School trips were days all pupils looked forward to.

Getting on a coach at the start of the day with all your school pals with a school-made packed lunch in hand was just so exciting – the chance to have a school day which didn’t include maths sums, learning about Henry VIII or using a pritt stick.

So we’ve put together a list of some of the school trips a typical Cov kid would have gone on during their school days.

So pick a partner, hold hands and get ready for a school trip down memory lane.

Plas Dol Y Moch

This adventure site was basically the ultimate school trip for Coventry kids and the city’s schools have been visiting it for more than fifty years.

Visiting Plas Dol Y Moch in the valleys of north western Wales gave kids the chance to have a go at abseiling, kayaking, mountain walking and much more.

If you went, it was probably at the same time as kids from another Coventry school and more than likely you competed with them to see who was the best and gave each other dirty looks in the dining area.

You probably also had to clear spiders out of the kayaks before you could use them.

You may have also engaged in pillow fights and told ghost stories after lights out. The latter possibly leaving you too scared to use the loo at night because you’d been told by an older sibling or a kid in the year above. Dol Y Moch was definitely haunted.

But above all you had fun and spent time away from without parents probably for the first time in your life.

Lunt Roman Fort

Pupils from Gosford Park Primary School help Coventry's Lunt Roman Fort celebrate its 10,000th school pupil visit in a year
Pupils from Gosford Park Primary School help Coventry’s Lunt Roman Fort celebrate its 10,000th school pupil visit in a year

This site in Bagington was formerly an ancient fortress used during Roman times and you may have gone here with your school while learning about the Roman Empire.

The fort sits on a high plateau with a steep wooded slope overlooking the River Sowe.

The site’s defensive situation and its proximity to a crossing point in the river made it an ideal location for a Roman fort.

Archaeological investigations have uncovered small amounts of Roman armour and horse equipment suggesting that cavalry units were stationed at the Lunt.

Coventry Cathedral

One of the benefits if living in Coventry is having an actual piece of history right in the centre of our city.

This school trip often included a visit to both old and new cathedral on the same day, and learning about the history of both cathedrals.

I always remember being disappointed we weren’t allowed to climb the steps of the spire to look out on the city, but looking back it makes perfect sense.

A few adults taking thirty kids up a narrow, winding staircase with over 180 steps to what is basically a 300 foot drop must break a fair few health and safety regulations.

Coventry Cathedral

Many children were also drawn to the graphic depiction of the Angel Gabriel banishing a defeated Lucifer from Heaven.

The huge statue attached to the wall round the back of the new cathedral was interesting in lots if different ways.

Kenilworth and Warwick Castles

Having two castles fairly close by meant they were a regular destination for school trips for Coventry kids.

Though Warwick Castle is beautifully maintained, visiting the ruins of Kenilworth Castle in the 1990s meant immersive experiences for the children.

Val Horsler’s Living In The Past

These incredible work shops would see children assigned roles for the day, such as baker, soldier or beggar and they would spend the day doing that role.

These experiences were a fun way to learn gave a real insight into how people lived hundreds of years ago.

Meanwhile Warwick Castle had stunning birds of prey, a grand great hall, beautiful grounds and ornate turrets. Plus a spooky suit of armour or two.

Coventry Transport Museum

This one was fun for those who liked cars and learning about the world wars.

Back in the 1990s the museum had an incredibly haunting blitz experience, complete with air raid shelters, sirens and these creepy looking life-sized models dressed in 1940s gear. It was pretty harrowing for a nine-year-old.

A walk around the revamped Coventry Transport Museum
Coventry Transport Museum

However, there was also a series of incredible vehicles, including a copy Marty McFly’s time travelling DeLorian, various fighter craft from World War Two and land-speed record breaking cars Thrust SSC and Thrust2.

The museum also pays homage to the city’s integral role in the cycle and motor industries, with visitors able to see early cycles, bicycles, and cars from former Coventry motor heavyweights Daimler, Humber and Standard.

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