School Visits

Hall Place is a fantastic location to visit with students of any age and ability, we have award winning gardens, Historic House and Education Service.  

We ask that all educational groups contact our Education Officer in advance to notify them if you are planning to visit the gardens.  It is essential that we know when groups are visiting site so we can manage the facilities and a quick email to us can make all the difference.

We’ve made some changes to our Education Service since you last came

The Education Service is up and running but as with most things recently, we are working slightly differently due to a change in the staff structure and requirement to ensure that we can host your schools safely. We are working really hard on offering all our services again please bear with us. Please note that the Historic House is not currently open, if you would like to visit it for a self-guided tour, this needs to be specifically booked  in advance. Please read our Booking Pack for more details.

Please note that the Education Service is fully booked until September 2022. Have you thought of a self-led visit to the gardens or a Loans Box?

Current Offer

  • Onsite Taught Sessions – Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays only. Bookings available from mid September 2022.
  • Onsight Self-led Visits to the Gardens available – The Education Room is available to book on Fridays only
  • Loans Box Service – still available 

Taught Sessions 

Taught sessions are available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays and cost £4.50 per child, per session (all invoices need to be paid within 30 days of issue, or prior to arrival at Hall Place in the case of a short lead booking). Capacity is limited to one class a day (minimum 20 students/maximum 30 students) and a minimum of 4 accompanying adults will be required to support the students. 

All sessions will be run in accordance with the current Covid 19 best practice for museums.  It is essential that teachers undertake their own risk assessment. In the event a booking has to be cancelled due to any new restrictions or unforeseen circumstances, we will try to reschedule your visit to a new suitable date.

See the Booking Pack for more information on what to expect on your school visit,  site maps and our terms and conditions.

Sessions available from September 2022

Home Life in Victorian Britain – Washday (60 minutes) Suitable for any age/ability

Domestic life in Victorian times up to the 1940s was based on hard manual labour. During this session children look at some of the equipment used to cook and  clean, they also get hands-on washing clothes using our object handling collection. This session requires teachers to print out the Students On-site Activity Sheet that accompanies the sessions teaching for their class to use. This sheet is downloaded from our resources page.

Toys & Games of the Past (60 minutes) Suitable for any age/ability

Toys and games changed surprisingly little from ancient times to the 1940s. Learn how simple wooden toys evolved into the metal mechanical toys of the rich Victorians and what the amazing zoetrope led to. Children are given the opportunity to play with different toys such as the cup & ball, whip & top, skittles, wooden hoop and hoop-la. Toys may differ depending on availability.

Mr Newman’s Beautiful Butterflies (60 minutes) Suitable for any age/ability

Learn all about the famous 20th century local butterfly expert Mr Newman using archive photographs and our museum collection. Undertake your own scientific investigation as a lepidopterist and learn about butterfly classification, adaptation, life cycles and anatomy with a little maths work on symmetry too, Make your own butterfly specimen display to finish at school. This session requires teachers to print out the Students On-site Activity Sheet that accompanies the sessions teaching for their class to use. This sheet is downloaded from our resources page.

Most schools team this session with a visit to Bexley Butterfly House. This costs £3 per child and includes a tailored visit with an expert looking at the tropical butterflies, their lifecycles and environment. Bexley Butterfly House can admit up to 10 children at a time with one free adult. each visit lasts about 20 minutes and is a wow factor the children never forget. Dividing your class into 3 groups with one in the butterfly house, and the other 2 spotting butterflies in the gardens in rotation works really well. We supply the spotter sheets on the day.

How Does Your Garden Grow (60 minutes) Suitable for any age/ability

This session has been developed to show children where food comes from and how plants grow.  We start by looking at different seeds and discover what they grow into with a fun quiz. Children get the chance to plant their own seeds to grow back at school and then tour our vegetable plots to see what is growing.  The  winter edition: Buds and Berries is available Oct-March. Please make sure your class is dressed for the weather. There is a free self-led Tree Trail that can accompany this session – this involves learning about different trees in the formal garden area. The Trail Guide for adults is available to print on our resource page and includes images, fascinating facts and suggested discussion points with your students.

If you are interested in booking a taught session at Hall Place, please fill in the School Enquiry Form below and email it to Hallplaceeducation@bexley.gov.uk and our Education Officer will get back to you. 


Loans Box Service

Loans Boxes need to be booked at least 1-2 weeks in advance.

Visit our Loans Box page

Onsite Self-led Visits to the Gardens

Teachers are welcome to visit the gardens with their bubble class of up to 30 children. You must let us now in advance of you visit so that we are aware onsite and can manage our Visit Centre facilities appropriately. We will also need to see a copy of your visit risk assessment before you come.

you can download the Tree-mendous Tree Trail for free from the Resources page, find it under the Environmental section.

As normal, our Education Room can be booked as a HQ and lunch room with its own private toilets for £21.50 per hour for a minimum of 3 hours. Unfortunately, there are no other inside areas where schools can eat or congregate.

Did you know that Bexley Butterfly House and Jambs Owls Experience take school bookings?  

Get in touch

Please email the Education Officer  for more information or to book

School Visits to Hall Place

Hall Place and Gardens offers a number of facilities for school visits, which include:

  • Education/lunch room with its own toilets and drinking water
  • Onsite Riverside Cafe for the adults to buy refreshments during lunchtime
  • Award-winning gardens including magical topiary, grass maze and River Cray and all its diversity of wildlife

Please note that the Historic House and Main Glass House are not currently open to the public.

Booking a Self-led School Visit to the Gardens

If you are interested in visiting the gardens with your class group, please let us know by emailing the Education Team.

  • We will require a copy of your Risk Assessment when you book, so we can double check that we have everything you need to keep safe and have a wonderful visit.
  • Just as normal, we do not have any inside space for your group to have lunch or congregate. Our Education Room is available for £60 as an exclusive space with its own toilet facilities. 30 children maximum. Subject to availability.
  • Remember to remain in your bubble and keep a safe distance from others, adults are still encouraged to wear face coverings in any public inside areas, please wash your hands regularly.

Classroom Hire

For information about hiring our classroom for a school visit, please visit the venue hire page.