The London Center staff organise and accompany students on numerous field trips in and around London as well as to other areas of the United Kingdom throughout the semester. You will be able to participate on pre-arranged excursions such as going to football (soccer) matches, markets, city tours, concerts and plays, etc. In addition to the activities in London, we also plan some weekend trips which usually run from Friday morning until Saturday evening/Sunday afternoon.
Schedule for the Spring 2015 semester:
First trip 23rd – 24th January 2015
BATH AND STONEHENGE
Our first trip is to the cathedral town of Bath and the neighbouring UNESCO world heritage site of Stonehenge. If we have sufficient time we will also be visiting a second world heritage site, the Neolithic stone circle at Avebury, 24 miles north of Stonehenge. We will challenge you with this comparison: Avebury is to Stonehenge as a cathedral is to a parish church. We will also be seeing Glastonbury Abby and town as well as Wells Cathedral, Bishop’s Palace, & Vicars’ Close – the oldest continually inhabited street in Europe.
Second trip 13th - 14th March 2015
STRATFORD UPON AVON
Mandatory for students of the following courses:
Interrelationships, Drama and the London Theatre, Shakespeare, London Theatre Immersion
This trip is an overnight visit to Stratford-upon-Avon and includes a visit to Warwick Castle, a ticket to the current RSC’s (Royal Shakespeare Company) production of Love’s Labour’s Lost, accommodation in a bed and breakfast hotel [full English breakfast included] in Stratford-upon-Avon, entry to Holy Trinity Church, Shakespeare's burial place, a talk on Shakespeare's life in Stratford, a brief walking tour of Stratford and, on the return, there is a two hour stop in England’s oldest university town, Oxford.
Third trip 27th March 2015
This is a one-day, action-packed trip. One of the main attractions on the Wales trip is Caerphilly Castle. It was built between 1268 and 1271 and is the second largest Castle in Great Britain (after Windsor Castle). You will experience lunch in the vibrant Capital City of Cardiff where innovative architecture sits alongside historical buildings. On the journey we will be passing through Rhondda Valley heritage site and Taff Valley (the Rhondda Valley is associated chiefly with the Industrial Revolution). On this day trip you will get to get to experience both contemporary Wales and the historical heritage of the country.
Fourth trip 10th – 12th April 2015
The final trip of the Spring 2015 Semester will be to Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland. During the trip, we will visit Edinburgh Castle which receives over a million visitors a year. The Castle has over one thousand years of history and sits upon the famous Edinburgh rock. We will visit the Scottish Parliament as well as climbing Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh’s awesome dormant volcano! Walking tours of the Old Town and New Town are another highlight of this trip. Edinburgh's Old Town is a labyrinth of cobbled streets, narrow alleyways and hidden courtyards, all amazingly well preserved and steeped in the city's history. The New Town, in contrast, is inspired by the lofty ideals of the Scottish Enlightenment, with its neat and ordered grid and its broad streets which boast spectacular neoclassical and Georgian architecture. And what would a trip to Scotland be without experiencing an authentic Gaelic Ceilidh?! A ceilidh is a traditional Gaelic gathering involving Gaelic folk music and traditional dancing.
Any additional trips will be announced.