AC Tours has recently started working with educational groups and, in particular, schools visiting the capital.
Itinerary: Historic London
Provider: AC Tours, London
Subjects: History, Literature and Drama
KS: 1 and 2
The company can tailor-make itineraries linked to specific curriculum requirements and this suggested itinerary relates to History, Literature and Drama.
9:30am: Be transported to Shakespeare’s Elizabethan era at the reconstruction of the original Globe Theatre alongside the River Thames. The theatre can be toured by school groups and visits can be extended through participation in the regular learning programme that includes exciting workshops and opportunities for pupils to take to the stage.
11:15am: Catch the Thames Clipper to travel from Bankside Pier to London Bridge Pier, taking in views of historic buildings such as St Paul’s Cathedral alongside modern architectural marvels such as the Shard and Gherkin. This can be followed with a trip to the viewing platform on the 72nd floor of the Shard, western Europe’s highest building. Afterwards stroll across London Bridge to The Monument.
1pm: The Monument was built between 1671 and 1677 as a memorial to the 1666 Great Fire of London and to celebrate the rebuilding of the city. The tallest isolated stone column in the world, energetic pupils and teachers can climb the 311 steps to the top which stands at 202-feet, the exact distance from its position to the site in Pudding Lane where the first began. Afterwards the St Dunstan in the East Church Garden is a lovely spot to enjoy a packed lunch.
2pm: Finish the day with a visit to the Tower of London. Founded towards the end of 1066 as part of the Norman Conquest, it has variously served as a prison, armoury, treasury, menagerie, home of the Royal Mint and, last but not least, home of the glittering Crown Jewels. Learn about its history from the colourful Yeoman Warders, nicknamed the Beefeaters and formed as the royal bodyguard by Edward IV in 1509. Don’t forget to take a class photo with the tower in the background before you leave.