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Plan a school visit

Admission rates and booking information

Admission rates and booking information


Self-Led Visits

School visits to the Banqueting House are arranged on a case-by-case basis. Contact us for more information.

Taught sessions

Our sessions can accommodate up to 35 students. Browse current school sessions on offer.

In order to obtain the subsidised entry rate, we require bookings at least 2 months in advance, and payment is due 6 weeks prior to the visit. We often sell out of the subsidised entry rate, so please do provide as much notice as possible in order to avoid disappointment.


If you book with less than 6 weeks’ notice we will require payment immediately and your cancellation and amendment deadline will be 5pm the same day that the booking is confirmed.

School Sessions Terms and Conditions Safeguarding Security Statement


  • Under-16s: Free
  • Teachers and adults (up to agreed ratios): Free
  • Adults needed for 1:1 assistance: Free
  • Additional adults: £5.40
  • Sessions are available at additional cost


Minimum adult to student ratios:
Age 6 yrs (KS1) and under:  1:5
Age 7 (KS2) to 16 yrs:  1:10

The subsidised learning rate is only available to book Monday – Friday during UK term time. We cannot offer the learning rate during school holidays or on bank holidays.

How to book

If you are interested in arranging a self-led visit, booking a school session, or have special requirements, complete the booking request forms below.

For any further inquiries, please contact us by email.

Email the Learning Team

Essential information

A pack of practical information to help teachers plan a successful visit to the palace with students.

Download Essential Information Security Statement

Booking request forms

Complete the appropriate form and email it to the learning team at

UK School Booking Form UK School Booking Form Guidelines

Payment options

After receiving your booking request, we will confirm that we have made a booking for you by emailing you an invoice, which must be paid in advance of your visit date and according to our payment terms. Please note that we cannot amend the booking numbers after payment has been made. Any extra tickets must be purchased on the day at standard group rates.


Our preferred method of payment is by BACS. Email us to arrange payment by BACS.

Email to set up BACS payment


Cheques should be drawn on a British bank and made payable to ‘Historic Royal Palaces’. Cheques should be sent to the Finance Department at Hampton Court Palace. Please send your payment to:

Financial Accounting
Apartment 22
Hampton Court Palace
Surrey KT8 9AU

Credit card

Contact us on +44 (0) 20 3166 6646 to make a payment. Please have ready your event and invoice reference number, name of cardholder as it appears on the card, card number, security code and expiry date.

Alternatively fax your details to the Operations team at Hampton Court Palace, +44 (0) 20 3166 6655.

Refunds and cancellations

We regret that no refunds can be given for cancellations made less than six weeks in advance of your visit, nor for tickets purchased in advance that are not used on the day. 

If a cancellation has to be made due to exceptional circumstances, every effort will be made to reschedule your visit.

Terms and Conditions

  • Your invoice will be emailed to you on the day that your booking is made. Please ensure that your finance team have received this and are aware of the payment terms detailed on your invoice and when it is to be paid by.
  • In the unlikely event that your invoice is not paid by your payment due date, we will contact you 42 days (6 weeks) prior to your visit date to organise immediate payment of the outstanding balance.
  • Your deadline for cancelling or amending your booking is 42 days (6 weeks) prior to your visit date. If you need to make any amendments to your booking or need to cancel for any reason you must let us know, in writing, before this date. If you inform us of a cancellation after this date you will still be charged for your visit as per your invoice and will not be refunded any monies that have been paid.
  • If you need to add extra pupils please let us know before your amendment deadline date, as mentioned above. Amendments after this date may result in you being charged the general group admission rate.
  • If you need to reduce the number of people on your booking you must let us know prior to your 6 week amendment deadline date. If you let us know after this deadline you will still be charged for the full invoice as per the numbers you originally provided us with.

If you are late on the day of your visit

  • If you have booked an educational workshop/session: Due to the number of sessions presenters deliver during the day please be aware that if you are between 15 and 30 minutes late you will receive a shortened session. Groups who are more than 30 minutes late will forfeit their session.
  • If you are booked for an admission only, self-guided visit: You must arrive at the palace prior to 15.00pm. We do not do timed admission so you can arrive at any point before 15.00pm on the date of your visit. If you will arrive after this time you must call us on 0203 166 6646 to confirm your estimated time of arrival. We will then discuss your options with you. Unfortunately if you arrive after 15.00pm we cannot guarantee you entry to the site, and you may forfeit your tickets, without a refund.
  • Please note we cannot give refunds for late cancellations or non-arrivals.