Region: South East

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Bugle Street Southampton, , SO14 2AD

Contact: 02380 832 810



Our educational activities are led by a team of passionate and enthusiastic educators, who enable pupils to get the best out of their learning in our inspirational building.

Tudor House and its collections can be used as a learning resource to support not only history based subjects, but also the delivery of English, Science, Religious Studies and other subjects. We offer a wide range of hands-on, educational and creative activities, offering access to the City’s collections and archives and opportunities to examine primary sources for information.

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

Tudor House and Garden in a hidden gem located in the very heart of Southampton’s historic old town. An award winning venue which spans over 800 years of history and is arguably Southampton’s most important historic building.
We offer a variety of exciting and innovative ways to learn for all ages, interests and learning styles including;

• An introductory audio-visual show which engages learners in an imaginative and fun way.

• Digital interactive touch screens allow visitors to visualise the décor of various rooms throughout different time periods.

• Reconstruction Tudor and Victorian food preparation areas

• Reconstruction Second World War air raid shelter.

• The immersive Tudor Knot Garden with a touch model of Southampton’s Old Town.

• Fact finding panels with interesting facts.

• A retail area and café for souvenirs and refreshments

• Discovery sessions include behind the scenes areas such as attics, cellars and historic vaults.

Tudor House is an immersive experience for all pupils. With its interactive technology mixed with the stunning Tudor building and fascinating displays, it’s a winning combination. Facilities include a dedicated education room, shop, toilet facilities and lunch space. There is also picnic space in King John’s Palace in our grounds. The transport links are convenient with a coach drop off directly outside the venue and there is plenty of parking only a few minutes away. We are also within easy reach of local transport links. For further information see

What does a typical school trip or educational visit include?

A typical educational visit to Tudor House and Garden begins at 10am with a discovery session around the house including the attic and cellars or around the old town, followed by a workshop in our Education Room. After a break for lunch a group will normally spend some time exploring the house for themselves being ready to depart at 2pm.

Workshops and discovery sessions usually last for 1 hour but can be extended to meet the needs of the group or for a more in-depth session.

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What size groups do they cater for?

We can cater for up to 3 classes of 30 pupils in one day (90 pupils in total), booking is strongly advised.

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

Full colour printed family trails can be purchased for a discounted bulk buy rate of 30p each, a guide risk assessment can be provided. A pre-visit is recommended.

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

We permit photography in the museum’s permanent exhibitions without a flash for educational purposes. In our temporary exhibition space please ask the education team or staff on the day.

How do you arrange a risk assessment?

A draft Risk Assessment document is available, but teachers are advised to make a pre-visit to the Tudor House and Garden.

What are the contact details for their education officer?

Customer Support (Learning) - or 02380 832810

What does it cost?

Admission is variable dependent on the activity booked. Admission is FREE for groups that book a discovery session and a workshop. Discovery Sessions or Workshops lasting 1 hour are chargeable, prices are from £46 per class for Discovery Sessions and £80 per class for Workshops.

Our indoor and outdoor lunch space is available for hire for a small cost. Costs dependent on the number of rooms required and the number of participants.

Accompanying adults go free in accordance to the national guidance on ratios (6:1 Primary & 10:1 Secondary). Additional 1:1 support and carers are also granted free entrance.

Is specific clothing required?

No but groups can choose to wear school uniform or comfortable clothing.

Do you have first aid on site?

Front of House Staff are first aid trained and first aid boxes are located at the main reception. Please bring a qualified first aider with your group.

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

The following facilities are available: Trolleys for coats and bag, Education Room, Shop (£5 maximum spending money for children is advised), an indoor or outdoor lunch space for small hire charges.

Are there disabled facilities?

Two disabled toilets on the ground floor and there is a platform lift up to the first floor, and other lift inside the house. Attic and cellar is not accessible. Any groups with requiring wheelchair access will be required have a pre-visit with a learning officer.

What are your opening days and hours?

Tuesdays– Friday: 10am – 3pm

Saturdays and Sundays: 10am – 5pm

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

The pupils and the adults would like to complement our tour guide on how very engaging and informative [the] guided tour was. All the children and accompanying adults were enthusiastic and very keen to walk the walls and learn about the History of Southampton. [The guide] was very good with the children and presented the information at the right level for his audience. Also the visual approach helped our EAL children. Thank you.

Banister Primary School

The delivery of the session was brilliant. [They] did a great job especially with the class of lively children - they answered all their questions and told them lots of information which they were all talking about when we got back to school and on Monday! Thank you very much!

Mansel Park Primary School

Just wanted to say that everyone had a wonderful time on the trip and I have had really positive reports on how good the workshop was; thank you so much!

Julie Barker – Home Education Group

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

We’d love to hear from you if you are planning to visit, whether you intend on booking a Discovery Session, Workshop or just want to come along on a self-guided basis. Please drop us a line by email on that way we can ensure your group can be accommodated.

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 Parks and Gardens Walking Tours

Curriculum Topics Covered: History Leisure & Tourism

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