School visit FAQs
Will I still be able to make a school booking under Coronavirus restrictions?
We’re currently offering a reduced range of activities including visits to the bridge, classroom outreach and digital content which are available to book for immediate delivery. We’ve suspended our regular tour and workshop programme at the bridge, but we’d be pleased to speak to you about adapting any of the advertised workshop activities for classroom delivery. Our complete offer is available to browse and it is possible to reserve a date for delivery of a full bridge tour or workshop from 2021 onwards. If ongoing restrictions mean it is not possible to proceed with your booking, we will offer alternatives nearer to the time or allow cancellation of your reservation.
How much is an education session?
Please contact us to enquire or refer to our pricing list for up–to–date pricing information.
How do we pay for our session?
When you have made your booking, we will send you confirmation, detailing your booking details and your costings. You will then be invoiced after your visit. We can accept payment by card, BACS payment and cheque.
Can we come to the bridge before our visit to help us plan our trip?
Yes. If you are a teacher planning to bring a class, you are welcome to visit the bridge and pre-book a visit to the Visitor Centre at any time. Please get in touch if you would like to meet us on this pre-visit to ask any questions.
What happens when we arrive on the day?
Your coach driver will take you to the drop-off point on Observatory Hill. It is a short walk (past the public toilets) to the Clifton Toll Booth, where your guide will be waiting to meet you and begin your experience.
Is there coach parking at the bridge?
There is a drop–off point on Observatory Hill, Clifton Village, which has a 10-minute limit. Please visit our Coach Parking page for more details. If you are travelling in your own minibus, please allow time for your driver to find parking. See How to Find Us for parking information.
Can you provide a risk assessment for our activity?
We have risk assessed all of our schools activities and can send you risk assessment at the time of booking. If you would prefer to make your own assessment of the site and facilities, you can visit us to do this.
Are the education sessions accessible?
Both the bridge and Visitor Centre are accessible to wheelchair users but the Leigh Woods vaults are only accessible via a ladder. Our full tours include crossing the bridge, so if you have any students with limited mobility, please let us know in advance of your visit and we will work with you to plan an inclusive experience. Please let us know at the time of booking if you require special provisions for any students (e.g.: large print worksheets). For more information, please see our Accessibility Guide.
Is there somewhere for us to eat our lunch?
We do not have a dedicated lunch space, but children may eat their packed lunches in the Education Workshop or make use of the green space close to the coach pick up point (where there is also a playground). Please note – if you have booked a half day visit then there may be a nominal fee for use of the Education Workshop as a lunch space.
Are there any self-led activities we can complete during our visit or afterwards in the classroom?
You can purchase our Children’s Trail from the Visitor Centre to complete in your free time during your visit. Please also visit our Teaching Resources page on our website which has lots of ideas on how to complete follow up work in the classroom.