Explore the story of the Great Fire of London within the charming historic setting of Aston Hall.

Aston Hall was built just three decades before the Great Fire of London took place and gives pupils the opportunity to see how old houses differ from modern buildings.

Using the house, along with some opportunities for dressing up and handling objects, we will follow the events of the Great Fire of London:

  • Examining materials used for constructing old buildings and discussing how the conditions in 1666 were hazardous.
  • Meeting Thomas Farriner and his maid, where we will recall the events which led to the start of the fire through role play.
  • Performing part of Samuel Pepys diary to find out how he reacted to the fire and the importance of written historical sources.
  • Handling objects which were used to put out the fire, including a replica fire hook and leather buckets.
  • Discovering the aftermath and how London was rebuilt.

Curriculum links

Perfect for KS1 curriculum:

  • Studying events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally [for example, the Great Fire of London].
  • Studying significant historical events.

Important Information

Parts of the tour will require the use of a staircase within Aston Hall. Children will also be expected to sit on the floor using cushions during the session. If your class has any access needs, please contact us in advance so that elements of the session can take place on the ground floor instead.

School visits to Aston Hall are available Wednesday - Friday.

Bring two classes from your school and spend a full day on site with self-led activities to use outside of your taught session.

Get in touch to book

Call us on 0121 348 8001 (Monday - Friday, 9.30am - 4.30pm) or email us