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Group and school visits to Tyntesfield

Visitors exploring the Bodnant Garden, Wales
Group of visitors at Tyntesfield, Bristol | © National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

Tyntesfield offers a great day out for groups, schools and self-led visits. Find out more about what this historic house, garden and estate can offer your group to make the most of your visit. We welcome groups and can help with planning to fit with your interests.

Group visits

Whether you are looking to day trip, or simply need somewhere to stop off for lunch or afternoon tea, Tyntesfield is a perfect property for every kind of group visit.

Ideally located

Tyntesfield is a great day out for groups. Located 20 minutes from Bristol city centre and just off the M5 motorway it also makes a great stop as part of a longer itinerary.

We welcome groups Tyntesfield on weekdays only. We are unable to welcome any bookings during weekends, bank holidays, and school half terms. There may be restrictions at other times. Please note that you must pre-book any groups of 15 people or more.

The benefits of visiting us as a group include:

  • A discounted admission price for non-members in the group. These prices are only available to a group of 15 people or more (irrespective of how many non-members are in your group) and where payment is made in one transaction on the day by cheque, cash or card.
  • An Estate Guide Talk (subject to pre-booking and availability)

Free familiarisation visits for group leaders

If you're planning a group visit you can request our free Travel Trade Pass and you and a friend or colleague will gain free entry to over 300 of our places throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland for 12 months. There’s nothing quite like seeing or experiencing somewhere for yourself to help you plan a successful visit. To receive your pass, call 0344 249 1895 or email us at

Who is eligible for free entry?

Registered tourist board guides (on production of a valid badge), coach drivers and tour leaders escorting groups of 15 or more. National Trust members also receive free entry, so it is at your discretion whether to refund the entrance fee to members if you have included it in your package – this is not refunded by the National Trust.

Members must bring their current membership cards with them to avoid paying the full group rate. If any of your group would like to join the National Trust please direct them to our Membership page or call 0344 800 1895.

How to book your group visit

All groups of 15 or more must be booked with the Tyntesfield team in advance of your visit as the site’s facilities have a limited capacity.

To check availability and to make a booking, please email or call 01275 461900 to speak with our Business Services team.

Planning your learning visit

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 types of learning experiences are welcomed and encouraged. Check here for some inspirational group learning ideas.

Children on a school trip at East Riddlesden Hall, West Yorkshire
School children enjoying forest school at Tyntesfield, Bristol | © ©National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

Forest schools

The woodland areas of Tyntesfield are perfect for forest school groups to discover more about wildlife and nature. There’s plenty of space to feel secluded while still being close to all the facilities.

Close up of a group of children looking intently at something a guide is showing them
School children taking part in a group visit to Tyntesfield, Bristol | © National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

Education Group Access Pass

An Education Group Access Pass (EGAP) is specially designed to allow education groups free entry to most places cared for by the National Trust. This type of membership is for groups or home educators whose members, pupils or students are in full-time education.

EGAP is an annual membership fee, prices differ depending on the type of group (Home Educating family, Not-for-profit educating group and For-profit educating group).

EGAP group leaders are entitled to a free pre-visit to Tyntesfield to create risk assessments, plan and visualise the site if requested. These visits should be booked in advance with the Children and Young People team.

What if my group doesn't have an EGAP?

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

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.

We can offer generic risk assessment guidance to help you. Please contact the Children and Young People team on if this is required.

How to book your school visit

All school visits should be booked in advance with our Children and Young People team. To book one of our sessions or a self-led visit, please complete our booking enquiry form.

The grand outside of Tyntesfield with a child walking towards it

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Group visits frequently asked questions 

Visiting us with a group? Then our answers to your frequently asked questions might help with any question you may have.