Learning opportunities in the Peak District

Young scout group making bird feeders

Longshaw is a fantastic place for outdoor learning in one of the most spectacular areas of the Peak District National Park. We also have a learning centre and education service to help you get the most from your visit.

Independent School Visits:

Many schools and groups visit independently and enjoy what the estate has to offer. Coach/minibus parking is limited (including pick up and drop off) and must be pre booked before your visit by calling 01433 637907. There is a £10 facilities charge for groups coming independently, payable at the cafe or the welcome building. This inculdes parking and use of toilets. If your school is an Education Group Member of the National Trust please bring and show your membership card.

Responsible visits:

The estate is made up of large areas of moorland, woodland, farmland, streams and ponds. It’s home to Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), Special protection Areas (SPA) and Special Areas for Conservation (SAC). If your visit includes any element of field work (e.g. river study, soil sampling, surveying habitats, then you must obtain permission to do so prior to your visit. Please call 01433 637907 or email mdc@peakdistrict.gov.uk.  Thank you for your sensitivity to the special nature of the site and for following the countryside code.

Moorland Discovery Centre:

The Moorland Discoery Centre is an outdoor education classroom. The centre delivers curriculum based environmental education, as well as family and community events. It can also be booked by groups who want to run their own meetings or courses. The centre is run in partnership between the National Trust and the Peak District National Park.  

Facilities include:

•    Large classroom (60 children) with coach parking
•    3 toilets (including 1 disabled)
•    Hand washing
•    Private grounds
•    Access to Longshaw Estate and Burbage Valley 
•    Bespoke programmes available 


School visits take place between 10am to 2.30pm; this is flexible and the centre is open all year round.

What we offer

We offer a wide range of outdoor education across all key stages. We can also develop bespoke programmes that meet your learner’s needs.
We provide a detailed outline of all our programmes and hold the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge. 

For detailed, up to date information on programmes from Early Years to A Level, please click here.

Family and community work

We run many programmes from the centre that meet the varied needs of community and family groups. We aim to develop lifelong learning opportunities that encourage groups of all ages to experience and enjoy the Peak District National Park.  Please contact us if you and your group would like to organise an educational fun day out at the Longshaw Estate. 


Please see our current costs and health and safety notes. Groups with current National Trust Educational Group Membership receive a £2.50 per pupil deduction (from 1 April 2019) at the Moorland Discovery Centre.

Contact and booking information

Moorland Discovery Centre
Longshaw Estate
S11 7TZ
Telephone: 01433 637907
Email: mdc@peakdistrict.gov.uk  send us an email

Guest book

  • 'A fantastic day that was relevant to our topic. The children loved every minute. Well planned, well thought out activities that were so appropriate to our age group.' Oughtibridge Primary
  • 'Both children and parents absolutely loved it. Very impressed with the facilities and the organisation.' Nether Green Infants
  • 'A fantastic resource that we will make very good use of this year. We will be back but with children next time!' Wybourn Primary