Due to the impact of the Coronavirus our schools' programmes and the number of sessions we can offer has been reduced. Please bear with us as we work to re-build our programmes and increase our capacity once again.

Hampton Court Palace, Tower of London and Kensington Palace will be open for school visits from June 2021.

Hillsborough Castle and Gardens will be open for school visits from May 2021.

Discover 1000 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.

Visit one of the palaces

Plan and book a school visit

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

Tower of London
Hampton Court Palace
Kensington Palace
Hillsborough Castle and Gardens

Secondary school students visit Hampton Court
Low angle view of the White Tower looking north-east, October 2009.

The White Tower was begun in the reign of William the Conqueror (1066-87) and completed by 1100. The fortress was originally faced with huge blocks of pale marble-like Caen stone imported from Normandy. In 1636-8 the external appearance of the White Tower was significantly altered with the replacement of much of its cut-stone work and window surrounds with Portland stone. 

The primary role of the White Tower was as a fortress and stronghold but it also served as a royal residence and as the setting for major governmental and ceremonial functions.

GCSE History: The historic environment of Norman England

Learning resources and source activities to support teachers delivering the Normans for History GCSE.

The Tower of London, looking north-west. Showing two female visitors using the digital audio guide tour devices.

International schools

Enrich your visit with activities designed for international students. 

Tower of London
Hampton Court Palace

Home educators

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

Tower of London
Hampton Court Palace

Learning resources

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

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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Costumed tour at Hampton Court Palace

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.

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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. 

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Winner - The Sandford Award for Heritage Education 2018