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Explore the Tower of London with our range of learning offers

Explore the Tower of London with our range of learning offers

What we offer

We are delighted to welcome education groups back to our sites.  

Bookings now open for the 2021-2022 academic year.  

We offer:

  • Subsidised entry for schools Wednesday - Friday during UK term time  
  • Interactive sessions for all key stages and SEND 
  • Activity trails tailored by key stage and aligned to the national curriculum
  • Reduced capacity and specific time slots to allow for safe, distanced, group visits   
The top of the White Tower at the Tower of London with its Union Jack flag flying.

Plan and book a school visit

All the planning, practical and booking information you need for your school trip to the Tower of London.

School students visiting the Tower of London for a school session.

School sessions and activity trails

Interactive and enquiry-based sessions are available for all key stages and SEND students.

Tailored activity trails are available for key stages 1 to 4 and international schools to structure and support an exploration of the Tower.

Learning resources

Browse a range of resources to support you and your students across the curriculum.

Teachers listen to a costumed historic interpreter as part of a site familiarisation during a continuing professional development day at the Tower of London.

CPD and Training

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

Teacher Network

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

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, particularly the AQA historic environment of Norman England which focuses on the White Tower in 2021.

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

Great games and videos for exploring the past

Discover curriculum-linked resources for all key stages that will help bring the past to life.

Safety and Security

As with many public venues Historic Royal Palaces uses a range of security measures to help minimise the possibility of terrorist, or other criminal activity taking place, and these measures also include procedures to deal with incidents should they actually happen. 

Security statement
Children over looking the Tower wall

Safeguarding

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

Photography and Filming

Historic Royal Palaces is a safeguarding aware organisation and takes its responsibility to protect children and vulnerable people seriously. We may sometimes ask therefore that visitors refrain from filming or photographing other visitors. If you have any concerns about a member of the public taking photos of your school or education group, please speak to a member of staff.

Visitors are welcome to take photographs within most areas of the Tower. Photographic equipment such as tripods and selfie sticks should not be used inside the buildings. For security reasons, photography is not allowed in the following areas:

  • The Jewel House
  • The Martin Tower
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Finalist - Best Heritage Venue, School Travel Awards 2018/19