Teacher familiarisation days

Updated 2 July. Following guidance from the government, outdoor spaces at Hillsborough Castle are now open Thursday-Sunday. The castle will reopen 30 July. Please read our visit information.

About this session

Our familiarisation days are offered free of charge to all teachers who are leading, or thinking of leading, a school visit to Hillsborough Castle and Gardens.

They are specifically designed to assist teachers in their planning and enhance their knowledge and skills ensuring that they lead their visit with confidence.

What's Included

• A guided tour of the house by one of our schools team to help teachers become familiar with Hillsborough Castle and its key stories and characters.

• Familiarisation with locations for practical planning such as toilets, gift shops and session meeting points.

• Guidance on resources and suggestions for pre and post-visit activities for the classroom.

• Practical advice on leading the visit and a chance to ask questions.

• A brief taster session demonstrating the teaching techniques that we use to engage and inspire students and help them to make the most of their visit.

• A chance to meet colleagues from other schools across the sector and enjoy some informal networking.

Booking information


All familiarisation sessions run on Thursday afternoons for 1.5 hours from 16:30–18:00

12 September 2019 – All teachers (Primary focus)

14 November 2019 – All teachers (Secondary focus)

13 February 2020 – All teachers (SEND focus)

14 May 2020 – All teachers

Email us to book your free place.

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