Tourism fieldtrips

Student fieldtrips are an integral part of our Tourism courses.

In your first year, there are opportunities to visit airports, stately homes such as Chatsworth, Ilam Hall and local tourism hotspots such as Dovedale and the Derwent Valley Heritage Corridor.

During the latter part of the course you will get the opportunity to go on a six day study visit overseas, here's a sample of some previous fieldtrips:

Krakow, Poland

Krakow fieldtrip

We visited the historic city of Krakow to find out how the business of tourism is transforming the city by looking at different hotels and talking to local people.  We also saw the tunnels, caverns and subterranean lakes of the World Heritage site at Wieliczka Salt Mine.

The mine was worked for over 900 years and the salt miners carved intricate figures and ornamentation with great skill in the crystalline salt. Many figures have religious themes and some caverns are ornate chapels in their own right.

Finally, we also visited Zakopane in the Tatra National Park where we were able to compare approaches to landscape management and environmental sustainability with the Peak District in Derbyshire.

Dark tourism – Auschwitz, Poland

Dark tourism fieldtrip

The phenomenon known as 'dark tourism' looks at how challenging issues are presented in real life. It's an emerging area of tourism study as public interest in travel grows and is a key subject for Buxton’s Research Group

Our students visited the site of the former Nazi concentration camp in Auschwitz, the historic Jewish Quarter of Krakow and Krakow's former synagogue which is now a Museum of Judaism celebrating Jewish cultural heritage and sensitively shows what happened there during World War II.

Budapest and Vesprem, Hungary

Budapest fieldtrip

Hungary offers a different type of tourism to our students. As a land-locked country, it is not a typical ‘sun seeker’ destination but it receives tourists from all over Europe.

As well as visiting the Parliament building, Lake Balaton, Chain Bridge and Buda Castle, students explored a natural spa in an underground lake.