School visits to Buckland Abbey

A group of school girls working at one of our special places

Buckland is a fantastic place for an educational visit. Whether it's Tudor history, Sir Francis Drake and his seafaring adventures, geography, art or even the outdoors, your visit can be tailored to the topic you are studying.

What happens during a visit?

Most school visits last for about 4 hours and comprise a tour with one of our Learning Assistants, an activity and time for lunch. There is also the option to watch a short film about Drake and visit the shop if you would like to.

If you would prefer to only have a tour, or you want to see about a different activity to those specified below, we can arrange this - just let us know when you book.

Children are usually split into groups of 15 for the tours - it's really helpful if you can organise this before you arrive. We ask that you bring at least 1 adult for every 10 children. The maximum group size that we can accept is 60.

You'll be based in the schoolroom for your visit where you can leave your bags safely and have your lunch.


There are three activities we offer as standard - you can choose one of these for your visit:

  • Brass rubbing - suitable for any class size, you'll use brasses to create images of Tudor figures to take away with you.
  • Costume activity - dress up as a Tudor and learn about the different outfits that would have been worn, dependent on your status in the Elizabethan times. Due to the number of costumes we have, we can offer this for a maximum of 30 students.
  • Costume talk - for larger groups, we can run a costume talk with the opportunity for a couple of children to dress up to demonstrate the costumes.

If you'd like to discuss other ideas for activities for your group, just let us know. 


The most cost effective way to pay for your visit is with an education group membership. The cost for this is based on how many students are on the school roll, and it can be used as many times as you like within a year.

Activities cost £1.50 per child. If you have requested a different activity from those listed above, there may be an additional charge.

If you only want to have a tour, the cost is £15 per guide.

Making a booking

If you would like to book, or discuss your visit further, you can give us a call on 01822 853607 or email We'll check your dates when you contact us to ensure that we can accommodate you on your preferred day, and take a few details from you. Then we will send you all of the information you need to make the most of your visit.