World exclusive exhibition


Bringing your school on a visit

School visits to the exhibition for teacher-led groups of 18 or more students must be booked online from the main ticket page.

One free adult place is allocated for every 6 children. In school parties, under 5’s are also free. 

School parties of less than 18 children should email for more information on how to book. 

If your school group requires a coach space for the day, please select this option when booking.

Facilitated Sessions

Our education team will also be running facilitated sessions suitable for Key Stage 1, 2 & 3. These are:

  • Mary Anning and her Fossils! (KS1 and 2)
    Meet Mary Anning, the remarkable Victorian fossil collector and hear about her amazing life. Handle and identify fossil finds, and enter a world of strange sea creatures, dinosaurs and prehistoric reptiles. Discover how fossils were formed millions of years ago and examine wonderful specimens from our collection.

  • Darwin in Colour (KS2 and 3)
    A hands-on session using our amazing specimens to show colour in evolution including camouflage, warning colours and mimicry

  • Darwin and You! (KS2 and 3)
    Students work with some of our impressive vertebrate skeletons and skulls and our collection of top-quality replica hominid skulls as well as genuine archaeological and historical artefacts. Find out about the revolutionary theories of Charles Darwin and Alfred Russell Wallace which astonished nineteenth century society!

    Students discover how species, particularly humans, have adapted and evolved through time on an ever-changing planet by looking in-depth at our own ancestors and their social as well as
    physical evolution.

  • Earth Science Dinosaur Day (KS3, 4 and 5)
    2 activities linked with a CREST award

    Understanding Fossils: Students work with our geology collection of rocks and fossils to
    understand the processes of sedimentation and fossilisation and the relevance of the fossil record to the evolutionary theories of
    Charles Darwin and Alfred Russell Wallace. They also get to make their own fossil!

    Design a Gallery
    Students work in groups or individually, using the knowledge from the Understanding Fossils session and interacting with the amazing Dinosaurs of China exhibition, to produce their own dinosaur gallery including their own Palaeo Art work, and gain a CREST award

The cost of the facilitated sessions is £70 per session for Nottingham City schools and £80 per session for Non City schools.  Sessions for a maximum class size of 30 are available as morning or afternoon sessions 10.30-12.00 or 1.00-2.30.

If you would like to organise a facilitated session with our education team, please email to check availability BEFORE booking your tickets to the exhibition. 

How to book
To book a facilitated session, please telephone the Schools Programmes team on: 0115 88761420

For further information about our schools programme or our object loans service – Access Artefacts please visit the Nottingham Heritage website

Regretfully we are unable to provide schools with a lunch space except for those attending a pre-booked facilitated session. In this case, the area will be outdoors in a marquee, so please ensure adequate clothing is worn for the time of year. 

There is ample opportunity for picnics for large groups and to enjoy the setting of the magnificent deer park. So, do bring picnic blankets but please supervise your pupils carefully when deer are grazing close by.

We are unable to store lunch bags and boxes for schools (except those attending a facilitated session). We advise that each child carries their own lunch in a rucksack that enables them to have both hands free. Please ensure that where free school meals are provided, the lunches are distributed to each child prior to entering the hall as there is not space to do so inside. Alternatively, if your coach is parking on site, you could leave lunches on the coach for collection later.


Please ensure you arrive on time for your booked exhibition slot, we will attempt to accommodate late arrivals but cannot guarantee when the next admission slot will be.

You may find it easier to allow your group to visit the toilets in the Courtyard before entering the Hall as the exhibition takes visitors along a specific route.

At Wollaton Hall there is lift access to all the exhibition gallery floors and toilets. A ‘Changing Places’ toilet and height adjustable changing bench is available near the Stable Courtyard Café in Wollaton Park, users are requested to bring their own slings and register before use with site staff. At Lakeside Arts the exhibition is on the ground floor and has access level toilets.

There are designated disabled car parking bays across both venues: At Wollaton Hall these are located next to the main entrance to the Hall and in the car park next to the Stable Courtyard. At Lakeside Arts disabled car parking bays can be found in Lakeside’s main car park, in front of the Djanogly Art Gallery, and by the lake.

To book disabled parking at Wollaton Hall, please email or call 0115 876 3100

There is an induction loop in Wollaton Hall shop and café, Lakeside Arts’ Djanogly Gallery Café and Pavilion Café.

Assistance dogs are welcome in all areas of the exhibition venues.

Please note, carers go free.