Self Guided School Visits | Banbury Museum

Free gallery trails are available to support your visit.

Schools can combine a self-guided visit with one of the following:

Gallery Discovery Box

A discovery box contains a range of game-based activities and topics for KS1 and KS2. They are a cross-curricular resource and draw on the maths, English, art, science and history programmes of study. A gallery discovery box is ideal for small group work (up to 5 pupils). A hire charge applies.

‘Welcome and Wow’ tour

A ‘Welcome and Wow tour’ is a 15-minute introductory museum tour which showcases key collections on display either in the permanent galleries or through our temporary exhibition programme. The tour is designed for a single class up to 35 pupils. A tour charge applies. Dedicated break or lunchtime or study room space – A hire charge applies.

Costs for self-guided school visits

A visit to Banbury Museum is free of charge

  • Hire of a dedicated break or lunchtime space (for one class up to 35 pupils) – £15 per hour
  • Hire of a dedicated study room (suitable for small student group) – £15 per hour
  • A ‘Welcome and Wow’ introductory tour – £15 per talk
  • Hire of a Gallery Discovery Box – £5 per box
  • “How it was for us” – intergenerational workshop – £45 per session ‘Exploring Banbury Town’ sound trail – Free to download at A pack can also be loaned at £5 per pack, refundable upon return of the pack.

How to book

Booking is essential for all the workshops including self – guided visits.

Please telephone Mark Ratcliffe on 01295 236164 or email

Confirmation of your booking

Following the confirmation of your booking we will send a school visit pack which will include a copy of the workshop programme and additional information which will prove useful for your visit and for sharing with accompanying adults.

Cancellation policy

We reserve the right to charge a cancellation fee for bookings cancelled less than 14 days before the visit. Please visit the museum website to read the cancellation terms and conditions. 

Parking facilities

A coach/car drop-off point is situated at the back of the museum in Spiceball Park Road. There is space for six cars to park and set pupils down. If you wish to leave your cars during the visit, there is ample space in the pay and display car parks close to the museum.

Lunch facilities

In fine weather, we encourage schools to picnic in Spiceball Park. The park is approximately a five-minute walk from the museum along the Oxford canal towpath. The education studio is available as a picnic area in poor weather or as desired.

Coats and bags

Coats and bags are securely stored in a lockable crate.

Adult Supervision
  • We require a ratio of 1 adult: 5 pupils for our KS1 and KS2 workshops
  • We require a ratio of 1 adult: 10 students for KS3 workshops

Additional adult supervision required for the ‘Canal Experience and boat trip’ workshop.

For outreach workshops – class teacher to remains in the workshop at all times

Risk assessment

A generic risk assessment will also be sent before your visit. The risk assessment is designed to inform not to replace the school risk assessment for offsite school visits. The museum strongly advises schools to carry out a school risk assessment if intending to picnic in Spiceball Park.

The museum shop

School groups are very welcome to visit the museum shop with up to 10 pupils in the shop at any one time. Please supervise your students at all times.

Please ensure the ‘Learning Outside the Classroom’ quality award logo is included and prominent on the website.

Banbury Museum’s Education programme is kindly sponsored by