Plan Your School Visit

Why bring your class to Hartlebury?

Hartlebury is full of potential for learning and creativity. A visit can bring learning to life by providing sensory experiences of handling real objects, looking at genuine works of art and artefacts and exploring an historic building. All of our activities are led by experienced staff and support specific schemes of work whilst also helping pupils to make cross-curricular links between different subject areas. Following their visit, pupils could be encouraged to create a poster, a piece of artwork, design a museum leaflet or produce a piece of drama or poetry based on their experiences of Hartlebury. They could even create their own museum in their classroom!

Preparing to Visit

Careful preparation and follow-up are essential if the visit is to provide a learning experience rather than just a day out.

  • Contact the museum to check availability on your preferred date, when we can provide an outline of museum admission and activity costs. Free preliminary visits for teachers are available (highly recommended).
  • Please inform us if any of your pupils have specific learning needs as we can tailor activities to suit your pupils.
  • We request a supervision ratio of 1 adult to every 10 children, 1 to 6 for very young children.
  • Museum Shop “Goody Bags” can be ordered and purchased prior to your visit, which can help if you are short on time. A selection of items to the value of £1.00 or £2.00 can be arranged for each child ready for collection at the end of your visit.
  • A timetable of your visit, including any special arrangements, will be sent to you prior to your visit.

Facilities and General Information

  • Toilets are available in the Museum Reception Building and in a separate block next to the main Museum. Disabled facilities can be found in both locations.
  • The museum building can be accessed by use of the lift or stairs.
  • There are two lunch rooms available for school use. One or both of these will be allocated to your group on booking, depending on the duration of your visit and size of your group.
  • There is both a museum cafe and shop on site. The shop contains a selection of gifts suitable for your pupils' pockets.
  • We require a minimum of 3 working days' notice to cancel your visit to Hartlebury. In the event of this notice not being given (with the exception of inclement weather), admission charges will be waived but session and role-play fees will still be charged.

To Book

The Learning Team can provide further information via Teachers' Packs and ideas for pre- and post-visit activities if required. Please contact them on: 01299 250416 or email

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