What to expect from your education visit
We're looking forward to welcoming schools back to our sites this September. We want to reassure you that we're following Government guidance to make your trip as safe and enjoyable as possible, and to ensure your students achieve their learning objectives.
We'll be taking bookings from 31st August and as normal, you need to book at least 7 days in advance and check our Terms and Conditions. During your visit you'll need to follow the measures we've put in place for everyone's safety.
Don't forget we have a wide range of teaching resources for you to download and use on your visit, as well as back in the classroom.
What's in place
Although things might be a little different when you visit, you’ll still be able to enjoy exploring the places where history happened with your class.
Right now, staff and volunteers across the country are working hard to adapt our sites for reopening. We’re introducing a range of measures to help adhere to social distancing guidelines and hygiene standards and support your group on a site visit.
- Our site staff have been trained in hygiene and social distancing and provided with the necessary PPE.
- Where required, some sites will have markers on the ground to help visitors maintain a safe distance. Some sites will be using one way systems and may have different entrances/exits for education group visits.
- We have installed new welcome information and site-specific sign posts to guide you on your visit.
- We have increased site cleaning and disinfecting regimes including regular cleaning and disinfecting of education rooms and bag storage facilities before and after each group. Toilets are monitored hourly and cleaned/disinfected as required.
- There may be screens in place if we can’t separate visitors from staff.
- Hand sanitisers will be in use across sites.
- Barriers will be in place to help social distancing, particularly in queuing areas such as toilets and admission areas.
- Takeaway catering options will be available at some sites.
- 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. clothes 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.
We’re limiting the number of education visitors at our sites to help everyone follow social distancing guidelines. All visit requests will be managed on a first come first served basis.
To help keep all our education visitors, volunteers and staff safe, we have had to make changes at some of our sites. There may be different routes to follow, and some parts of a site might not be open. Group sizes in education rooms, lunch spaces and bag storage facilities may be limited at certain sites. Please be as accurate as possible when providing us with details of your group learners and leaders so we can plan how best to accommodate your group on site.
Keep an eye on our schools visit pages as we'll be updating them with the changes we're making to keep everyone safe in the coming weeks.
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.
Once your booking is confirmed, we recommend 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. Simply go to the webpage of the site you want to visit and in the book tickets section select the ‘Corporate - Member Admission’ ticket option.
You won’t be able to get in to our sites unless you have pre-booked your free planning visit tickets and have your education booking permit with you to show a member of staff on entry.
For full details on which sites are open and how to book find out more.
Please make sure you have read our education visit Terms and Conditions ahead of your visit.
Our wide range of free downloadable resources have been developed by our team of qualified teachers, educational experts and historians, and have been designed to support learners of all ages and abilities whether you’re looking for activity ideas to further your learning on site, for pre-visit learning in the classroom or for at home learning. Some activities at our sites may not be possible given the changes we’ve had to make for your safety.
Due to the nature of our Discovery Visits, we're currently reviewing what can safely be delivered and therefore they may look a little different. Before you book on the 31st August, our schools webpages will be updated to outline any changes we've had to make.
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.
- Please respect Government and site guidelines on social distancing and hygiene.
- Face coverings are not mandatory (apart from on some on-site visitor transport at Stonehege, Osborne and Dover – please check in advance). Where this applies, U11s are exempt but others should bring their own face covering with them.
- Toilets are available at some of our sites, but please stringently follow social distancing and 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.
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.