Planning Your Visit to the Holburne Museum

Before the Visit


Please ensure that you have signed and returned your booking form.

Staffing Ratios

We advise an adult pupil ratio of 1:8 for KS1 and KS2 and 1:10 for Key Stage 3 and above. School staff and accompanying adults must supervise pupils throughout the visit. Please ensure that all accompanying adults are made aware of the relevant information in these notes.

Combined visits

You may wish to combine your trip to the Holburne with a visit to the Victoria Art Gallery (about 10 minutes walk away). We particularly recommend this if you are bringing a large group and having two workshop sessions in one day. Advance booking is essential and visits are not available on Mondays. Contact Lindsey Braidley, Learning & Programmes Coordinator on 01225 477757 or email

Risk Assessment

Please read the accompanying Hazard Identification guidelines and contact us if you wish to discuss anything in further detail. We will highlight some of this guidance in our introductory talk to your group.

Planning a Visit

Please contact the Education Administrator if you want to arrange a pre-visit planning appointment with the Education and Outreach Officer.


We will provide all of the materials that you need for your visit, including clipboards and pencils but please bring some boxes to carry your artwork back to school.


The Museum galleries are wheelchair accessible via a lift and there is an accessible toilet on the ground floor. Please ensure that you have discussed any special requirements for pupils and/or accompanying adults with the Education Administrator before the visit.


If your visit is to include a canal walk or visit to Sydney Gardens, please advise pupils to wear comfortable shoes and to bring wet weather gear or sun hats as appropriate.

On the Day


The Coach drop off point for the Museum is on Sydney Place by the right hand side entrance to the Museum. Your coach driver will need to park at the Avon Street Coach Park during your visit (please see accompanying map) and return to the Museum to collect you.


Toilets are located in the basement (with an accessible toilet on the ground floor); school staff should accompany primary school pupils.

Coats & Bags

These will be left in the Clore Learning Space at the start of the visit.


Lunches can be eaten in the Clore Learning Space or in the Museum grounds – except in the area belonging to the Garden Cafe .

Please leave the Clore Learning Space clean and tidy; otherwise a £25 cleaning fee may be incurred.

Accompanying adults may purchase their own takeaway items from the Museum’s Garden café.

Food and drink must not be consumed in the Museum galleries.


There is a small Museum shop; visits can be made in small, accompanied groups during lunchtime or at the end of the visit. Alternatively, pre-ordered goody bags of Museum souvenirs can be ordered at a minimum of three week’s notice.


Photography without a flash is allowed in the main Museum galleries but not in the temporary exhibition spaces as these usually contain objects and images that are on loan to the Museum for which we do not have the copyright.

Group Management

School staff and accompanying adults are responsible for the behaviour of their pupils during the visit. If necessary, our Gallery Educator will refer to you to deal with any issues.

If you are in a large group that is being split, you will be given a trail for your pupils. Weather permitting, we recommend that you also try to spend some time outside exploring Sydney Gardens.

First Aid

The administering of First Aid to pupils is the responsibility of the school.