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Explore Hampton Court Palace with our range of learning offers

Explore Hampton Court Palace with our range of learning offers

What we offer

  • Subsidised entry for schools Wednesday - Friday during UK term time. Plus, schools only Tuesdays on selected dates throughout the year.
  • Interactive sessions for all key stages and SEND groups.
  • Activity trails tailored by key stage and aligned to the national curriculum.

Bookings now open for visits from September 2024 - July 2025.

Access Fund for Schools
Aerial view of Hampton Court Palace from the south west, showing the Pond Gardens in the foreground.

Plan and book a school visit

All the planning, practical and booking information you need for your school trip to Hampton Court Palace.

Two secondary school students admiring a painting.

School sessions and activity trails

Interactive and enquiry-based sessions are available for all key stages and SEND students.

Tailored activity trails are available for EYFS, key stages 1 to 3 and international schools to structure and support an exploration of the palace.

Students from William Edwards Primary School taking part in a learning session during a visit to Kensington Palace.

Learning resources

Browse curriculum-based resources for use in school and at the palaces. 

Teachers listen to a costumed historic interpreter as part of a site familiarisation during a continuing professional development day at the Tower of London.

CPD and Training

Build your knowledge, skills and confidence with our tailored professional development sessions for teachers and educators.

CPD session at the Tower of London.

Teacher Network

We design our schools programmes in collaboration with teachers. There are many opportunities to take part in our Teacher Network. 

Students take part in a school session at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens.

Online school sessions

Led by experienced presenters on Zoom, take a journey through time to meet historical figures and uncover history from your classroom. Our sessions support the study of History, English and Citizenship.

An actress performs to a school audience during Fire! outreach performance show produced by Historic Royal Palaces.

Outreach performance

Allow us to step into your school and bring the life of Princess Sophia Duleep Singh alive in our interactive show that supports the study of History, Drama and English. 

Tracey Tooley investigating Hampton Court Palace with Tudor figures from history.

Great games and videos for exploring the past

Discover curriculum-linked resources for all key stages that will help bring the past to life.

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Hampton Court Palace Learning Resources

Check out our new learning resources to support teaching for Key Stage 2, 3, 4 and 5.

Safety and security

As with many public venues Historic Royal Palaces uses a range security measures to help minimise the possibility of terrorist, or other criminal activity taking place, and these measures also include procedures to deal with incidents should they actually happen. 

Security Statement
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Hampton Court Palace is a LOtC Quality Badge Holder.

Photography and Filming

Visitors are welcome to take non-commercial photographs and films within most areas of Hampton Court Palace. Photographic equipment - such as tripods and selfie sticks - should not be used inside the palace. For religious and copyright reasons, photography is not permitted in the following areas:

  • Chapel Royal
  • Cumberland Art Gallery
  • Any temporary exhibitions

Historic Royal Palaces is a safeguarding aware organisation and takes its responsibility to protect children and vulnerable people seriously. We may sometimes ask therefore that visitors refrain from filming or photographing other visitors. If you have any concerns about a member of the public taking photos of your school or education group, please speak to a member of staff.

Children over looking the Tower wall.


We want children, young people and vulnerable adults to have meaningful, enjoyable and safe experiences when they engage with our palaces and stories.

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Winner - The Sandford Award for Heritage Education 2023

Hampton Court Palace is one of the foremost Heritage attractions in Britain. The learning service offers exciting sessions for all ages in the Tudor and Baroque Palace and fulfils the National Curriculum, it is' history where it happened'. Experienced, costumed presenters entertainingly interpret stories of the characters, skilful dialogue entrances the children. The Great Vine, the Maze and Magic Garden add to a varied visit, excellent maps and guides help navigate the site supported by on line resources. A treasure not to be missed.

Sandford award assessor