There’s so much to see and do during a school visit to Audley End. Let your pupils discover what life was like for the people who lived and worked in this noble 17th century mansion, complete with Victorian Service Wing, Nursery and Stables. Explore the extensive grounds and enjoy the award-winning gardens that were remodelled by Capability Brown.
This imposing 17th century mansion provides fabulous education opportunities for pupils. Key curriculum links include:
- KS1 History: Significant historical events, people and places in their own locality
- KS1-3 History: A local history study
- KS1-2 Science: Audley End House has a large expanse of formal gardens and parkland to explore. There is also a walled kitchen garden and with greenhouses, which grows a variety of plants, fruit and vegetables
- KS1-4 History: There is a strong collection Royal portraiture on display, with many monarchs being represented, such as Henry VIII and George III
- KS1-4 Art & Design: There is an impressive collection of Old Master paintings and portrait miniatures in the House
- KS2 History: Study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066
- KS3 History: The development of Church, state and society in Britain 1509 - 1745
Free Self-Led Visits
Enjoy a free self-led visit and experience parts of the beautiful 17th century mansion, service wing, kitchen garden and grounds. Say hello to our resident horses in the stable block and visit the Coal Gallery, once a hive of activity, as we recreate the hustle and bustle of servants' daily routines. Use our new outdoor learning kit for KS1-4 to explore the different species of trees around the estate and understand how and why the gardens were created. We also offer free planning visits for group leaders once you have made a booking.Enquire now
Expert-Led Discovery Visits
Learn about the life of a Victorian servant: explore the service wing of Audley End and meet Mrs Warwick, housekeeper to the Braybrooke family. To enhance your learning experience, students (and teachers!) are encouraged to come dressed in Victorian costumes.Find out more
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!
Audley End House and Gardens Teachers' Resource Pack (KS1-KS2)
Use the historical information and sources in this pack to learn more about Audley End's story.
Audley End House and Gardens Timeline (KS1-KS2)
Chart the history of Audley End House and Gardens with our timeline.
Audley End House Top Things to See (KS1-KS2)
Use our Top Things to See self-led tour to discover the rooms and collections at Audley End House.
Audley End House and Gardens Teachers' Activity Ideas (KS1-KS2)
Our suggested activities support learning before, during and after your visit to Audley End House and Gardens.
Audley End House and Gardens Outdoor Learning Kit (KS1-KS4)
Use our Outdoor Learning Kit to explore the variety of outdoor spaces at Audley End.
Teaching the Victorians
Use historical information, learning activities and tips from our historians, curators and educational experts to support your teaching of the Victorians.
Curators' Collections: Audley End
Explore objects from our collections at Audley End House to learn more about discoveries, changing fashions and developments over 400 years.
Meet a Victorian Cook
Meet Avis Crocombe, the cook at Audley End House, to discover more about Victorian kitchens in a country house.
Driving a Cart - The Victorian Way
Find out how Emily Justice, Lady Braybrooke's personal maid, used a horse-drawn cart to carry out errands around Audley End.
A Tour of the Laundry
Join Mrs Warwick, the housekeeper at Audley End, on a tour of the laundry to find out more about life in the Service Wing.
Laying the Table - The Victorian Way
Mr Lincoln, the butler, is preparing for Christmas at Audley End. Can you lay the table ready for the festive season in a grand country house?
Homes Through History: Audley End
Meet Pawel, a member of the Cichociemni, the Polish Section of the Special Operations Executive, who trained at Audley End during the Second World War.
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If you’d like more information about a site or one of our workshops, get in touch using the online form on our bookings page to speak to your local Education Visits Officer. We look forward to seeing you soon.