The city of London will come alive this weekend as the night skies will be set ablaze with fireworks to celebrate the anniversary of Guy Fawkes plotting to blow up the Houses of Parliament.
Dating back to 1605, Bonfire Night is a British tradition celebrating the infamous story of Guy Fawkes who attempted to blow up the Houses of Parliament and King James I during the Gun Powder Plot. The anniversary of Fawkes' arrest on 5th November is honoured each year with fireworks and bonfires under the unnerving saying of “remember, remember the fifth of November”. To this day effigies of Guy Fawkes are burned on top of bonfires all around the UK to remember and celebrate the House of Parliament remaining intact.
London is a city steeped in history exemplified by the story of Guy Fawkes and the gun powder plot. For a history student looking to gain an insight into British history and politics on a school trip, no city is better placed than London with its abundance of museums, historical buildings and monuments on offer. The Gun Powder Plot marked an important turning point in relations between the Crown, Parliament and the Church and a school trip to London would bring to life this particular subject area. Following on from this theme please see below a top 3 picks for a History school trip to London-
One of the most significant buildings if not the most significant building in the UK, The Houses of Parliament are the bed-rock of British life. Sitting on the Thames River, the Houses of Parliament are an architectural masterpiece with an illustrious history dating back to 1840 when it was rebuilt after being initially destroyed by a fire. Tours can be organised in advance through your local MP and it is the perfect tour for a student looking to learn more about British politics, history and of course the cunning Guy Fawkes.
Considered by many as London’s most iconic landmark where Kings and Queens have lived and died, The Tower of London tells an interesting story of imprisonment, torture, execution, murder and is the keeper of the infamous Crown Jewels. Discover 1000 years of history all in one place and learn about how Guy Fawkes was taken to the Tower of London and interrogated for days until he gave away his conspirators once he had learned their rebellion had failed.
A fantastic way to finish off a school trip to London is with a spine-tingling trip to the ghoulish and ghastly London Dungeons. Not for the faint-hearted students can uncover what really happened beneath the House of Parliament on that night in November and how Guy Fawkes endured 10 horrifying days of torture. A fun and interactive to learn about the history of London and the murky going’s on in our capital.
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