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Group visits at The Firs

Group of four elderly visitors sitting on a bench in the garden at The Firs, facing the house
Group of visitors in the garden at The Firs | © National Trust Images / Chris Lacey

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.

Education Group Access Pass

The Firs is the perfect place for a self-led educational visit. If you would like to plan your visit, please contact us at

Schools or education groups can benefit from an Education Group Access Pass, which gives the whole group free admission and parking at most of the places in our care for a year.

‘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 249 1895 or email us at

How to book

If you are interested in bringing a group, or school group to The Firs and would like more information or to book, please please call 01905 333330, or email

View of the house at The Firs, Worcestershire. Birthplace of Sir Edward Elgar

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