Reasons to book with us

Tailor Made Tours

Each of our tours are tailor made to suit your school’s specific requirements.

Specialist Guides

Our team of experienced specialist guides are both passionate and knowledgeable.

Curriculum Highlights

Our tours are carefully designed to meet the aims of the National Curriculum.

Safe & Secure

You can rest assured that your school trips are safe and financially secured.

Popular Tours

Waterloo Battlefields

A visit to the Waterloo battlefields helps students studying the Changing Nature of Warfare in the nineteenth century.

Jan - Dec


  • 2 Day

  • KS 3, 4, 5

  • 1-2 Guides

Dunkirk War Cemetery, France

WW2 Tour- From Defeat to Victory: Dunkirk and the Liberation via Hull

This tour gives students the opportunity to explore Operation Dynamo- the evacuation from Dunkirk and also the Allied Liberation of Belgium in 1944, including visits to an original Bailey Bridge and a Sherman Tank.

Jan - Dec


  • 4 Day

  • KS 3, 4, 5

  • 1-2 Guides

Arnhem Bridge, Netherlands

WW2 in the Netherlands: Arnhem and the Holocaust via Hull or Newcastle

This tour gives students the chance to study the story of Anne Frank in Amsterdam and also focuses on Operation Market Garden-the ill-fated operation devised to shorten WW2 in 1944.

Jan - Dec


  • 4 Day

  • KS 3, 4, 5

  • 1-2 Guides

Our Story

Here at Holts Tours, we pride ourselves on being the specialist in educational battlefield tours.

With almost 40 years’ experience in operating battlefield and history tours, and more than 25 years providing exceptional school travel, we seek to bring history to life, understand the past, and ensure a memorable and rewarding battlefield tour for your students.

We believe in making the school trip experience simple and stress-free for teachers. Not only do the members of our experienced team all share an interest in history and travel, they’re committed to delivering quality planning and service, paying meticulous attention to detail and providing you with total support.

Each of our school tours can be tailor-made to suit the needs of your pupils, parents and school. While on history and battlefield tours, some schools prefer to visit a specific grave or war cemetery and lay a wreath, or many like to incorporate free time to enjoy other local attractions, simply let us know your requirements and we can build them into your itinerary.

“Our battlefield tours have a profound effect on students, who come away understanding the importance of Remembering and that warfare is about the experience of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances”

Jacqui Shaw, Head of Schools and Colleges Battlefield Tours

Safety and Financial Security

All of our tours are 100% financially protected with ATOL and ABTA. We can arrange inspection visits and, wherever you decide to tour with us, you will always have access to an experienced member of our team through our 24-hour duty system.

  • Safety and Risk Management

  • Specialist School Travel Insurance

  • Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge

  • ABTA & ATOL Bonded

Health and Safety/Code of Conduct

Most school tours take place without incident and are highly beneficial and enjoyable experiences for all concerned. These guidelines are intended to clarify policies and procedures and contribute to your tour’s success. Find out more

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Meet our Team

Jacqui Shaw

Head of Schools and Colleges Battlefield Tours

Our Head of Schools and Colleges Battlefield Tours, Jacqui Shaw, was educated at Reading and Cambridge, and has worked as a teacher for over 20 years. Inspired to learn more after visiting the Battlefields herself on a school tour, she has been returning ever since and is excited to be able to bring the experience to new generations of students. With Holts, we seek to bring history to life, understand the past, and ensure a memorable and rewarding Battlefield Tour for your students.

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Paul Reed - Battlefields Guide

Paul Reed

Head Battlefield Guide

I have had a life-long interest in military history, my father being a WW2 veteran and both my grandfathers serving in WW1. I read history at University and went on to do a Masters. I began working as a Battlefield Guide in 1987 and joined Leger for their first ever battlefield tour in April 1997.

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