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Children on the climbing frame in the play area in Northumberland's Seaton Delaval Hall
Children on the climbing frame in the play area in Northumberland's Seaton Delaval Hall | © National Trust Images/Annapurna Mellor

Seaton Delaval Hall offers an exciting and engaging programme that supports cross-curricular learning for all ages. Our experienced team - including former teachers - can help you plan your visit to ensure you get the most out of your day, whether it is self-led or supported by us.

Why choose Seaton Delaval Hall for an educational visit?

The Delavals were a flamboyant and theatrical family who loved to party and play practical jokes on their guests. Victim to a large fire in 1822, the central block now offers visitors a unique opportunity to see the ‘bones’ of the architecture and discover the local industries on which the hall’s wealth was built: coal, glass and salt while the West Wing encourages you to meet the family; find out about their playful and theatrical nature.

The grounds provide a range of settings including allotments, formal gardens, pleasure grounds, nature areas and, of course, the play area. We also have the Potting Shed and Tent of Wonder in the Secret Garden available for your group to use, making it a perfect place for STEAM learning, history and geography.

We offer visits throughout the year, Wednesday-Friday for school groups and can offer weekend sessions for other groups and organisations. All visits must be booked in advance.

To enquire about educational opportunities at Seaton Delaval Hall please call the team 0191 237 9100 or email

Students and groups with additional needs

If you would like to bring a group with additional needs call us to discuss your requirements. We can offer:

  • Wheelchair access to part of the hall
  • Potting Sheds for quiet space
  • Tours of the building between 10-11am when no other visitors are around.
  • BSL interpretation for tours and workshops (charges may apply)
  • Audio described tours.

Workshops and Experiences

We have a broad range of activities and experiences to suit all ages groups. To book one of these activities or for more information, contact

Storytime: The Incredible and Daring Adventures of Admiral George Delaval

Suitable for younger learners.

This interactive story takes place in our Georgian Theatre where pupils will join Admiral George’s crew on board HMS Gosport. Ordered by Queen Anne they will sail to take on the pirates of the Mediterranean and join in with actions, sound effects and puppetry to help tell the story.

Little Gardeners

Suitable for younger learners.

Get stuck into a range of activities in the Community Kitchen Garden with our gardening team. Sessions are free flow and include seasonal gardening activities, nature craft, hunts, story area and more.

Mischief and Mayhem

Suitable for KS2/3

Learn about the crazy and elaborate pranks played at the Delavals’ parties on an interactive tour, explore some of the mechanisms that might have been used to make these happen, before being tasked to design a new bit of mischief for the Delavals to enjoy. Full STEAM unit of work available on booking.

Education Group Access Pass

Why not make your school visit more affordable and take advantage of the National Trust Education Group Access Pass. This covers access for all children in your school for one year across all properties in the National Trust.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I Book?

All school and group visits must be booked in advance to ensure the best experience. To enquire about education visits call 0191 237 9100 or email

Seaton Delavall Hall Teachers’ Group

Want to be part of shaping our education offer at Seaton Delaval Hall? Do you want to meet other teaching staff passionate about nature, beauty and history? Join our Teachers’ Group today. Email with 'Teachers' Group' in the subject heading.

When can we visit?

School visits take place during term-time on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday during opening hours. All visits start with a welcome off the bus and we recommend everyone bringing a packed lunch for a full day visit.

How many students can we bring?

We can accommodate up to 60 students per day. Enough adults need to accompany the children according to the following ratios: 1:4 for Reception, 1:6 for Key Stage 1, 1:8 for Key Stage 2, 1:10 for Key Stage 3. These ratios do not provide for 1:1 support.

All activities are led by our staff and volunteers who can’t wait to work with your group. Please note, however, that the behaviour of the students remains your responsibility at all times.

What are the admission prices?

Sign up for an education group membership here.

Standard admission prices for Seaton Delaval Hall can be found here.

Can I arrange a pre-visit?

Yes! Email to book.