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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

School visits

A school visit to Kensington Palace includes:

  • School session for your key stage 1-3 or SEND group.
  • Self-led admission for key stage 4 and 5 groups to visit Royal Style in the Making.
  • Timed palace admission including all visitor routes open on the date.
  • Pre-visit email including two teacher planning passes.
  • Dedicated lunchroom for key stages 1-3 and SEND.

Prices

Autumn 2021

Self-led visits (Key stages 4 and 5)
Key stage 4 groups: £3.50
Key stage 5 groups: £4.50

Teachers and adults
Up to agreed ratios: Free
Adults for 1:1 assistance: Free
Additional adults: £21.20

Session prices for key stages 1-3 and SEND are inclusive of student admission. For details please see our sessions.

Subsidised rates are available Wednesday - Friday during UK term time only, not school or bank holidays. We are operating timed entry for one class per day, to support social distancing.

Term dates

Visits available Wednesday - Friday during UK term time.

Autumn 2021

Self-led visits for key stages 4 and 5 available
08 September - 17 December

Sessions available
06 October - 10 December

Spring and Summer 2022
Available to book from September 2021

We are able to offer school sessions for key stages 1-3 groups for one class per day. Sessions will start at 10:45 with entry at 10:30. Self-led admission for key stage 4 and 5 groups will be available at 10:15 and 12:30.

All school visits must be booked and paid for in advance.

Adult to student ratios

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 5 students whilst inside the palace spaces.

Terms and conditions Safeguarding

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 you stay in your school 'bubble'.
  • Key stages 1-3: Dedicated meeting point and lunchroom space for your group only
  • Flexible booking terms, allowing you to move your visit if needed.
  • Teacher planning passes, included in your booking confirmation, to allow two teachers to visit and plan your day.
The East Front after Kensington Palace renovations. Looking west towards the statue of Queen Victoria (installed 1893), 22 March 2012.

Part of the Kensington Palace project, ‘Welcome to Kensington - a palace for everyone’ an undertaking over two years (2010-12) of major refurbishments (renovation) at Kensington, including new gardens.

School 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 sessions for key stages 1-3, including SEND.

Our sessions can cater for a maximum of 35 students.

A cream coloured toile embroidered with golden national symbols created by London based court designer Madame Handley-Seymour for the 1937 coronation gown of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother; consort of King George VI.

Royal Style in the Making

Self-led visits to the exhibition Royal Style in the Making are available for key stage 4 and key stage 5 groups. Admission includes the exhibition and all palace routes open on the day of your visit.

This new temporary exhibition explores the intimate relationship between fashion designer and royal client, revealing the process behind the creation of a number of the most important couture commissions in royal history. On display will be the wedding dress of Diana, Princess of Wales, on show for the first time at Kensington Palace in 25 years.

Visits available Wednesday - Friday during UK term time, 01 September – 17 December 2021. Two timed entry slots available per day, at 10:15 and 12:30.

Make a booking

Bookings for Autumn 2021 now open.

Booking request form

Complete the form and email it to the team at: [email protected]

School booking request form School booking form guidelines

Useful resources

Key information and guides to support your school visit.

Essential visit information What to see and do Possible risks and hazards Security information On the day information

Payment and terms of booking

After receiving your booking request, we will email you with confirmation and an 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.
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