Leisure in Victorian Britain

Lesson rationale

This activity uses primary source material to examine the relationship between the birth of rail travel and the well-loved seaside holiday as well as other forms of leisure. This activity can form part of a wider study of the Victorian period as a turning point, with particular reference to rail travel, and is aimed at children in upper Key Stage 2. This activity works well following an activity looking at life for the rich and poor.

Key questions in this lesson:

  • What did the Victorians do to enjoy themselves? What are the similarities and differences between then and now?
  • How important was the railway to leisure?