What will students see and do?

On the edge of the Black Mountains, surrounded by rolling hills, Longtown Outdoor Learning Centre has been offering activities to young people since 1964 and is one of the longest-standing outdoor activity centres in the country.

There are a variety of activities offered at the centre, with the option for a day visit or full school residential trips. The educational team will work with you to create a custom itinerary to meet the requirements of your group. Longtown Outdoor Centre activities are educational and feature clear curricular outcomes.

The centre has been awarded the Learning Outside the Classroom badge – a seal of approval for the standard of educational activities offered.

Residential visits can be as short as two nights, or as long as five, depending on the needs of your group. The fully trained instructors are committed to supporting pupils of all ages and abilities. Their approach is to encourage students to stretch their personal comfort zones, rather than be coerced into activities they’re not comfortable with.

The 16-acre site is situated on the border between Herefordshire in England and Monmouthshire in Wales. On a school trip to Longtown Outdoor Centre, visitors can enjoy and explore traditional farmland and the site’s private woodland, surrounded by rivers, mountains and fields. There’s also a Norman castle within a few minutes’ walk from the centre.

No school residential trip is complete without a campfire. This activity is a great way to round off the day and can be combined with other activities such as a talent show or storytelling.

Teaching resources provided

Contact the team to discuss the teaching resources you require for your trip.

Minimum and maximum group size

This varies based on the age of your pupils, the size of the group and the combination of activities chosen. Get in touch with the venue to discuss your options.

Details of risk assessment

Risk assessments can be downloaded from the centre’s website.


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Facilities on-site

The Old House accommodates 40 visitors across 11 dormitories. The Monnow Wing has space for 35 in 13 rooms. Finally, the base camp village has space for 50 guests across 12 spacious bell tents.

The Old House accommodation is set across two floors, and has hand basins in each dormitory. There are toilets and a new shower block. Teachers have a separate shower room.

The Monnow Wing is connected to The Old House and has a mix of en-suite and communal bathrooms. There’s a living room space and a small kitchen available too.

The base camp has toilets and showers located nearby, and is surrounded by a security fence. It’s available from May to September.

Opening times

Contact the team during office hours to discuss your trip.



This varies depending on the activities chosen and the age of the pupils. The local council offers a bursary for children from the local area, which may be suitable for reducing the price for some visitors.

Travel arrangements

Longtown Outdoor Centre is ten miles from Abergavenny and 14 miles from Hereford. The village is 30 miles from the M4 and 25 miles from the M50. Major cities Birmingham, Bristol and Cardiff are all within two hours’ drive.


The Courthouse, Longtown, Hereford, Herefordshire

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