Essential information for school visits to Tring

A school pupil at the Museum in Tring, beside a display case

How to book

For questions and bookings, email tring-bookings@nhm.ac.uk or call us on +44 (0)20 7942 6177.

We recommend booking at least a month in advance.

Booking your visit

Browse our workshops and choose which you would like to do.

Our maximum capacity for students per day is 120. We can provide one workshop per 32 children and we can run workshops back to back for large groups. Visits to the Museum are free, there is a recommended donation of £2 per child which can be made by cash or cheque.

If you are a home educated group or have a group with special educational needs or disabilities please call or email us to discuss these and how we can best meet your groups needs.

Call 020 7942 6177 or email tring-bookings@nhm.ac.uk with the information below to book your visit.

Please have the following information ready when you are booking:

1) Contact details including:

  • group leader name
  • email address
  • telephone number
  • school name and address

2) Visit details including:

  • suitable dates of visit
  • approximate time of arrival
  • approximate time of departure
  • number of adults and number of pupils
  • age range of pupils
  • name of workshops
  • any additional requirements

We recommend that you make a preliminary visit to the Museum to familiarise yourself with the facilities and building. 

Supervision guidelines

The behaviour of pupils at the Museum is the responsibility of teachers and adult supervisors. Please ensure your group meets the minimum adult to pupil ratio for your Key Stage.

The supervision guidelines allows for classes to be split into small groups and visit different areas of the Museum and reducing crowding. In workshops classes are further split into 5 groups for KS1 and lower KS2 and 4 groups for upper KS2, for the students to get the most out of their workshop each group should have a supervising adult.

Key stage

 Minimum

 Recommended

Foundation Stage   

1:6

1:4

Key Stage 1

1:6

1:6

Key Stage 2

1:8

1:6

Key Stage 3

1:10

1:10

Key Stage 4

1:15

1:10

Post-16

1 adult per booking   

1:30

Guidelines

  • Pupils must have adult supervsion at all times.
  • When using the Museum shop, we would be grateful if you could split into small group.
  • If you have missing pupils or lost property, please ask one of the uniformed members of staff for help.
  • In the event of an emergency, there will be a voice activated tannoy.
  • Please follow the instructions and exit with all of your pupils at the Fire Assembly Point in the outdoor picnic area.

Behavioural code of conduct for schools

Respecting the space in which you are visiting is vital for the preservation and longevity of our collection, for ensuring the comfort and enjoyment of all visitors here and for ensuring your own safety.

We ask teachers to remind their pupils of the following before their visit:

  • Please follow any instructions provided by Museum staff.
  • Please treat the Museum’s spaces and specimens with care and respect.
  • In the galleries please ensure that pupils walk, take care in opening cases. Do not climb or lean over the railings in Gallery 3.
  • Please respect others enjoying their visit.
  • Please dispose of litter in the bins provided.
  • Please stay with your group at all times.

In making your booking with the Natural History Museum at Tring, you agree that your group will abide by this code. Please ensure all accompanying adults are aware of the code and that children are well supervised throughout their visit.

On the day

Parking

If you are arriving by coach, please ask the driver to drop you off at the coach parking bays in the Hastoe Lane car park. Pedestrian access to the Museum from that car park is by footpath, through a small wooded area. Follow the footpath and enter via the grassy courtyard. Minibuses may park in either of the Museum's free car parks. Please take care in car parks and use zebra crossings where available.

Timings

Your workshop times and lunch slots will be provided in your confirmation but please liaise with our front of house staff if you need to check these. Upon arrival please use either the Akeman Street or Park Street entrance and our front of house staff will be there to greet you and signpost your group to the cloakrooms and toilets.

The meeting place for your workshop is the Polar bear in Gallery 1, please ensure you are ready a few minutes before your workshop time.

Eating

The Museum has two outdoor picnic areas and there is a small indoor picnic area for up to 32 pupils at a time. Lunch slots of 30 minutes should be booked in advance.

Risk assessment information

The Museum's public galleries have been designed and are maintained as safe spaces for all our visiting public.

Activities for schools are designed with full consideration of risks. Risk assessments are completed for all new activities.

In particular, please note:

  • Any materials to be handled as part of workshops have been risk-assessed. Staff leading the activities will advise those taking part of any precautions and will ensure safe behaviour.
  • Trip hazards are identified and isolated from access routes.
  • In the galleries please ensure that pupils walk, take care in opening cases and do not climb on or lean over the railings in Gallery 3.
  • The building has fire doors and is fitted with smoke and heat-sensing systems that will trigger alarm systems to alert staff to the need for evacuation. Fire exits are clearly sign-posted and well-rehearsed evacuation procedures ensure visitors can safely and quickly exit the premises.
  • Teachers (or other accompanying adults) remain responsible for the general health and safety of pupils as at school. Teachers (or other adults) should supervise groups at all times for their health and safety and to accompany them in the case of an evacuation.
  • The Fire Assembly Point for schools is in the outdoor picnic area. Please ask a member of staff for assistance in locating this area if needed.
  • The Front of House team is the first point of call for lost pupils, incidents and can contact a first aider if required. 

School visit risk assessment information PDF (220KB)