While there is no shortage of things to explore in London, there is a lot more to the United Kingdom than its capital. The Syracuse London staff organise day trips around the UK at least once a month, visiting well-known British cities. These are an excellent opportunity for students to go further afield with their coursemates, and everyone is encouraged to submit a written or multimedia reflection on the trip.
Sign-ups for these trips happen during the semester. Current semester students should keep an eye on their emails and contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
All-School Day Trips – Fall 2018
Home to one of the world’s most famous churches (York Minster – or more formally, the Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of Saint Peter in York), York is a historic walled city in the northeast of England…about halfway between London and Scotland. Located at the meeting of two rivers, York is a picturesque town that has been inhabited since at least 71 AD. Over time, it has been a political, trading, and religious capital. Today, it’s a major railway transportation hub and serves as a major tourist destination for its history and scenery.
If you would like to travel to York on Friday 28th September, keep an eye on your Syracuse email account: Registration will open on Tuesday 18th September, and spaces will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis! This trip will lend itself to a Sport, Wellbeing & the Environment or Art, Architecture & Heritage reflection to earn a stamp in your London Passport.
Cambridge is, of course, most well-known for hosting the second-oldest English-speaking university (don’t mention Oxford – or the ‘O word’ – while you’re there!). The King’s College Chapel is one of the most stunning examples of Gothic architecture, and the artwork inside chronicles a soap opera-esque history of politics and family drama within both church and state. The town itself has existed since the 1st century, and is popular for its food and craft markets as well as the iconic sport of punting – floating on gondola-like boats down the River Cam.
If you would like to travel to Cambridge on Friday 12th October, keep an eye on your Syracuse email account: Registration will open on Tuesday 2nd October, and spaces will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis! This trip will lend itself to an Art, Architecture & Heritage reflection to earn a stamp in your London Passport.
Granted the European ‘Green Capital’ Award in 2015, the southwestern city of Bristol has a rich maritime history, thanks to its proximity to the River Frome, Avon Gorge, and Atlantic Ocean. A murky past tied to the slave trade and expeditions to the ‘New World’ has evolved into a modern emphasis on the creative media, electronics and aerospace industries, with the city centre docks redeveloped into cultural museums exploring justice and heritage. The ‘Bristol Pound’ is the largest circulating local currency in the UK, and is just one of the city’s creative approaches to community-building, eco-business support, and sustainable innovation.
If you would like to travel to Bristol on Friday 2nd November, keep an eye on your Syracuse email account: Registration will open on Tuesday 30th October, and spaces will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis! This trip will lend itself to a Social & Political Justice or Sport, Wellbeing & the Environment reflection to earn a stamp in your London Passport.