School Visits

What to expect on your education visit

We look forward to welcoming you back this term. This page includes all the information and tools you'll need to prepare for a trip this autumn and beyond. 

Our staff are still working hard to keep everyone safe and we continue to keep a range of measures in place to make sure you and your group have an enjoyable visit. Face coverings are now legally required in our shops and on all on-site transport, including the Stonehenge shuttle bus which runs from the Visitor Centre to the Stones. Our staff are wearing face coverings in busy areas and indoor spaces, and we’d appreciate it if you could do the same.

All bookings must be made at least 14 days in advance.

For details on open sites, indoor spaces, and other facilities available for education groups, please see a full list of our open sites and links to our property pages with site specific information below.

What's in place

Our number one priority remains the health, safety and security of all of our visitors, staff and volunteers. We’ll be managing visitor numbers in some indoor spaces, as well as carrying out extra cleaning, using screens and making hand sanitiser available for everyone to use. Please don’t visit if you have symptoms of Covid-19 or if you’ve been asked to self-isolate. We’ll always follow the latest government guidance, and if anything changes we’ll update this page to let you know our plans.

Important information to consider before you book:

  • To keep everyone safe we’re continuing to limit visitor numbers at some sites and in some indoor spaces. Please book as soon as possible to secure your preferred trip date and times.
  • To make the planning process as easy as possible, make sure you check our Plan Your School Trip section at the bottom of this page, for updated information on the facilities at the site as well as our free resources.
  • You’ll need to book your visit at least 14 days in advance. Please check our terms and conditions for full details.
  • Face coverings are now legally required in our shops and on all on-site transport. Our staff are wearing face coverings in busy areas and indoor spaces, and we’d appreciate it if you could do the same.
  • 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

At some sites you might not be able to use our handling collections or costumes as part of a free self-led visit, but where we can provide hands-on items in a safe way we will. We’ve adapted our Discovery Visit workshops to keep you and your group safe at all times, but for certain sessions we’re still working on this – please check our schools webpages (full list below) for further information.

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.

For full details on which sites are open, check the list of sites below.

Please make sure you have read our education visit Terms and Conditions ahead of your visit.

NHS Test and Trace

Although is it not a requirement, any teachers, parents, or students aged 16 years can check in via the NHS Test and Trace app, using the NHS QR code posters displayed at the site entrance. Please factor this into your travel/arrival time. For more information about how we are handling your personal data for NHS Test and Trace please visit this page.

Visit guidelines at a glance

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.
  • We encourage you and your group to use face coverings in busy indoor spaces, shops, on-site transport and takeaway cafes.  U11s are exempt but others should bring their own face covering with them if you wish groups to use them.
  • Toilets are available at some of our sites, but please stringently follow  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.

Free planning visits and resources

Once your booking is confirmed, we recommend making 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.  To book, simply go to the webpage of the site you want to visit and in the book tickets section select from the ‘Associated Organisation’ tab ticket options.

Our wide range of free downloadable resources has been developed by our team of qualified teachers, educational experts and historians, to help support your learning. Please note that 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 we're still working on this. Please check our schools webpages (full list below) for further information.

Sites open for school visits

For more information on visiting a site, including available facilities and Discovery Visits, please click on the name of the site below. Our free sites and sites with a limited education offer may not be included in the lists below - please email bookeducation@english-heritage.org.uk if the site you're looking to visit is missing. Please book your visit at least 14 days in advance, all visit requests will be managed on a first come first served basis. 

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.

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