Group visits at The Firs
Group visits are welcome at The Firs. These can be self-led, but parties of 15 or more can receive an introductory talk followed by a guided tour of the house and garden. Read on to find out more about discounts and how to book.
What we offer on a standard visit
Parties of 15 or more are required to pre-book and will benefit from:
- Welcome on arrival with complimentary coach/ minibus parking.
- Free entry for group leaders and Educational Group Members.
Making your visit extra special
For an additional fee of £5 per person you will receive a 30-minute introductory talk from one of our volunteers, with an option of the talk being tailored to your groups interest.
For £3 per person refreshments of tea or coffee and a biscuit can be provided and will be served privately in our Carice Room.
Want to have a private visit when we are closed?
If you would like to book a visit when we are closed (Tuesday-Thursday) there will be a £200 charge on top of the adult admission prices if not a National Trust member. This rate will mean you can stay at the property for as long as you require, and you will get a complimentary 30-minute introductory talk by one of our volunteers.
Parties of 20 or more are required to pre-book for a private visit.
Tea or coffee can be provided for £3 per person.
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.
Educational Group Membership
The Firs is the perfect place for a self-led educational visit. If you would like to plan your visit, please contact us at email@example.com. Schools can benefit from an Educational Group Membership, which is an annual membership giving free access to the whole school group at National Trust places.
‘We love working with group leaders to create the best and most memorable day possible for the individuals that make up your group.’
– Hasnah Sheriff, Visitor Experience Officer
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 800 2329 or email us at NTTravelTrade@capita.co.uk.
The small family home which nurtured the creative genius of Sir Edward Elgar. Visit the cottage where he was born and learn more about his life and work in the visitor centre.
Explore the cottage garden at The Firs, birthplace of Sir Edward Elgar. Discover seasonal borders, the Sound Garden, and sit beside Elgar’s statue as you take in views of the Malverns.
Find a selection of hot drinks including filter coffee and a range of teas as well as snacks including crisps, flapjacks and biscuits in our refreshment area. It's a place to relax with plenty of indoor and outdoor seating.
Discover more about Sir Edward Elgar, his early days at The Firs, the cottage where he was born, and his life, loves and accolades in the years that followed.
If you’re planning educational group visits to National Trust places, then you could benefit from education group membership, giving you free admission for a year.
If you're travelling to the UK from overseas this year, buy a National Trust Touring Pass for entry to more than 300 places in our care. With 7-day and 14-day options available, the pass can be tailored to fit your trip. Discover where you can visit with the Touring Pass and how to buy yours.
Visiting us with a group? Then our answers to your frequently asked questions might help with any question you may have.