Region: Greater London

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: The Charterhouse, Charterhouse Square, London, EC1M 6AN

Contact: 020 3319 3782



In January 2017, we opened our doors to the public for the first time in our 660-year history as part of the Revealing the Charterhouse project. Working in partnership with the Museum of London, our remarkable site now houses a brand-new museum, public square and the Sir John Cass’s Foundation Learning Centre.

Our inspiring new learning programme offers wonderful opportunities for learners of all ages – schools, families, higher education students and adults. Developed in consultation with the Museum of London’s learning department, we offer a host of activities in our uniquely historical setting. We provide a range of workshops for Primary, Secondary and A-Level pupil, typically involving a guided tour and creative workshop. All sessions pivot on the History curriculum but incorporate a cross-curricular approach with themes linked to Art, English and Religious Education.

Why you are you a great place for educational visits?
From monks to monarchs, the Charterhouse truly has seen it all. Where else can you view a Black Death skeleton, visit a Catholic priory, stand in the same spot where Elizabeth I and James I held court and learn about Victorian schooling? The aim of our learning programme is to inspire creativity through the stories of the Charterhouse and to inspire curiosity about the people who have lived, worked and studied here.

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What does a typical educational visit include?
Charterhouse Now and Then (KS1)
Investigate the breath of our fascinating history, from silent monks and Tudor nobles to naughty school boys and gentlemen pensioners.

Fit for a Queen (KS1 & 2)
Enjoy an audience with Queen Elizabeth I in this costumed interpreter led sessions her first throne room. From food to laundry, dress to décor, lend a hand to ensure the Charterhouse is fit for a Queen.

Tracing the Past (KS2)
Calling all detectives! Search the Charterhouse for evidence of key people linked to our fascinating history as a medieval monastery, Tudor mansion and Victorian school recording clues as you go.

The Black Death
Explore the consequences of the Black Death at one of London’s only surviving plague pits. Discover causes, ‘cures’ and consequences in this exciting new session.

Hands on Tudors (KS2)
Explore the impact of the reformation in this dual site session at the Charterhouse and Museum of London. Handle objects, try on clothing and immerse yourself in everyday Tudor life.

Henry’s London
Examine the impact of the English Reformation on the lives of those at the Charterhouse before debating the arguments at the Museum of London in this dual site session.

Recording the Past: The Black Death
Investigate the Black Death in this dual site session at the Charterhouse and London Metropolitan Archives.

People and Power
Investigate the architectural history of the site and learn about how the changing face of the Charterhouse highlights a change in status, fortune and fashion.

Look. Think. Draw.
Extend pupils’ observation and visual literacy skills as you document the changing architecture of the charterhouse in relation to its history and ownership.

People and Protest
Compare medieval protest in relation to the dissolution of the monasteries before staging an onsite protest linked to a contemporary issue of your choice.

What group sizes do you cater for?
We can accommodate one class of up to 35 students.

Are you happy for children to take photos, video or audio?
Teachers and pupils are welcome to take pictures we kindly only ask that they do not take pictures of our elderly residents.

What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?
We welcome pre-visits by teachers and actively encourage booking a 20 minutes session with our learning programme manager, Cynthia. Please contact her via email: or telephone: 0203 319 3782. For those who cannot make a pre-visit we provide a Health and Safety briefing sheet to aid completion of any risk assessment documents.

Does your venue have an education officer?
Yes, you can contact our Learning Programme Manager, Cynthia via email at: or on 0203 319 3782.

What is the cost of the visit?
Sessions cost £100 + VAT for a class of up to 35

Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?
We have first aid on site

Please list facilities available.
We have a great shop with plenty of pocket money items between £1-3.
Lunchroom space is available on request at no extra charge. We also have a beautiful public garden square where groups can picnic and enjoy a run around.

What are your disabled facilities?
Yes. The Charterhouse is fully accessible.

What are your opening days and hours?
We offer school sessions on Mondays between 10.30-14.30pm and Tuesdays to Fridays between 10.30-13:00.

Do you have any testimonials from previous schools we can include?
It gave the children a real-life experience of an historical period that otherwise would be completely abstract to them.

Year 2 Teacher, Portway Primary School, Newham

The children extended their learning on a topic we had been studying. Visiting Charterhouse embedded their learning.

Year 6 Gifted and Talented Teacher, Holy Trinity CofE Primary School, Kensington and Chelsea

Age of Children / Pupils: 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Type of Visit: Arts & Galleries Historic Buildings Historical Heritage Museums SEN

Curriculum Topics Covered: Art and Design English History Religious Education

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December