All Museum Visits include use of the marquee or the learning room for lunch.

Planning Your Visit


You are welcome to visit the Museum before you bring your class. If you would like to speak to the Learning & Engagement Co-ordinator at this time, please contact us on in advance to arrange a convenient time to meet.

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 We are here to ensure your pupils enjoy their visit and stay safe.


We recommend that you have one adult helper per six children so as to ensure effective use of the galleries and adequate supervision. We ask that adults supervise their groups at all times. Responsibility for the group remains with the teacher in charge.

It is also helpful if you have already split your group into the required number of smaller groups prior to the visit and each supervising adult knows where they are scheduled to be throughout the visit.

Coaches and Parking

Coaches can set down and pick up outside the Museum in Priory Avenue. To avoid the school party crossing the road, the coach driver should pull up on the Museum side of the road. Our small, free car park with a disabled parking space is suitable for cars and minibuses. A drop off point provides easier access to the museums entrance.

To avoid walking through the Museum car park, please access the Museum and  Learning Rooms from the sign-posted footpath half way up the drive.

While You’re Here


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 10am; 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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