We are delighted to be able to share with you the 2022 School Travel Awards finalists, as voted for by the readers of School Travel Organiser. 

The winners will be announced during the School Travel Awards ceremony on Wednesday 25th May at the five-star Royal Lancaster Hotel, London. Thanks to everyone who has voted, nominated or entered.

Here are the attractions, companies, experiences and people who are in the running to scoop this year’s trophies: 

Best Heritage Venue

  • Battle Abbey, East Sussex
  • Bletchley Park, Buckinghamshire
  • Hampton Court Palace, Surrey
  • Hever Castle, Kent
  • Lichfield Cathedral, Staffordshire
  • Westminster Abbey

Best Sporting Venue

  • The London Stadium
  • Manchester United Museum & Stadium Tour
  • Silverstone Interactive Museum, Northamptonshire
  • Snozone
  • Twickenham Stadium and World Rugby Museum
  • UK Sailing Academy, Isle of Wight

A special thank you to our 2022 Awards Partners…


Best Theatre Production for Schools

  • Come From Away
  • Dear Evan Hansen
  • Frozen The West End Musical
  • The Lion King
  • The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe (UK Tour)
  • The Woman in Black

Best UK Destination or Attraction

  • Go Ape
  • LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort
  • RHS Garden Wisley, Surrey
  • UK Parliament, London
  • Winchester Science Centre, Hampshire

Best Ski Resort

  • Les Deux Alpes, France
  • Madonna di Campiglio, Italy
  • Prato Nevoso, Italy
  • Saalbach-Hinterglemm, Austria
  • Vallnord, Andorra
  • Zell am See, Austria


A Skiing trip can broaden the minds of pupils, offering them the chance to learn new skills.

Best Museum Visit

  • Aerospace Bristol
  • Black Country Living Museum, Dudley
  • British Museum, London
  • History of Science Museum, Oxford
  • Imperial War Museum, London
  • Thackray Museum of Medicine, Leeds

Best Education Workshops

  • Cadbury World, Bourneville
  • LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort
  • Museum of London
  • Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon
  • SEA LIFE London Aquarium
  • We The Curious, Bristol

Children during a workshop

Children can get hands-on during a school trip workshop. The six finalists for this category all offer top experiences… but there can only be one winner.

Education / Learning Team of the Year

  • Conisbrough Castle Education Team
  • Disney Theatrical Teaching Artists
  • Surrey Wildlife Trust
  • UK Parliament Education Team
  • WWT Martin Mere

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

Best Venue for STEM Learning

  • LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort
  • National Space Centre, Leicester
  • Science & Industry Museum, Manchester
  • Science Museum, London
  • Silverstone Interactive Museum, Northamptonshire
  • Winchester Science Centre

Best Geography Learning Experience

  • Canal & River Trust
  • Field Studies Council
  • The Living Rainforest, Berkshire
  • Windermere Lake Cruises
  • Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust
  • YHA

Children and nature

Pupils can uncover the natural world around them during their geography studies. Who will take home the Best Geography Learning Experience Award?

Best Venue for English Learning

  • Brontë Parsonage Museum, Yorkshire
  • Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Shakespeare’s Globe, London
  • Shrek’s Adventure! London
  • Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter
  • Wordsworth Grasmere

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Best Venue for History Learning

  • Bletchley Park
  • Churchill War Rooms, London
  • Museum of London
  • National Memorial Arboretum, Staffordshire
  • Tower of London
  • Windsor Castle

Best Wildlife Attraction

  • Chessington World of Adventures Resort, Surrey
  • Chester Zoo
  • Flamingo Land Resort, Yorkshire
  • West Midland Safari Park
  • ZSL London Zoo

Child visiting an aquarium

Which wildlife attraction do you think has claimed top spot?

Best School Tour Operator

  • Equity
  • Halsbury Travel
  • NST
  • TCBC School Tours
  • Travelbound
  • WST

Best Residential Experience

  • Conway Centres
  • Kingswood
  • The Outward Bound Trust
  • PGL
  • Scout Adventures
  • YHA

Residential activity

Residentials can get children working as a team in different situations, with one of six destined to be the Best Residential Experience champion for 2022.

‘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.

  • AKS Lytham, Lytham St Anne’s (Year 7 Geography residential to Ingleton)
  • Ashurst Primary School, St Helens (Year 5 KS2 Geography trip to the Lake District)
  • Grendon CE Primary School, Wellingborough (Week residential in Cornwall)
  • Swanwick School and Sports College, Alfreton (KS3 & 4 National Forest residential)
  • Ark Greenwich Free School (KS3 & 4 ‘Family Time’ themed trip to Brighton)

You can find out more about this category here.

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.

  • Sue Dutton - Sherbrook Primary School, Cannock, Staffordshire
  • Abigail Hopper - Nightingale Primary School, Hackney, London
  • Tracey Walker - Ramsden Hall Academy, Billericay, Essex
  • Sara Taggart - The Lyceum School, Shoreditch, London

Find out about each of the finalists in the running for this award and vote 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 2022 lunch and ceremony takes place on Wednesday 25th May 2022 in London. For ticket information visit www.schooltravelorganiser.com/tickets.