Primary Locations

HSI partner with local State Day Schools on our group immersion programmes.

Not all schools can welcome all groups. We need to consider: group size; the ages of the students; the duration of the programme; and the dates the group wish to travel.

Our Groups Programme Managers will match each group with one or more schools which can welcome that group, based on those details.

We start the matching process in one of our Primary Locations, and most groups will be placed into a school within approximately 10 miles of one of these locations.

We do not guarantee any location, and groups may be matched with schools in other locations.
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Brighton

Population: 290,000

Distance from London: 75km

Local Airport: London Gatwick

Description: Bohemian, hedonistic and colourful, Brighton is a city that has it all, from laid-back beach living to legendary food and drink scene, superb shopping and an outlandish Royal Palace. Stretching out into the sea is the iconic, neon-lit Brighton Pier. Expect amusements, rides and invigorating ocean views. Brighton’s colourful network of shopping streets known as The Lanes are awash with vintage gear, antiques and quaint cafes.

Main Attractions: Brighton Pier; The Royal Pavilion, Brighton Beach; The Laines shopping area

Bournemouth

Population: 185,000

Distance from London: 150km

Local Airport: London Heathrow / Bournemouth

Description: Famous for 7 miles of golden sand, this classic seaside resort combines old world charm with wonderful seafood restaurants and a lively atmosphere. Bournemouth has all the character and magic of a classic British seaside resort, from the flashy lights of the old-school amusements to the vinegary scent of fish and chips lingering in the air.

Main Attractions: Sandy beach; Alum Chine Gardens; Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum; Jurassic Coast

Portsmouth

Population: 205,000

Distance from London: 103km

Local Airport: London Heathrow / London Gatwick

Description: Portsmouth is a dynamic and vibrant waterfront city packed with great reasons to visit.

From the pomp and ceremony of its proud naval and maritime heritage, to towering world-class visitor attractions, museums and galleries, unique shopping destinations, great places to eat and miles of beautiful waterfront, Portsmouth offers something for absolutely everyone.

Main Attractions: Portsmouth Historic Dockyard; HMS Victory; HMS Warrior; Mary Rose Museum; Emirates Spinnaker Tower

Bristol

Population: 460,000

Distance from London: 190km

Local Airport: London Heathrow / Bristol

Description: Loved for its independent spirit and alternative vibe, Bristol boasts culture, creativity and an impressive maritime legacy. This lively university city is full of exciting attractions and hosts one-of-a-kind events and festivals throughout the year, from Caribbean carnivals to ballooning spectaculars. There’s fantastic shopping on independent-minded Gloucester Road, great global cuisine from Georgian market hall St Nick’s, and buzzing restaurants and cafes along the Harbourside.

Main Attractions: Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s Clifton Suspension Bridge; Brunel’s SS Great Britain; Bristol Zoo Gardens; Banksy street art; Bristol Science Centre

Oxford

Population: 155,000

Distance from London: 83km

Local Airport: London Heathrow

Description: Oxford, The City of Dreaming Spires, is famous the world over for its University and place in history. For over 800 years, it has been a home to royalty and scholars, and since the 9th century an established town, although people are known to have lived in the area for thousands of years. Nowadays, the city is a bustling cosmopolitan town. Still with its ancient University, but home also to a growing hi-tech community.

Main Attractions: Oxford University; Oxford Botanic Garden; Oxford Castle; The Covered Market

Cambridge

Population: 155,000

Distance from London: 83km

Local Airport: London Heathrow

Description: Boasting one of the world’s most prestigious universities, Cambridge is a town brimming with history, tradition and scholarly charm.  At the heart of this spectacular destination is Cambridge University, which is split into 31 architecturally stunning colleges. The most famous is Kings College, with its distinctive gothic chapel and illustrious list of former students.

Main Attractions: Cambridge University; Punting on the River Cam; The Corpus Clock; Cambridge University Botanic Garden

York

Population: 208,000

Distance from London: 280km

Local Airport: Leeds-Bradford International / Manchester

Description: A place of extraordinary cultural and historical wealth, this beautifully preserved medieval city is a must-visit for history buffs. Like stepping back into the middle ages, the overhanging timber-framed houses and traditional shopfronts of The Shambles makes it one of the UK’s most historic (and picturesque) streets.

Main Attractions: York Minster; National Railway Museum; Castle Howard; Brimham Rocks

Birmingham

Population: 1,086,000

Distance from London: 163km

Local Airport: Birmingham International

Description: England’s second city, Birmingham is packed full of exciting attractions, from a state-of-the-art library to a world-class shopping centre and even Cadbury World – a real-life chocolate factory. The city is renowned for its dining scene, which ranges from the flavourful family-run eateries of Balti Triangle to its Michelin-star restaurants.

Main Attractions: Historic Jewellery Quarter; Cadbury World; Library of Birmingham; Selfridges Bullring shopping centre

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