Admission & Group Visits

adult visitors looking round the museum playground

Public Admission

Admission is Free - although we ask for a suggest donation of £2 or £3 per person to help with our running costs as the Museum is not publicly funded.

During the winter months (December – February) opening times are 11am to 3pm  – again Thursday to Sunday.  The Old School Canteen coffee shop is open on the same days between 10am and 4pm.

We are open Thursday to Sunday 10am to 4pm between 1st March and 1st December.

We are also open on most Bank Holidays.

An average visit takes at least 1 hour  – more if you are planning to try our cafe, The Old School Canteen.

Winter opening times start on Saturday 1 December (11am -3pm).  The Old School Canteen is open open from 10am until 4pm.

Our last open day before the Christmas break is Sunday 23 December.  We will reopen on Thursday 3 January.


Group Visits

The Museum is a popular venue for group visits – their length varies but typically last two to three hours depending on whether it involves lunch or afternoon tea.  The guide tour takes about one hour – and you can include a short “lesson” in the Victorian Classroom, or you can have an object quiz to test who’s been listening attentively during the tour!

The tour costs £3.50 per person. Or for £4.50 we can include a Classroom Experience to stimulate your group’s reminiscences or a meeting with one of Mr. Wilderspin’s Agents or Teachers – and there’s a lighthearted group quiz activity using objects which is good fun.  Refreshment costs vary from tea / coffee & biscuits (£1 per person) to a sandwich buffet – our coffee shop will negotiate a price with you for this.

There’s plenty of seating around the Museum if members of your group have restricted mobility – it’s all on the ground floor with wheelchair access and a wheelchair accessible toilet.  There’s good car parking too and coaches can easily drop off outside the School.

Some groups visit other places of interest in the town nearby  and make a day of it – we can advise you on where to go!

Everyone enjoys reminiscing and sharing memories of school and childhood – and go away smiling!

Telephone (01652) 635172 to discuss your groups’ needs and to book.

School Visits

For information and prices for school visits, please visit the school programmes area of our website which contains all details of school programmes.