Booking information, admission rates, what's included, term dates and useful resources
We’re excited to welcome primary schools back to Hillsborough Castle & Gardens this term.
We hope to be able to reinstate the full schools programme from September 2021.
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 a wide selection of curriculum-based sessions linked to a range of subjects for Key Stages 1 to 5, including Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).
Primary sessions cater for up to 32 students, while secondary and SEND capacities vary so please check the session information.Sessions information and prices
Primary Sessions (60 minutes)
Secondary Sessions (90 minutes)
SEND sessions (60 minutes)
Teachers and adults
Up to agreed ratios: Free
Adults for 1:1 assistance: Free
Additional adults: £11.40
All school group visits must be booked in advance. Dates sell out quickly so we advise booking at least two months in advance. Payment is due six weeks prior to visiting.
The following ratios apply to all school groups visiting the castle and gardens.
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 can determine their own ratios.
Groups with an inadequate number of accompanying adults may not be admitted.
2020-21 academic year
School visits are only available during the summer term.
2021-2022 academic year
From September, sessions available Tuesday – Thursday during term time.
1 September - 28 October
31 October - 21 December
2 January - 17 February
20 February - 31 March
10 April - 30 June
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:
Email your booking request form to the schools team at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Further enquiries? Please ring 020 3166 6646 for more information.
After receiving your booking request we will email you with a booking confirmation and invoice which must be paid in advance of your visit and according to our payment terms six weeks prior to visiting.