The Castle and Toy Museum will be open daily for school and registered group bookings from: Sat 10th March to Sun 4th Nov 2018
2018 Admission charges for schools & registered groups of 15 or more:
All prices include VAT @ 20% One adult free for every fifteen children with every pre-booked party (except during special events weeks)
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 Toy Museum is located adjacent to the Castle and is the largest 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, Showbiz Collection and a Rock ‘n’ Roll exhibition. Also included in the Toy 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 Toy Museum, just follow the footsteps!
FILM PRESENTATION ON THE CASTLE’S HISTORY Available for all schools with a confirmed booking is a free copy of our DVD on the history of the castle. The film is approximately 15 minutes long and will give the viewers an insight into all aspects of the Castle’s history – from its simple, humble beginnings during the Iron Age, through the hundreds of years of occupancy, destruction and desolation to its modern, historically correct reconstruction of today. You will hear all about the Castle’s very interesting military involvements – from the conquering Saxons, Vikings and Normans to the English Civil War and even briefly through World War II. Being the only wooden Motte and Bailey castle to be reconstructed on its original site in the world, the film will show everyone just how unique a visit to Mountfitchet Castle and Norman Village really is. The film inspires children to use their imagination and travel back in time and experience the wealth of history that lies behind the castle walls. Copies of an extended DVD is available in the gift shop in the Castle’s Visitor Centre. It contains both the Castle History and the History of Toys and is a great addition for extension material for children and teachers alike. These can be ordered prior to your visit by telephoning the office and placing an order.
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 2015 daily charge per coach is £6.00. Cars are charged £1.20 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 Toy Museum has an indoor seating area which can accommodate 25/30 people, which visiting groups are welcome to use to eat their sandwiches.
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 Toy 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 Toy Museum. Goody Bags are available from £3.50 – please telephone for details.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO SEE EVERYTHING? This depends on the age of the children and whether they are completing Activity Sheets or sketching exhibits etc, but a good average time is 2 hours at the Castle and slightly less at the Toy Museum. Many schools combine a visit to both the Castle and the Toy Museum on the same day.
TEACHERS’ PRE-VISITS Teachers are welcome to visit the Castle and Toy Museum prior to their school visit. We ask you to pay in the normal way, tell the reception staff you are a teacher and they will sign your ticket on the reverse. Then, on the day of the actual school visit, re-present the ticket and your money will be refunded in full. Alternatively, if you have received your confirmation of booking form, bring this along with you and you will be admitted free of charge. Maximum of two teachers allowed per school free of charge.