School trips in York: Stay at The Fort after a day's exploring

King George VI once remarked, “The history of York is the history of England.” With over 2000 years’ of history, he wasn’t lying. With its rich history and reputation as the safest city in the UK, York is the ideal place to plan your next educational trip.

When it comes to taking learning out of the classroom and into more interactive learning environments, you’re spoilt for choice.

Children have a chance to discover history hands on at the likes of Jorvik DIG, York Minster, Jorvik Viking Centre and the cobbled streets of the Shambles. There’s also 400 years of original York history in the Castle Museum, the tasty tour of York Chocolate Story, the world’s largest railway collection under one roof at the National Railway Museum and hidden gems such as the frozen-in-time Barley Hall. Each providing a unique opportunity to be transported to a different chapter in York’s story and experience everyday life and technological marvels through the ages. And best of all, many are free!

For secondary school trips, there’s also tours of the gruesome past at York Dungeon, a ghost walk on every corner and cultural headliners such as York Art Gallery and Yorkshire Museum. Curious minds won’t be disappointed!

The Fort is the perfect base for these adventures, located only 100 metres from York Minster.

We’ve proudly hosted school groups of all ages and sizes for the last 20 years, providing a welcoming, safe and memorable stay for children and young people from all over the world. Teachers also get special treatment, with a mixture of private en-suite rooms and dorms, the option for sole use of the entire hostel and a dedicated group co-ordinator to take care of all the little details.

Our sister restaurants and hostel kitchens are on-hand to fuel your adventures from the moment you wake up, through to packed lunches and evening meals.

Create the perfect itinerary

Take advantage of our on-site group co-ordinators to make the most out of your school trip to York. Our team live and breathe York and are able to recommend a balanced mix of curriculum-based activities, sightseeing tours and fun attractions.

We’re here to take the hassle out of planning your stay and can tailor your itinerary to your school’s unique learning, accommodation and dietary requirements. Contact us for a bespoke quote.


  • Fresh linen and towels
  • Rooms and wet areas cleaned daily
  • Free WiFi to keep-in-touch with family at home
  • Options for every meal, including packed lunches
  • Multiple lounge areas with sofas, games and TVs
  • Self-service kitchens and laundry facilities
  • Major attractions on the doorstep
  • Dedicated group co-ordinator


  • Free lockers
  • Secure luggage storage
  • State-of-the-art CCTV
  • Key access to all bedrooms
  • Friendly, happy-to-help staff
  • Exclusive-use if required

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