Victorian School Visit

School Visits

Whether you are looking for a Victorian themed school trip or a chance to learn about an important Manchester women, we can offer a school visit to meet the learning needs of your school group.

Described after her death as ‘one of the greatest female novelists of all time’ Elizabeth Gaskell was born in 1810 and lived at 84 Plymouth Grove in Manchester with her family from 1850 until her death in 1865. She was a celebrated Victorian author and social activist best known for writing Cranford, North and South and the biography of her friend Charlotte Bronte.

Elizabeth welcomed other Victorians such as Charles Dickens and Charlotte Bronte to her House. Her family mixed with a range of Victorian society from the poor of the workhouse to the likes of Florence Nightingale and Charles Darwin.

Elizabeth and her family did a great deal to help the working people of Manchester including supporting and delivering education to the Victorian working classes. They ran early forms of food-banks, supported unmarried mothers and were actively involved in the anti-slavery movement.

Building on the legacy of Elizabeth Gaskell and her family, our hands-on approach and relaxing environment mean we are an inspiring, sensory and creative space for school children of all ages.

Primary School Visits 

£3.50 per child. Visit lasts 1.5 – 2 hours.

KS1/KS2: Victorians / Then & now

Who lived in a Victorian house like this? Through a variety of playful and hands-on activities, we will discover more about Elizabeth Gaskell’s Victorian home. Pupils will compare life in Victorian times to life today through three activities during their visit. These are usually;

  • A tour and exploration of the four Victorian rooms (can include a focus on the role of Victorian women)
  • Handling and talking about Victorian household objects and a chance to dress up
  • A craft activity making a Victorian toy (KS1) or a literacy activity (KS2) using chalks and ink

Curriculum areas: History, Literacy, Drama and Science.


Secondary, Higher and Further Education groups

From £10 per student. Refreshments also available for additional cost. 2 hours maximum. 

We offer:

  • A private tour with our experienced guides (typically these last an hour).
  • A range of specialist talks/discussions on topics including:

– An introduction to Elizabeth Gaskell: writer and woman
– The Gaskells: a Victorian Manchester family
– Elizabeth Gaskell’s Novels
Mary Barton and Manchester

Other bespoke talks can also be arranged with sufficient notice

Read about a visit from St Thomas More School to Elizabeth Gaskell’s House

Bringing Elizabeth Gaskell’s House to your School

Visiting a school dressed as Elizabeth Gaskell

If you are within a 10 mile radius of the House we can also come to your classroom with handling objects and a presentation. We ask for a fee of £65 per class and our visit typically lasts 1 hour. This is available to primary and secondary schools.





Useful Information

From £3.50 per primary pupil per booked session. Accompanying adults free. (Costs will vary for self-guided visits, private tours and bespoke projects.) Up to 30 children can be welcomed at one time.

Coach parking
The House is on the corner of Swinton Grove and Plymouth Grove. Coaches can safely drop off on Plymouth Grove so that pupils do not need to cross a road.

The house has step-free access, a lift to all levels and accessible toilets on each floor. Please inform us in advance of any access requirements or additional needs.

Teachers and group leaders can arrange a pre-visit to the House at no additional cost for planning and risk assessment.

Activities will take place in the period rooms and the Servants’ Hall. There is space for storage of coats and bags. Packed lunches may be eaten in the Servants’ Hall.

Fill out the enquiry form below or contact the House Manager directly on or call 0161 273 2215

To begin with the old rigmarole of childhood…

Wives and Daughters