A group of Oundle School A level artists and art historians travelled to Madrid over the October Half Term to visit galleries and art exhibitions.

The first gallery the pupils visited was La Reina Sofia, with its huge red terrace looking out over the city and stone corridors that looked into the lush garden.

The group’s favourite work at La Reina Sofia was Picasso’s ‘Guernica’, a masterpiece that one needs to see first-hand to fully appreciate its scale and impact.

On the second day the group visited Real Academia de Bellas Artes and Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, where they enjoyed the sheer variety of work on display, which dated from the 13th to the 19th centuries.

Also on the itinerary were visits to see the amazing art at the Prado, and a return visit to Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza to go see the fascinating Edvard Munch exhibition.

The hotel’s central location meant they were able to enjoy sampling a European lifestyle with nearby restaurants offering irresistible dishes of paella and churros.