We are thrilled to be able to share with you the 2020/21 School Travel Awards winners, as voted for by the readers of School Travel Organiser. 

The winners were announced during the School Travel Awards ceremony, broadcast on Thursday 20th May 2021. If you missed the ceremony, you can watch it on demand here

Thanks to everyone who voted, nominated or entered. Here are the attractions, companies, experiences and people that scooped this year’s trophies. 

Best Heritage Venue

  • Bletchley Park
  • Chatsworth House
  • Hever Castle, Kent (winner)
  • Salisbury Cathedral
  • UK Parliament, London
  • Warwick Castle

Best Sporting Venue

  • Bounce Indoor Trampoline Parks
  • London Stadium Tours
  • Manchester United Museum & Stadium Tour
  • Snozone (winner)
  • Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London
  • Twickenham Stadium and World Rugby Museum

Thank you to our official Awards Partners for 2020/21



Best Theatre Production for Schools

  • Disney On Ice
  • The Lion King
  • Matilda The Musical
  • Wicked
  • The Woman in Black (winner)

Best UK Destination or Attraction

  • Alton Towers, Staffordshire
  • Go Ape (winner)
  • KidZania, London
  • LEGOLAND Windsor Resort
  • UK Parliament, London
  • Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter

Go Ape

Go Ape picked up the Best UK Destination or Attraction Award for the second year running.

Best International Destination or Attraction

  • CERN, Switzerland
  • Disneyland Paris, France
  • European Parliament, Brussels
  • France (winner)
  • Spain
  • Washington DC, USA

Best Ski Resort

  • Les Deux Alpes, France
  • Madonna di Campiglio, Italy
  • Prato Nevoso, Italy
  • Saalbach-Hinterglemm, Austria (winner)
  • Sunday River, Maine, USA
  • Zell am See, Austria

Best Museum Visit

  • Aerospace Bristol  (winner)
  • Bletchley Park
  • Milestones Museum, Basingstoke
  • National Justice Museum, Nottingham
  • Science & Industry Museum, Manchester
  • V&A, London

Best Education Workshops

  • Jorvik Viking Centre, York
  • LEGOLAND Windsor Resort (winner)
  • SEA LIFE London
  • UK Parliament, London
  • Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust
  • Yorkshire Wildlife Park


School children can take part in a range of workshops at LEGOLAND Windsor Resort.

Education / Learning Team of the Year

  • Derbyshire Environmental Studies Service
  • English Heritage Education Team
  • The Garden Classroom Team (winner)
  • Science Museum Learning Team

Best Venue for STEM Learning

  • LEGOLAND Windsor Resort
  • Life Science Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Magna Science Adventure Centre, Rotherham
  • Science & Industry Museum, Manchester
  • Science Museum, London (winner)
  • Winchester Science Centre

Best Geography Learning Experience

  • Chester Zoo
  • Field Studies Council
  • The Living Rainforest, Berkshire (winner)
  • Operation Wallacea
  • Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

The Living Rainforest School tour

The Living Rainforest was voted Best Geography Learning Experience.

Best Venue for English Learning

  • BeWILDerwood, Norfolk
  • Brontë Parsonage Museum, Yorkshire
  • The London Dungeon
  • Shakespeare’s Globe, London (winner)
  • York Castle Museum

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Best Venue for History Learning

  • Bletchley Park
  • National Memorial Arboretum, Staffordshire (winner)
  • RAF Museum, London
  • Tower of London
  • UK Parliament, London
  • Westminster Abbey, London

Best Wildlife Attraction

  • Chessington World of Adventures Resort, Surrey
  • Chester Zoo
  • West Midland Safari & Leisure Park (winner)
  • Yorkshire Wildlife Park
  • ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, Bedfordshire

West Midland Safari Park

Coaches can drive around some of the animal’s enclosures to get up-close to the wildlife at West Midland Safari & Leisure Park. 

Best School Tour Operator

  • Equity
  • Halsbury Travel (winner)
  • Operation Wallacea
  • Travelbound
  • WST

Best Residential Experience

  • Essex Outdoors
  • Kingswood (winner)
  • The Outward Bound Trust
  • Scout Adventures
  • YHA


With nine activity centres to choose from, you decided Kingswood was the best residential option for schools.

‘My Best School Trip’ Award

  • Carisbrooke College, Isle of Wight (KS4 trip to China)
  • Kingfisher Special School, Oldham (KS2 trip to Gallery Oldham)
  • Queen’s Park Primary School, Brighton (KS2 trip to the Deneway Nature Reserve)
  • Walsall Academy, Bloxwich (KS4 Outward Bound Trust residential in the Lake District) (winner)

Read about each of the finalists and find out what they did on the school visits in this special section.

School Trip Champion Award

  • Maree Green - Harwich and Dovercourt High School, Harwich, Essex
  • Jayne Little - Middleton St Mary’s CE (VC) Primary School, Leeds
  • Rosie Smith - Seven Fields Primary School, Swindon
  • Andy Wright - Bablake School, Coventry (winner)

Find out about each of the finalists who were in the running for this award here

The School Travel Awards ceremony 2020/21 was broadcast at 4.30pm on Thursday 20th May, 2021. You can watch the ceremony on demand here