We want our Museum to be explored and enjoyed by everyone. We have tried to make the site as family friendly as possible and around the site you will find the following:
Family Visitor Guide
We have a family visitor guide available to purchase for £3.50 in our ticket office. The guide is full of family friendly facts, curious features and information about terrible times!
Our buildings are filled with artefacts or old objects, so you can find out how people lived and worked in the past. Within the buildings there are opportunities to dress up and play with historic games. However, some areas are roped off to protect the displays and old objects.
Trails and Walks
We have lots of themed spotter trails and in school holidays we have interactive trails for the whole family.
The Museum has an orienteering course and maps can be downloaded for free here or a printed copy can be purchased from the Museum ticket office. We have a sensory trail around the site to encourage all visitors to explore the site with all their senses. Pick up a free map from our ticket office or just look out for the prompts around the site.
There are four marked trails around our woodland for you to discover. Unfortunately, our woodland walk is not suitable for buggies but we are working on this.
Our adventure playground is inspired by the historic buildings at the Museum. Children can play in the model toll house and shepherd’s living van and then have fun exploring the real things! Occasionally, in wet weather we may have to close the park for safety reasons.
Where possible we encourage our visitors to touch and explore our artefacts. There are plenty of opportunities to dress up, play with historic toys and games, build models of our barns and lots of space to run around and discover. *Unfortunately due to Covid-19 this is temporarily unavailable.*
Baby Changing Facilities
Baby changing facilities are located at our Bakerloo midsite toilets and Haversham granary toilets. Our Haversham toilets have booster steps to help little ones reach the sinks.
Mothers are welcome to breastfeed on site. If you would like a chair or a private space then please ask a member of our team. We know breastfeeding can be thirsty work so please let us know if we can grab you a glass of water. If you’ve ordered food and want to start breastfeeding while you wait, let our staff know and we’ll make sure that your food is brought over to you.
Our cafe has high chairs and a children’s menu. There are also lots of picnic benches around the site should you want to bring your own lunch.
Buggies and Prams
Buggies are welcome on site and there are ramps into most of our historic buildings. A few of our historic buildings are very small and will not accommodate a pram, but there is plenty of space to park them outside. Our paths are gravel and can get a little muddy in bad weather.
Our site is 45 acres, so there is lots of space to explore. Apart from our electric golf buggy, we operate a no vehicle on site policy as this keeps our visitors safe and helps parents relax. On the very rare occasion that a vehicle needs to be moved on site they will always be escorted by a member of our team on foot.
Our site is large so there are always lots of quiet spots. If you want to visit at a quieter time we recommend visiting on a non-event day or on a special event day arriving between 10am and 11am when it’s always quieter. The site is always quieter after 2.30pm. Some events can be loud and include gunfire. You can check the events section of our website for full details of each event.
Standard admission prices apply and there is a premium admission price for some special events. All activities on our Terrific Tuesdays are included in your standard entry fee. During day-time admission candle making and food and drink are the only additional extras that you can expect to pay for. On the rare occasion that a special event includes an activity at an additional cost this will always be stated on our events page.
You can leave the museum and return as many times as you would like on the same day, but make sure you let our ticket officer know before you leave so that they can give you a ticket. (re-entry is during 10am – 5pm only).
You can download a copy of our visitor map here.
We’re continually reviewing our activities and offering and would love to hear your feedback good or bad. You can provide feedback via comment cards on site, via our online visitor survey or by dropping us an email on firstname.lastname@example.org