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Schools visits

A full day visit to Port Sunlight is a great way to bring history to life. Pupils experience life in a real village, exploring a range of fascinating buildings such as the first school in the village, built in 1894 and an original worker’s cottage. We have film shows, and plenty of historic artefacts in our award winning museum, an intriguing guided story walk around the village. Pupils will learn about the development of this internationally important village, and the lives of residents from the workers through to the industrialist William Hesketh Lever who built Port Sunlight. They’ll also get hands-on in workshops workshops including doing the laundry the old fashioned way with dolly tub and Sunlight Soap.

Timings can be adjusted to suit your needs, but a typical workshop would run 10am-2pm. Full day workshop costs £200 per class. We can accommodate up to two classes per day. Workshops are suitable for Key Stage 1 and 2, please let us know the age and any specific focus you’d like when booking.

If you are looking after a shorter visit, then you can book a class visit to the museum and worker’s cottage for £50, or a guided tour of the village for £75.

For more information, or to book a visit please email, Marie Gibbons, Bookings and Venue Co-ordinator: m.gibbons@portsunlightvillage.com or call 0151 644 4802

Tips for planning a visit

  • Have a preferred date ready, along with alternative dates if possible.
  • Time of arrival and departure.
  • Estimated number in your group.
  • Name or the person in charge of the group.
  • Any special needs or requirements.
  • Contact name, phone number, address and email address.
  • We will email you a confirmation of your booking. Please check these details and contact us if you have any queries. We’ll also email risk assessments with your booking confirmation.

We recommend a ratio of adults to pupils of 1:4 for pupils aged 7 and under and 1:7 for pupils aged 8-11, accompanying adults are free of charge, so please bring as many as you feel appropriate. Please contact us if you’d like the opportunity for a pre-visit to plan so that we can arrange free entry to the museum for you. If you would like to see the Old Schoolroom at the Lyceum where some of the workshop will take place and pupils have lunch, please contact us to arrange a convenient time.

We have a gift shop which can get very busy, so school groups are only permitted inside in small groups accompanied by an adult.