Plan and book a school visit

Booking information, admission rates, what's included, term dates and useful resources

Booking information, admission rates, what's included, term dates and useful resources

Plan and book your school visit

First, choose a self-led visit or add a session, then scroll down to book your school visit.

Self-led visits

What's included:

  • Hampton Court Palace admission, including all visitor routes open on the date.
  • Access to all garden areas open on the day of your visit, including the Maze.
  • Pre-visit email including two teacher planning passes.
  • Lunchrooms (subject to availability) for key stages 1-4.
  • Self-led activity trails for key stages 1-3.

What's not included:

  • Sessions (can be booked at an additional cost).
  • Magic Garden - currently closed to groups, please check back for updates.
Self-led activity trails

Add a session (additional cost)

Our curriculum-based sessions are led by expert presenters who bring the history of the palace to life through lively, interactive learning opportunities.

We offer a selection of sessions for UK schools linked to a range of subjects for all key stages, including SEND.

See our session pages for prices and capacities.

Choose a session

Important information for your booking

  • Prices

    Spring & Summer 2022

    Domestic students
    Under 5s: Free
    Age 5-15 (KS 1-4): £4.10
    Age 16+ (KS 5+): £5.70

    International students - Including activity trail
    Under 5s: Free
    Age 5-15: £6.10
    Age 16+: £7.70

    Teachers and adults
    Up to agreed ratios: Free
    Adults for 1:1 assistance: Free
    Additional adults: £23.30

    Autumn 2022 - Summer 2023

    Domestic students
    Under 5s: Free
    Age 5-15 (KS 1-4): £4.10
    Age 16+ (KS 5+): £5.70

    International students - Including activity trail
    Under 5s: Free
    Age 5-15: £6.10
    Age 16+: £7.70

    Teachers and adults
    Up to agreed ratios: Free
    Adults for 1:1 assistance: Free
    Additional adults: £24.10

  • Term dates

    Visits available Wednesday - Friday during UK term time.

    Summer 2022

    Self-led visits available
    20 April - 22 July

    Sessions available
    20 April - 22 July

    Autumn 2022

    Self-led visits available
    07 September – 16 December

    Sessions available
    21 September – 16 December

    Spring 2023

    Self-led visits available
    04 January – 31 March

    Sessions available
    04 January – 31 March

    Summer 2022

    Self-led visits available
    19 April – 21 July

    Sessions available
    19 April – 21 July

    Subsidised rates are not available during UK school or bank holidays. 

  • Adult to student ratios

    Early Year Foundation Stage = 1:4 (free adult spaces up to 1:2)
    Key stage 1 (age 4-7) = 1:5
    Key stages 2, 3 and 4 (age 7-15) = 1:10
    Key stage 5 and up (age 16+) = 1:15
    SEND groups can determine their own ratios.

    Groups with an inadequate number of accompanying adults may not be admitted. 

    We ask classes to break up into smaller, supervised groups with a maximum of 10 students whilst inside the palace spaces.

Visiting safely

Please read our current safety procedures for keeping you safe on your visit.

In order to best support you and your group we will also provide:

  • Essential information packs for your group leader, including the most up-to-date health and safety information.
  • Teacher planning passes included in your booking confirmation, to allow two teachers to visit in advance and plan your day.

Safety procedures

Book your school visit

Email your completed booking request form to [email protected] All school group admissions must be booked in advance, we recommend booking at least two months in advance as dates do sell out quickly. Payment is due six weeks before visiting.

Payment and terms of booking

After receiving your booking request, we will email you a confirmation and invoice which must be paid in advance of your visit and according to our payment terms.

  • Your invoice will be attached to your confirmation email. Payment details can be found on your invoice.
  • Our preferred method of payment is by BACS. When making payment please ensure you quote your account number and your school/company name. If possible, send us remittance advice.
  • Payment is due six weeks prior to visiting. Extra tickets must be purchased on the day at standard group rates.
  • Bookings with less than six weeks' notice require immediate payment. The cancellation and amendment deadline is 17:00 on the day after the booking is confirmed.
  • We regret that no refunds can be given for cancellations or amendments made less than six weeks in advance of your visit. This includes non-arrivals on the day.
Terms and conditions

Prepare for your visit

Key information and guides to support your school visit.