Please feel free to visit the Museum individually, to discuss what you need and what can be offered on a visit, to obtain information on the museum, familiarise yourself with the collections and discover ways in which the Museum can support sections of the National Curriculum. This can include specific historical topics or periods and also thematic subjects such as art & design, textiles, technology, literature etc. The Museum welcomes enquiries from teachers to support the National Curriculum. This can include specific historical topics and thematic subjects. If you think we can help, please contact us!
Useful Information for individual or class projects – e.g. use of War Memorials, The National Archives , Commonwealth War Graves Commission, local Libraries and County Records Offices and sources for family history/genealogical research etc.
Access and Special Educational Needs– At the moment the museum is only partially accessible to wheelchairs. The Education Room, is on ground level but access is across a cobbled surface. There is a small step at the Museum entrance, but staff will provide assistance and the ground floor of the Regimental Museum can accommodate wheelchairs.
Teaching space – Sessions at the Museum are provided in the Museum’s exhibition galleries and in the English Heritage Education Base (all in the Inner Ward at the Castle). The Education base will comfortably accommodate a class size group of up to 30 with staff. Each of the two Museum gallery areas can accommodate a class size group, but at certain times of the year, especially between March and October the Castle and Museum can be very busy.
Coach/minibus parking is available close by on Devonshire Walk car park on the west side of the Castle, or Bitts Park to the east; there is a coach drop-off point at Tullie House Museum opposite the Castle and access to the Castle is via the underpass at the same location. Disabled parking is available in the Castle for cars and small minibuses only. Could recommend train – providing an all-round experience for kids by taking the train – recreating the WWII experience?
Toilets and disabled toilet are available on site in the Inner Ward. Space can be made available for classes to have a packed lunch or picnic on site.
Lunch/eating facilities – space to picnic in good weather is available with picnic tables. In cold, wet or inclement weather the education room can be used. There is no café provision on site. A range of hot & cold drinks, ice-cream etc. is available from the English Heritage Shop.
Shop – there is a small shop stocking a range of publications (many relating to WWI and WWII) . Are their cheap souvenirs for kids to buy?? Museum has a shop selling a range of publications (many relating to WW1 & WW2), a range of Mem-Pack historical reproduction papers and documents relating to WW1 & WW2, souvenirs etc.
For a specific taught session with handling collections the Museum charges a fee of £50 per session. Visits by the Curator/Member of the Museum Staff to schools are charged pro rata on a daily rate of £160 plus travel costs @ 25p per mile.
Contact the Museum to arrange and plan the visit
A English Heritage Site Booking form is required which we can send by post or email, or you can access online but PLEASE let us know when you have completed this.
Educational visits should be booked at least 14 days or more in advance.