"Number One London": a Regency masterpiece, a political seat, a metropolitan mansion, a treasure trove of artwork and artefacts, a home. Apsley House is a central London landmark boasting diverse learning opportunities.

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curriculum links

The education offer at 'Number One London' covers multiple subjects, including: 

  • KS3: Ideas, political power, industry and Empire: Britain 1745-1901
  • KS1-3: A local history study
  • KS1: Significant historical events, people and places in your own locality. The lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements
  • KS2: The achievements of the earliest civilisations – Ancient Egypt
  • Plus KS1-2 Language & Literacy, KS1-4: Art & Design, KS2-3 Design & Technology, KS3 Citizenship
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free school visits

The home of the first Duke of Wellington and his descendants, Apsley House offers a unique learning experience for school groups. The house and its stunning interiors provides a unique insight into Regency aristocratic life in London, whilst the artwork and artefacts reveal the clash of Empires which helped define modern Europe at the Battle of Waterloo.

New for 2016, borrow one of our free Apsley House Classroom Kits developed in line with the National Curriculum, themed around the Battle of Waterloo. A fantastic hands-on pre-visit resource to prepare you and your class for a Free Education Visit to Apsley House. Please see the resources section below for more information.


Contents of the free Waterloo 200 loan box for schools

Facilities for Learning Groups

  • A dedicated education room offers bag storage for your visit.
  • There is no parking on site but there are excellent transport links nearby, including Hyde Park Corner Underground and several bus stops.
  • There is an on site gift shop.
  • Male and female toilets are available in the house. Please note, the house does not have disabled toilets.

Expert-Led School Visits

Our award winning expert-led Discovery Visits are interactive, hands-on and immersive. At just £100 per session per class at selected sites, these visits are delivered by our site staff and volunteers with knowledge and expertise across the curriculum, and have been specifically designed to meet the needs of different groups across the key stages.

Call our education bookings team for more information or to book on 0370 333 0606

  • What's in a Face? A portrait tells much more than simply what a person looked like. Discover and explore the hidden information from the outsanding art collection at Apsley House, as well as learning about face mapping and shading. National Curriculum links include a local History Study and Art. All materials are provided. Suitable for KS1 and KS2. Duration: 1.5 hours

  • Downstairs Diary: It's the children's' first day as servants to the Duke. Mrs Perkins, his housekeeper, is on hand to tell them what their jobs
    will be and how she expects them to behave. Find out if you have what it takes to work below stairs in a grand house! National Curriculum links include a local History Study, English, Drama and Role Play. Suitable for KS2.
    Duration:1.5 hours

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Apsley House Classroom Kit

Our exclusive Apsley House Classroom Kit is filled with handling objects and resources which will enrich your visit to Apsley House as well as enhancing your lessons beforehand using historically rooted objects. The theme of the kit is the Battle of Waterloo, however your lessons will not be limited to this subject, with many cross-curricular topics included in the exciting and engaging lesson suggestions which are all prepared for you.

Use our kit before your Free Education Visit to Apsley House to bring your lessons to life whilst introducing handling objects in the classroom.

Please email for more information

Contents of the free Waterloo 200 Loan Box for schools

Open from April until November school groups.

Please contact the Education Bookings Team on 0370 333 0606 for available school visit dates.

Learn With Us

Learn more about the history of Apsley House to enhance your school visit experience.

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