Facilities

Site Map

Indoor Facilities

  • Museum Building
  • Galleries
  • Victorian Kitchen
  • Learning Rooms
  • Windsor Chair Cafe & Shop
  • Toilets (including accessible toilet & baby change)

Outdoor Facilities

  • Gardens
  • Sensory Garden
  • Motte
  • Marquee
  • Picnic Benches & Outdoor Seating

Health & Safety

To help you plan your visit, please download our school risk assessment here.

Copies of our Public Liability Insurance cover and Child Protection Policy are available on request. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us on info@wycombemuseum.org. We are here to ensure your pupils enjoy their visit and stay safe.

Indoors

Museum Building

Wycombe Museum’s main building houses our galleries, cafe & shop, and toilets. Also known as Castle Hill House, the oldest parts of the building date back to the late 1600s, with the most recent parts added on around 1910.

Galleries

Wycombe Museum looks after collections totalling over 20,000 items of Social History, Furniture, Art and Photographs. The artefacts, belonging to Buckinghamshire Council and cared for by Wycombe Museum, represent High Wycombe and the surrounding area (formerly Wycombe District). This area covers Marlow, Stokenchurch, Princes Risborough and the surrounding villages. The collection includes objects dating from prehistoric times through to the present day, with the majority dating from around the 1850s onwards.

Victorian Kitchen

This is the old kitchen from when Catle Hill House was a family home. It remains largely how it was from 1881 to 1909 when it was used by the servants of the Peace family. 

Learning Rooms

Have your taught session delivered in a private room just for your class. Set outside of main museum building in our stable block.

Windsor Chair Cafe & Shop

THe Windsor Chair Cafe serves a variety of hot and cold drinks, cakes, sandwiches and snacks. We cater to a variety of dierty requirements.

Our large shop sells souvenirs, books and resources for project work. We also offer small pocket-money souvenirs that can be ordered in advance and collected during your visit.

Check our opening hours here.

Toilets

The Museum has four toilets. One, which is accessible for wheelchair users, is located within our shop and cafe space, with an additional two on our ground floor. Our final toilet is accessible from outside, along the path that runs along the back of the main Museum building.

With large school parties, we ask you to plan time for “toilet stops” within small supervised groups. Children must be supervised when using the toilets.

Outdoors

Gardens

Wycombe Museum’s home, Castle Hill House, is set within a big beautiful garden. We use our gardens for all manner of things – forest school, family event days, theatre and more. It’s fantastic for picnics, exploring, and finding a little bit of peace in nature so close to the town centre.

There are a number of features in our gardens that we’d love for you to enjoy when you visit.

Some parts of are garden have some steep slopes or uneven pathways that may be difficult for some to access. Check out the link below for more detailed accessibility info. Please be aware that the only dogs we only allow in our gardens are service dogs.

Sensory Garden

In Summer 2018, Wycombe Museum received funding by the #iwill programme to create a sensory garden in our grounds. #iwill is a UK-wide campaign that aims to get 6 out of 10 young people involved in social action.

Working closely with students with Special Educational Needs from of the Macintyre College Group and Mind Over Matter, an area of previously unused garden behind the motte was turned into a sensory garden full of herbs, flowers and foliage. The students worked hard in designing the space, digging, planting, and making it the lovely space it is today.

Our sensory garden was opened in July 2019, following the incredible efforts of a students of the Macintyre College Group and Mind Over Matter Garden Projects.

Motte

Explore the winding paths over our wooded motte. The Motte was listed as a Scheduled Ancient Monument by English Heritage (now Historic England) meaning it is of national importance. It was declared to be a Norman hill fortification called a Motte-and-Bailey, probably dating to the 12th century period known as The Anarchy when Stephen and Matilda contested the English throne. There are people in Wycombe who dispute this, and claim it is just a landscape gardening feature.

Marquee

 Our marquee is up on our top lawn between April and October. Have your lunch under it in good weather, or use it as a base when exploring our grounds!

 

While You’re Here

Arrivals

Please arrive 10 minutes before your programme is due to start so that the session can begin on time. When you arrive please make your way to the main Museum reception. The main Museum building opens at 11am; if you have booked a morning session a workshop leader will be waiting to greet you at the front of the Museum and direct you to the Learning Rooms.

Galleries 

The Museum building is very old and some rooms are small. Please do not let the children run or jump and please take care on the steep stairs. Please do not touch any of the objects on display unless you are invited to do so.

Lunch

In fine weather we encourage groups to picnic in the Museum Gardens. The Learning Rooms can also be booked in advance. There is a marquee up for shade and shelter in the Summer month, and bench seating is available through the gardens. It is helpful if children bring their lunch in named plastic bags. During downtime pupils remain the responsibility of the teacher in charge.

Shop

Our large shop sells souvenirs, books and resources for project work. We also offer souvenir bags that can be ordered in advance and collected during your visit.

Toilets

The Museum has four toilets. One, which is accessible for wheelchair users, is located within our shop and cafe space, with an additional two on our ground floor. Our final toilet is accessible from outside, along the path that runs along the back of the main Museum building.

With large school parties, we ask you to plan time for “toilet stops” within small supervised groups. Children must be supervised when using the toilets.

Grounds

We have beautiful grounds with lawns, a wooded motte and a sensory garden. There are some steep slopes and areas with uneven paths, so please ensure care is taken and children are not running around unsupervised.

Got a question?

Send us an enquiry form with a few details about your needs – year group, number of children, curriculum subject, anything else you want to know! Our Learning & Engagement Co-Ordinator will be in touch with you soon.

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