Knebworth’s award-winning educational visits offer a range of curriculum linked and bespoke programmes to suit the needs of your group. We cater for students of all ages. The unique historic setting, exciting learning activities and stimulating outdoor spaces will provide a day out that your students won’t forget!
Knebworth House was originally a Tudor red brick manor house and has been home to the Lytton family for over 500 years. Today, it welcomes visitors to discover more about their local heritage and explore many different periods of time, as well as the beautiful historic Deer Park and 28 acres of Formal Gardens.
Our carefully designed educational visits are planned to meet the needs of the National Curriculum whilst being fun and inspiring. We cover a range of subjects including History, English and Science as well as offering cross-curricular opportunities.
Knebworth House has held the Sandford Award for excellence in heritage education since 2001. The judge of the Sandford Award commented:
“Knebworth House is an exciting and interesting place for school groups to visit. The Education team take care to offer visits that are tailored to the particular interests and needs of a group, and which make the most of the House and the collection. Often it is possible for school groups to be the only visitors in the House which gives a group the chance to take time in each room and really engage with the topic in hand. This makes for memorable visits!”
LOCAL HISTORY, SIGNIFICANT PEOPLE, PLACES AND EVENTS
Students will gain an understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world as they step back in time and explore life as a Tudor. Our costumed guides will lead you on an exciting journey through the House in the morning, focusing on the
preparations for Queen Elizabeth I’s visit to Knebworth in 1571. Knebworth House is the perfect place to contextualise knowledge of Tudor costume, writing and education, coats of arms and armour, music and entertainment. In the afternoon, the journey will continue outside with the self-guided afternoon session, exploring the gardens while learning about Tudor food and plants. Click to read more
“Knowing that Elizabeth I actually visited Knebworth gave us an understanding of what life was like for her.” Teacher, Stukeley Meadows Primary
VICTOR’S VICTORIAN VENTURES
Discover Knebworth House and Gardens through the eyes of Victor, who grew up in Knebworth House. The servants of the house (our costumed guides) will help develop your students’ understanding of British, local and world history and what life was like locally in Victorian times for the rich and poor.
Your students will find out about Victorian dress, education in Victorian times (including writing on a slate), everyday objects and the Victorian nursery and toys. The self-guided afternoon session will focus on how Victorians used the outside space; you will explore the gardens, sample Victorian games and pastimes and have fun in our Victorian bowling alley. Click to read more
Victorians Loan Box
Bring the Victorians into your classroom with our Victorians loan box. For 4 weeks, you can borrow a box containing everyday Victorian objects, framed photographs and an information book to explain the contents. Please contact the Group
Bookings team for more information and prices.
WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE, LOCAL AND BRITISH HISTORY
VOTES FOR WOMEN
Enhance your students’ learning about the fight for women’s votes. This programme can take place either at your school; or at the family home of Knebworth’s own Suffragette, Lady Constance Lytton (maximum numbers apply). For further details, please visit the website.
ART, DESIGN, PHOTOGRAPHY, NATURE
GARGOYLES AND GREENERY
Let your students be inspired by the rich details of the Gothic exterior of the House and key areas of the gardens with this self-guided trail. Students are given the opportunity to draw or photograph patterns, textures and shapes and to consider some of the uses of the gardens in Victorian times.
COMMUNICATION, LANGUAGE AND LITERACY
EARLY YEARS: THE STORYSAURUS STOMP
Get your early years pupils ready and motivated to write with the Storysaurus! Meet our friendly dinosaur character, who loves to read and write, during our interactive story sack session. Then explore the ever-popular Dinosaur Trail complete with life-size dinosaurs, woolly mammoths and sabre tooth tigers! Youngsters will love singing and stomping, roaring and drawing – they will come away bursting with story ideas! You will enjoy a fun-filled afternoon at Fort Knebworth (June) or a visit to the entire Adventure Playground (July – August). Click to read more
“The use and quality of resources were excellent and the children haven’t stopped talking about Storysaurus!” Teacher, Aboyne Lodge School
Imagine that Knebworth House, Gardens and Park were to enter a competition to be the best historic house in the country! Your students will take a tour of the house in the morning, finding out about the historical features, taking a quiz as they go around and discussing suitable words to describe what they see. On their return to school, they will be inspired to write using what they have found out to try to persuade the judges that Knebworth House is the best historic house. In the afternoon students may sketch the exterior of the house (self-guided) or you may choose to spend a fun-filled afternoon at Fort Knebworth (June), or the entire Adventure Playground (July – August).
