Travel Subsidy

Published 07/05/2021   |   Last Updated 06/06/2024   |   Reading Time minutes

Schools, colleges and youth groups in Wales can claim a partial travel subsidy to cover educational visits to the Senedd, Cardiff Bay. Here's the details of how you can apply.

Terms and Conditions

  1. Schools, colleges and youth groups in Wales outside a 10-mile radius (20 mile return journey) of the Senedd in Cardiff Bay can claim a subsidy for their educational visit to the Senedd’s Visitor and Education Centre.
  2. Schools, colleges and youth groups within a 10-mile radius of Cardiff Bay will not be eligible to apply for a subsidy.
  3. Schools, colleges and youth groups can claim one travel subsidy per academic year following a visit to the Senedd’s Visitor and Education Centre in Cardiff Bay.
  4. Schools, colleges and youth groups cannot claim the travel subsidy if they do not receive a pre booked visit conducted by the Senedd’s Education Officers.
  5. Visits should be booked at least three weeks in advance via the Booking Line on 0300 200 6565. Schools are advised to book early to avoid disappointment as available sessions will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. You can also book online by selecting a programme of your choice Visit Us ( and selecting BOOK NOW.
  6. If you intend to make a travel subsidy claim can you please have the school, college or youth groups banking details ready at the time of booking.
  7. Schools, colleges and youth groups can claim mileage for the most direct return distance to the Senedd, calculated through the RAC route planner for one coach per academic year. Costs are calculated at £1 per mile for a hired vehicle.
  8. This subsidy does not apply during non term time i.e. school holidays and recess.
  9. The Senedd reserves the right to cancel any booking if an educational visit cannot be delivered for any reason. The Senedd will compensate schools, colleges and youth groups if a confirmed booking is cancelled and costs have been incurred with the travel provider.
  10. Where more than one school, college or youth group is accommodated within one visit slot, only one subsidy will be paid if they travel on the same bus. Schools, colleges or youth groups can only receive separate payments, on the same visit, if they travel on different buses.
  11. Visit organisers should ensure that the staff to student ratio of the visiting group complies with their Local Authority guidelines and the Senedd’s Health and Safety Risk Assessment. Teaching staff are responsible for the safety and good conduct of their pupils at all times.
  12. The Senedd is not responsible for the safety of the pupils during travel to and from the Senedd.