Holyrood Palace, and don’t forget to spit on the Heart of Midlothian when you go by.
4. Windsor Castle
Take a trip to Windsor Castle, a former fortress with scenic views and priceless objects in the State Apartments, like paintings by Rubens and Holbein. Encounter the Gothic splendor of St. George’s Chapel and the final resting place of monarchs like Henry VIII and Charles I.
Above are just a few sights where we’ve helped facilitate educational discoveries. Take your students all over the British Isles or help us create a custom itinerary based on your curriculum. Let’s make it happen.