Plan a school visit…

About us

Set within its own extensive grounds, Bodelwyddan Castle is well placed for school visits, offering workshops and tours on portraiture, nature in art, the different lives of servants and gentry, toys from the past, school days from the Victorian age to present day, wildlife habitats, mini-beasts, nature walks, the First World War in Wales, and more.

We are a small charity devoted to learning and providing opportunities for people of all ages to discover something new.  Our partnership with the National Portrait Gallery gives visitors the chance to get up close to works by masters of the Victorian age.  And the parkland and wood, rich in wildlife, offer great spaces for exploring and connecting with the natural world.

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We provide a warm welcome to a variety of educational groups of primary, secondary, college and nursery levels throughout the year.

We also provide...

Free coach parking; friendly staff and volunteers; a dedicated education room; adventure play area; picnic area; and we always try to accommodate groups needing and indoor lunch space.

Accessibility

Disabled access and drop off point available, descriptive tours and tactile resources for visually impaired visitors, lift up to the first floor.

Workshops

 Mrs Humphreys, living history tour
Suitable for Foundation Phase to KS2

Mrs Humphreys, Bodelwyddan Castle's Victorian housekeeper

Mrs Humphreys, housekeeper

The year is 1850. Mrs Humphries, housekeeper, is the senior female servant both loved and feared by her staff. What she doesn't know about the ins-and-outs of life above and below stairs just isn't worth knowing. This fascinating and entertaining tour involves costumes, role play and object handling, to experience some of the differences between the lives of different social classes.

 

The Victorian School Room
Suitable for Foundation Phase to KS2

Children love the horrors of the Victorian classroom: lining up in silence to the ringing of the hand bell; hearing the swish of the cane and wondering who will get it next; thinking ‘Will anyone wear the Welsh Not or the Dunce’s cap today?’ and if so, will it be you?

All this and the Three R’s, the mysteries of pounds, shillings and pence, the singing of tonic sol-fah, copperplate handwriting with slate pencils on slate boards – right-hand only please – and a truly terrifying Victorian school teacher too!  This is a presentation packed with information, stories and lots and lots of exciting experiences from Victorian times. You and your children will love it.  Read more here.

Mini-Beasts, Wildlife Habitats, and Nature Walks
Suitable for Foundation phase to KS2
Available in Welsh or English

Butterfly netting in one of our MiniBeast Mayhem events

Join Hywel, our Environment Manager, on a fascinating woodland walk.  This session can be tailored to your group's needs to include activities such as a mini-beast hunt in MiniBod's Little Kingdom (our interactive woodland glade for primary age children), building habitat piles, creating a bee hotel to take back to your school garden, bird/tree/insect/mammal spotting, and more.

 

 

 

Toys and games from the past 
Suitable for Foundation Phase 

Playing with a toy pram web
This workshop is a really engaging and enjoyable way for our youngest visitors to experience their first museum visit. Pupils discover toys from the past through observation, discussion and play. Dolls from different ages share their stories, children handle vintage toys, learn how to play long-forgotten games and explore the Victorian Inventions and Amusements Galleries.

 

Patterns in nature
Suitable for Foundation Phase to KS2

Watts Hall Take inspiration from our historic galleries and discover how designers, such as William Morris and Burne-Jones, created stylised patterns from nature using simplified and repeated shapes. Pupils create their own designs through drawing exercises, learn about traditional woodblock printing, develop their own designs and produce original prints.

Please note: this workshop is temporarily unavailable until June 23 while we host the Wales national Book of Remembrance in our Education Room.

information and booking

For enquiries and booking, please contact us on 01745 584060 (ext. 4) or e-mail enquiries@bodelwyddan-castle.co.uk

Workshop prices

Denbighshire schools, £3.50 per pupil (minimum charge £60 per workshop)
All other schools, £4.00 per pupil (minimum charge £60 per workshop)

Self-guided visit prices

Teacher led visits with access to a variety of free trails and drawing activities.
To visit the Castle and Park, £2 per pupil
To visit the park only, £1 per pupil

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T: (01745) 584 060 E: enquiries@bodelwyddan-castle.co.uk