Excursions

API students participate in several excursions per session designed to help familiarize them with areas of their host city, country, and surrounding region. The following is a listing of all excursions for API Harlaxton programs. All excursions are subject to change.

Spring

CASTLES, CATHEDRALS, AND CLIFFS

Kent, located to the south-east of London, is affectionately known as ‘The Garden of England’.  In this garden are some of England’s most popular and iconic attractions. Dover Castle, the largest castle in England has been of strategic importance since its founding in the 11th century, continuing through World War II as a military command center and air raid shelter.  The White Cliffs of Dover are a familiar sight for anyone crossing the channel and provide stunning views of the area. Kent is also home to Canterbury, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here students will have the opportunity to visit one of the most-visited and oldest sites in England, Canterbury Cathedral.  During their free time, students can explore the town used as the backdrop for Chaucer’s ‘Canterbury Tales’.

LONDON AND HAMPTON COURT PALACE

London is the largest city in Western Europe, home of the Kings and Queens of England since time immemorial. The Tower of London, with its Beefeaters and grisly past, is a prominent landmark and is the place where the Tudor King Henry VIII had two of his queens beheaded! It is situated next to the famous Tower Bridge, which spans the River Thames. Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the houses of Parliament and Big Ben are all equally famous historical buildings, of which there is no shortage in London. They are presided over by Buckingham Palace, where the current Queen lives, and overlooked by the London Eye. London is a magical city with plenty to offer any visitor.  Hampton Court Palace was home to kings and queens, including Henry VIII, and offers fascinating exhibits and beautiful gardens to explore—all linking to your British Studies course.

NORTHUMBERLAND - DURHAM, LINDISFARNE, ALNWICK CASTLE, AND WHITBY

Northumberland is situated right on the Anglo‐Scottish border and has witnessed numerous battles and sieges throughout its history. The county is noted for its wild landscape of high moorland, now largely protected as the Northumberland National Park —a true hidden gem. We’ll visit the city of Durham with its cathedral and university, where we will be based for two nights. You can see the massive Norman cathedral and adjacent William the Conqueror castle. We’ll visit The Holy Island of Lindisfarne and it’s priory, which has a recorded history from as early as the 6th century, before exploring Alnwick Castle, a castle and stately home with its walls steeped in history and filled with tales of warfare, romance, and chivalry. Alnwick Castle ‐ film locations for Harry Potter and Downton Abbey, Elizabeth, and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, among others. Our return journey includes a stop at the seaside town of Whitby. Stroll the quayside and enjoy fish and chips and ice cream or visit Whitby Abbey, the inspiration for Bram Stoker's gothic tale of “Dracula.” Castles, wizards, Harry Potter, vampires, and Goths—this trip has them all!

OXFORD AND CADBURY WORLD

Off to the City of Dreaming Spires, Oxford is home to the oldest, English-speaking university in the world.  The University of Oxford comprises 38 colleges, including one of the largest colleges, Christ Church College.  Christ Church was founded by Henry VIII in 1546 and has many notable alumni, including the most British Prime Ministers, a couple of Kings, but perhaps most notably, the author of ‘Alice in Wonderland’, Lewis Carroll.  The Dining Hall, once the seat of parliament during the English Civil War, is probably familiar to most as it was featured in the Harry Potter Films. Don’t forget to look out for the ‘Alice in Wonderland’ themed window.  From Wonderland to another, Cadbury World is a chocolate lover’s paradise. Just outside of Birmingham, John Cadbury founded the business introducing Cadbury’s best-selling product, Dairy Milk Chocolate in 1905. Also most notable was the Cadbury commitment to providing good working conditions, leading to the creation of Bournville, a model village for their employees to ‘alleviate the evils of modern more cramped living conditions’.

