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

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

Self-led visits

All school group admissions must be booked in advance. Subsidised rates are available for weekdays during UK term time only, not school or bank holidays.

Dates sell out quickly so we advise booking at least 2 months in advance. Payment is due 6 weeks prior to visiting. 

Bookings with less than 6 weeks notice require immediate payment. The cancellation & amendment deadline is 5pm on the day the booking is confirmed.

Adult to student ratios

Key Stage 1 (age 4-7) = 1:5
Key Stages 2, 3 & 4 (age 7-15) = 1:10
Key Stage 5 and up (age 16+) = 1:15
SEND groups will determine their own ratios

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

Terms and conditions Safeguarding


Autumn 2018 – Summer 2019

Domestic students

Under 5s: Free
Age 5-15 (KS 1-4): £3.95
Age 16+ (KS 5+): £5.55

International students (including your International Mission guide)

Under 5s: Free
Age 5-15: £5.95
Age 16+: £7.45

Teachers and adults

Up to agreed ratios: Free
Adults for 1:1 assistance: Free
Additional adults: £20.70

What's included?

Our school group admission rate includes:

  • Palace admission including all visitor routes open on the date.
  • Access to the gardens, except the Magic Garden and Maze.
  • Pre-visit email including essential information and short history guide.
  • Lunchrooms (subject to availability) for Key Stage 1-4.

What's not included?

  • Sessions - Can be booked at an additional cost.
  • Maze - Tickets available at the main ticket office.
  • Magic Garden - Combined Magic Garden/Maze tickets available to purchase for Foundation and Key Stage 1 school groups only. Must be pre-booked by telephone: +44 (0)20 3166 6000


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 wide selection of sessions linked to a range of subjects for all Key Stages, including SEND.

These are available at an additional cost and each session can cater for up to 35 students.

Digital missions

Digital missions are a self-led activity for Key Stage 2 groups.

Challenge your pupils to navigate and observe the palace spaces while solving challenges on an iPad.

Choose from The Clerk's Fantastic Feast, The Ambassador's Secret Assignment or The Architect's Design Dilemma.

Choose a session

Term dates

Autumn 2018 

Self-led visits open
Monday 03 September – Friday 14 December

Sessions available
Monday 10 September – Tuesday 4 December

Spring 2019

Self-led visits open
Monday 4 March – Friday 5 April

Sessions available
Monday 4 March – Friday 5 April

Conservation work to preserve the Tudor route will take place in January and February 2019. Please contact to discuss booking requirements.

Summer 2019

Self-led visits open
Tuesday 23 April – Friday 19 July

Sessions available 
Tuesday 23 April – Friday 12 July

Make a booking

Email your booking request form to the schools team at: Further enquiries? Please ring 020 3166 6646 for more information.

Booking request forms

Download and complete the appropriate form and email it to the schools team

UK school booking form UK school booking form guidelines Overseas school booking form Overseas school booking form guidelines

Payment options

After receiving your booking request we will email you with a confirmation invoice which must be paid in advance of your visit and according to our payment terms. We cannot amend booking numbers after payment has been made. Extra tickets must be purchased on the day at standard group rates.


Our preferred method of payment is by BACS. Payment details can be found on your invoice. Email us to arrange payment.

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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. 

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.

Refunds and cancellations

We regret that we cannot give refunds for cancellations or amendments made less than six weeks in advance of your visit. This includes non-arrivals on the day.