Planning a group visit
Image © Pete Carr
We welcome a huge number of group visits every year, including nursery, school and college groups, adult groups and tours and community groups. In order to make the most of your visit, please read the information for your group type below, and remember to pre-book your group visit with us.
Nursery, schools and college visits
Each year we welcome visitors at all key stages into our venues - early years, primary, secondary, further and higher education and SEN. There are a number of ways that you can visit our venues:
Whatever you choose, you must pre-book your visit with us
due to the large numbers of groups that visit us each day.
If you are coming on a general visit, fill in an online form to let us know the details. If we can accommodate you, we will send you a confirmation letter. Providing you do not need to book a lunch space or have any other requirements, we may not need to speak to you further. If there is an issue, we will contact you.
If you want to book a particular educational activity, have a look in our learning sessions database and fill in the relevant form with your preferences. Alternatively, you can call the bookings team on 0151 478 4788 and leave a message - they will contact you as soon as they can. Some sessions are in extreme demand and we cannot always accommodate groups at short notice. It is useful to have some alternative dates to hand just in case.
Some sessions are designed so the class teacher can lead the session, using resources that we provide online or in print (subject to availability). If you would like to use any of our printed resources you will need to book them in advance. We do not provide clipboards or pencils, so please remember to bring your own. Contact the bookings team to make a resource request.
Essential information - risk assessments
Whether you are coming on a general visit or taking part in a session, we strongly recommend reading the essential information page that we have put together for teachers and group leaders. It is a good idea for all the accompanying adults in your group to be well-briefed before the trip. The page includes downloadable documents with sample risk assessments for our venues.
Booking a visit
You can contact the bookings team, Becky and Emma, by using the online form or calling 0151 478 4788. We do experience very high numbers of phone calls at peak times and use a call filtering system so we can prioritise the most pressing requests. If you leave a message we will get back to you as soon as we can, usually within three working days.
If you are booking a trip very far in advance it may take a little longer to get back to you - please be patient while we process your request.
Many of our venues can offer lunch rooms. However, these must be pre-booked. Please enquire at the time of booking.
Adult groups and tours
If you want to visit as part of an adult group or coach trip, please contact the bookings team in advance so we know to expect you.
Some of our venues can pre-book lunch for large groups. Do let us know if you plan to eat at the venue and we will put you in touch with the appropriate dining area.
Smaller groups can pre-book tours of the Old Dock and the Edmund Gardner pilot cutter, and our Visitor Hosts run regular tours of our venues, by request (subject to availability). You can also view the what’s on guide for details of special tours and talks that are running as part of our public programme.
To enquire please call Becky and Emma in the bookings team on 0151 478 4788 or use the online form. Please note that the phone lines can be extremely busy and if you leave a message we will get back to you as soon as possible.
If you are a part of a community group and would like to make a general visit please contact us to book your group in.
If you are interested in a particular subject then have a look at the learning sessions database to see if there’s anything that would appeal to your group. We can often adapt our sessions to meet your particular needs.
Find out more about our longer term projects and exhibitions with community groups, and how you could get involved, on the Communities page.