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 your visit

Self-led visits include:

  • Hampton Court Palace admission at your allocated time slot, including all visitor routes open on the date.
  • Access to all garden areas open on the day of your visit, including the Magic Garden (Early Years and KS1) and 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.
Self-led activity trails

What's not included in a self-led school visit?

  • Sessions can be booked at an additional cost.
  • Magic Garden - currently closed to groups, please check back for updates.

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

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.
  • Timed entry slots from 10:15 - 13:45 for your school to help you stay in your school 'bubble'.
  • Flexible booking terms, allowing you to move your visit within the academic year if needed.
  • Teacher planning passes included in your booking confirmation, to allow two teachers to visit and plan your day.
Safety procedures

Important information for your booking

  • Prices

    Autumn 2021 - 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

  • Term dates

    Visits available Wednesday - Friday during UK term time.

    Spring 2022

    Self-led visits available
    05 January - 01 April 

    Sessions available
    05 January - 01 April

    Summer 2022

    Self-led visits available
    20 April - 22 July

    Sessions available
    20 April - 22 July

    Subsidised rates are not available during UK school or bank holidays. We are operating timed entry slots to support social distancing. School entry slots will be available from 10:15-13:45.

  • 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. 

    To support social distancing we will ask classes to break up into smaller, supervised groups with a maximum of 10 students whilst inside the palace spaces.

Make a booking

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.
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19): We are able to reschedule visits to allow for local lockdowns and other challenges arising from Coronavirus (COVID-19). Please see our full terms and conditions for more information.
Terms and conditions

Prepare for your visit

Key information and guides to support your school visit.