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School Visit FAQ’s

What Group sizes can you cater for?

Self-Guided Visits – No limit

Facilitated visits/workshops – As a rule of thumb, a facilitated workshop can accommodate up to 70 people, however these numbers can be flexible

Which workshops do you have on offer and how do I make a booking?

Workshops facilitated by our Learning Team are an excellent way to enhance learning. A facilitated workshop must be booked in advance.

More information about our available workshops can be found within the key stage pages on our website.

To book your school visit contact our Learning Team on learn@harewood.org or you can complete our online booking form.

How long does each workshop last?

Most workshops are split into two 45 minute sessions. A half-day booking will be 1.5 hours in total.

What is the required ratio of adults to children?

EYFS – 1:4

KS1 & KS2 – 1:6

KS3 & KS4 – 1:10

KS5 & HE – 1:15

Is specific clothing required?

We recommended weather appropriate clothing for all visits. Due to the size of our outdoor spaces appropriate footwear is also recommended.

Facilitated sessions which require specific clothing, prior notice will be given.

Do you have a first aid station on site, are any of your staff first aid trained?

We have First Aiders stationed across the site, if you require a first aider, please let your session facilitator know. If you are on a self-guided visit, please call 0113 218 1000 and they can assist you.

What are your opening days and hours?

Due to the varied seasonal programme at Harewood, opening and closing times change depending on the season. Please see our Timing Guide for more detailed information.

If you would like to discuss these times further you can reach the team directly at learn@harewood.org

Accessibility & Disabled Facilities?

Due to the historic nature of Harewood House, the grounds and gardens, some areas of the site have limited accessibility

 If you would like to familiarise yourself with Harewood prior to your visit, please download our Accessibility Guide, Visual Story or our Map.

What is the pricing structure?

EYFS-KS4 £5 per pupil.

KS5 & HE £6.50 per pupil

Group leaders are free of charge based on the ratios outlined below.

Workshops are a small added charge starting from £2 extra per pupil.

Harewood offers free places for adults within the following ratios:

EYFS – 1:4

KS1 & KS2 – 1:6

KS3 & KS4 – 1:10

KS5 & HE – 1:15

Any additional adults will be charged at £6.50 per person.

Is it possible to arrange a self-guided visit?

Yes, you can find out more about self-guided visits to Harewood here.

Explore at your leisure and make use of the many trails to guide your group across the site. 

Once you have booked your self-guided visit, we can provide you with two complimentary teacher tickets to visit Harewood to support your planning and risk assessment.

Is there storage space or lunch areas?

Self-guided groups are required to keep their lunch, bags and coats on their persons. For a small fee a lunch/storage space can be booked in advance, but this is dependent on availability. 

Home-brought food can be enjoyed in the picnic areas or outdoor seating widely available. 

Groups who have booked facilitated workshops have a reserved lunch space built into their booking, unless communicated otherwise.

Can I visit in advance of the school trip?

Once your booking has been confirmed , teachers and other educators are invited to take advantage of the free familiarisation trip to Harewood.  Please contact us if you would like to carry out a pre-visit, and we can arrange for your complimentary teacher tickets to be distributed.

There is no need to pre-book your familiarisation trip unless you would like to arrange an appointment to meet with the Learning Team to discuss your trip. Please be aware that we reserve the right not to grant free entry and may request proof of your planning.

Do I need to advise you about specific needs in my class?

If you have booked a facilitated session, please contact the Learning Team on learn@harewood.org with any information regarding physical, learning and behavioural access needs so we can ensure each pupil is appropriately catered for and can get the absolute most from their visit. 

If you have booked a self-led visit and would like more information, we are more than happy to answer your questions on the above email address.

Do you have a risk assessment that I can use?

Risk assessments are available via the Learning Team, though we encourage you to undertake a recce visit to complete your own. 

A copy of the risk assessment can be found here.

Contact learn@harewood.org for more information.

What happens if we arrive late?

If your group is running late, please let us know on 0113 218 1000. We will do our very best to ensure you get a full workshop. However, please be aware there is a risk that the session will be adjusted or cancelled due to other bookings on the same day.

It is therefore important that you arrive on time for the start of your first session; you will be sent a timetable with your booking confirmation detailing your schedule.

What happens in the case of bad weather?

Where appropriate our workshops are based outdoors with wet weather options and are available all year round.

What can we do while onsite?

All visits include full access to the whole site, including Harewood House, Gardens: Italianate Terrace, Himalayan Garden, Lakeside, West Garden & Walled Garden, Adventure Playground, Woodland Wonderland, Bird Garden & Farm Experience. There is plenty for you and your pupils to join.

Where do we go when we arrive?

Upon arrival you will stop at the admissions barriers and be greeted at our Visitor Reception Team. If you are with a facilitated group, they will give you a form to complete detailing your exact numbers and contact information, should we need to contact your group during/after your visit (your contact information will never be passed on to any third-party group). 

If you are a self-guided group, they will simply verify the number of people in your group. They will allow admission and direct you to our carpark with instructions on where to park your coach. 

Unless you are instructed otherwise this will be at the top of the car park, just past the toilet block.

How do I pay?

All school groups will be invoiced after their visit. If you would prefer to pay in advance, payment can be made via cheque or over the phone at 0113 218 1000.

What is your cancellation policy?

We request that you inform us of any cancellations in advance via email or on 0113 218 1000.

Can we take photographs while onsite?

Photography is permitted across the site but please no flash whilst you are inside the House itself. This is for conservation reasons and helps us protect our wonderful collections. Filming is also not permitted while in the House

What Facilities do you have onsite?

Our on-site facilities include coach parking, toilets, various refreshment and catering options, a Second Hand Bookshop and Courtyard Shop.

What do I do if my question isn’t on the list?

Our friendly Learning Team can be reached via email at learn@harewood.org