Learning visit FAQs
What is the maximum number of students you can take per visit?
The maximum capacity for the Learning Programme is 270 students per day, depending on the size of the ‘bubble’. Large parties must divide into smaller groups whilst they are on the Park. Workshops and guided tours can accommodate up to 30 students.
How many adults do I need to bring?
You must have a minimum staff:student ratio of 1:10.
One staff member may attend free of charge for every five students under the age of 18. Please contact us if the needs of your students require you to bring a higher ratio of carers.
What do we need to bring?
- Outdoor clothing suitable for the weather (your guided tour will take place outside)
- Sensible shoes (sharp heeled footwear cannot be worn inside our historic buildings)
- Packed lunches (these must be distributed in advance of your arrival)
- A pencil
- Any resources you may like to use in your self-guided time
When can we arrive and depart the site?
Due to the limited space on our coach arrival area, you will be allocated an arrival time and a departure time allowing you approximately 4 hours onsite. We ask that groups make every effort to adhere to timings as unscheduled changes may delay your entry to the Park.
What happens when we arrive?
On arrival groups will be met at their coach by a member of staff. When possible, coach parking is provided at Stadium MK, home to the MK Dons football club; your driver will be briefed on how to locate the coach park. Drivers must return to site 10 minutes before the allocated departure time. Parking is available on-site for school minibuses and cars only. Groups arriving by train should report to the Porters’ Lodge by the entrance.
Can workshop and tour times be adjusted if we arrive late?
For groups taking part in the Learning Programme, if you arrive later than expected we will endeavour to accommodate your group but please be aware that your itinerary may be affected and we cannot guarantee the rescheduling of your session or tour.
Can our students explore the park by themselves?
The park is open to the public and the grounds are spread across a wide area with multiple buildings and a lake. For safeguarding reasons it is important that students are supervised and accompanied by a responsible adult at all times.
Do we have to request a time slot to visit the shop?
You can visit the shop at any point during your self-guided time. Due to space restrictions only 10 students are permitted in the shop at any one time and they must be supervised and accompanied by a member of your visit staff. Please note the shop is often particularly busy around school departure times (1.30-2.45) and so we recommend you visit earlier in the day. COVID UPDATE 2020 – Only contactless payments are accepted in the shop and face coverings should be worn unless that person is exempt, for example they are under the age of 11 years.
Can my group store their bags somewhere?
Unfortunately we are not able to provide storage areas for bags, lunch crates or other items.
Can we visit the site before our trip, to help us prepare?
Yes! We strongly encourage teachers to carry out a pre-visit. Up to three teachers from the school may visit free of charge by arrangement – please contact the Learning Department to book this. Until the end of 2020, you DO NOT need to have a provisional booking in place in order to carry out a pre-visit.
We are looking to visit The National Museum of Computing (TNMOC) on the same day. Can we book that through you?
TNMOC is a separate organisation next to Bletchley Park. Bookings can be made by contacting (0)1908 374708. If you decide to visit please let us know so we can adjust timings accordingly.