We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.

Education and school trips

How did the navvies build such a massive structure before we had modern powered cranes? Why did the Victorians want to build it in the first place? With real objects, real stories and a real working canal, our Trevor Basin Visitor Centre brings the people of Ponty to life.

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We love dressing up here at the Visitor Centre. Why not get your class to dress as traditional boaters or navvies on their visit? But why stop there? We’ve lots for your class to get stuck into on their visit to Ponty:

  • explore a variety of history themes including the Victorians and the Industrial Revolution
  • investigate different wildlife habitats as one of our brilliant team will take you on a towpath safari
  • discover colourful displays, artefacts and models telling the story of the growth, decline and regeneration of the canals – perfect for studying transport, Victorians and the Industrial Revolution, as well as tourism and leisure topics
  • build the aqueduct – have a go at building our model of Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and find out why arches are a good shape
  • learn how to be safe near water and how to help someone in an emergency (this is also available as an assembly in your school in certain locations)

And for the ultimate canal experience you can even take to the water on one of the local boat trips. You’ll need to book these separately from your visit.  

Explorer education team

Explorers education volunteer with children

You’ll get loads of support from our friendly team of Explorer education volunteers. They lead workshops to introduce your class to different aspects of the canal and aqueduct, take you on a history walk along the towpath and help bring a trip to the museum to life with stories and anecdotes.

And all our Explorers education workshops typically last between 30 and 45 minutes and are developed by teachers and consultants to be closely linked to the National Curriculum for KS1 and 2 children. You can even download useful self-guided trails and activity sheets before your visit from our Explorers site.

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You can visit the museum before confirming a class visit where our team will be happy to help you devise a programme to suit your age group, time available, numbers of children and topic.

For more information visit our Explorers pages. To make your booking email TrevorVisitor.Centre@canalrivertrust.org.uk or call our team on 01978 822912.

Last date edited: 9 May 2017