Region: South West

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: , Warminster, Wiltshire BA12 7NW

Contact: 01985 844328



Set in the magnificent Wiltshire Countryside, Longleat House is widely regarded as one of the best examples of Elizabethan architecture in Britain. It’s building and amazing collections never fails to impress students of all ages.  We are most well-known for our safari park but have more attractions such as mazes and walk round animal exhibits that can be used to enrich teaching and learning.

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

We focus on first hand learning experiences.  We have specially designed tours and workshops to help make the most of the opportunities across the curriculum and your time out of the classroom.  Having Longleat House, the safari park and range of other attractions means we can truly cater for a really cross curricular visit. This is great for primary schools but also for secondary schools that can work with different department to be able to combine a visit that may have different activities for different subject areas.

What does a typical school trip or educational visit include?

All for one price you can include in your visit Longleat House, the safari park and all other attractions.  Many schools come and conduct self-guided visits doing activities they have developed themselves on pre visits or teachers’ courses.  We do however have sessions led by our House guides and keepers that can be used to enhance a visit and add focus.  Our range of these is continuously expanding.

Take One Project

Our Take One Projects focus on a single ‘object’ and use the technique of enquiry based learning to develop cross curricular themes of work.  For this year they are Take One tapestry and Take One Penguin.

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House tours and sessions

Tours can be very general and point out features of particular interest or specific such as Victorian features, portraits or ceilings.  More interactive sessions are available such as a ceilings workshop; looking at the ceilings of different rooms and then the children design their own or ‘Stories at Longleat’ where features and portraits are used to tell stories but also the children take roles and act out the visit of Queen Elizabeth I and her court.

Animal sessions

Our keepers can give your class the opportunity to get up close and in many cases handle live animals.  Sessions range from ‘Meet the creatures’ and ‘Senses’ for early years, to ‘Habitats and adaptations’ and ‘Conservation at Longleat’ for older students.  One of our most popular sessions for younger students is the one in our butterfly house where children learn about the lifecycle and hunt for eggs, caterpillars and butterflies.

Business studies

In addition to our other sessions we also offer presentations on different aspects of our business such as marketing and working at Longleat.

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This venue has the following accreditation:

Longleat holds the ‘Learning Outside the Classroom’ Quality Badge.  

What size groups do they cater for?


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

We a have a range of materials that cover different topics and different age groups. These are available in electronic form and can be sent to teachers.

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

Yes photos, etc can be taken and no copyright restrictions.

How do you arrange a risk assessment?

Risk assessment guidance can be downloaded from the education pages of our website.  Teachers can pre book a recce visit to come and plan their trip.  

What are the contact details for their education officer?

Our keepers and House guides work with visiting school groups.  For all education queries please email or ring 01985 844328

What does it cost?

2015 price per student is £7.95 with a ratio 1:6 free adults.  Talks, tours and sessions have an additional charge. Please see website for details.

Is specific clothing required?

It is important to make sure clothing is suitable for the weather and that sensible footwear is worn.

Do you have first aid on site?

Qualified first aider on site.

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

We have a wide range of shops that children are welcome in.  We also offer souvenir bags that can be pre booked at a range of price options.  
A lunch room is available and again this can be pre booked
Free coach parking.

Are there disabled facilities?

Our walk round areas are very accessible and have been built with low level viewing for children of all heights or those in wheel chairs.

What are your opening days and hours?

We are not open all year and have different opening times depending on the season please check our website for details

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

If you need more information or have a different focus to the ones we have mentioned, then do get in touch.  We are constantly working with teachers and other groups to plan visit that suits their specific focus.

Group Rates: Day Tickets – Adult:  £18.20; Child (3 – 14 yrs) £12.95; Senior £14.70; (1:8 FOC)

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 Outdoor Education Safari Park Wildlife and Nature

Curriculum Topics Covered: Art and Design Business Studies Design and Technology English Environmental Studies History Leisure & Tourism Mathematics Science

Months Open: February March April May June July August September November December

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