Essential information for school visits to Tring

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

School and group visits

The Museum can provide a full school day exploring animals and nature. A typical school visit to the Museum is 10:00-14.30. This will include:

  • Being greeted by our front of house staff who will confirm your arrangements for the day and your cloakroom space.
  • An optional 45-minute per class workshop with our handling collection.
  • An allocated lunch time in our indoor lunch space or use our quad for outdoor picnics.
  • Self-led gallery time using our curriculum linked gallery trails which can be printed at school. You are also welcome to create your own resources.
  • Use of our clipboards and pencils.
  • Exploring the outdoor areas including the quad play area, woodland and meadow.
  • Visiting the shop in small groups for pocket money items of £5. 

Please book for both our on-site workshops and self-guided visits.

We recommend a donation of £2 per child to help support our vital work to look after nature and to provide our learning programme.

Our loan box service of themed specimens is also available to book.

  • 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 with the information below to book your visit.

    Upon booking we can provisionally book your date for up to two weeks - providing you with time to check with colleagues and coaches before confirming your visit. Once we have confirmation that your visit will go ahead we will email the details of your visit along with risk assessment information, resources and pre-visit materials.

    If you are unable to make your visit, we require a minimum of three weeks' notice. If you fail to show up or cancel with less than three weeks' notice on two occasions then we will be unable to facilitate future visits from your school.

    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 groups.

    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.

    Arrival

    Upon arrival please use either the Akeman Street or Park Street entrance. 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 one outdoor picnic area which can be used at any time and there is a small indoor picnic area for up to 32 pupils at a time. Our indoor lunch space is a 30 minute slot and must be booked in advance.

  • Explore the Museum grounds

    The Museum has three spaces on the grounds which you can explore alongside the galleries - our quad, woodland and meadow. You can use our I-Spy Outdoor trail PDF (2.5MB) to investigate the quad and woodland.

    The green squad space at Tring, with picnic tables

    Adjacent to the Museum is our quad. This area has picnic tables and umbrellas which can be used for unreserved breaks or lunches at any time. There is also a small area with wooden play equipment and a willow nest.

    Woodland space in the Tring grounds

    Over the road to the Museum, Park Street, there is a patch of woodland and grass with pathways to explore. This can be an area for students to run around or investigate nature. Please be aware of stinging nettles and brambles.

    The entrance to the wildflower meadow, with a gate and board explaining what can be seen.

    Through the woodland and the Hastoe Lane car park there is a wildflower meadow. This is open during the spring and summer. Enjoy a ramble on the mowed path and see if you can spot any butterflies or insects. 

  • Risk assessment information

    The Museum's public galleries and grounds 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 woodland 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.
    • Our Learning and Events staff are enhanced DBS checked and our front of house team receive safeguarding training. 

    School visit risk assessment information PDF (32KB)

  • Access and inclusion

    We can provide additional support and resources for children with SEND. When booking a visit please provide information about your students' needs and we will do our best to ensure they have an enjoyable visit.

    For students in mainstream schools, we can provide additional resources within workshops to support their learning.

    Whilst visiting the galleries we can provide our Explorer Bags which include a variety of resources and toys to support engagement with our displays. These need to be booked in advance and returned when finished. We also have Makaton trails available to print at school.

    For SEND schools or small groups of SEND students we can provide our specifically designed workshop – Walter’s World Adventure.

    Before visiting the Museum we also recommend our pre-visit resource or visual guide to set expectations of the day. 

School visits at Tring

Inspire your students to ponder their place within the natural world and explore the variety of life.