Cultural Experience

This is for you if you want to learn English in a relaxed, non-classroom environment and you would like to know more about English culture and history. Based on a carefully-designed in-house syllabus and materials, Cultural Experience offers an alternative and unique way to increase your confidence in speaking and listening and to improve your vocabulary on a wide range of topics not generally covered in classroom-based lessons. 

Elke (68 years) from Germany (May 2019) said:


'At the beginning of the week I could not understand the museum information- today (in Exeter Cathedral) I read and understood about Scott of the Antarctic!". Here is Elke's testimonial.

Lessons are taught outside the school and we use public transport as much as we can to protect our environment . Where we do use a car, we offset our carbon footprint through planting trees. When you go on foot or by public transport you also have the chance to talk to your teacher from the beginning to the end of  your outing.  


If you only have 1 week available, this course is ideal for you and will ensure you make the most of your time with us. If you are coming for longer, we recommend you combine this course with one of our other programmes.

Course details

Course availability: all year round

Course length: 1-2 weeks

Course levels: Intermediate (B1) to Proficiency (C2)

Minimum age: 18 years

Class size: maximum 4: minimum 1

Lesson length: 60 minutes

No of lessons: 15 x 60 minutes per week

Course prices

£437 for 1 week)

£874 for 2 weeks

Accommodation options

  • Half board, single room, shared bathroom in walking distance of the school:  £146 per week

  • Half board, single room, own bathroom in walking distance of the school: £186 per week

  • Self catering, single room: £110 per week

  • A great range of cottage, B and B and hotel accommodation is also available in Totnes- see what TripAdvisor recommends.

Sample programme

Daily schedule: 09:00 - 13:00 Usual hours to include 3 hours of lessons, travelling and a break



Buckfast Abbey - a modern-day Benedictine community with a beautiful abbey and healing garden. A great opportunity for practising your 'shoulds' and 'oughts'!


Coleton Fishacre -an art-deco house and garden famous for its links with the Gilbert and Sullivan operas- with a wonderful coastal walk. 


Dartington Estate and Gardens- a country estate with a difference- set up as a centre for the arts by the Elmhirst family and now a centre for learning, arts and social justice.


Sharpham Vineyard-  an award-winning maker of wine and cheese- and a scenic walk from Totnes along the river.


Dartmoor and Widecombe-  wonderful countryside and interesting geology combine with ancient history to make this a great adventure into the past.

If you want to stay longer, why not book a General English or Intensive English course?

I like this way of teaching, especially this kind of experiential teaching. Learning more and pracising my oral English while enjoying the scenery.                                                                                                       Hui Lu  (China)

The best part of it was Cultural Experience. I had a lovely time visiting various places and learned a lot about history and local people's lives.                                                                                         Masahiro (Japan)       

Please be climate aware and offset your flight by, for example, planting trees. Or travel by train (or other public transport) for a 10% discount on your course- discount refunded on presentation of your tickets on arrival at the school. And if you could write about your journey, we can share how you did it and encourage others to do the same! Not applicable to pre-booked groups.

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