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
Oxford is, of course, most well-known for hosting the oldest English-speaking university. Claims to fame include “The Eagle and Child” Pub, where authors JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis hung out; the use of Bodleian, New College and Christ Church College architecture to create Hogwarts in the “Harry Potter” movies; and its control over the English language (dictionary, anyone?). Walking through Oxford also gives you the chance to see the headwaters of the River Thames, long before it becomes the massive waterway cutting through London.
If you would like to travel to Oxford on Friday 22nd February, keep an eye on your Syracuse email account: Registration will open on Tuesday 12th February, 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.
The Liverpool Football Club is a household name in the US and UK for playing in the Premier League, but its host city is home to a lot of other great history and culture as well. Named by the Guinness World Records as the World Capital City of Pop, Liverpool is the birthplace of The Beatles. Britain’s fifth-largest city has also been a major port from the Industrial Revolution through to today, and was the Port of Registry for RMS Titanic. Liverpool Cathedral is one of the largest church buildings in the world, and Speke Hall is a fantastic example of Tudor architecture which has stood since 1598.
If you would like to travel to Liverpool on Friday 22nd March, keep an eye on your Syracuse email account: Registration will open on Tuesday 12th March, and spaces will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis! This trip will lend itself to an Sport, Wellbeing, and the Environment reflection to earn a stamp in your London Passport.
BATH & STONEHENGE
Bath is a World Heritage site, thanks to its long history as a spa. The Romans built baths and a temple in the area in 60AD, and it has attracted people with the promise of hot springs and healing powers ever since. And between London and Bath lay one of England’s most iconic sites: a circle of standing stones. Each is around twice the size of a tall basketball player and weighs 25 tonnes…and though archaeologists believe the ring was created around 2300BC, and some human bones suggest it may have been a burial site, the true purpose and construction method remains a mystery. Also a fun fact: Stonehenge is officially owned by the Crown!
If you would like to travel to Bath on Friday 12th April, keep an eye on your Syracuse email account: Registration will open on Tuesday 2nd April, and spaces will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis! This trip will lend itself to an Art, Architecture & Heritage or Sport, Wellbeing & the Environment reflection to earn a stamp in your London Passport.