Planning your learning visit

Outdoor learning

We welcome teachers who want to use the National Trust Bristol portfolio as a learning space for their students. Whether you want to bring students to learn about history or just fancy delivering a literacy session with a difference, all learning experiences are encouraged.

 

Forest schools

The woodland areas of Tyntesfield are perfect for forest school groups.

There is plenty of space to feel secluded while still being close to our facilities.

School visits

Our educational programme is currently under review. Please check back for updates.

Led Educational Visits

We are no longer running full/ half day learning sessions. Please see below for our current offer:

Once Upon a Victorian Time House workshop

Duration: 1 hour

Key stage: 1 & 2

Location: Inside our gothic revival Victorian house

Availability: This workshop is available to prebook on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays at 10.30am and 12.30pm (term time only, excludes December 2021).

Cost: £4.00 per pupil (please note you will also require Educational Group Membership to access our estate and house, see below for further details).

Other: A minimum of x20 pupils is required to run this workshop with a maximum capacity of one class per workshop

Are you a hard worker? Can you manage long hours and back breaking work in a Victorian household? Tyntesfield’s butler is on the hunt for servants and your students could just be the candidates he’s looking for! In this interactive workshop you’ll step back in time and learn about key Victorian servant roles and responsibilities, while taking part in hands on activities all under the watchful eyes of Tyntesfield’s housekeeper and butler.

Self – led Visits

Why not bring your class to engage with Tyntesfield's Victorian garden or extensive woodland? Or book onto a self-led Victorian workshop?

Please note that the house is currently closed for self-led school visits.

Wealthy Victorian Children self-led workshop

Duration: 1 hour

Key stage: 1 & 2

Location: Sawmill classroom

Availability: This workshop is available to prebook Monday – Friday (term time only, excludes December 2021).

Cost: £2.50 per pupil (please note you will also require Educational Group Membership to access our estate and house, see below for further details). A minimum of x20 pupils is required for this booking with a maximum capacity of one class per workshop

How did the other half live? Through hands on activities your pupils will learn about the lives of wealthy Victorian children, including expectations around behaviour, etiquette and the education they received.

This self-led workshop gives you access to our resources and Sawmill classroom. A volunteer guide will meet you at the coach and take you to the classroom where you’ll find our resources ready and waiting for you. You’ll be provided with suggested lesson plans and resource guides ahead of your booking to help you prepare.

Resources available in this workshop include:

  • Access to and use of one of learning classrooms and toilets (this can also be used as a covered lunch space).
  • Wealthy Victorian dressing up clothes for the class, including a more detailed set to demonstrate all the intricacies of Victorian garments.
  • Slate boards and chalk for the class.
  • Dip pens, ink and writing sheets to practise their handwriting skills.
  • Examples of Victorian handwriting books.
  • Example of a Victorian cane.

History Detectives: Once Upon a Victorian Time self-led workshop

Duration: 1 hour

Key stage: 1 & 2

Location: Sawmill classroom

Availability: This workshop is available to prebook Monday – Friday.

Cost: £2.50 per pupil (please note you will also require Educational Group Membership to access our estate and house, see below for further details). A minimum of x20 pupils is required for this booking with a maximum capacity of one class per workshop

Take a closer look at the Victorian servants who lived and worked at Tyntesfield through examination of our census. Learn about what life was like for Victorian servants and the roles/ responsibilities of different members of the household through investigation of our extensive collection of object handling artefacts.

This self-led workshop gives you access to our resources and Sawmill classroom. A volunteer guide will meet you at the coach and take you to the classroom where you’ll find our resources ready and waiting for you. You’ll be provided with suggested lesson plans and resource guides ahead of your booking to help you prepare.

Resources available in this workshop include:

  • Copies of our 1881 census.
  • Four object handling stations with a selection of artefacts to explore. Each table is linked to a different member of the household including the butler/ housekeeper, the Gibbs family themselves, the housemaid and the laundry/ scullery maids.
  • Access to and use of one of learning classrooms and toilets (this can also be used as a covered lunch space).

Please note that both self-led Sawmill workshops can be booked alongside the led Once Upon a Victorian Time house workshop.

Self-led visits are free of charge if your group has Education Group Membership, otherwise usual admission charges apply. Booking is essential, please contact the Bristol portfolio learning team and ask for a booking form.

We have a number of resources for self-led groups including our new nineteenth century literature trail which is aimed at Key Stage 4 English Literature students and our Iron Age Loan  Box which is tailored to KS2 pupils. Access to these resources is free when you book a school trip using a valid Education Group Membership (EGM) For more information about EGM, see below. 

Room hire is also available on request, prices may vary.

Find out about Victorian history on a school visit to Tyntesfield
School visit in the Billiard Room in Tyntesfield
Find out about Victorian history on a school visit to Tyntesfield

What is Education Group Membership?

Education Group Membership is specially designed to allow education groups free entry to most places cared for by the Nationl Trust. This type of membership is for not-for-profit groups or home educators whose members, pupils or students are in full-time education.

Education Group Membership, or EGM, is an annual membership fee costing between £50 and £150. Prices differ depending on the number of pupils in the group.

EGM group leaders are entitled to a free pre-visit to Tyntesfield to create risk assessments, visualise the site and meet with a member of the Bristol portfolio learning team, if requested. These visits should be booked in advance with the Bristol portfolio learning team.

What if my group doesn't have EGM?

Education groups without EGM pay the normal admission charges for adults and children to visit Tyntesfield. These can be found on the homepage under 'prices'.

Risk Assessments

We advise education groups to complete their own risk assessments in advance of the visit to ensure the specific needs of their learning group are covered.

Education group leaders with Education Group Membership are entitled to a free pre-visit or meeting with the Bristol portfolio learning team to plan and prepare for their visits. These visits should be booked in advance with the Bristol portfolio learning team.

We can offer generic risk assessment guidance to help you. Please contact the Bristol portfolio learning team if this is required.

Volunteering at Tyntesfield