Teachers & Group Leaders

Practical Information

Planning Your Trip

We are open 10.00 – 16.30 Tuesdays to Sundays inclusive and open Bank Holiday Mondays. Special opening hours can sometimes be arranged for larger groups if required. Groups would normally spend a minimum of an hour in the museum and usually longer. If you are using our activities or taking part in an educational workshop more time will be needed.

During school holidays there are table top activities in the galleries and trails and activities are also available in the Activity Zone

NB We are closed 24-26 December and 31st December.

We are keen to encourage leaders bringing groups to come to us for a free visit in advance of the trip. A meeting can be arranged with our Education Officere. Contact education@canalmuseum.org.uk to set up your visit or meeting.

Museum Shop

The museum shop sells books, gifts and souvenirs suitable for all ages and budgets, including pocket money souvenirs. If you are bringing more than 10 children and want to use this facility, please let us know in advance so that it can be timetabled in to your visit.

How Many Children?

60 is the largest size of group we can accommodate. With a large group we find the visit works best if one of the activities takes place off-site, such as a boat-trip or a towpath walk. For a single class of up to 30, the off-site element is not so necessary, but we do find that a walk or boat trip adds a lot to any visit.

How is the Day Organised?

For a supported school trip, we generally run a carousel of activities. The group generally arrives at about 10:00am and will have a welcome and introductory talk. They then divide into three groups which take it in turns to do three activities, with a break between the second and third activities for them to eat their packed lunch. They depart at around 2:00pm. For a sample timetable, please contact the Education Officer (see below). Group visits are generally planned according to needs and activities chosen.

How to Book

Contact education@canalmuseum.org.uk to arrange your visit or telephone on 020 7713 0836 (between 1000 and 1600 Tuesdays to Sundays) to check general availability. Please note that although there may not be a member of the Education Team on site, messages are passed on quickly and will be answered as soon as possible.


Admission Prices:

  • For a visit including up to 3 workshop activities led by the museum’s education team, £4.00 per pupil (£5 for trips booked after 1st April 2020);
  • For self-directed visits, £2.00 per pupil (£2.50 for trips booked after 1st April 2020)

Free entry for group leaders and other accompanying adults up to a ratio of 1 adult:4 children. Additional adults charged at the normal admission rate – see https://canalmuseum.org.uk/visit/admission.htm

Payment may be made on the day or later on invoice. Payment can be made by cash, credit or debit card or via BACs. Charges for additional services such as boat trips will usually be made directly to the provider to avoid the payment of VAT to the museum.