In the ‘wee hours’ of Saturday 30th March, 04.30 to be precise, thirty one excited TY students descended upon Dublin airport ready to embark upon an adventure to London.

The lack of sleep didn’t seem to dampen their spirits, and we arrived bright and early in a very sunny Gatwick, picked up our coach and headed for the city centre.

From the moment we arrived there, we were on the go! I’m not sure where we got our energy from, but we started with a coach tour of the city stopping at various places including Buckingham Palace for photos, then lunch, followed by a visit to the Natural History Museum.

We didn’t see our hotel until nearly 5pm, then it was a quick shower, dinner and off to the Lyceum Theatre to see “The Lion King”…..a fabulous show, thoroughly enjoyed by all!

Sunday morning we were up again with the lark (literally… the clocks had gone forward so no catching up on lost sleep!!) onto the tube and off to Tower Hill to get the River Cruise Boat down the Thames to Westminster Bridge, where we then hopped onto the London Eye. Hunger taking over, it was time for lunch, followed by what many students regarded as the highlight of the trip…. The London Dungeons. This was great fun, with lots of laughs… (Mr. Moran being used as a Guinea Pig/volunteer), shrieks galore, the odd scream, and some girls ending up on top of each other in a heap on the floor (don’t ask!!)

With the day nearly over, we headed back to the hotel, had dinner, then onto the tube and off to Whitechapel for a Jack the Ripper Tour, which was very interesting.

Monday morning after breakfast it was off to William Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, south of the River Thames, for a guided tour and visit, followed by the Science Museum in South Kensington.

At this stage our students were just ‘itching’ to spend their money, so we headed to Oxford Street for lunch and shopping, then back to the hotel to squeeze our purchases into Ryanair size suitcases and head for home!!

A fantastic trip!