Stradey Castle is a rare example of a 'set piece' Victorian house which has been in the same family for 5 generations. Architecturally, it has been untouched for the past 150 years and the house still contains the same furniture, fittings and paintings from the late 19th Century. What is, perhaps, of greatest value to school groups is a 'behind the scenes' tour. Because very little has been disposed of, it is possible to get a good idea of how the house would have functioned down the generations, courtesy of a large staff.
Former teachers Emyr and Mandy Price, both Welsh speakers, have joined us to prepare material and to promote and lead school groups at Stradey Castle (see pdf documents in Welsh/English below). Both have worked as guides with the Tin Shed project in Laugharne for a number of years. Emyr is a Director with the Carmarthenshire Tourism Association and Mandy has an interest in local and family history and can lead tours in German. They are able to offer ‘tailor-made’ tours for school groups based on the KS 2/3 Curriculum.
The recommended group size is 15. Two groups can be accommodated in the house during the same time slot, and three such ‘slots’ could be available during the course of one school day.
Pupils may bring a packed lunch and eat it in the house, or we could provide juice and biscuits for a small extra charge.
The suggested days for visits are Tuesday and Thursdays, but we can accommodate other days too, by request. Price: £4 per head generally, and £5 per head for groups with fewer than 15 pupils.