School Visits

Discovery Visits at Kenwood

There are three hands-on Discovery Visits to choose from that provide fun and inspiring education experiences. From exploring the creation and abolition of the transatlantic slave trade, to learning about life below stairs at Kenwood, these expert-led sessions are a great way to engage your students.

Kenwood Connections


This workshop focuses on the transatlantic slave trade and the development of the abolitionist movement through the lens of two of Kenwood’s key residents - Lord Mansfield and Dido Belle. By exploring Kenwood and its residents, students will put their ideas in context and have informed discussions about the significant individuals and groups involved in this significant moment in our history.

  • Availability: Tuesdays
  • Session lasts for 1hr 45 mins
  • £100 per session
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Keeping House: Kenwood Above and Below Stairs

Art, Drama, History
KS1, KS2

Students explore the history of Kenwood and the lives of the Mansfield family in Georgian times. They pretend to be servants, looking at the scale of the house and the symbols in the decoration, before going ‘below stairs’ to get hands-on with the day-to-day activities in Kenwood’s Old Kitchen, experiencing how much work it would have been to run a country house.

  • Availability: Tuesdays
  • Session lasts for 1hr 30mins
  • £100 per session
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Face to Face

Art, Drama, Literacy
KS1, KS2

In this workshop, students learn about the purpose, form and content of portraits and self-portraits as well as the powerful use of symbolism. Students dress up in costumes to recreate a painting, look at the work of Rembrandt, Reynolds and other renowned masters and analyse the techniques used by artists to show character and tell a story, before using what they’ve learnt to create their own self-portraits.

  • Availability: Tuesdays
  • Session lasts for 1hr 30mins
  • £100 per session
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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!

  • Facilities
    • EDUCATION CENTRE: The education room is currently unavailable. If you require indoor space for lunch, please request prior to visiting.
    • PARKING: Limited parking for cars only is available in the West Lodge CP Plus pay and display car park. Free car parking is available on Hampstead Lane.
    • TRAVEL: There are excellent public transport links with the 210 bus running a regular service to/from Archway Underground Station.
    • SHOP: The shop sells a selection of English Heritage gifts and souvenirs. Please bring your class in small groups at a time.
    • CAFE: The café offers light refreshments.
    • TOILETS: Toilet facilities are located by the café.
    • ACCESSIBILITY: There is a lift on site so both floors of the house are fully accessible. The outside paths are wheelchair accessible although these are rugged in areas. The dairy can be reached via a wood chipped path.
    • WET WEATHER: Visits to the inside of the house will not be disrupted by wet weather. The garden will be slippery in wet weather so extra care should be taken.
  • Hazard Information

    A useful tool to help with your risk assessments.


    You must meet the following ratios for leaders to students on the day of your visit when booking, and if your group is forming smaller groups while at the site:

    • Ages 4-5 (UK Reception) 1 leader for every 4 students (1:4)
    • Ages 5-7 (UK Key Stage 1) 1 leader for every 6 students (1:6)
    • Ages 7-11 (UK Key Stage 2) 1 leader for every 10 students (1:10) and
    • Ages 11-18 (UK Key Stages 3, 4, and 5) 1 leader for every 15 students (1:15)
    • For an adult learning group, consisting of individuals all over the age of 18, there are no ratios but there must be an appointed group leader
    • All ratios outlined above apply to home education groups
    • If your group consists of children aged 3 and/or 4, you must also refer to the Early Years and Foundation Stage Statutory Framework which sets out specific legal requirements for minimum ratios for this age group, to include requirements about the qualifications of the leaders
    • SEND groups must meet the minimum ratios above but may bring any additional leaders as required to adequately support their group
  • Education Site Opening Times

    We offer free self-led education visits during school term time*

    *Free education visits are not offered on UK public holidays or during the operation of additional fee paying public events at English Heritage sites.

    House Opening Times

    • April-October: Wednesday 10-5pm. Discovery Visits available on Tuesdays
    • November-March: Wednesday 10-4pm. Discovery Visits available on Tuesdays


    Grounds Opening Times

    • April-October: Monday-Sunday 7-5pm. Discovery Visits available on Tuesdays
    • November-March: Monday-Sunday 7-4pm. Discovery Visits available on Tuesdays

Planning Your Visit

Planning your visit couldn’t be easier with the help of our resources. However if you need more details or have specific questions about your trip or our Free Self-Led or Expert Led visits, please get in touch with our Education Booking Team on 0370 333 0606

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