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.
Students will participate in one of the following (Brighton, Cambridge, or Oxford). All students will travel to London, York, and Scotland.
Brighton is England’s most popular coastal resort on the English Channel. In the early 19th century, George IV made Brighton his personal “playground” when he built his summer home, the Royal Pavilion, with each room lavishly and sometimes outrageously decorated in the Oriental Style. Brighton’s most well-known attraction is Palace Pier, a collection of rides, arcade games and other amusements. Known as a place where almost anything goes, Brighton attracts artists, musicians, jet setters, organic farmers, hipsters and hippies side by side.
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 story of Oxford’s beginnings is a mysterious tangle of fact and legend. A Saxon princess and nun called Fridewide established a monastery here 700 AD on the site of Christ Church. A small community grew up around the monastery by the oxen ford (river crossing for oxen) from which Oxford takes its name. During the 12th century a university gradually evolved within the defensive walls of the market town. Now Oxford is known for punting on the river, picnics and poetry. The first colleges of Oxford University were Merton College, University College and Balliol College which were founded in 1249-80.
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 are 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.
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 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.