Apsley House

School Visits

"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.

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

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. Use one of our free Apsley House Classroom Kits themed around the Battle of Waterloo to help you make the most out of your visit. See the resources section below for more information.

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Expert-led School Visits

Our award winning expert-led Discovery Visits are interactive, hands-on and immersive. At just £100 per session per class 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.

  • 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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Plan Your Trip

  • Facilities
    • Education room available which offers bag storage
    • No parking available on site but there are excellent transport links nearby, including Hyde Park Corner Underground and several bus stops
    • On-site gift shop
    • Toilets facilities available in the house. Please note, the house does not have disabled toilets
  • Apsley House Classroom Kit

    Our exclusive Apsley House Classroom Kit is filled with handling objects and resources designed to enhance your pre-visit learning using historically rooted objects. The kit is themed to support your study around the Battle of Waterloo but can also help you cover many cross-curricular topics. Get in touch with our bookings team for more information and to book this free resource. 

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