Region: West Midlands

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Selly Manor, Maple Road Bournville, Birmingham Wesy Midlands B30 2AE

Contact: 0121 472 0199



School Visits to Selly Manor

Every year more than 6000 schoolchildren visit Selly Manor, most of them to study the Tudors, but some to look at old houses, furniture and other aspects of history. Today these houses are packed with objects from the past which brings them to life, and helps to show what life was like hundreds of years ago.

With the help of our experienced and engaging  Education Team, and a whole host of hands-on activities, a visit to Selly Manor is a great way to explore and learn about the past in a fun and enjoyable way. Linked to the National Curriculum, our tours and activities are regularly reviewed in line with teacher feedback, and we have  received a prestigious Sandford Award for Education.

What does a typical school trip or educational visit include?

Outlined below are details of a typical Selly Manor visit, however we are happy to tailor-make visits to suit the topic that is being studied, or the age of the children. To discuss this further, please contact us on 0121 472 0199 or email

The Tale of Ginger the Cat – Early Years

Explore Selly Manor at a time when it was home to Phylis and her cat, Ginger. Unlock the doors to the past with a magical key as we journey through the manor with music and storytelling. Take part in a special treasure hunt to find where the mischievous cat has hidden all of Phylis’ things.

Duration: 2 hours

Cost: £2.50 per child

This sessions supports a number of areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage learning and development including communication and language, personal, social and emotional development and understanding the world.

The Great Fire of London – Key Stage 1

Join us for an interactive storytelling session looking at why the fire started and how it was put out. The children will act out key characters, the crooked houses of London and the raging flames of the great fire itself.

The guided tour of the manor will investigate the life and times of people living in 1666 including:

Social conditions, Clothing, Daily life & work, Timber buildings, Food & cooking, and Crime & punishment.

We also use lots of great hands-on activities + resources:

Replica objects Armour + helmets, Old games, Herbs & spices, Replica  costumes, Table laying.

Duration: 10am – 2pm

Cost £5.00 per child

This session supports a number of Key Stage 1 National Curriculum elements including a history topic beyond living memory.

The Tudors – Key Stage 2

Discover what life was like at Selly Manor 450 years ago. A typical Tudor visit to the manor includes a full guided tour with a member of our Education Team investigating Tudor life and times including:

Social conditions, Clothing, Kings + Queens. Rich + poor, Daily life & work, Timber buildings, Food & cooking, Crime, punishment + war.

We have designed the visit to be hands-on and fun with these great activities:

Replica objects The Reverence, Tudor games session, Herbs & spices, Tudor costumes, Table laying, Armour + helmets and   Sketching.

Duration: 10am – 2pm

Cost: £5 per child

This session supports a number of Key Stage 2 National Curriculum elements including a study of history  or a site from a period beyond 1066 and a study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends a pupil’s knowledge beyond 1066.

Dare to Explore – All Ages

We would be very happy to design a visit to support your needs, or those of your students. We regularly welcome groups who wish to use Selly Manor, the garden and collection for a whole variety of  uses. Here are just a few examples of themes we can cater for: Walking tours of George Cadbury’s historic garden village of Bournville

Inspirational visits for an art or design project

Enjoy a hands-on history visit for groups with special needs, focussing on the interactive resources in this historic setting.

The duration and cost of these visits vary – please contact the Selly Manor Education Team for further information, or to discuss your own ideas.

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This venue has the following accreditation:

Sandford Award for Heritage Education

What size groups do they cater for?

Our Education Team can deal with 2 classes in one visit, by rotating the various sessions. We can accommodate 3 classes but please be aware that this will limit the experience, particularly time spent on activities. This arrangement will only work with assistance from teachers and helpers. Please bring at least 1 adult per 10 children. We rely on the willingness of class teachers and helpers to ensure your visit is safe and enjoyable. School staff are responsible for student behaviour and first aid provision throughout the visit.

What can they provide you with to support your school trip or educational visit?

A resource pack and risk assessment will be sent out to all booked and confirmed groups. Teachers are welcome to come on a free pre-visit to discuss their needs.

Can you take photos, video or audio? Are there any copyright restrictions?

Yes, there are no copyright restrictions.

How do you arrange a risk assessment?

We provide a risk assessment for all booked groups. We also offer a free pre-visit for group leaders and teacher, please contact Selly Manor to arrange a suitable date and time.

What are the contact details for their education officer?

Daniel Callicott, Museum Manager 0121 472 0199

What does it cost?

Full day (10am – 2pm): £5.00 per child

Half day (10am – 12pm or 12pm – 2pm): £2.50 per child

Free for teachers and helpers Please pay on the day by cash, cheque (payable to BVT) or credit or debit card.

Invoices can be raised by prior arrangement. Booked groups that do not turn up will be invoiced for the full amount.

Is specific clothing required?

No, although we do recommend children and accompanying adults wrap up warm during the winter.

Do you have first aid on site?

Schools that visit Selly Manor are responsible for their own first aid provision.

What facilities do they have for school trips and educational visits?

Lunch Arrangements + Gift Shop

Lunch can be eaten in our medieval hall or the lovely Tudor garden. We are a charity and would appreciate it if teachers allowed children to use our gift shop. Gift bags can be prepared by prior arrangement.

Gift shop – we recommend children bring about £2 if they would like to buy a souvenir.

Are there disabled facilities?

The majority of the site is fully accessible. However the first and second floors of Selly Manor are only accessible by steep stairs. We recommend teachers call the museum to discuss specific needs, staff at the museum are always able to accommodate a variety of needs and are able to adapt visits where necessary.

What are your opening days and hours?

Booked groups can arrange to visit at any time where there is availability.

Do you have any testimonials from previous customers who have visited you on an educational visit?

“We have had an excellent day and you have provided exactly what is needed. The guide was fantastic and enthused the children. I will be recommending this to other teacher friends” St Brigids Primary School

“Super guide – great with kids and very knowledgeable and humorous” Hob Green Primary School

“Really enjoyable and informative guide who was an asset to the establishment. The guide was well informed, engaged the children and enthused them” Butts Primary School

“Exceptional guide. The children were always engaged and they thoroughly enjoyed the day” Manor Primary School

Is there anything else that you feel is important and want to include in your information?


Please see information above for specific times for each type of visit. If schools wish to stay at the museum after 2pm we are happy for you to carry out teacher-led activities, please mention this when booking.


Please book early to avoid disappointment. To make enquiries or book please contact Gillian, Daniel,  Nicki or Mary;

Telephone:                  0121 472 0199


Postal address:           Selly Manor, c/o BVT, 350 Bournville Lane, Bournville, Brmingham, B30 1QY


Selly Manor is located on the corner of Maple and  Sycamore Roads, next to Bournville village green, 4 miles south of Birmingham city centre.

Location address: Selly Manor, Maple Road, Bournville, Birmingham, B30 2AE


Coach: Groups can be dropped off at Maple or Sycamore Roads in Bournville

Bus: The number 11 Outer Circle stops at Bournville village green, 2 minutes walk away

Train: Bournville train station is approximately 15 minutes walk from Selly Manor

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

Type of Visit: Historic Buildings Historical Heritage Museums Themed Attractions

Curriculum Topics Covered: Art and Design Citizenship English History Leisure & Tourism

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