A visit to Hampton Court Palace is an invaluable experience for pupils studying aspects of the Tudors or local history.
Our lively sessions, let by expert presenters, are designed to support a range of subjects across the curriculum. Pupils can delve into life at court, develop their understanding of the chronology and explore the exciting history of their local area.
We offer a range of fun, interactive experiences for Key Stages 1 and 2. School groups receive a reduced general admission rate with free admission for accompanying adults.
Learning admission rates
|Age 5-15 (KS1-4)
|Age 16 and over (KS4-and above)
Teachers and adult helpers
Teachers and adults accompanying groups are admitted free of charge up to the following ratios:
- Students aged 6 yrs and under: 1:5
- Students aged 7 to 16 yrs: 1:10
Additional adults are currently charged at £15.75 each.
Tickets for Hampton Court's famous maze can be purchased from the main ticket office. Entry to the maze is not included in the learning offer: under 16s: £2.50 16+ years: £4.00*
*Adults accompanying groups are admitted free of charge up to a ratio of 1 for every 10 students.
Academic year 2014-15
Tuesday 1 September – Friday 18 December
Half term = Monday 26 – Friday 30 October
Admissions = Wednesday September – Friday 18 December
Sessions = Monday 14 September – Friday 4 December
Monday 4 January – Thursday 24 March 2016
Half term = Monday 15 – Friday 19 February
Easter holidays = Friday 25 March – Friday 8 April
Good Friday = Friday 25 March
Easter Monday = Monday 28 March
Admissions = Tuesday 5 January – Thursday 24 March
Sessions = Monday 11 January – Thursday 24 March
Monday 11 April – Friday 22 July 2016*
Half term = Monday 30 May – Friday 3 June
Bank holiday = Monday 2 May
Admissions = Monday 11 April – Wednesday 20 July
Sessions = Monday 11 April – Friday 15 July
*Kensington & Chelsea school term ends on Wednesday 20 July
All students must be accompanied by an adult at all times while at the palace. Groups should contain a minimum of one adult per ten students aged 7-16 years old, and one adult per five students aged 6 and under.
Groups with an inadequate number of accompanying adults may not be admitted.
What is included
The discounted learning admission rate includes access to all palace routes including Henry VIII's Kitchens and Apartments, King William III's Apartments, Queen Mary II's Apartments and the Georgian Private Apartments. It also includes:
- Access to the Formal Gardens
- The exhibition on Young Henry VIII
- Use of audio guides (on a first come first served basis)
Your preliminary visit will give you a chance to plan an itinerary for the day, and staff will be pleased to help you to make sure your main visit runs smoothly.
Please note learning visitors are not permitted to join the public tours of the palace as advertised in the Daily Programme or to wear the cloaks provided in the Information Centre.
Free preliminary visit tickets
For every booking you'll receive a voucher for two preliminary visit tickets per booking. Most group leaders find them extremely useful for planning their visit. Tickets are valid for any day up to the date of your visit.