Planning your Learning & Engagement visit
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 >
- 2015-16 term dates >
- On-site supervision >
- What's included >
- Free preliminary visit tickets >
|Age 5-15 (KS1-4)||£3.85|
|Age 16 and over (KS4-and above)||£5.40|
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Planning help for teachers >
- Sessions and workshops >
- Facilities at the palace >
- Access >
- Health and safety >
Welcome to Hampton Court Palace >
Watch this film together with your class to get a taster of what you will see during your visit to the palace, and also to pick up some advice on how you should behave when you are here.
Show your students the important sights in our slideshow 'School visit information' to help prepare for your visit to Hampton Court Palace.
Use this map to find out where the important sights and facilities are in the palace.
School Visit Information Pack (PDF)
A pack of practical information for visiting the palace with students including risk assessments and health and safety forms - everything you need to plan a successful visit.
A (very) brief history of Hampton Court Palace (PDF, 172 KB)
There's more to Hampton Court Palace then just the Tudors. Read this (brief) history to find out more about the Palace and it's previous residents.
Frequently asked questions about Hampton Court Palace (PDF, 179 KB)
Ensure you have has many answers as possible on the day of your visit by reading these frequently asked questions.
Teaching resources >
Teaching notes and fact sheets to use in the palace.
Learning & Engagement sessions offer engaging and interactive ways to explore this magnificent palace. Led by expert presenters, all sessions are closely based on the national curriculum, as well as offering opportunities for cross-curricular learning.
All sessions can accomodate up to 35 students and are available throughout term times, although not always in the first and last weeks of term. See individual session listings for full details.
Rates vary between £93 and £103 per session.
See all available sessions for schools and colleges for more details.
For everything from lunch and toilets to shops and cafes go to: Learning facilities at the palace
As with any historic building, physical access in some areas of the palace can be difficult. Read more about palace accessibility.
There is a lift available to allow access to first floor apartments and teaching spaces. The Clore Learning Centre is fully accessible.
Risks associated with visiting Hampton Court Palace have been assessed as very low. Click here (PDF 47KB) for more details of what to include in your risk assessment.
First-aiders are always on duty should an accident occur, and can be accessed through the nearest State Apartment or Custody warder.