Planning your Learning & Engagement visit

Planning your Learning & Engagement visit

Pupils dressed in Tudor hats

Essential information for making a successful learning visit to Hampton Court Palace. Take advantage of free preliminary tickets to prepare for your visit.

A visit to Hampton Court Palace is an invaluable experience for pupils studying aspects of the Tudors or local history.

Our lively sessions, led 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


Under 5s Free
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

For the 2016/17 academic year additional adults will be charged £17.10 each.

The Maze (only)

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: £2.90*
  • 16+ years: £4.70*

*Adults accompanying groups are admitted free of charge up to a ratio of 1 for every 10 students.

The Magic Garden

Tickets for our newest attraction for younger visitors, The Magic Garden, must be pre-booked by telephone 0844 482 7799 (from UK), Monday-Friday: 09.00-17.00, Saturday-Sunday: 09.00-14.00.

Entry to the Magic Garden is not included in the learning offer and combined Magic Garden/Maze tickets are available to purchase for Foundation and Key Stage 1 school groups only : children 3- 7: £5.50, adults: £7.70*

Magic Garden /Maze only prices apply when the Magic Garden is open. Please check opening times before your visit.

*Adults accompanying groups are admitted free of charge up to a ratio of 1 for every 5 students. 

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Academic year 2016-17

Autumn term:

Admissions open from Thursday 1 September – Friday 16 December

Sessions available from Monday 12 September – Friday 9 December

Half term: Monday 24 – Friday 28 October


Spring term:

Admissions open from Monday 16 January – Thursday 7 April

Sessions available from Monday 16 January – Friday 7 April  

Half term: Monday 13 – Friday 17 February

Easter holidays: Monday 10 - Friday 21 April

Good Friday: Friday 14 April

Easter Monday: Monday 17 April


Summer term:

Admissions open from Monday 24 April – Friday 21 July

Sessions available from Monday 24 April – Friday 14 July

Half term: Monday 29 May – Friday 2 June

Bank holiday: Monday 1 May


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On-site supervision

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.

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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.

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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.

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Planning help for teachers

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.

Slideshow >
Show your students the important sights in our slideshow 'School visit information' to help prepare for your visit to Hampton Court Palace.

Map (PDF)
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)
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.

Risk assessment and health & safety agreement (PDF) 
A useful document to help you complete your risk assessment.

Teaching resources >
Teaching notes and fact sheets to use in the palace.

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Sessions and workshops

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.

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Facilities at the Palace

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.

Wheelchair access
There is a lift available to allow access to first floor apartments and teaching spaces. The Clore Learning Centre is fully accessible.

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Health and safety

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.

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