Group visits

Explore the Fashion and Textile Museum as a group and take advantage of benefits like discounted tickets, guided tours, workshops and talks.

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The Museum welcomes groups to visit the current exhibition and encourages people of all ages to come and learn with us. In place of a permanent display, the Museum hosts a diverse programme of temporary exhibitions, displaying a broad range of innovative fashion and textiles from designers and makers around the world. Discover what’s on at the time of your proposed visit.

Scheduling your group visit

What do I need to book?

We recommend all groups book a time slot a few weeks in advance of their visit. Please contact us, stating:

  • The name and contact details of the person organising the visit
  • The name of your school, college, university, institution or group
  • The preferred date and time of your visit
  • The size of your group

Once we have received your email, a team member will be in touch to discuss your booking in more detail.

Group sizes

Due to the nature of our space, we welcome groups of up to 20 at a time. Larger groups are permitted but will be split into smaller groups and asked to enter at staggered 30-minute intervals, dependent on availability.

Opening times and admissions

The Fashion and Textile Museum is open Tuesday – Saturday, 11.00 – 18.00. We welcome groups to book throughout the day, with last entry at 17.15. Admission costs can be found here and for schools and colleges, we offer free entry for the group leader.

Payment information

Please note that to secure your visit, payment must be made in advance of your intended visit date. Your visit time and date are not reserved until payment is made. Failure to secure your visit may result in your desired date and time becoming unavailable.

Before your visit

Refer to our Plan your Visit page for information about our facilities, accessibility and how to get to the museum.

Please note

We request that school and college supervisors monitor members of their groups throughout their visit, ensuring that noise is kept to a minimum, display items are not touched, no food or drink is consumed in the gallery spaces and no power outlets are used.

If you wish to visit the Museum prior to your visit, in order to conduct a risk assessment, please get in touch to arrange this.

Group tours and workshops

In order to take full advantage of the materials and expertise held by the Fashion and Textile Museum, you may wish to consider adding a workshop or tour to your group visit:

Exhibition Highlights Tour

Enjoy a 45-minute guided tour of the current exhibition with a member of the Museum team. These tours are an excellent way to learn more about the pieces on display as well as the themes and subjects covered in the exhibition.

Age range: This tour can be adapted to suit all ages. Please indicate your preference when booking.
Pricing: £80 for up to 20 persons. Exhibition entry not included.

Exhibition Curator Tour

Join a member of the exhibitions team for a 45-minute, in-depth guided tour of the current exhibition. The team will share their many years of experience as they take a closer look at some of the pieces on display as well as discussing the process behind the conception and curation of the exhibition.

Age range: This tour can be adapted to suit all ages. Please indicate your preference when booking.
Pricing: Assistant Curator – £250 for up to 20 persons; Head of Exhibitions – £500 for up to 20 persons. Exhibition entry not included.

Fashion Collection

Taking inspiration from the current exhibition, students will work with experienced fashion and textile designer Suki Bourne to design their own colourful collection. Participants will create mood boards from a selection of images and use croquis to illustrate their final collection. Young designers will develop their fashion creativity and understanding of how designers work in the industry.

This workshop runs for 1.5 hours and all materials are included. Advanced booking is essential and subject to availability.

Age range: This workshop is suitable for students aged 8-18. Please indicate your preference when booking.
Pricing: £300 for up to 20 persons. Exhibition entry is not included.

Fashion Drawing

This popular drawing workshop is led by experienced fashion and textile designer, Suki Bourne. Taking inspiration from a garment in the Museum collection, students will learn how to create their own fashion illustrations using croquis, under the expert guidance of tutor Suki.

This workshop runs for an hour and all materials are included. Advanced booking is essential and subject to availability.

Age range: This workshop is suitable for ages 8-18. Please indicate your preference when booking.
Pricing: £200 for up to 20 persons. Exhibition entry is not included.

Couture Inside Out

Led by a member of the exhibitions team, this 1.5 hour workshop provides a fantastic opportunity to view the ins and outs of couture design. Participants will have the opportunity to examine garments in detail, allowing detailed study of fabrics and construction of garments from Dior, Chanel and Balenciaga, which are part of the Museum’s permanent collection. Entry to the current exhibition is included, advanced booking is essential and subject to availability.

Age range: This workshop is suitable for ages 18+
Pricing: £600 for up to 15 persons

Payment for Tours and Workshops

It is necessary to book and pay for tours and workshops in advance to ensure that we can prepare sufficiently and are able to offer you the best possible experience. These services must be paid for at least one month in advance of your visit.

Any offers and discounts, including Art Fund are not applicable to group visits, or workshops and tours booked as part of group visits.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Group Visits may be cancelled up to 30 days prior to the date of your visit. Bookings are non-refundable after this time. If you wish to cancel your Group Visit, you must let us know in writing. See our full terms and conditions for more details.