Each semester, the London Center staff organizes and accompanies students on numerous field trips such as attending football (soccer) matches; markets; city tours; concerts; and plays. In addition to the activities in and around the city of London, there are occasional weekend trips offered, which usually run from Friday morning until Saturday evening or Sunday afternoon. Here are some examples:
BATH AND STONEHENGE
A common trip offered by our London Center staff is to the cathedral town of Bath, coupled with a trip to the neighboring UNESCO world heritage site of Stonehenge and 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 see Glastonbury Abby as well as Wells Cathedral, Bishop’s Palace, and Vicars’ Close – the oldest continually inhabited street in Europe.
STRATFORD UPON AVON
Mandatory for students of the following courses: Drama and the London Theatre, Shakespeare, London Theatre Immersion.
This trip is an overnight visit to Stratford-upon-Avon which includes a visit to Warwick Castle; a ticket to a current RSC’s (Royal Shakespeare Company) production; accommodation in a bed and breakfast 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 Oxford - England’s oldest university town.
This is usually 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 may have lunch in the vibrant Capital City of Cardiff, where innovative architecture sits alongside historic buildings. On the journey, we will pass through Rhondda Valley heritage site and Taff Valley (the Rhondda Valley is associated chiefly with the Industrial Revolution) and you will get to get to experience both contemporary Wales and the historical heritage of the country.
Edinburgh (The Capital City of Scotland)
During this trip, we will visit Edinburgh Castle, which sits upon the famous Edinburgh rock and welcomes over a million visitors a year. We will also visit the Scottish Parliament and will climb 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 Neo-Classical 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.)