School Visits: Frequently Asked Questions

Below are a number of frequently asked questions for our school visits programmes.

What study programmes can you offer?

The museums offer core programmes on the First World War, Second World War, and STEAM, but can also support other periods of historical study such as the Crimean War, Indian Mutiny, Northern Ireland and Citizenship. All sessions are led by museum staff, except the option of coming to the museum for still life drawing, which is teacher led.

How long will a visit take?

The museums open at 10am and close at 4.30pm. Most schools plan their return journey from 2pm/2.30pm, depending upon distance to travel and the end of the school day. Most sessions within the workshops last 30 to 45 minutes depending upon subject, age of pupils and abilities.

What is the cost?

The charge is currently £4, with accompanying teaching and support staff for free. The museums will invoice the school on the day for payment though BACS or cheque.

What is the maximum number of pupils that can attend?

The limit on number size is set by the size of the room for lunch and the numbers that can view the galleries in order to gain the maximum benefit from the workshop. Forty-five pupils is the maximum for a single lunch sitting and sixty pupils will need a split lunch. Pupils will be subdivided into smaller teaching groups, which are normally limited to fifteen to twenty pupils.

Are refreshments available onsite?

Copper Joe’s café in the Guardroom Museum can provide drinks and sandwiches to order. Whilst suitable for staff and supporting adults, it is not recommended that younger pupils purchase hot drinks.

What transport links do you have?

The site is about a 5 to 10 minute walk from the railway station and on the bus route to the city hospital. There is limited coach parking on site but drivers need to be aware that the entrance is narrow.

Are there any other visitor attractions nearby?

The site is located on the edge of the city on the site of a former castle and palace. The castle’s Great Hall hosing the ‘Round Table’ is adjacent to, and can be accessed from the museums.


The majority of teaching areas used in the core programmes are accessible for wheelchair users. Certain areas of study are on upper floors for which a stair lift is available. There is a hearing aid loop in most of the museums.

Are supportive resources available?

Yes, upon request and with sufficient notice.

Is there a shop?

All the museums have shops available with pocket money items. We recommend programming in some time at the end for shop visits.