Here are the full results of the 2023 School Travel Awards, as voted for by the readers of School Travel Organiser. 

The winners were announced during the School Travel Awards ceremony on Tuesday 6th June at London’s five-star Royal Lancaster Hotel, hosted by Olympian and broadcaster Katharine Merry. Thanks to everyone who voted, nominated or entered the initiative.

Read about the 2023 ceremony

Here are the attractions, companies, experiences and people who took home this year’s trophies: 

Best Heritage Venue

  • Bletchley Park (winner)
  • Hever Castle
  • Ironbridge
  • The Mary Rose
  • St Paul’s Cathedral
  • UK Parliament

Best Sporting Venue

  • Lee Valley, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
  • Manchester City Educational Tour Experiences (winner)
  • Snozone
  • Twickenham Stadium and World Rugby Museum
  • UK Sailing Academy
  • Wembley Stadium

A special thank you to our 2023 Awards Partners…

School Travel Awards 2023 Partner logos


Best Theatre Production for Schools

  • Frozen The West End Musical
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (winner)
  • The Lion King
  • Matilda The Musical
  • SIX
  • Wicked

Best UK Attraction

  • Cadbury World
  • Chessington World of Adventures Resort (winner)
  • Go Ape
  • KidZania London
  • LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort
  • Zip World

Pupils looking out for wildlife at Chessington World of Adventures Resort near Surrey.

Source: Chessington World of Adventures Resort

The UK is home to amazing attractions, with six shortlisted in the Best UK Attraction category which all offer amazing visits. You decided Chessington World of Adventures Resort was number one.

Best International Destination or Attraction

  • Berlin, Germany (winner)
  • CERN, Switzerland
  • Disneyland Paris
  • Iceland
  • PortAventura World, Spain
  • Venice, Italy

Best Ski Resort

  • Aosta Valley, Italy (winner)
  • Claviere, Italy
  • Passo Tonale, Italy
  • Prato Nevoso, Italy
  • Saalbach-Hinterglemm, Austria
  • Zell am See, Austria

Best Museum Visit

  • Black Country Living Museum
  • British Motor Museum
  • Imperial War Museum, London
  • In Flanders Fields Museum, Belgium
  • National Justice Museum
  • Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre (winner)

Source: Amy Watters

Museums offer cross-curricular learning for pupils - your favourite choice for 2023 was the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre in Buckinghamshire.

Best Education Workshops

  • Blenheim Palace
  • Cadbury World
  • Kent Life
  • LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort (winner)
  • Museum of Brands
  • Safety Centre Hazard Alley

Education / Learning Team of the Year

  • Celtic Harmony (winner)
  • Children’s Adventure Farm Trust
  • Eden Camp Modern History Museum
  • Ringsfield Hall’s Education Team
  • Yorkshire Wildlife Park’s Education Team

To read more about the Education Team category, and the winner and finalists, click here.

Best Venue for STEM Learning

  • LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort
  • Magna Science Adventure Centre
  • Royal Observatory
  • Science Museum, London
  • Techniquest (winner)
  • Winchester Science Centre

Source: Steve Pope

Bringing STEM to life away from the classroom can provide fantastic opportunities. You decided that Techniquest should take home the Best Venue for STEM Learning Award.

Best Geography Learning Experience

  • Canal & River Trust
  • Field Studies Council
  • The Living Rainforest (winner)
  • Natural History Museum, London
  • Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust
  • Zip World

Best Venue for English Learning

  • Jane Austen’s House
  • Royal Shakespeare Company (winner)
  • Seven Stories, the National Centre for Children’s Books
  • Shakespeare’s Globe
  • The Story Museum
  • Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter

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Best Venue for History Learning

  • Gainsborough Old Hall
  • Hever Castle
  • Kentwell Hall
  • National Memorial Arboretum
  • The Roman Baths (winner)
  • Warwick Castle

Best Wildlife Attraction

  • Chessington World of Adventures Resort
  • Chester Zoo
  • Port Lympne
  • Lower Drayton Farm
  • West Midland Safari Park (winner)
  • Yorkshire Wildlife Park

West Midland Safari Park

Source: West Midland Safari Park

West Midland Safari Park scooped the Best Wildlife Attraction Award for a third time in as many years. Congratulations to the team on this fantastic achievement.

Best School Tour Operator

  • Equity
  • European Study Tours
  • Halsbury Travel
  • Next Generation Travel Group (winner)
  • NST
  • TCBC School Tours

Best Residential Experience

  • Conway Centres (winner)
  • Essex Outdoors
  • Girlguiding activity centres
  • Kingswood
  • PGL
  • YHA

School Trip Champion Award

A category that rewards those who play an important role in organising trips that help their school and pupils benefit from learning outside the classroom.

  • Selwyn Boothe - Gunnersbury Catholic School, Brentford, Middlesex
  • Jo Hilson - Thomas Gainsborough School, Sudbury, Suffolk
  • Karen Tidmarsh - Winchmore School, Enfield, London (winner)
  • Michele Vidler - Potters Gate CofE Primary School, Farnham, Surrey

Find out about each of the finalists for this award here

‘My Best School Trip’ Award

Every year we ask schools to enter a brilliant trip into the School Travel Awards. We want to hear about experiences that have achieved a range of objectives and helped to embed learning outside the classroom when back in school.

  • Clapham & Patching CofE Primary School, Worthing, West Sussex, for their KS2 trip to Camp Kingfisher at Blackland Farm
  • Langdale CE Primary School, Ambleside, Cumbria, for its KS1-2 Our Place in Space trip to Liverpool (winner)
  • Ridgeway Academy, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, for its Year 9 trip to Wales and Bristol
  • St Ives School, Haslemere, Surrey, for its Year 5/6 residential to Powys, Wales
  • The Royal Liberty School, Romford, for its Year 7-9 History and Science trip to Belgium

Read more about each of the finalists for this award here

The School Travel Awards is an amazing event when guests get to network, reward and celebrate alongside teachers, LOtC practitioners and school trip providers.

Our 2023 lunch and ceremony took place on Tuesday 6th June at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London. Find out how to get involved with the 2024 event at

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