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Booking information, admission rates and useful resources

Booking information, admission rates and useful resources

Updated 12 June. As a result of the Coronavirus global pandemic, we have taken the difficult decision to close Banqueting House until March 2021. We apologise for any disappointment this may cause. Please read our statement

Coronavirus (COVID-19) closures

In light of the government announcement that UK schools will close, and Historic Royal Palaces decision to close the Banqueting House until further notice, we have taken the decision to cancel all school visits for this academic year. We are in the process of contacting all those groups affected. Should you have any questions please do feel free to contact us:

Please be aware that we are currently experiencing a very high volume of enquiries via phone and email and it may take longer than normal for us to respond to your query.

Self-led visits

 A self-led visit to the Banqueting House Whitehall includes:

  • Admission to the site and access to all visitor routes open on the day.
  • Banqueting Hall and Rubens' ceiling.
  • Pre-visit email including the essential information pack and the option of two preliminary visit vouchers.

All school group admissions must be booked in advance, we recommend booking at least two months in advance as dates do sell out quickly. Payment is due six weeks before visiting. 


Autumn 2019 - Summer 2020


Under 16s (KS 1-4): Free
16+ (KS 5+) £4.20

Teachers and adults

Up to agreed ratios: Free
Adults for 1:1 assistance: Free
Additional adults: £6.45

Adult to students ratios

Key Stage 1 (age 4-7) = 1:5
Key Stages 2, 3 & 4 (age 7-15) = 1:10
Key Stage 5 and up (age 16+) = 1:15
SEND groups will determine their own ratios

Groups with an inadequate number of accompanying adults may not be admitted.



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 depth study sessions for Key Stage 3 and 4 groups. 

These are available at an additional cost and each one can cater for up to 35 students.

Choose a session

Term dates

Autumn 2019

Self-led visits open
Monday 02 September – Friday 13 December

Spring 2020

Self-led visits open
Monday 06 January - Friday 03 April

Summer 2020

Self-led visits open
Monday 20 April - Tuesday 21 July

Subsidised rates are available for weekdays during UK term time only, not school or bank holidays.

Make a booking

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

Booking request form

Download and complete the form and email it to the schools team.

School booking form School booking form guidelines Home educator booking form Home educator booking form guidelines

Useful resources

Key information and guides to support your school visit.

Essential visit information Possible risks and hazards Security information

Payment options

After receiving your booking request we will email you with a confirmation invoice which must be paid in advance of your visit and according to our payment terms. We cannot amend booking numbers after payment has been made.


Our preferred method of payment is by BACS. Payment details can be found on your invoice. When making payment please ensure you quote the invoice number and if possible your school/company name.

For queries - email our finance team

Credit card

Contact us on +44 (0) 20 3166 6646 to make a payment. Please have ready your event and invoice reference number, name of cardholder as it appears on the card, card number, security code and expiry date.


Cheques should be drawn on a British bank and made payable to ‘Historic Royal Palaces’. Cheques should be sent to the Finance Department at Hampton Court Palace. 

Financial Accounting
Apartment 22
Hampton Court Palace
Surrey KT8 9AU

Important payment terms

  • Your invoice will be attached to your confirmation email. 
  • Payment is due six weeks prior to visiting. We cannot amend booking numbers after this deadline. Extra tickets must be purchased on the day at standard group rates.
  • Bookings with less than six weeks' notice require immediate payment. The cancellation & amendment deadline is 5pm 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.
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