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.
Please be assured our staff are still working hard to keep everyone safe and we continue to keep a range of measures in place, such as limited capacity in some indoor spaces, to make sure you and your group have an enjoyable visit. 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. Our staff are still working hard to keep everyone safe and make sure you and your group have an enjoyable visit. We’re continuing with enhanced cleaning and you’ll still find hand sanitiser stations and screens in place on site. Some of our interiors will also still have managed capacities. You can also help us keep you and others safe by not visiting if you or any of your group have symptoms of Covid 19 or have been asked to self-isolate.
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.
- Our staff are continuing to wear a face covering in our busy areas and indoor spaces, and we encourage you and your group to do the same where possible.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
North West, North East & Hadrian's Wall
- Aydon Castle, Northumberland
- Barnard Castle, Durham
- Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens, Northumberland
- Berwick-upon-Tweed Barracks and Main Guard, Northumberland
- Brinkburn Priory, Northumberland
- Dunstanburgh Castle, Northumberland
- Etal Castle, Northumberland
- Lindisfarne Priory, Northumberland
- Prudhoe Castle, Northumberland
- Tynemouth Priory, Tyne and Wear
- Warkworth Castle, Northumberland
- Beeston Castle and Woodland Park, Cheshire
- Brougham Castle, Cumbria
- Carlisle Castle, Cumbria
- Furness Abbey, Cumbria
- Lanercost Priory, Cumbria
Yorkshire & Humber
- Aldborough Roman Site, North Yorkshire
- Brodsworth Hall and Gardens, Yorkshire
- Conisbrough Castle, South Yorkshire
- Kirkham Priory, North Yorkshire
- Middleham Castle, North Yorkshire
- Mount Grace Priory, North Yorkshire
- Pickering Castle, North Yorkshire
- Richmond Castle, North Yorkshire
- Rievaulx Abbey, North Yorkshire
- Roche Abbey, South Yorkshire
- Scarborough Castle, North Yorkshire
- St Peter's Church, North Lincolnshire
- Whitby Abbey, North Yorkshire
Midlands & East
- Ashby de la Zouch Castle, Leicestershire
- Bolsover Castle, Derbyshire
- Boscobel House and the Royal Oak, Shropshire
- Goodrich Castle, Herefordshire
- Hailes Abbey, Gloucestershire
- Kenilworth Castle and Elizabethan Garden, Warwickshire
- Kirby Hall, Northamptonshire
- Kirby Muxloe Castle, Leicestershire
- Lyddington Bede House, Leicestershire
- Peveril Castle, Derbyshire
- Wenlock Priory, Shropshire
- Witley Court, Worcestershire
- Wroxeter Roman City, Shropshire
London & South East
- Apsley House, London
- Eltham Palace, London
- Jewel Tower, London
- Kenwood House, London
- Marble Hill House, London
- Wellington Arch, London
- 1066 Battle of Hastings Abbey and Battlefield, East Sussex
- Deal Castle, Kent
- Dover Castle, Kent
- Home of Charles Darwin - Down House, Kent
- Lullingstone Roman Villa, Kent
- Medieval Merchant's House, Hampshire
- Pevensey Castle, East Sussex
- Portchester Castle, Hampshire
- Richborough Roman Fort and Amphitheatre, Kent
- St Augustine's Abbey, Kent
- Walmer Castle and Gardens, Kent
Isle of Wight
- Berry Pomeroy Castle, Devon
- Cleeve Abbey, Somerset
- Dartmouth Castle, Devon
- Farleigh Hungerford Castle, Somerset
- Muchelney Abbey, Somerset
- Okehampton Castle, Devon
- Old Sarum, Wiltshire
- Old Wardour Castle, Wiltshire
- Pendennis Castle, Cornwall
- Portland Castle, Dorset
- Restormel Castle, Cornwall
- Sherborne Old Castle, Dorset
- St Mawes Castle, Cornwall
- Stonehenge, Wiltshire
- Tintagel Castle, Cornwall
- Totnes Castle, Devon
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.