Coach trips have proved a popular, safe and an economical solution for many years and in these times of financial difficulty, The Big Coach Company can provide competitive private coach hire for small or large parties throughout the UK.

We know that School budgets are tight, so don’t forget to carefully work out any additional entry fees to the venue you plan on visiting. Some venues are free for educational visits, but most will have a small cost to each pupil.

It’s best to have a plan before you start, will your next trip be a  day trip, half day or week out of the classroom? Once you have this, we can start on putting a plan together to ensure your trip goes as smoothly as it can. Talk to our friendly team today on 0151 532 5532 to discuss your requirements.

Anderson Boat Lift
The Anderton Boat Lift is a great day out, whether you are a history buff or a family looking for weekend activities.

The Visitor Centre has free entry and is home to a fantastic, interactive exhibition, Gift Shop and Coffee Shop. Discover the history and heritage behind the Boat Lift in the exhibition, take a guided boat trip through the magnificent lift itself, then enjoy a tasty light lunch, sandwich, jacket potato or homemade cake and hot drink in the Coffee Shop, overlooking the grounds.

there is a gift shop with its unique heritage and historic content, while outdoor decking offers fine views over the grounds and lift. On fine weather days, take advantage of the picnic areas, located in the impressive shadow of this mighty structure. From March to October, you can enjoy boat trips through the lift and along the River Weaver Navigation.

Knowsley Safari Park
Kick off your day with a tour of the 550-acre Safari Drive and get acquainted with over 700 wild animals, from baboons to camels, wildebeest to tigers, all from the comfort of A Big Coach. Knowsley Safari Park is an all-day destination.

On the Foot Safari, you can take a walk on the dark side through the Bat Forest – a 5* home from home for 100 Egyptian fruit bats, or marvel at the birds of prey. The ‘beak to face’ Birds of Prey Experience includes vulture feeding, flying displays and bird handling. Anything could happen as they swoop and dive just inches above your head!

What’s more, you can get up close and personal at the Giraffe Tower with regular giraffe talks from the team, watch the sea lions splash about in our sea lion show, get acquainted with the family of meerkats, and keep an eye out for our cutest duo, the South American bush dogs.

Chester Zoo
With 125 acres to explore, there are 20,000 animals at the award winning Chester Zoo – voted one of the top zoos in the world and the UK’s number one charity zoo. From the magnificent elephants and rhinos to the delicate butterflies, there is a different animal to see around every corner.

With daily animal talks, events, themed play areas, coffee shops, a choice of restaurants and kiosks, there’s something to suit everyone’s tastes. Kids and grown ups will love the Zoofari monorail, it gives you a giraffe’s eye view of the zoo. Or take things a little easier and relax on the lazy river boat ride in Islands.

Catalyst Science Discovery Centre
Catalyst is an interactive science centre whose aim is to make science exciting and accessible to people of all ages and abilities. Find out how the products of chemistry are used in everyday life – from medicines to Meccano and learn about the ‘chemistry’ industry and its role in our lives, past, present and future.

For an unforgettable experience visit the Alchemy Theatre! With sections in stunning 3D and interactive voting, you can discover how a cancer drug is made, how chlorine is produced, how to recycle or how to help save the world!

Beeston Castle
Set 350 feet above the Cheshire Plain on the sheer rocky crags Beeston Castle is a magical site with something for everyone. With stunning views to take your breath away, long walks through rich woodland for nature lovers and nooks and crannies for kids to hide in you’re sure to have a magnificent day out!

Beeston is also a haven for wildlife and the unspoiled woodland makes it home to a host of birds and small mammals, remember to bring those binoculars and who knows what you may discover.

The Beatles Story
The Beatles Story, Albert Dock is the world’s largest permanent exhibition purely devoted to the lives and times of The Beatles. The exhibition is located on the UNESCO World Heritage site at the Albert Dock and will guide you through the music, culture and story of the band that changed the world.

Join The Beatles on their journey; first conquering Liverpool, and then the world through immersive recreations of key locations from the band’s career including The Casbah Club, The Cavern Club, and Abbey Road Studios.

With information, imagery, memorabilia and video interviews with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Olivia Harrison and Yoko Ono, the Beatles Story, Albert Dock tells the story of the fab four

Blue Planet Aquarium
Get up close to Awesome Sharks at Blue Planet Aquarium and see real scuba divers in our daily feed shows in the Aquatheatre. With one of the best collections of Sharks, Fish, Frogs, Spiders and Otters – Blue Planet Aquarium is the must-see day out for all the family.

Watch the dive team feed the fish – all in front of the sharks at our awesome Aquatheatre window. Get an up-close view of our black and white tip sharks and Zebra shark in our Coral Reef from our 70m-long underwater tunnel.

World Museum Liverpool
From the sea to the stars, a visit to World Museum reveals millions of years of the Earth’s history through thousands of exhibits and hands-on activities. Travel to distant continents and ancient civilisations in the amazing galleries.

There’s also the Weston Discovery Centre, which offers a range of activities and interaction to provide a fascinating insight into human history throughout the ages.

Take the stress and headaches out of organising coach hire for school trips with The Big Coach Company.