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

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.

What's included?

  • A facilitated, curriculum-linked session led by an expert presenter.
  • Access to Hillsborough Castle’s gardens to explore at your leisure.
  • Access to our two new play trails; The Imaginary Menagerie.
  • A booked lunch space (30 mins).
  • Pre-visit email including two teacher planning passes and essential information.
  • Space to store coats and bags throughout your visit.​
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 slot for your school to help manage numbers on-site.
  • Key stages 1-3: Dedicated meeting point and booked lunchroom.
  • 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

    Primary sessions (60 minutes)

    Secondary sessions (90 minutes)

    SEND sessions (60 minutes)

    Teachers and adults
    Up to agreed ratios: Free
    Adults for 1:1 assistance: Free
    Additional adults: £14.00

    All school group visits must be booked in advance. Dates sell out quickly so we advise booking at least two months in advance. Payment is due six weeks prior to visiting. 

  • Term dates

    2021-2022 academic year
    Sessions available Tuesday – Thursday during term time.

    Spring term
    11 April - 30 June

    2022-2023 academic year
    Sessions available Tuesdays - Thursdays during term time

    Autumn term
    6 September - 27 October

    Winter term
    2 November - 21 December
    4 January - 15 February

    Spring term
    21 February - 5 April

    Summer term
    18 April - 29 June

  • Adult to student ratios

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

    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.

Make a booking

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

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.

SEND visit resources

A visual story guide to support a visit to Hillsborough Castle and Gardens.

Visual story (PDF) Visual story (doc)