What to expect on your education visit
We’re currently unable to accept education visits at our sites. We are taking education bookings from 3 December so please get in touch to book. All visits must be booked at least 14 days in advance, please check our Terms and Conditions.
See this page for further details on our safety measures for schools and our adapted Discovery Visit workshops.
What's in place
Although things might be a little different when you visit, you’ll still be able to enjoy exploring the places where history happened with your class.
We’ve introduced a range of measures to help adhere to social distancing guidelines and hygiene standards and support your group on a site visit.
- Our site staff have been trained in hygiene and social distancing and provided with the necessary PPE.
- Where required, some sites will have markers on the ground to help visitors maintain a safe distance. Some sites will be using one way systems and may have different entrances/exits for education group visits.
- We have installed new welcome information and site-specific sign posts to guide you on your visit.
- We have increased site cleaning and disinfecting regimes including regular cleaning and disinfecting of education rooms and bag storage facilities (where applicable) before and after each group. Toilets are monitored hourly and cleaned/disinfected as required.
- There may be screens in place if we can’t separate visitors from staff.
- Hand sanitisers will be in use across sites.
- Barriers will be in place to help social distancing, particularly in queuing areas such as toilets and admission areas.
- Takeaway catering options will be available at some sites.
- Access equipment/facilities such as lifts, wheelchairs and mobility scooters will be available but you should check availability in advance.
- Play areas/equipment may not be available – please check in advance if this is essential to your visit.
- Audio guides and some interpretation equipment e.g. costumes and handling items may not be available – please check in advance if this is essential to your visit.
- Download a copy of our Risk Assessment: Managing Education Visits during the Covid-19 Pandemic.
- If you are participating in a Discovery Visit session, download a copy of our Discovery Visit Risk Assessment.
Preparing for your visit
You’ll receive your booking confirmation by email from our education bookings team with details of your visit permit. Just bring this with you, either on your mobile device or as a print out to show to a member of staff on entry. If you haven’t received an email confirmation please get in touch.
Without a valid booking confirmation, we won’t be able to let you in. Please see our Reopening FAQs for more information.
Once your booking is confirmed, we recommend a free planning visit to help you prepare for your trip and familiarise yourself with the site. Whether you have an existing visit booked with us or are making a new booking, you’ll need to book your free planning visit in advance. Simply go to the webpage of the site you want to visit and in the book tickets section select the ‘Corporate - Member Admission’ ticket option.
You won’t be able to get in to our sites unless you have pre-booked your free planning visit tickets and have your education booking permit with you to show a member of staff on entry.
For full details on which sites are open and how to book, check the list of sites below.
Please make sure you have read our education visit Terms and Conditions ahead of your visit.
Our wide range of free downloadable resources has been developed by our team of qualified teachers, educational experts and historians. They’re designed to support learners of all ages and abilities and are full of activity ideas to further your learning on site, as well as for pre- and post-visit learning in the classroom or for at home learning. Some activities at our sites may not be possible due to the changes we’ve had to make for your safety.
We’ve adapted our Discovery Visit workshops to follow government guidelines, but for certain sessions this hasn’t been possible – please check our schools webpages for further information.
We want everyone to be able to enjoy our sites safely, and so we ask that you respect the following before and during your visit:
- Please don’t visit if you or any individuals in your group have symptoms of COVID-19.
- Please supervise your group at all times and make sure you have the correct learner to leader ratios in place at all times when exploring our sites. For full details see our visit Terms & Conditions. In addition to the expected hazards found at a historic property, there will also be hand sanitiser stations throughout the site that pose a new hazard to younger children if they are misused.
- Please respect Government and site guidelines on social distancing and hygiene.
- Face coverings are mandatory in all indoor spaces, shops, on-site transport and takeaway cafes. U11s are exempt but others should bring their own face covering with them.
- Toilets are available at some of our sites, but please stringently follow social distancing and hygiene guidelines.
- Due to the increased risk of respiratory transmission, shouting should be avoided where possible and live performances, communal singing and dancing will not be permitted.
Sites open for school visits
In line with government guidelines, a number of our historic sites will now be closed until 3 December. Some of our sites are open for local visitors and members, and for pre-booked school visits. For full details please see our update here.
We’re taking education bookings from 3 December so please get in touch to book. All visits must be booked at least 14 days in advance.
For more information on visiting a site, including available facilities and Discovery Visits, please click on the name of the site below to view the dedicated school visits page.
- 1066 Battle of Hastings Abbey and Battlefield, East Sussex
- Audley End House and Gardens, Essex
- Beeston Castle and Woodland Park, Cheshire
- Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens, Northumberland
- Bolsover Castle, Derbyshire
- Carisbrooke Castle, Isle of Wight
- Dunstanburgh Castle, Northumberland
- Eltham Palace, London
- Kenilworth Castle and Elizabethan Garden, Warwickshire
- Kenwood House, London
- Marble Hill House, London
- Mount Grace Priory, North Yorkshire
- Old Sarum, Wiltshire
- Osborne, Isle of Wight
- Portchester Castle, Hampshire
- Richborough Castle, Kent
- Richmond Castle, North Yorkshire
- Rievaulx Abbey, North Yorkshire
- St Augustine's Abbey, Kent
- Tynemouth Priory, Tyne and Wear
- Walmer Castle and Gardens, Kent
- Warkworth Castle, Northumberland
- Witley Court, Worcestershire
- Wrest Park, Bedfordshire
- Wroxeter Roman City, Shropshire
We're good to go
We’re supporting Visit Britain’s We’re Good to Go scheme, an industry standard consumer mark that shows our sites adhere to Government and public health guidance.
In order to qualify, each one of our sites is required to complete a checklist confirming it has the necessary measures in place, including staff training, social distancing measures, and high cleanliness standards.
We’re also taking part in UK’s tourism’s Know Before You Go campaign, which encourages people to find out what is open and when and any restrictions in place, before they visit a heritage site.