Witley Court and Gardens

Schools

Once staffed by over 100 servants and host to lavish parties, Witley Court was accidentally burned to a roofless shell in 1937. Today, it is a spectacular ruin hinting at past grandeur, with vast grounds and woodlands to explore. 

Information about your visit

A visit to one of our sites will inspire your students and bring your teaching to life. We'd like to reassure you that we're following Government guidance to make your trip as safe and enjoyable as possible. 

Important information to consider before you book:

  • To keep everyone safe we’ve introduced limits on visitor numbers and school groups, so please bear this in mind when booking your trip.
  • Find out more about what to expect on your school visit, which also includes our Covid 19 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.
  • As usual, you’ll need to book your visit at least 14 days in advance. Please check our Terms and Conditions for full details.

We’re continually updating our education offer in line with government guidance.  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 follow government guidelines, but for certain sessions this hasn’t been possible – please check our schools webpages for further information.

There may be areas of our sites which are closed, so please check what’s available for your school group on our property webpages and with our booking team.  They can put you in touch with our Education Visits Officers who can offer help and guidance, so you can make the most of your school trip.

Curriculum links

A visit to Witley Court offers cross curriculum links across the key stages:

  • KS1 History: Significant historical events, people and places in their own locality
  • KS1 Science: Identify and name a variety of common wild and garden plants, including deciduous and evergreen trees, identify and describe the basic structure of a variety of common flowering plants, including trees. Identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited, identify and name a variety of plants and animals in their habitats, including microhabitats
  • KS2 History: A local history study. A study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066
  • KS2 Science: Working scientifically. Identify and name a variety of living things in the local and wider environment
  • KS3 History: A local history study. Challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 to the present day

Free Self-led Visits

Book a free self-led visit to Witley Court and organise your day to suit your curriculum objectives. Discover the beautiful shell of this colossal Victorian country house mansion, with its sweeping driveway, impressive architecture and fountains. Explore the vast grounds, including gardens and woodland, to study a range of plants, wildlife and habitats.

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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: Parking charges apply to non-members. The car park has over 100 spaces (including an overflow car park) and is adjacent to the visitor centre (approx. 500 metres from the house). There are four coach bays available. Please note: There is no off-site parking available.
    • LUNCH: You are welcome to bring a picnic to eat in the grounds. There is a picnic area with tables next to the visitor centre. Hot and cold drinks are available from the visitor centre.
    • SHOP: The shop will be open. Please bring your students in supervised small groups.
    • TOILETS: Male, female and disabled toilets are located next to the visitor centre. Please be aware that there are no facilities at the house. Additional hand sanitising stations will be available on site.
    • GARDENS: The grounds at Witley Court extend over 40 acres and include a lake, woodland, wilderness and formal gardens. Please note the play area is currently closed.
    • FACE COVERINGS: Face coverings must be worn in all indoor public spaces, including in our exhibitions, shops, cafés and tea rooms. We won’t be able to give you a face covering, so please come prepared so you don’t miss out.
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  • School visits academic year 2020-21

    Education bookings are now open and can make provisional bookings for visits from September 2020 to March 2021. Due to the current situation we can’t answer calls as quickly as we’d like to. If you’d like more information about a site, email us and we’ll put you in touch with an Education Visits Officer, or if you’d like to book a visit you can use our online booking form. 

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