Ancient High House School Tours

AncientHighHouseBuilt in 1595 the Ancient High House is the largest surviving Elizabethan timber framed town house in England. The Ancient High House is located in Greengate Street in Stafford and is open all year round for pre-booked school tours from Monday to Friday 10.00am to 4.00pm. Tours can begin earlier if required.


Bring your school to The Ancient High House for:

Key Stage 1

The Great Fire of London Tour

"A place in your own locality that illustrates an event beyond living memory".
Walk through time to The Great Fire of London!  At the Ancient High House pupils can see the kind of house Samuel Pepys might have lived in; dress in 17th Century costumes and take part in fun activities to bring the history of the Stuart period to life.

The Time Walk Tour

"Compare aspects of the life in different periods". The Ancient High House was built in the reign of Elizabeth I and remained a family home until Queen Victoria's time. Pupils can learn how people's lives changed between the Tudor and the Edwardian periods in our Time Walk Tour.

We are a "significant historical place in your own locality" as demonstrated by these tours.

Key Stage 2

The Time Walk Tour

"A study of an aspect or theme in British History". Why not try our Key Stage Two Time-walk Tour? Our period room sets provide a unique opportunity to study social history from the Tudors to the Edwardians. Pupils can learn about: food; clothing; health; hygiene and home life through the ages. There is a chance for children to dress in period costumes as well as experience hands-on workshop activities.

The Tudor Tour

"A study of an aspect of history or a site dating from beyond 1066 that is significant in the locality". Tudor Themed Tours: explore what life was really like for Tudors rich and poor. Children can learn how their homes were built, about the clothes they wore, the food they ate and what they believed in. Pupils will dress up in costume and have fun with our popular workshop activities.

These tours make us your "Local History Study Site".


Cross-curricular links and curriculum support
Pomander Making:
Children discover why Tudors and Stuarts used pomanders in the context of health and hygiene of the time. Using oranges, spices and colourful ribbons they design and create their own pomander to take away with them.
Art and Design
Georgian Mask Making (Time Walk Tours only):
Wealthy Georgians loved their masked balls! Children will design and create their own decorative or highwayman-life mask to take home.
Art and Design
Tudor or Stuart Domestic Life (included in all tours):
Children learn how rich and poor people lived and about their food and how it was cooked. They will handle crockery and utensils as well as dress in period costume.
- Listening
-Q and A
- Role Play
Wattle and Daub:
Working together, using medieval methods of construction, children create their own section of wattle and daub wall. Those studying The Great Fire of London can see for themselves why houses burned so easily.
Art and Design
Local Geography
Coin Minting:
Pupils "mint" their own half-groat coin to take home and learn about the value of money in the Tudor period.
Use a quill pen like Samuel Pepys! Quill pens, ink and parchment style paper are used to allow children to understand writing in the Tudor and Stuart periods. Pupils will have the chance to write their own name using these materials and create a bookmark to take home.
Art and Design


Visiting Times
Mon-Fri 9.30am-3pm all year round (times can be adapted to suit your requirements)
(Minimum 15 students).
Accompanying teachers and assistants free

£3.70 per child (includes):
- Tour
- Hands-on opportunities
- Tudor or Stuart Domestic Life Activity
- One Activity from activity list
Extras: - Extra Activities: £1.00 per child
- Time saving Gift Packs: £3.00 per child
Gift packs contain themed pen, notebook, pencil and rubber.
SEN: We welcome visits by special needs schools and would encourage you to contact us to discuss any special requirements.
Wheelchair Access
Due to the nature of the building we are unfortunately unable to accommodate visitors in wheelchairs.

Outreach Service for SEN Schools - staff in period costume will bring the Ancient High House to you. History will come alive with costumes for children to dress in and interesting artefacts for them to handle. Children can experience the activities listed in the tours packages. Please contact us for details.
Drop Off/Pick Up Points:
School groups can be dropped off and collected at the rear of the Ancient High House on Earl Street.
 Parking Coach parking is available on Doxey Road Coach Park nearby.
 Lunch Packed lunches may be eaten in the Ancient High House

To book a tour please contact The Ancient High House on 01785 619131 to check availability or fill in the Booking Form (pdf 204kb) and send it back to us.

Payment can be made on day of visit by cash, card or cheque (made payable to Stafford Borough Council). Invoices will incur a £20 administration fee.

We also have an Ancient High House School Visit Risk Assessment (pdf 113kb) sheet that you can print and fill out.

Tel: 01785 619131
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