PEAKS, PLAGUE, AND PUDDINGS

Escaping the hustle and bustle of London, students will head north to the rolling hills of Derbyshire.  Nottingham, with its links to the legend of Robin Hood, is home to Nottingham Castle that had been the residence of a number of royals, although today it is a museum for all to enjoy.  A journey to Derbyshire is not complete without a stop in Bakewell and a chance to sample one of the UK’s most popular puddings (dessert), the Bakewell Tart. Students will stay in Eyam, also known as the plague village.  In 1665, when the plague broke out, the villagers chose to isolate themselves, preventing infection from spreading. These days Eyam is a great base for outdoor activities, taking in the beautiful landscape of the national park.  Before heading back to London, students will have the chance to explore the magnificent Chatsworth House, along with its 105 acres of gardens. Chatsworth is the ancestral home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, and the 12th Duke and Duchess still reside in the house.  You may have seen the house in the films ‘Pride & Prejudice’ and ‘The Duchess’, or more recently in the Netflix series ‘The Crown’.

SCOTLAND - EDINBURGH, LOCH NESS AND THE HIGHLANDS, AND ST. ANDREWS

We’ll travel to the north of England on the way to big skies, beautiful landscapes, spectacular wildlife, and some of the most hospitable people in the world. You will be based in the Scottish capital city of Edinburgh, one of Britain’s most popular destinations. Edinburgh Castle sits high above the city at the top of the famous Royal Mile. You can walk down the “Mile” with stops at the modern Scottish Parliament buildings, the Palace of Holyroodhouse (the Queen’s Edinburgh residence), St. Giles Cathedral, or perhaps the Whisky Heritage Centre. The traditional climb up Arthur’s Seat will give you expansive views of the city and out the Firth of Forth. Visit the Grassmarket and New Town for shops and cafés. Try haggis, buy a kilt, or at least find a traditional tartan scarf. Edinburgh never disappoints. We’ll visit The Highlands where we will experience the magnificent beauty of Rannoch Moor, Glencoe, the Great Glen and a boat cruise on Loch Ness. Steep yourself in the history of dramatic Glencoe and the chance to see Nessie! We’ll drive along the coast to St. Andrews for more beautiful scenery and golden sandy beaches. You will get lots of free time in the medieval city of St. Andrews, home of golf and Scotland’s oldest University, and see many old picturesque fishing villages in the Kingdom of Fife.

YORK

York is an extraordinary city to visit—historically, architecturally and culturally. The stunning York Minster is one of Britain’s finest cathedrals, famous for its Gothic design and medieval stained‐glass windows. York is set around the River Ouse and its center is encircled with 12th-century walls, from which you get great views over the city while on a leisurely walk. Whether it’s finding Roman remains, seeing the Jorvik Viking Centre or a Norman castle tower, taking a river cruise, walking in the Abbey gardens, or shopping in narrow medieval streets, York has it all. You won’t want to miss this great city.

Fall

CAMBRIDGE

Though best known as the home of the University of Cambridge, Cambridge was important long before the University existed. In the first century BC, an Iron Age Belgic tribe built a settlement on what is now Castle Hill. Around AD 40 the Romans took over the site and it became the crossing point for the Via Devana which linked Colchester with the legions in Lincoln and beyond. The first scholars didn’t arrive in Cambridge until 1209 and another 75 years passed before Hugh de Balsham, Bishop of Ely, founded Peterhouse, the first college. Today Cambridge is the city of crocuses and daffodils on The Backs, of green open spaces, and of cattle grazing only 500 yards from the market square.

THE HARRY POTTER STUDIO

The Harry Potter Studio Tour London provides a unique showcase of the extraordinary British artistry, technology, and talent that went into making one of the most successful film series of all time. Students have the chance to go behind-the-scenes and see many things the camera never showed. From breathtakingly detailed sets of stunning costumes to props and animatronics. Students explore a huge array of beautiful sets, costumes, and props. Some closely guarded secrets, including facts about the special effects and animatronics, will be revealed.

LONDON AND HAMPTON COURT PALACE

London is the largest city in Western Europe, home of the Kings and Queens of England since time immemorial. The Tower of London, with its Beefeaters and grisly past, is a prominent landmark and is the place where the Tudor King Henry VIII had two of his queens beheaded! It is situated next to the famous Tower Bridge, which spans the River Thames. Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the houses of Parliament and Big Ben are all equally famous historical buildings, of which there is no shortage in London. They are presided over by Buckingham Palace, where the current Queen lives, and overlooked by the London Eye. London is a magical city with plenty to offer any visitor.  Hampton Court Palace was home to kings and queens, including Henry VIII, and offers fascinating exhibits and beautiful gardens to explore—all linking to your British Studies course.

