Things To Do

School Groups

Looking for ideas for you school trips? We have a wide variety of things on offer for children at Foundation Phase through to Key Stages 3 & 4.

As well as serving as an historic home for centuries worth of history, art and memorabilia, we have a great deal to offer our young visitors who can explore Victorian history through play.

They'll learn about Victorian inventors, popular pastimes and the science of moving pictures in our Inventions & Amusements interactive galleries.


Ground Floor

Art & History

Our ground floor hosts the majority of our Art and History. Tours delve into Welsh Art of special interest and free games, quizzes and an tour from Mrs Humphreys - the resident Housemaid - who you may be able to spot as you walk through the castle.

'Look out for signs of the foxes trail as you tour the house. Ask a friend if you’re stuck'

First Floor

Games & Inventions

As well as featuring the Master Bedroom and Lowther College Room you can find a number of activities perfect for families and school groups. Dress-up in Victorian fashion, try your hand at games, puzzles and illusions popular among the Castle's early residents, and discover the inventions and early motion picture technology developed during the Victorian Era

'Unique Victorian pastimes await so be sure to pose like a painter, balance the iron nails and walk the Hall of Mirrors.'

For History Tours and talks we have our 'From Civilian to Combatant'  Exhibition set over three galleries.


Park

Victorian Gardens & Kinmel Camp

The Trenches Experience at Bodelwyddan is an exciting, ongoing experience and the educational aspects can be adapted for all ages and abilities.

We will engage an experienced local WW1 Educational Interpreter, so your pupils really get the chance to 'Meet Tommy' or 'Nurse Dora' . We encourage questions, photographs and interaction! The experience will be tailored to your requirements, with talks, drill and a tour, plus your pupils will have the opportunity to handle original artefacts from WW1.  

 Past the Aviary and the Giant Chess Board and Four in a Row you will find our extensive gardens and woodland. The carefully sculpted gardens host a private pond, pine maze and wisteria archway which will take you past the garden wall and into our woodland walk. Keep an eye out for mini beasts and squirrels, begin the hunt for the toughest conker and be sure to explore the reproduction practice trenches of Kinmel Camp next to the Adventure Playground and uncover the history of its role in the First World War.

Make the most of good weather at the Adventure Playground. It's the perfect spot to take a break from exploring the grounds, with sweeping views over the area, a jungle gym for children and a maze just a stone's throw away.

Complete your day out at Bodelwyddan with a visit to our onsite Gift Shop for a souvenir. We stock a variety of items, many at 'child friendly' prices !

If you would like to bring your class to Bodelwyddan Castle & Park please call us on 01745 584060 or email your request to enquiries@bodelwyddan-castle.co.uk

Workshops & Packages

Education Workshops

This year we are developing a series of new living history tours and hands-on workshops, below are examples of some the education workshops currently available.

Should you wish to book a Trench Tour then please email us with your requirements at lorraine.lister-bodcastle@outlook.com as this guided interpreted workshop has maximum pupil numbers per session and is priced accordingly.

Educational Workshop, excluding WW1 and trench tour workshops.
(Schools within Denbighshire)  


 £3.50 per pupil*
Educational Workshop, excluding trench tour workshop. 
(Schools outside Denbighshire)
£4.00 per pupil*


*Minimum charge of £60 per booking, booking essential.

*Trench Workshop £6 per pupil, minimum £90 per booking, booking essential.

*Additional WW1 Workshops £4 per pupil, minimum £60 per booking.

Please contact us on (01745) 584 060 for further information.

Mrs Humphreys', living history tour

Foundation Phase - KS2 (adaptable)
The year is 1850. Mrs Humphreys, head housekeeper at Bodelwyddan Castle & Park is the senior female servant both loved and feared by her staff. What she doesn't know about all the ins and outs of life above and below stairs just isn't worth knowing.This fascinating and entertaining tour involves dressing up, role play and object handling, giving pupils an opportunity to experience some of the differences between the lives of the Victorian Upper and Lower Classes.

Toys and games from the past

Foundation Phase 
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. They hear stories, handle vintage toys, learn how to play long-forgotten games and explore the Victorian Inventions and Amusements Gallery.

Den Building Adventure

Foundation Phase - KS2 
Come and join us in our specially created den building area, where you will design and build your own shelter using nothing more than your hands and the natural materials available.  

Self Guided

Self-Guided Castle & Park                               £2 per pupil*
Self Guided Park Only£1 per pupil*


*Minimum charge of £60 per booking, booking essential.

Teacher led visit with a variety of free quizzes and trails to engage pupils within the castle, collections and outdoor environment.

Did you know?

We have an onsite gift shop - perfect for taking home a souvenir of your visit!

Opening hours

MondayClosed - except for pre-booked School visits

TuesdayClosed - except for pre-booked School visits

Wednesday

Closed - except for pre-booked School visits


ThursdayClosed - except for pre-booked School visits

FridayClosed - except for pre-booked School visits

Saturday

Grounds 10:30 - 16:00

House 10:30 - 16:00 (last admission 15:30)


Sunday

Grounds 10:30 - 16:00

House 10:30 - 16:00 (last admission 15:30)


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