Rushton Triangular Lodge

School Visits

This super Tudor Folly was built by the father of one of the Gunpowder plotters in the 1590’s as an expression of his Catholic faith. How many combinations of three, representing the holy trinity, can your students find as they look around?

“The trip gave the pupils a fantastic opportunity to embrace their local history."

Teacher, KS2

Curriculum Links

Support your teaching in the classroom by stepping out of it. A visit to Rushton Triangular Lodge will help you bring learning to life, covering multiple topics across the curriculum and key stages.

  • KS1 History: significant historical events, people and places in the locality
  • KS2 History: study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupil’s chronological knowledge beyond 1066, a local history study
  • KS3 History: The Development of Church, State and Society in Medieval Britain 1509-1745, A local history study
  • KS4 History: Early Modern History, OCR History A: Study of the Historic Environment, OCR History B: History around us, AQA Section B: British Depth Studies – Elizabethan England
  • KS5 History: AQA A/AS level Unit2B: Tudor England, Religious Conflict and the Church of England

Free Self-Led Visits

Book a free self-led visit to Rushton Triangular Lodge and organise your day to suit your curriculum objectives.

The Lodge was built by Sir Thomas Tresham, a Roman Catholic who was imprisoned for fifteen years in the late 16th century for refusing to become a Protestant.When he was released in 1593, he designed the Lodge to publicly show his faith.

His belief in the Holy Trinity can be seen everywhere in the Lodge by looking for the number three: how many can your students spot?

This site is currently only open at weekends but will consider a school visit mid-week if staff are available. Please contact bookings who will contact the Educational Visits Officer to arrange.

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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: There is no parking for coaches, but students can be dropped off and picked up from the site.
    • TOILETS: None on site.
    • LUNCH: No undercover space but picnics welcome.
    • SHOP: There is a small shop on site. Please visit in small groups.
    • EDUCATION ROOM or BAG STORAGE: No education room or bag storage on site.
    • ACCESSIBILITY: No access for wheelchairs.
    • WET WEATHER: The site is mostly undercover but cannot provide undercover space for lunch.
  • 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.

    • 1 April-3 November: Friday-Sunday 10-4pm
    • 4 November-31 March: No bookings can be taken at the current time

Learning Resources

  • Teaching Tudors and Stuarts

    This guide to teaching Tudors and Stuarts includes advice from our educational experts and historians as well as suggested activities to try with your students in the classroom or on a school trip.