Victorian Schools and Victorian Schoolrooms in the UK

SMALL PRINT: Whilst every attempt has been made to keep these listings up to date and accurate, no liability is accepted for errors or omissions. The inclusion of any listing does not imply endorsement by The order of the list is arbtrary. The costs, where stated, are for educational visits, but should be regarded as a guide only, and you are advised to check the details as they may not be up to date.


Victorian School at the Holly Lodge Centre

Holly Lodge Centre

The Holly Lodge Centre is based in the heart of Richmond Park in south west London. The Centre is located on the site of a Victorian house and farm, which was formerly lived in by a park gamekeeper/manager, Mr Sawyer. There is a Victorian school room (based on a Dame school) and a fully reconstructed Victorian pharmacy.
School groups can experience a Victorian lesson taught by strict Mrs Sawyer in her schoolroom. The pupils will gain an insight into the life of a Victorian Schoolchild and compare it with today's schools. We also offer a Servants Academy workshop, during which pupils will train as kitchen maids, valets, housemaids and laundry maids whilst using and handling Victorian artefacts.
In the Victorian pharmacy, KS2 pupils can learn about the links between plants and medicine whilst training as Victorian pharmacy apprentices.

Cost per child £15.

Farnham Museum

Farnham Museum

38 West Street
Surrey, GU9 7DX

01252 745444

The museum offers a variety of topics and a full day visit to include some of these topics:

  • House Keeper’s Tour
  • Writing with ink pens
  • Looking at Victorian Dress
  • Victorian Washday
  • Rag Rugging
  • Playing with replica Victorian toys

Approx charge for 30 children, from £90

Sevington Victorian School


01249 783070

One room village school with Gothic features. Two teachers run the day - one in the schoolroom and one in the parlour.

Approx charge for 25 children £240

Radstock Museum

Thackray Museum

Waterloo Road

Tel 01761 437722

Radstock Museum offers a wide range of facilities for school visits. The Museum has a Victorian Schoolroom where the children can take part in role-play lessons, a Co-op Shop, miner's cottage kitchen and a re-constructed coal mine section reflecting the life of a typical miner and his family from the days when the Somerset Coalfileds were at their peak. Programmes can also be tailored to meet individual need. School visits can take place at any time by arrangement though mornings are preferred.

The cost is £3.00 per child (plus VAT) with some adults free. Costumes are provided or schools may come in costume.

Thackray Museum, Leeds

Thackray Museum

Beckett Street

0113 244 4343

The museum is housed in a former Victorian Workhouse and offers an interactive workshop focussing on the lives of everyday Victorian people. Children dress up in period dress and visit a recreation of a Victorian street complete with authentic smells!

The charge for children is £5 each for a led session or £4 otherwise.

Armley Mills Industrial Museum

Armley Mills Museum

Canal Road
Armley, Leeds
LS12 2QF

0113 2244368

Offers an authentic Victorian school day where children can sample the timetable of a typical Leeds board school (1870 1901).

The Foundling Museum

40 Brunswick Square
London WC1N 1AZ

020 7841 3600

Against the background of the stunning Museum Galleries and our dedicated Education Centre, students use objects, drama, costume and archive material to experience life as: A Victorian foundling growing up in the Hospital, a parent struggling to do the best for their child under the difficult circumstances of Victorian London, a Governor of the Foundling Hospital, making difficult decisions about which children they should take in.

Activities include: role play, object investigation and handling, dressing up, speaking and listening, group discussion, decision making.

Horton Kirby Environmental Education Centre

Horton Kirby Centre

Horton Road
Horton Kirby
Kent DA4 9BN

01322 863465

Visiting school pupils take the identities of real school children who once attended the school in the year 1900. Apart from Victorian classes at the original Victorian School, there is an opportunity to explore Victorian aspects of the village. Charge for 30 children for the day £200.

The Dean Heritage Centre

Dean Heritage Cente

Camp Mill, Soudley
Forest of Dean,
Gloucestershire GL14 2UB

01594 822170

The Dean Heritage Centre has many different attractions of which one is a Victorian Schoolroom. There is also a Victorian Forester's Cottage. The Centre offers a number of school educational programmes, and visiting classes can dress up and take a lesson under the tutilage of Miss Wright.

The Donnison School

Donnison School

Church Walk
Sunderland, SR1 2BN
0191 565 4835

The Donnison School was built in 1798 as part of the legacy of Elizabeth Donnison specified in her will in 1764. The building was originally established as a charity school for 36 girls drawn from Sunderland Parish.
The School and the house of the schoolmistress, which was added in 1827, were rescued from dereliction and fully restored, and is now open to school visitors and classes can enjoy teaching in the schoolroom.