NORTHUMBERLAND - DURHAM, LINDISFARNE, ALNWICK CASTLE, AND WHITBY

Northumberland is situated right on the Anglo‐Scottish border and has witnessed numerous battles and sieges throughout its history. The county is noted for its wild landscape of high moorland, now largely protected as the Northumberland National Park —a true hidden gem. We’ll visit the city of Durham with its cathedral and university, where we will be based for two nights. You can see the massive Norman cathedral and adjacent William the Conqueror castle. We’ll visit The Holy Island of Lindisfarne and it’s priory, which has a recorded history from as early as the 6th century, before exploring Alnwick Castle, a castle and stately home with its walls steeped in history and filled with tales of warfare, romance, and chivalry. Alnwick Castle ‐ film locations for Harry Potter and Downton Abbey, Elizabeth, and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, among others. Our return journey includes a stop at the seaside town of Whitby. Stroll the quayside and enjoy fish and chips and ice cream or visit Whitby Abbey, the inspiration for Bram Stoker's gothic tale of “Dracula.” Castles, wizards, Harry Potter, vampires, and Goths—this trip has them all!

SCOTLAND - EDINBURGH, LOCH NESS, AND THE HIGHLANDS AND ST. ANDREWS

We’ll travel to the north of England on the way to big skies, beautiful landscapes, spectacular wildlife, and some of the most hospitable people in the world. You will be based in the Scottish capital city of Edinburgh, one of Britain’s most popular destinations. Edinburgh Castle sits high above the city at the top of the famous Royal Mile. You can walk down the “Mile” with stops at the modern Scottish Parliament buildings, the Palace of Holyroodhouse (the Queen’s Edinburgh residence), St. Giles Cathedral, or perhaps the Whisky Heritage Centre. The traditional climb up Arthur’s Seat will give you expansive views of the city and out the Firth of Forth. Visit the Grassmarket and New Town for shops and cafés. Try haggis, buy a kilt, or at least find a traditional tartan scarf. Edinburgh never disappoints. We’ll visit The Highlands where we will experience the magnificent beauty of Rannoch Moor, Glencoe, the Great Glen and a boat cruise on Loch Ness. Steep yourself in the history of dramatic Glencoe and the chance to see Nessie! We’ll drive along the coast to St. Andrews for more beautiful scenery and golden sandy beaches. You will get lots of free time in the medieval city of St. Andrews, home of golf and Scotland’s oldest University, and see many old picturesque fishing villages in the Kingdom of Fife.

WALES WEEKEND

Wales has more castles per square mile than anywhere else in the world. Every hill, church or standing stone has a story all of its own. Cardiff, the capital city is the location of many Dr. Who scenes, and the Welsh countryside is home to picturesque abbeys and castles painted by many artists through the centuries.

YORK

York is an extraordinary city to visit—historically, architecturally and culturally. The stunning York Minster is one of Britain’s finest cathedrals, famous for its Gothic design and medieval stained‐glass windows. York is set around the River Ouse and its center is encircled with 12th-century walls, from which you get great views over the city while on a leisurely walk. Whether it’s finding Roman remains, seeing the Jorvik Viking Centre or a Norman castle tower, taking a river cruise, walking in the Abbey gardens, or shopping in narrow medieval streets, York has it all. You won’t want to miss this great city.

 

Spain Salamanca Cathedral Tops And Clouds
Ireland Cork University Cork County Courtyard
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Ireland Coast At Sunrise Ring Of Kerry
Ireland Castle In Forest
Spain Salamanca Relief With Astronaut
France Paris Louvre Pyramid
Spain Salamanca Plaza Mejor At Night
France Paris Gold Horse Statue
Spain Salamanca Salamanca Cathedral