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

School visits and sessions

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 curriculum-based sessions linked to a range of subjects for Key Stages 1 to 5, including Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). 

Primary sessions cater for up to 32 students, while secondary and SEND capacities vary so please check the session information.

Sessions information and prices


Primary Sessions (60 minutes)

Secondary Sessions (90 minutes)

SEND sessions (60 minutes)

All school group visits must be booked in advance. 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

The following ratios apply to all school groups visiting the castle and gardens. 

Key Stage 1 (age 4-7) 
Key Stages 2, 3 & 4 (age 7-15) 
Key Stage 5 and up (age 16+) 

SEND groups will determine their own ratios

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

What's included?

  • A facilitated, curriculum-linked session led by an expert presenter.
  • Access to Hillsborough Castle’s gardens to explore at your leisure.
  • A booked lunch space (30 mins).
  • Space to store coats & bags throughout your visit.

Term dates

Autumn 2019

Monday 9 September – Friday 13 December 2019

Spring 2020

Monday 13 January – Wednesday 8 April 2020

Summer 2020

Monday 20 April – Friday 26 June 2020

Make a booking

Bookings will open in May 2019. Please check back for further details in the coming weeks.

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 6 weeks prior to visiting. 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.

Email to set up BACS payment

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.