INSPIRING YOUNG WRITERS
This exciting programme will help students to develop positive attitudes and stamina for writing. You will hear about the writers who have lived and worked here, including our most famous writer Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton, and feel how this fantastic setting inspired them. Students will use the morning’s experiences to begin writing their own atmospheric story opening, beginning with the immortal line “It was a dark and stormy night…” For your afternoon activity, choose from the self-guided Garden Story Trail or a visit to Fort Knebworth (June) or the entire Adventure Playground (July – August). Click to Read More
The self-guided Garden Story Trail inspires pupils with magical moments from a range of literature such as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Peter Pan and Twelfth Night. Teams will search for points on our story trail map, listen to extracts from the texts and answer questions designed to prompt their creativity. Click to Read More
INTRODUCTION TO THE GOTHIC
Discover the conventions of Gothic Literature with a tour of the house where our guides will discuss what the Gothic is and introduce some of the hallmarks of the genre. Your students will find out about the Victorian novelist (and resident of
Knebworth House) Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton and other Victorian authors such as Charles Dickens; gain some idea of the context in which they were writing and be given the opportunity to do some writing in the Gothic style themselves. This visit would be a great way to introduce the Gothic genre prior to GCSE English. Please note that we can only accommodate a maximum of 20 students at a time for this session. Click to Read More
In the afternoon, the students can examine the Gothic features of the exterior of the house in more detail by sketching creatures on the exterior of the house (self-guided), or you may choose to enjoy our self-guided Gargoyles and Greenery visit or spend a fun-filled afternoon at Fort Knebworth (June) or the entire Adventure Playground (July – August).
MATHS, SCIENCE, ENGLISH
MONSTERS AND MAZES
‘Monsters and Mazes’ offers a fun, cross-curricular guided tour of the formal gardens, wilderness area and Dinosaur Trail, while learning about the natural world, numeracy, shape and colour. There’s also time to find out about prehistoric life with a visit to our much-loved Dinosaur Trail. Your students can spend a fun-filled afternoon at Fort Knebworth (June) or the entire Adventure Playground (July – August). Click to Read More
HOW PLANTS GROW
Let your children see the topic of ‘Green Plants’ come to life as they explore our Formal Gardens and Walled Kitchen Garden with our guides.
This is a wonderful way for children to explore the world around them and develop their understanding of scientific ideas as they discover how plants grow in the context of a beautiful, established, working garden. Newly planted seedlings, 300 year old trees and plants that have been in existence since the days of the dinosaurs – all contextualised in a peaceful, garden setting.
Each child will take a seed they have planted back to school, along with a lavender bag. Children from Key Stage 2 also receive a recipe card. Teaching resources are available on our website to use before or after your visit to continue the learning in the classroom.
Your students can spend a fun filled afternoon at Fort Knebworth (June) or the entire Adventure Playground (July).
How Plants Grow is only available in June and July. Please book early to avoid disappointment, as we are only able to accommodate two schools per week for this programme. Click to Read More
WHOLE SCHOOL VISITS AND PLAY DAYS
Why not bring the whole school for an educational visit? Our group bookings team will work with you to create a bespoke workshop day with a combination of our educational programmes, or you can treat your students to a well-earned play day. Our Adventure Playground and Park are ideal for large numbers to have a fun time. Your pupils can have fun on the astro slide and drop slide, play on the swings, slides and walkways of Fort Knebworth, whizz down the zip wire and try the water play features.
ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE
Our specially developed House tour is designed to be interactive and engaging. Knebworth is easily accessible from London, Cambridge, Bedfordshire, London airports, the Eurostar and the channel ports. We would be delighted to welcome
your students and to play an important part in their studies of English history.
We are happy to welcome uniformed groups to visit. Please contact us to discuss your requirements. Minimum visitor numbers apply.
We support lifelong learning. Please see our adult group visits section of the website for details.
To make your booking, contact our Group Booking Team, or use our Online booking form