Book your visit


"With more than three thousand young people visiting the Centre every year, booking early is essential.  We aim to make booking as easy as possible."

Dr Anjali Das,  Head of Learning at The Centre for Computing History


This section will provide you with information about:

  • booking the date for your visit to The Centre for Computing History
  • group sizes, charges and duration
  • accompanying adults
  • the Centre
  • changing your booking details and cancellation

Booking a date for your visit

We welcome education group visits to the Centre Wednesdays to Fridays, 10.00 am to 5.00 pm during Cambridgeshire's academic term times.  

Please explore the Learning section of our website to fully understand what we offer and our terms and conditions, before making a booking.

Booking a visit to the Centre is a three step process.

Step 1

To secure a provisional date, please send us two or three alternative dates that are suitable for you, along with:

  1. your name
  2. the name of your organisation
  3. intended group size
  4. age or year group of the students you wish to bring
  5. your choice of workshop
      You can check the options for your workshop here

Your request for a provisional date should be sent to:

Step 2

We will respond to your request by confirming the availability of your suggested date and will ask you to complete our online booking form. At this point you will then have a provisional booking. Provisional bookings are ‘reserved’ for you for one week while the booking form is completed.

Please note that sometimes due to demand we may need to ask you for alternative dates.


Step 3

When we receive your completed booking form we will send you confirmation of your booking and your visit date is then secured. At this point you have a confirmed booking.

A confirmed booking is subject to our terms and conditions, downloadable at the bottom of this page.


Group sizes and charges

The Centre welcomes education group visits from schools, colleges and universities for up to 60 students per visit. Groups are defined as:

Group size Number of students Recommended minimum visit time Charge
Small between 1 and 15 students 3 hrs £195
Medium between 16 and 30 students 3 hrs 10mins £390
Large between 31 and 45 students 3 hrs 40mins £585
Extra Large between 46 and 60 students 4 hrs 50mins £780


Support from Citrix the multinational tech company, has enabled us to reduce the cost of your visit to our Centre in 2023/24.

The charges described above will be discounted by £4 per student. 

To find out more with example charges, please click here.

We get approximately the same number of visits by organisations bringing a small, medium, large or very large group.
Organisations that visited us (from the UK) came from places such as; Birmingham, Nottingham, Coventry, Leicester, Norwich, Ipswich, Colchester, Southend-on-Sea, Maidstone, Brighton and Reading.

Our recommended minimum visit times ensure all students receive a high quality learning experience. Supervising adults for the visit are included in the costs quoted within the accepted ratios as detailed below and in our terms and conditions.

The prices shown do not include any VAT that may be applicable.

For groups of more than 60 students, please contact us (email: ) . We may be able to accommodate you but this would only be possible with prior agreement. Groups of this size would be subject to a different charging structure.

Bookings for groups of less than 15 students are also acceptable for students with additional needs or where a larger group would cause difficulties. These are subject to different arrangements and discounted charges, so please contact us by emailing to discuss your requirements.


Supervising adults

Your education group visit is accepted on the condition that there is a ratio of students to supervising adults of not more than;

6:1 if your students are in Years 1-3,

10:1 if your students are in Years 4-6,

15:1 if your students are in Year 7 onwards.

For example;

a 'medium' sized group of 27 Year 6 students:  27/10=2.7  So would require 3 supervising adults.

a 'large' group of 42 Year 11 students:  42/15 = 2.8  So would require 3 supervising adults.

University (HE) groups need only to offer a named adult responsible for the visiting group.

Supervising adults within these ratios are offered free places.   


Changing booking details

Group sizes and charges are agreed using the online booking form and our arrangements are made based on the details in your form.

The group size must not exceed that which is booked, as we may not have the necessary resources in place to support your students. It is of course possible to amend the details of your visit up until 7 days prior to your visit date.

Because of demand for visit dates and the arrangements we make in preparing the Centre to receive you, changes which involve increasing the group size may not be possible to accommodate.  Always inform us of changes and we will acknowledge any acceptable changes by email.

Cancellation of your visit is acceptable up to 7 days prior to the date of your visit.   Cancellation within the 7 day period will not result in any refund.  Please read our terms and conditions carefully.  They can be downloaded at the bottom of this page. 


The Centre

The Centre for Computing History is based in Cambridge and directions to help you find us are here.

Why not download and print the PDF 'directions to get to us' and give them to your coach or minibus driver.

We can accommodate mini-buses or a coach at the Centre as transport for your visit, but ask that you inform us of your choice through the online booking process.

The arrangements for the day include a short lunch break and space will be provided for your students to eat their lunch.  Some refreshments are available through the shop at the Centre.

The Centre is accessible for wheelchair users and includes a dedicated toilet for the disabled. Please inform us of any special needs that you think we should be aware of or that you’d like us to make additional arrangements for.  


Preparing for your visit

Once you are ready to book, do please click and checkout our suggestions to help prepare for your visit;

Help for teachers to prepare for a visit.

Help for students to prepare for a visit.

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