Visiting Soho House
This page contains comprehensive information for teachers bringing pupils on a visit to Soho House, it includes pre-visit and on the day information.
Come and explore the 18th Century home of entrepreneur Matthew Boulton. See the famous Lunar room where the greatest thinkers and engineers of the time met to talk under the light of the full moon. Find out what life was like for one Birmingham’s richest men, by exploring his house seeing his kitchen, bedrooms and garden.
You can also take part in one of our education sessions where your pupils can learn about the life and times of Matthew Boulton and discover more about Mary Seacole, who cared for wounded soldiers during the Crimean War.
Soho Avenue (off Soho Road)
For enquiries or to make a booking contact the Education Bookings Team on 0121 348 8001 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Download the schools risk assessment (PDF) for Soho House.
If you are a first time visitor to Soho House it is recommended that a member of your teaching staff attends a pre-visit. Proof of teacher status must be shown at the ticket desk on entry (e.g. General Teaching Council membership, union membership card or signed headed school paper). Please contact the bookings team to arrange this.
Our facilitated sessions take place within the historic environment of Soho House and are interactive and hands-on. They have been developed by an experienced museum Learning Officer and are linked to the National Curriculum. Sessions include active learning opportunities and are designed to appeal to all learning abilities and styles.
Self-guided visits are not available at Soho House.
All of our taught sessions are available for home education groups. We can adapt the content of the taught sessions to fit with mixed age groups, abilities and needs. A minimum charge may apply.
Both the visitor centre and the house are fully accessible by wheelchair. There is lift access in visitor centre and historic house and ramps are available for wheelchair access to the house.
Goodie bags are available to pre-order and can either be paid for on the day or via invoice to your school. We have a range of goodie bags to order:
- £1 - pencil, eraser and postcard
- £1.50 - pencil, eraser, postcard and compass
- £2 - pencil, eraser, postcard and binoculars
Goodie bags contain items in a random selection of colours (see bottom of page for images) and are subject to availability. To pre-order your bags please contact Soho House on 0121 348 8150.
Pupil / Teacher Ratio
For all groups a minimum of 1 adult to every 8 pupils is required. A failure to meet these ratios may result in your session being cancelled upon arrival at the museum.
On the Day Information
School groups should arrive 15 minutes before the start of their first taught session. This will allow for pupils to disembark from the coach, drop off lunch bags and visit the toilets before going into the main house.
Late arrival may result in your taught sessions being shortened. Sessions cannot be carried over due to other groups and activities around the house.
Coach Drop Off and Parking
Drop off for pupils is outside the entrance gates of the museum. For cars there is a small car park at Soho House but this is unsuitable for coaches.
Please use general main entrance. Please note we are closed to the public on Mondays but still deliver school sessions so the front door may be closed. A Learning Officer will be waiting to meet you on arrival.
There is one classroom, the Goodison Room, which seats 30 pupils.
The cafe, which seats 60 pupils, may be available to use. This must be booked prior to your visit.
Teachers and pupils may leave their belongings in the cloakroom, but it is recommended to keep high value items on you at all times.
Toilets are available as well as an accessible toilet. We ask that all children use the toilets before the taught session to avoid disruption.
The shop is open all year round. Pupils are welcome to visit the shop as part of their day. We ask that a maximum of 6 pupils visit the shop at one time.
- It is the responsibility of the class teachers and accompanying adults to control the behaviour of pupils
- All taught sessions take place, at least in part, in the main part of Soho House, which has many historic artefacts on display. Artefacts must not be touched unless permission is granted by museum staff
- Pupils are expected to show respect, listen to the museum staff and follow instructions
- Adults must stay with the pupils at all times
- Pupils should not be led away from the Learning Officer unless instructed to do so and no one is to exit the building unless escorted by a member of museum staff
Photography is permitted.