Marble Hill House


Set against the River Thames in Richmond, Marble Hill is a beautiful example of an arcadian retreat  from crowded 18th-century London. It was built for Henrietta Howard, a remarkable Georgian woman who against all odds built herself an independent life.

Information about your visit

Our number one priority remains the health, safety and security of all of our visitors, staff and volunteers. Our staff are still working hard to keep everyone safe and make sure you and your group have an enjoyable visit.

You and your group don’t need to have a COVID Pass to visit, but please don’t visit if you or any of your group have symptoms of Covid-19, have tested positive or if you’ve been asked to self-isolate. We’ll always follow the latest government guidance, and if anything changes we’ll update this page to let you know our plans.

Important information to consider before you book:

  • Face coverings are now legally required in all our indoor public places, including our visitor centres, shops, on all on-site transport, and in our cafes except when you are eating or drinking (unless exempt)
  • To keep everyone safe we’re continuing to limit visitor numbers at some sites and in some indoor spaces. Please book as soon as possible to secure your preferred trip date and times.
  • In order to process your enquiry as quickly as possible, please ensure you have provided the following information, or have this information ready when you speak to one of our advisers: visit arrival and departure time; age range of the group; subject(s) to be studied; learning objective; number of learners and leaders; name of trip organiser; name of trip leader; SEND requirements. Go to our bookings page to make an enquiry or update an existing booking.
  • Find out more about what to expect on your school visit and make sure you download our COVID risk assessments; download a free copy of managing education visits during the pandemic and if you're participating in a Discovery Visit download our managing Discovery Visits during the pandemic risk assessment
  • To make the planning process as easy as possible, make sure you check our Plan Your School Trip section at the bottom of this page, for updated information on the facilities at the site as well as our free resources.
  • You’ll need to book your visit at least 14 days in advance. Please check our terms and conditions for full details.
  • Although is it not a requirement, any teachers, parents, or students aged 16 years can check in via the NHS Test and Trace app, using the NHS QR code posters displayed at the site entrance. Please factor this into your travel/arrival time. For more information about how we are handling your personal data for NHS Test and Trace please visit this page.

At some sites you might not be able to use our handling collections or costumes as part of a free self-led visit, but where we can provide hands-on items in a safe way we will. We’ve adapted our Discovery Visit workshops to keep you and your group safe at all times, but for certain sessions we’re still working on this – please check the Discovery Visit section and Facilities section on this page below for further information.

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Curriculum links

Bring learning to life outside of the classroom at Marble Hill House, with links to different subjects across the curriculum  

  • KS1 History: Local history study: significant historical events, people and places in their own locality
  • KS1 Art: Use drawing to share ideas, experiences and imagination (use the landscape as inspiration)
  • KS1 Science: Understand living things and their habitats through exploration of the grounds
  • KS2 History: Local history study: significant historical events, people and places in their own locality. A study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends students’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066
  • KS2 Art: Create sketch books to record observations and use them to review and revisit ideas (use the landscape as inspiration)
  • KS2 Science: Understand living things and their habitats through exploration of the grounds

Expert-Led Discovery Visits

Book an expert-led Discovery Visit at Marble Hill House and Orleans House Gallery, made possible thanks to funding from the National Lottery and the support of lottery players. Learn about key figure Henrietta Howard and better understand her life during the Georgian period. Students will explore the landscape of Marble Hill House with an outside tour of the grounds, learn about Henrietta through art, language and role-play, and create a clay tile inspired by their learning. 

This is a free session which has been adapted to follow health and safety guidelines and will still offer your students a quality and fun learning experience.

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Plan Your Trip

We have a wide range of materials to support your visit and make school trip planning easy. 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 for group leaders once you have made a booking. Our Education Booking Team is on hand to advise and help you create the best possible school trip to suit your needs and area of study.

  • Facilities
    • PARKING: We encourage that you visit us via public transport. Parking charges apply to non-members. Parking is free for members. There are 76 car parking spaces including three disabled spaces. Disabled visitors may be set down outside the entrance by prior arrangement. Coach space can be made available on request.
    • HOUSE: Closed for conservation until Spring 2022.
    • TOILETS: There are public toilets in the Coach House. Please ensure children are supervised.
    • LUNCH: You are welcome to picnic in the park. If you have booked a Discovery Visit, please ensure you have requested a lunch room when booking your session. There is a cafe on-site but this will be undergoing works, so please check our website for opening times.
    • STORAGE: If you have booked a Discovery Visit, storage for lunch bags can be provided while students are exploring the landscape, after which they can collect from the Coach House on their way to Orleans House Gallery. If you are visiting self-led please keep your belongings with you at all times.
    • WET WEATHER: Marble Hill House is an outside location, please come dressed for the weather. If you have booked a DV, our neighbours will do their best to find a suitable place for your group to eat their lunch.
    • ACCESSIBILITY: If you are booking a Discovery Visit, please let the bookings team know if you have any access needs. For information about access, please visit:
  • Learning Resources

    A Teachers' Kit is a free educational tool packed with everything you need to give your group a deep insight into the place you are visiting. Featuring historical information, suggestions for activities, and high-quality images, this resource is a comprehensive toolkit for group leaders of various subjects and key stages. Teachers' Kits also include key site information, facilities and plans.

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