Region: South West

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Langton Matravers, Swanage, Dorset BH19 3EU

Contact: 01929 422 126



Leeson House, the ideal venue for Primary to A Level fieldtrips, is a secluded and comfortable manor house situated near Swanage on the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.

It is close to many classic geography, geology and biology fieldwork sites and set within 7 acres of inspiring and diverse grounds.

Leeson House is part of the Dorset County Council Outdoor Education Service and has been welcoming schools from Dorset and beyond for 45 years.

Why is this venue great for School Trips and Educational Visits?

Leeson House is beautiful, inspiring and historic.  It is set in gorgeous Dorset countryside within easy distance of many of the prime locations for field trips in the country.  As one of our customers puts it:

"Thank you for an excellent A Level Biology course. The organisation meant that we fitted a huge amount into the two and a half days and the excellent tuition ensured our students got the maximum benefit from it all. The accommodation was excellent - very clean and comfortable, with plenty of space and the food was very much appreciated by all as it was fresh and varied and very good. Our students hugely enjoyed the whole experience"
Hampshire School June 2012

What does a typical school trip or educational visit include?

All visits to Leeson House are tailored to meet each customer’s specific needs.


Do you have a YouTube Video link regarding your venue?

We have a Leeson House Youtube channel - search for Leeson House


Are you currently on Twitter or Facebook?

What size groups do they cater for?

We will cater for group sizes of up to 63.


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

We can provide examples of worksheets and lesson plans following initial planning discussions for a visit to Leeson House.

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

No copyright but we would expect all school groups to ensure that full consent/permission had been obtained from all parents and guardians.

How do you arrange a risk assessment?

These are provided on request once initial planning has started.

What are the contact details for their education officer?

Initial contact: Jan Lawlor or Barry Cullimore

01929 422126

What does it cost?

Costs are on our website and also please contact us direct.


Is specific clothing required?

Yes, a kit list is sent to all visitors as part of the pre-trip paperwork.


Do you have first aid on site?

All teaching staff at Leeson House and overnight staff, plus some housekeeping staff, are first aid trained but schools need to bring their own first aider for any parts of the visit that are supervised by their own staff.


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

Leeson House has two dining areas and comfortable lounges for staff and students.  We have a small gift shop on site and younger pupils usually bring between £3 to £5 to spend there during a visit. A lot of courses for older students (GCSE, A, IB) include trips out where shops and cafes will be visited.


Are there disabled facilities?

Currently limited facilities for disabled visitors but work is in progress to improve this.

What are your opening days and hours?

ALL year round except Christmas holidays.


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

"Leeson House is a lovely setting - all aspects were excellent - the extra benefit of its proximity to the sites simply makes it better still"
Hampshire Secondary School June 2013

"It was superb and fulfilled, indeed exceeded, all expectations"
AS Geography and Biology fieldcourse for a Steiner Waldorf School March 2013

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

Type of Visit: Environment Centres Field Studies Outdoor Education Residential School Trips

Curriculum Topics Covered: Environmental Studies Geography History Leisure & Tourism STEM

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