The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre

Planning a visit

Choose one of our spectacular literacy sessions, each with a different focus to suit your class.

School children listening to audio

Spark creative writing in your class...

Our great little Museum will inspire students from Year 3 to Year 8 to find pleasure in reading and writing creatively. Taking the lead from one of the world's greatest children's authors, pupils will be encouraged to play with language, create colourful characters and think up perfect plots.The biographical galleries reveal the stories behind the stories, while the Story Centre lets pupils' imaginations take centre stage. Here they can create a stop-frame animation, fashion a photo-fit character and explore a replica of Roald Dahl's famous Writing Hut, all the while dressed as a character of their own invention - or Roald Dahl's.

"The children really enjoyed it and one of the boys even told me he wants to be a writer now...the desired effect!" Year 3 class teacher

School sessions

Classes visiting the Museum will enjoy a fully-guided 90 minute session. You can choose a morning session which runs from 10.00am to 11.30am or an afternoon session, 12.30pm to 2.00pm.

Our learning objectives for the sessions are:

a) to discover how Roald Dahl found inspiration and ideas for stories;
b) to explore Roald Dahl's writing practice, including his daily routine and redrafting processes;
c)  to understand how a) and b) can result in transferrable techniques for your own creativity.

A 90 minute session includes:

  • A 10 minute orientation
  • A 20 minute interactive exploration of Roald Dahl's Writing Hut and writing methods
  • 40 minutes to explore the hands-on activities in the Museum galleries
  • A 20 minute literacy workshop in Miss Honey's Classroom

We have a choice of seven spectacular sessions for you to choose from. The theme will run throughout your visit and determines the content of the workshop at the end of your session.

Each 90 minute session costs £150 for up to 35 children. Adults are free at a ratio of 1:8 children, and any 1-to-1 support is also free. Additional adults are £6.60 each.

Which session would you like?

From Wordplay with Dahl's Chickens, to Matilda's Top Tips, there's a session to suit your class. Take a look at the spectacular session download in the resources panel on the right.

Preview visit

We offer two golden tickets per school to allow teachers to visit the Museum in advance and carry out their own risk assessment. Golden tickets must be requested when you book your school visit.

The golden tickets will be emailed to you. When you have received your golden tickets, please call 01494 892192 to arrange a date and a time to visit. Please note that the Museum is closed on Mondays during term time. Our Booking Office is open Tuesdays to Sundays, from 10am to 4.30pm.

Arriving on the day

The Museum has excellent road and rail links: see the Getting here page for details. There is a designated coach drop-off point on Link Road, 2 minutes walk from the Museum. Coaches are not permitted to drive into Great Missenden High Street, or drop off outside the Museum and will be directed back to Link Road. There are plenty of lay-bys along the A413 for your driver to park up in until the end of your session. Please note that coaches must not wait in the village.

For directions and a map, please download the pdf on the right and pass it to your coach driver.

We have a very limited number of travel bursaries that we can award to schools each term to help with travel costs. If you think you could benefit from this scheme please find out more.


For more information on accessibility please read or download our accessibility statement.

Further information

For further information please download the key facts pdf on the right hand side, call us on 01494 892192 (Text Relay 18001 01494 892192) or click here to contact us online