Mount Grace Priory, House and Gardens

School Visits

Immerse your class in the history of Mount Grace Priory, from medieval origins and a successful priory, to a family home. To help you plan your trip, our new Teacher's Kit is full of helpful information, activity ideas and inspiration for learning in the classroom before and after your visit.

Curriculum links

Bring history and the curriculum to life at Mount Grace Priory:

  • KS1 History: The lives of significant individuals in the past
  • KS1 Science: Identify and name a variety of plants and animals in their habitats
  • KS1 Geography: Develop knowledge about their locality.
  • KS1-2 Art & Design: Know about great artists, craft makers and designers
  • KS1-3 History: Local history study
  • KS2 Science: Identify and describe the functions of different parts of flowering plants
  • KS3 History: Development of Church, state and society in Britain
  • KS3 Religious Education: How and why individuals and communities express the meanings of their beliefs and values 
  • KS4 Religious Education: Investigate and analyse the beliefs and practices of religions

Free self-led visits

Immerse your class in the history of Mount Grace Priory, from medieval origins to a successful monastery, to a family home. Learn about the life of Carthusian monks in the reconstructed monk's cell, tour the Arts & Crafts manor house, looking out for William Morris designs, and explore the beautiful gardens. Our new Teacher's kit is designed to help you plan your trip, with useful information and ideas for activities and learning opportuinities before, during and after your visit. 

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Learn more

Do you know your Carthusians from your Benedictines? Learn about the differences betweent the four major monastic movements: the Benedictines, Cluniacs, Carthusians and Cistercians, in this short animation.

Plan Your Trip

We have a wide range of materials to support your visit and make school trip planning easy. You can find all our site-specific information and tools below, and further information on our what to expect page.

Download our free resources to help you make the most out of your visit and create unique learning experiences before, during and after your trip. We also offer free planning visits once you have made a booking, plus a 20% discount on the official English Heritage guidebook for your place of choice.

Once you book your visit you’ll be sent a visit permit, which you’ll need to bring with you on the day.

Visit our bookings page to start planning your trip!

  • Facilities
    • PARKING: The car park is 40m from the entrance via a sloping tarmac drive. Disabled visitors maybe set down nearer the entrance on request. There is a small charge to use this facility. Please note that due to space, all coaches must arrive in the car park before 10:30am. Drop-offs cannot be facilitated. 
    • TOILETS: Toilets, including accessible toilets are located in the entrance building.
    • LUNCH: The Orchard Café on site sells hot and cold drinks and a selection of snacks. Picnics are welcome in the grounds.
    • SHOP: A gift shop is available selling food, souvenirs, and a very good selection of heritage related books.
    • STORAGE: Unfortunately there are no facilities available.
  • Hazard Information

    A useful tool to help with your risk assessments. 


    You must meet the following ratios for leaders to students on the day of your visit when booking, and if your group is forming smaller groups while at the site:

    • Ages 4-5 (UK Reception) 1 leader for every 4 students (1:4)
    • Ages 5-7 (UK Key Stage 1) 1 leader for every 6 students (1:6)
    • Ages 7-11 (UK Key Stage 2) 1 leader for every 10 students (1:10) and
    • Ages 11-18 (UK Key Stages 3, 4, and 5) 1 leader for every 15 students (1:15)
    • For an adult learning group, consisting of individuals all over the age of 18, there are no ratios but there must be an appointed group leader
    • All ratios outlined above apply to home education groups
    • If your group consists of children aged 3 and/or 4, you must also refer to the Early Years and Foundation Stage Statutory Framework which sets out specific legal requirements for minimum ratios for this age group, to include requirements about the qualifications of the leaders
    • SEND groups must meet the minimum ratios above but may bring any additional leaders as required to adequately support their group
  • Education Site Opening Times

    We offer free self-led education visits during school term time*

    *Free education visits are not offered on UK public holidays or during the operation of additional fee paying public events at English Heritage sites.

    • April-October: Monday-Sunday 10-5pm
    • November-February: Saturday-Sunday 10-4pm
    • March: Wednesday-Sunday 10-4pm 

Learning Resources

  • Mount Grace Priory, House and Gardens Teachers' Kit (KS1-KS4+)

    Our Teachers’ Kits feature historical information and activity suggestions for group leaders of various subjects and key stages.

  • Teaching Medieval History

    Use historical information, learning activities and tips from our historians, curators and educational experts to support your teaching of medieval history.

  • A Mini Guide to Medieval Monks

    Find out more about different medieval monastic orders with our short animation.

  • Postcard from Mount Grace Priory, House and Gardens

    Take to the skies above Mount Grace Priory, House and Gardens to discover the site and its surroundings.