Bring history to life for your pupils with a visit to Gainsborough Old Hall. As one of the best preserved Tudor manor houses in the country, pupils can step into the shoes of the people who lived and worked there. By taking part in our hands-on Discovery Visit they will prepare a feast fit for Henry VIII and experience life in a Tudor household.
Support your teaching in the classroom by stepping out of it. A visit to Gainsborough Old Hall will help you bring learning to life as well as cover multiple topics and key stages.
- KS1 History: Significant historical events, people and places in their own locality
- KS2 History: A study of an aspect of history or a site dating from a period beyond 1066 that is significant in the locality
- KS3 History: The development of Church, state and society in Britain 1509-1745
- KS3 History: A study over time, testing how far sites in their locality reflect aspects of national history
Free Self-Led Visits
Enjoy a free self-led visit to Gainsborough Old Hall and experience over 500 years of history. Explore the vast kitchen, where grand feasts would have been prepared and then admire the great hall with its ornate wooden ceiling, where they would have been enjoyed. Explore the rest of the Old Hall and discover how this incredible building has changed over time and been used in many different ways, ranging from a beer hall to a cinema!Enquire now
Expert-Led Discovery Visits
Immerse your students in the history of Gainsborough Old Hall during an expert-led Discovery Visit. At just £100 per group per session, it's a great way to delve deeper into Tudor life and experience Henry VIII's court. Pupils will take part in hands-on activities, try on costumes and learn more about the people who lived and worked here.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!
Gainsborough Old Hall Top Things to See (KS2)
Use our Top Things to See trail to discover the key features and stories at Gainsborough Old Hall.
Teaching Tudors and Stuarts
Use historical information, learning activities and tips from our historians, curators and educational experts to support your teaching of the Tudors and Stuarts.
Meet a Tudor Cook
Join cook Thomas Griffin as he prepares for a great feast and find out more about what the Tudors ate.
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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.