Learning at Mottisfont

Five children stand on a brick bridge at Mottisfont, Hampshire in autumn

Rich in history and natural resources, Mottisfont has a wealth of learning opportunities for all stages of development. Schools, home educators and other educational groups are welcome to explore and find inspiration in this special environment.

Primary educators can download from a series of free, curriculum-linked teacher information packs and worksheets to help make the most of your visit, and we have a year-round programme of exhibitions which can link into curriculum-related activities.

Outdoors, there are plenty of opportunities to get close to nature. Our grounds include wild play areas and an outdoor classroom.

We can also arrange for an indoor community learning space for your group, depending on availability.

Learning resources

Working with the University of Southampton's education department, we have produced a number of free, curriculum-linked resources for primary teachers to make use of when visiting with their groups. These will help young students to:

  • Give creative responses to key features in our grounds
  • Carry out scientific investigations
  • Develop map-reading skills
  • Discover some of Mottisfont's varied history
A child holding a compass

Download resources for learning at Mottisfont 

Choose and download from a wide range of learning resources. As well as information for teachers, there are pupil worksheets for carrying out practical activities.

Some essential information

When can I visit?

With the exception of June, we're happy to consider an educational group booking at any time of year. We're open every day (excluding 24 and 25 December), from 10 - 5pm (or dusk if earlier).

All educational group visits must be booked at least 14 days in advance.

How much does it cost?

A child's ticket for Mottisfont costs £7.50 with Gift Aid. We recommend the National Trust's Educational Group Membership, which may be a good use of Pupil Premium Money.

 Schoolchildren working in the garden at Greenway, Devon

Educational Group Membership 

Find out more about the National Trust's Educational Group Membership, specially designed to allow education groups free entry to most places owned by the National Trust, including Mottisfont. You can take as many pupils as you like on as many visits as you like to all National Trust properties for a year, all for a one off payment. If you prefer, we can help you sign up for this at Mottisfont.

Planning your visit

Download our guide to planning your visit here, containing all the essential information you'll need before you bring your group to Mottisfont.

Planning Your Educational Group Visit to Mottisfont (PDF / 1MB) download

How to book

To enquire about booking a visit, please contact groupbookings.mottisfont@nationaltrust.org.uk. If you need help or advice before making the booking please telephone 01794 344037.

We will need to know:

  • The date you would like to visit – it can help at busy times if you have a few options
  • What time you will arrive and have to leave – so we know how much you can fit in
  • How many students and adults
  • The year groups of the students and whether any have specific access or SEN requirements
  • Any specific resources you are thinking of bringing or activities you will be doing

We'll then send you a booking form to fill in.

Our learning group can help you to plan your visit and discuss the following:

  • What you want to focus on
  • What activities you would like to do
  • Lunchtimes and whether you might want to visit the shop

Contact us via helping.mottisfont@nationaltrust.org.uk.

Confirmation

Once we've received your booking form, you will then be sent a confirmation letter.

The National Trust requires that all schools or colleges planning to visit one of the properties or sites undertake a preliminary visit and carry out their own risk assessment. These visits must be booked in advance and are free for the group leader. Any accompanying adults or children are subject to normal admission rates.