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Discover 1,000 years of history in some of the country's most iconic historic palaces. 

Plan an educational visit, search for learning resources, and take advantage of our CPD and training opportunities for teachers. 

We are now open for bookings for the 2023-2024 academic year. We recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.  

Gunpowder plot resources

Ready-to-use classroom activities about the Gunpowder Plot including a high quality dramatised video, image banks and discussion questions.

Gunpowder Plot Resources

Visit one of the palaces

Plan and book a school visit

Everything you need to know when planning a school visit to one of the palaces.

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KS1 schoolchildren on a visit to the Tower of London.
The Great Hall showing Live Interpreter (in costume) running 
a session for secondary school students.

Access Fund for schools

Applications for 2023/24 are now closed.

CPD session at the Tower of London.

International schools

Enrich your visit with activities designed for international students. 

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Hampton Court Palace

School children visiting Hampton Court Palace.

Home educators

Tailor a visit to suit your children's needs with our activity trails. 

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Hampton Court Palace
Kensington Palace

Online and Outreach School Sessions

Students take part in a school session at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens.

Online school sessions

Led by experienced presenters on Zoom, take a journey through time to meet historical figures and uncover history from your classroom. Our sessions support the study of History, English and Citizenship.

Coronation Benches at the Tower of London for the Tower of London Schools Coronation Competition

The Tower of London Schools Coronation Competition

In January 2023, we invited schools across the UK to take part in an exciting competition to mark the Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III.

Tracey Tooley investigating Hampton Court Palace with Tudor figures from history.

Search learning resources

Browse curriculum-based resources for use in school and at the palaces. 

Children doing Digital Missions at Hampton Court Palace


Ready, set, play! Check out our interactive game resources for students to play in school or at home.

Opportunities for teachers

Join our Teacher Network

We collaborate with teachers to design our schools programme. Sign up and take part in our many opportunities. 

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Group of guests on a costumed guide tour by Henry VIII in Base Court.

CPD and Training

Build your knowledge, skills and confidence with our tailored professional development sessions for educators.

Terms and conditions

Please read our terms and conditions before booking a school visit.

Read our Terms and conditions


We want children, young people and vulnerable adults to have meaningful, enjoyable and safe experiences when they visit our palaces.


Safety and security

Historic Royal Palaces uses a range of security measures and procedures to minimise the possibility of terrorist, or other criminal activity taking place. 

Security Statement
Sandford Award logo

Winner - The Sandford Award for Heritage Education 2018


Katherine of Aragon

Henry VIII's first wife. She was 23, he was 17

Henry VIII

Who was the real Henry VIII?

Chocolate fit for a king

Where royal chocolate makers prepared this expensive delicacy

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Shop homewares

In our home section you will find stylish lifestyle home accessories and furnishings, including cushions, tapestries, ornaments and much more which will add those finishing touches to make your room complete.

From £5.00

Shop Anne Boleyn gifts

Discover our unique collection of Anne Boleyn books, jewellery and gifts, including her 'B' necklace which you can personalise with your chosen initial.

From £3.00

Shop jewellery

Choose from our stunning collection of jewellery, including pieces inspired by the palaces and the people who lived in them. These beautiful collections include necklaces, rings, earrings, charm bracelets, bangles and pendants.

From £2.50