School Visits

Welcome to the Bridging the Tamar Visitor and Learning Centre

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We can tailor the workshop for your key stage and area of interest. We offer on site workshops, outreach visits to your school, and online sessions.

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STEM learning
Learning outside the classroom
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We offer a variety of curriculum linked workshops from Early Years to Key Stage 4.

We have a dedicated workshop space in the Centre for pupils to do hands on learning, bridge building and explore STEAM subjects (science, technology, engineering, art, and maths) and make links to the National Curriculum.

All workshops include a trip out onto the Tamar Bridge to marvel at the views of the river and Brunel’s Royal Albert Bridge, look at the components of the Tamar Bridge up close, and feel the vibrations as lorries whizz past!

We have ‘explorer backpacks‘ available for SEN children.

Contact us to discuss a schools workshop. To find out more or to make a booking, contact Mark Tebbs on 07508 957876 or

Please download our brochure for more details and contact Mark Tebbs our Heritage Officer at if you have any questions.
Please note we have support with travel costs – see below.

Educational workshop in the Learning Centre
Workshop topics

Workshops include:

  • Bridges
  • An interactive workshop which includes a guided walk over the Tamar Bridge, a look at the River Tamar, and some experiments and hands-on bridge building activities in the Learning Centre. Learn about Brunel’s unique Royal Albert Bridge and the award-winning Tamar Suspension Bridge first-hand. EYFS – KS4

  • Meeting Brunel
  • Meet Mr Brunel, designer of the incredible Royal Albert Bridge, find out what life and work was like in the Victorian era, and test out your own bridge building skills. Includes a costumed educator. KS1-2

  • Brunel and Bridges
  • Find out about the life of IK Brunel, his famous Royal Albert Bridge, and some of his other engineering achievements. KS1-4

  • The Industrial Revolution
  • Find out about technological advances from the 1800s to the present day. Learn about the history of transport, from canals to railways and roads. Find out how Brunel’s internationally renowned Royal Albert Bridge was at the centre of the Industrial Revolution. KS1-4

  • The River Tamar – transport and the natural environment
  • Find out about the natural environment of the River Tamar, and how humans have navigated transport on it through time by learning about the Royal Albert and Tamar Bridges. KS1-4

  • Levers and pulleys
  • Find out about how levers and pulleys are simple machines that make life and work easier. The session includes hands on experiments and looks at the levers and pulleys used on the Tamar and Royal Albert Bridge. KS2

  • Smart bridges of the future
  • Coming in 2023, this will explore the skills engineers of the future will need to build bridges and what the future might look like. KS3-4

  • Minibeasts and their homes (on site only)
  • Discover minibeasts, search for their natural habitats. Children will become bug hunters and identify them Then we create butterfly feeders for children to take home to care for butterflies in their own gardens. EYFS

Help with travel costs

We are a Hyundai ‘Hero Partner’. If you are a school with more than 30% of your students receiving free school meals, you can enjoy 50% of any workshop booked at the Bridging the Tamar Visitor and Learning Centre.

We have a bursary scheme in place with Hyundai for help with travel costs as part of the Great British School Trip programme.

If you’re a teacher interested in this you can do the following:

1. Apply for a bursary on the GBST website.
2. If your application is accepted, they will ask for travel or venue receipts/quotes.
3. If your receipts are accepted, they will ask for the school’s payment details and the funds will be paid directly to the school.

Other options

– Outreach workshops and assemblies

– Home education sessions where a group or network come for their own workshop

– Virtual learning

– CPD sessions for teachers

– Higher and Further Education – we offer tours of the Tamar Bridge which include a visit into the anchorage chamber led by one of the Bridge’s engineers and a walk under the bridge to the first tower. We can adapt tours to specific College or University topics.

– If you don’t see your topic listed under workshops we may still be able to create one for you – just get in touch!

The Box - all day workshop

We also offer a day long workshop in partnership with The Box in Plymouth. Join us in the morning for a guided tour and bridge building workshop and then head to The Box for your lunch followed by a STEAM inspired workshop exploring the iconic engineering of Plymouth.

School pupils at the Box