2017 Visiting Times

We are open from Friday the 17th of February at the following times:*

Fridays 10am – 4pm
Saturdays 10am – 1pm  
Sundays 2pm – 5pm

* NB: Last entry time for the museum is 30 minutes before closing time, but the shop and cafe (free entry) will be open until the published closing times.

Check the ‘Events’  page for events and activities outside these times. Including special activity days during some school holidays.

There is a small admission charge: £5.50 for adults, £3.00 for children between 5 and 17 (under 5s free). Discounts are available for family groups. This includes entry to the whole museum and includes a free guided tour (optional.)

Entry to temporary exhibitions only is just £2 for adults and £1 for children.

On the first Sunday of each month you can enjoy a Victorian lesson at no extra charge! Lessons start at 2:30 & 3:30pm – don’t be late! These sessions are very popular, advance booking is recommended click here or call 01462 420144 to reserve your place.

We recommend you allow at least 1½ hours for your visit.


There is a location map at the foot of this page.

Although the majority of the site is fully accessible, there are some areas which cannot currently be accessed by wheelchair users. You can download a copy of the Museum Access Policy Statement here  Access Statement Oct 2016

For more details, please contact admin@britishschoolsmuseum.org.uk or phone 01462-420144.

What to see & do

You can enjoy a tour with a volunteer guide (included in admission price) or discover the site’s history on your own with one of our self-guiding leaflets. Children can explore the site dressed as a Victorian boy or girl, sit at the desks in the historic classrooms and practise their handwriting in sand or on slate – then try using a dip pen and ink!

The Headmaster’s House is a real gem. Set out in late Victorian style, you can really feel what domestic life must have been like at that time. You can also visit the Discovery Room and find out about school and home life was like for Victorian children.

Check out our latest exhibition in the old Infants' School, where you can also look through copies of the schools’ Admission Registers and class photos – you may discover an ancestor or two!

After exploring the museum take a break in our delightful Tea Room and don’t forget to visit the Gift Shop!


There is no visitor parking available at the museum except by prior arrangement for Blue Badge holders.

There is a pay and display car park about 200 metres away by St Mary’s Church. More details of car parking in Hitchin can be found here.

Public Transport

Hitchin is served by bus from London, Luton, Bedford, Cambridge and Stevenage. The bus stop is by St Mary’s Church, just 3 minutes walk from the museum. Hitchin Railway Station is a 10 – 15 minute walk from the museum and is on the direct line from London Kings Cross to Peterborough and Cambridge.