Schools & Groups

Mountfitchet Castle is a unique, fun, and educational place to visit for schools and groups of all ages.


The Castle and Museum are open daily for school and registered group bookings from Sat 9th March 2024 until Fri 8th November 2024.

2024 Admission charges for schools & registered groups of 15 or more:

Entry to Castle only
Adults £9.50
Children £8.00
OAP's £9.00
Entry to Museum only
Adults £8.00
Children £7.00
OAP's £7.50
Entry to Castle & Museum
Adults £11.50
Children £9.50
OAP's £10.50

All prices include VAT @ 20% One adult free for every fifteen children with every pre-booked party.


Frequently Asked Questions for Schools & Groups

WHAT CAN WE SEE WHILE WE’RE THERE? Mountfitchet Castle is a Norman Motte and Bailey Castle and Village, re-constructed on its original historic ancient site, complete with many different buildings, siege weapons and animals roaming freely throughout the 10 acre site, providing a unique insight into community life in Domesday England. The House on the Hill Museum is located adjacent to the Castle and has the largest collection of Toys in the world, with at least 80,000 exhibits on display from late Victorian times up to 1990’s. How better to see the illustration of the social history of our times portrayed through toys, books, games, music, entertainment and family amusement. The museum also houses a WWI & WWII Blitz and Battle of Britain display and information, Showbiz Collection and a Rock ‘n’ Roll exhibition. Also included in the Museum site is our Dinosaur park where you can see life sized dinosaurs and try your hand at fossil hunting in our Palaeontology House, can you find the Velociraptors claw?

DO WE HAVE TO BOOK IN ADVANCE?  Yes, all parties must pre-book, initially by telephone and then by confirmation either by filling in our form on the contact tab under School confirmation. Or by email: Or letter to: Mountfitchet Castle, Stansted, Essex. CM24 8SP.

IS IT SUITABLE FOR ALL AGE GROUPS?  Yes, both attractions are suitable for all age groups, from infants upwards.

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DO WE NEED A GUIDED TOUR? No, in the Castle all exhibits are clearly signed and as you enter each building, an informative commentary is activated by sensor. In the Museum, just follow the footsteps!

ARE THERE PARKING FACILITIES? Yes, there is a large Car and Coach Park serving the Castle. This is operated by the Council, and the current 2023 daily charge per coach is £6.00. Cars are charged  approx £1.80 for a three hour stay.

EATING ARRANGEMENTS The Castle has a tea room which seats approximately 50 people, as well as an outdoor, covered picnic area which can accommodate approximately 120 people. The tea room sells a range of sandwiches, toasted baguettes, cakes, cookies, popcorn and ice cream, as well as a selection of hot and cold drinks. The Museum has an indoor seating area which can accommodate 25/30 people, which visiting groups are welcome to use to eat their sandwiches.

Schools at Mountfitchet Castle

DO YOU HAVE ANY EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS? Updated activity sheets are available to download for both attractions, tailored to suit different age groups. For Students whose first language is not English, we offer basic information sheets about the history of this ancient, historic site. These are offered, free of charge, in ten different languages. Fully illustrated Souvenir Brochures are available at both sites. The brochures can be used as a guide to accompany your visit to the Castle.

DO YOU HAVE A SOUVENIR SHOP? Yes, Mountfitchet Castle visitor centre has a souvenir shop, offering a wide variety of gifts and souvenirs starting from as little as 50p. The Museum does not have a shop, but groups are more than welcome to use the one in the visitor centre which you pass through on your way to and from the Museum. Goody Bags are available from £4.50 – please telephone for details.

KEEP IN TOUCH Let us have your email address and we will keep you up to date of our special events, news and shows. Mountfitchet Castle and the House on the Hill Museum are constantly updating their website with news, events and stories. In order to keep teachers and group leaders informed of our latest news and events we are compiling a confidential email database so that we can send out e-newsletters.

Email us at to be included on the database.