St Peter's Church, Barton-upon-Humber

School Visits

This fascinating building houses a fabulous collection of burials dating from Saxon to Victorian times. The building itself has a Saxon tower and was expanded during the Norman and Medieval periods. You can trace the outline of the development from inside, with previous wall and roof levels being clearly visible. A visit here would help bring both history and science topics to life for most Key stages.

“Fitted in with everything we are doing on the subject”

Teacher, KS2

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Curriculum Links

Support your teaching in the classroom by stepping out of it. A visit to Saint Peter’s Church, Barton will help you bring learning to life, covering multiple topics across the curriculum and key stages.

  • KS1 History: Significant places in the locality
  • KS2 History: Britain’s settlement by the Anglo-Saxons. Local history study
  • KS2 Science: Animals including humans
  • KS3 History: Local history study
  • KS3 Science: Skeletal and muscular systems, nutrition and digestion,
  • KS4 History: Change and continuity over all periods covered. One site in historical context
  • KS4 Science: AQA Biology: infection and response. Health, disease and development of medicines.
  • KS5 History: OCR unit 1: Anglo Saxon England and the Norman conquest. The Early Anglo Saxons
  • KS5 Science: AQA Organisms respond to external and internal changes. Cambridge International A Level: Organisms in their environment.
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Free Self-Led Visits


Book a free self-led visit to St Peter’s Church, Barton and organise your day to suit your curriculum objectives.

See if your pupils can identify the different building phases in the Saxon tower and find all the carved faces watching them from above.

Don’t miss the bone displays which show differing burial practices and the effect of disease on bones throughout a range of time periods.


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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
    • PARKING: No parking on site but pupils can be dropped off outside. No coach park in Barton but lots of roadside parking space available.
    • TOILETS: One accessible toilet
    • LUNCH: Yes but no tables and chairs.
    • SHOP:  Small shop at the entrance. Please visit in small groups.
    • EDUCATION ROOM or BAG STORAGE: No education room but space for working can be made available and bags can be stored.
    • ACCESSIBILITY: Floor surfaces are uneven.
    • WET WEATHER: The site is undercover.
  • 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.

    • March-October: Friday-Sunday 10-3pm
    • November-February: No bookings can be taken at the current time

Learning Resources

  • Teaching Medieval History

    Use historical information, learning activities and tips from our historians, curators and educational experts to support your teaching of medieval history.

  • The Story of England: Medieval Religion

    Learn about the re-organisation of the Church in England by William the Conqueror in 1066, and how this affected religion throughout the Medieval period. 

  • English Heritage Podcast- Curating human remains at St Peter’s Church

    St Peter's Church at Barton-on-the-Humber in north Lincolnshire is home to a large collection of human bones stored in its ossuary. Joining us to reveal the story of the church, its ossuary, and the human remains housed here are Senior Curator Kevin Booth and Human Skeletal Biologist at Historic England, Dr Simon Mays.

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