(no website at the moment)

Royal Gunpowder Mills

Royal Gunpowder Mills

Beaulieu Drive
Waltham Abbey,
Essex, EN9 1JY

01992 707360

The Royal Gunpowder Mills provide two programmes for visiting school groups. Victorian Life includes a Victorian School lesson, games, and teaching about the working life of a Victorian child. Victorian Christmas includes practical activities such as making Christmas cards and decorations, and playing Victorian parlour games, plus an exploration of traditional Christmas fare.

Approx charge for 20 children £145. The Mill can accommodate as many as 128 children per day.

Tiverton Museum

Tiverton Museum

Tiverton, Devon

01884 256295

Museum is sited in the old National School building built in 1841

Victorian childhood and School experience, and teaching about Victorian washday. Teaching provided for school groups

Approx charge for 25 children £100 (adults free)

The Workhouse, Southwell

West SomersetSouthwell Workhouse

Southwell, Nottinghamshire
01636 817260

Former workhouse, now owned by the National Trust. Open to visitors March to October. Explore how the poor were treated in Victorian times.

Teaching provided for school groups

Approx charge for 25 children: from £65 see website

Rural Life Centre, Farnham

Rural Life Centre, Farnham

Farnham 01252 795571

Recreated Victorian School

Teaching provided

Approx charge for 25 children £15 for half hour

Victorian Schoolroom at Guildford Museum

Guildford museum

Guildford Museum

Castle Arch
Surrey GU1 3SX

Tel: 01483 444750

Recreated Victorian Classroom

Teaching provided

Approx charge for 25 children £156

Activities for KS1 and KS2 children in a specially recreated Victorian classroom facility, where children dress in Victorian costume and follow a Victorian style role play recreation.

Activities include: Recitation, Physical drill, Object lesson/needlework,Copperplate handwriting.

Park Hall Victorian School and Museum

Park Hall

01691 671123

Recreated Victorian School

Teaching provided

Approx cost for 25 pupils £140 (includes other items)

The Judge's Lodging

Judges Lodgings

01544 260650

Museum with resources

No teaching provided

Ragged School Museum

Ragged School Museum

020 8980 6405

Recreated Victorian Schoolroom in former Victorian School

Teaching provided

Approx cost for 25 pupils: £140

Weald and Downland Open Air Museum

Weald and Downland

01243 811459

Genuine Victorian School

Approx cost for 25 pupils: £105

British Schools Museum, Hitchin


01462 420144

Genuine Victorian School

Teaching provided

Approx cost for 25 pupils: £130

Wilderspin National School


01652 635172

Genuine Victorian School

Teaching provided

Approx cost for 25 pupils: £75

Balsall Heath Victorian Classroom

Balsall Heath

Balsall Heath Local History Society, St Paul's Venture, B12 8NJ
0121 464 1888

Real Victorian classroom

Teaching provided

Approx cost for £25 per hour

Available any day of week throughout the year. Artefacts and teaching materials available for those that cannot visit.

Victorian Schoolroom at St. John's House Museum

St Johns House


01926 412069

Teaching provided

Cost £50

Chilvers Coton Heritage Centre

Chilvers Coton

Nuneaton, The Victorian Schoolroom

02476 7632 5822

Genuine Victorian School now a heritage centre

Teaching provided

West Somerset Rural Life Museum

West Somerset Rural Life Museum

01643 862529

Genuine Victorian School

Teaching provided

Approx charge for 25 children £75


Where to find Victorian Schools:


WALES (including Monmouthshire)

  • Anglesey
  • Brecknockshire
  • Caernarfonshire
  • Carmarthenshire
  • Cardiganshire
  • Denbighshire
  • Flintshire
  • Glamorgan
  • Merioneth
  • Monmouthshire
  • Montgomeryshire
  • Pembrokeshire
  • Powys
  • Radnorshire


  • Aberdeenshire
  • Angus/Forfarshire
  • Argyllshire
  • Ayrshire
  • Banffshire
  • Berwickshire
  • Buteshire
  • Cromartyshire
  • Caithness
  • Clackmannanshire
  • Dumfriesshire
  • Dumbartonshire
  • East Lothian/Haddingtonshire
  • Fife
  • Inverness-shire
  • Kincardineshire
  • Kinross-shire
  • Kirkcudbrightshire
  • Lanarkshire
  • Midlothian/Edinburghshire
  • Morayshire
  • Nairnshire
  • Orkney
  • Peeblesshire
  • Perthshire
  • Renfrewshire
  • Ross-shire
  • Roxburghshire
  • Selkirkshire
  • Shetland
  • Stirlingshire
  • Sutherland
  • West Lothian/Linlithgowshire
  • Wigtownshire


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