School Trips @ English Heritage
"It is impossible to imagine a prettier spot" - such were the words of Queen Victoria after her first visit to Osborne house on the Isle of Wight. Osborne offers visitors a rare glimpse into the private life of one of England's most famous monarchs and teaches many aspects of the curriculum across numerous subjects There are two ways in which you can explore this giant of Victorian design and engineering; a FREE self-led-visit or a hands-on expert-led Discovery Visit. Free Education Visits allow you and your pupils access to the house and grounds, including Swiss Cottage and the beach. Discovery Visits led by the formidable (and wonderful) Mrs Pilkington, enable your students to step into the world of a servant and discover what life was like below stairs. At just £100 per session (approximately 30 pupils) they provide inspiring, out of the classroom experiences with quality learning. They have been specially developed to meet the needs of different groups across the key stages to really enhance your visit.
Once you have booked, you are entitled to a free planning visit, to familiarise yourself with the site and see all that it has to offer. We also provide free resources to support your visit and teaching in the classroom.
Why are English Heritage great for School Trips and Educational Visits?
As home to one of the most well known Queens of England, Osborne house and estate has a lot to offer educationally. Albert was a great forward thinker and this is apparent throughout the estate. This provides many possible curriculum links across numerous subjects including:
• History: Significant historical people in their own locality.
Ideas, political power, industry and empire: Britain, 1745 - 1901.
• Science: Use the gardens to find out more about living things and their habitats.
• Art: Use the house and grounds as inspiration for pupils to record their observations in sketchbooks, journals and other media as a basis for exploring their ideas.
What size groups do you cater for?
We accept groups of all sizes to the site but there is a limit on the total capacity and access is on a first come first served basis. If you would like to book one of our Discovery Visits, these are limited to approximately 30 pupils per session.
Is there first aid on site?
We have trained first aiders on site.
Do you offer access for visitors with disabilities?
There is disabled parking located close to the admissions entrance (cars only). There are also accessible toilets at the admissions entrance and by the house. Queen Victoria’s private apartments are accessible via a lift to the first floor. Whilst we endeavour to provide this service whenever the house is open, there may be occasions when this is not available. The Nursery is not accessible to wheelchairs. There is an adapted minibus available to take wheelchair users to Swiss Cottage and the beach. The Swiss Cottage Museum is accessible to wheelchair users, but the Swiss cottage itself is not. The Gardens are accessible using tarmac and impacted gravel paths. The walled garden is heavily gravelled and may be difficult for wheelchair users.
December – March– Closed for education visits.
April to September 10.00 – 18.00.
October 10.00 – 17.00.
November – Education Winter Opening times - please contact the Education Booking Team for details.
Need more inspiration?
We are bursting with ideas on places that deliver first class teaching both outside the classroom and as in-school workshops. Here are a few similar suggestions, or head to our tailor-made trip form and let us know how we can help you!