Plan and book a school visit

Booking information, admission rates, what's included, term dates and useful resources

Booking information, admission rates, what's included, term dates and useful resources

Updated 2 July. Following government guidance, Kensington Palace is re-opening from 30 July. Read our visit information

Coronavirus (COVID-19) closures

In light of the government announcement that UK schools will close, and Historic Royal Palaces decision to close Kensington Palace 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 school visit to Kensington Palace includes:

  • Timed palace admission including all visitor routes open on the date.
  • Pre-visit email including essential information and short history guide.
  • Lunchrooms (subject to availability) for Key Stage 1 and 2 groups.

What's not included?

  • Sessions can be booked at an additional cost.

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 5s: Free
Ages 5-15 (KS 1-4): £3.00
Age 16+ (KS 5+): £4.20

Teachers and adults

Up to agreed ratios: Free
Adults for 1:1 assistance: Free
Additional adults: £17.95

Adult to student 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 can 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 a selection of sessions linked to a range of subjects for Key Stages 1, 2, 3 and A-Level as well as SEND.

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

Choose a session

Term dates

Autumn 2019

Self-led visits open
Monday 02 September – Wednesday 18 December

Sessions available
Tuesday 10 September – Thursday 12 December

Spring 2020

Self-led visits open
Monday 13 January – Friday 03 April

Sessions available
Tuesday 14 January – Thursday 02 April

Summer 2020

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

Sessions available
Tuesday 21 April – Thursday 02 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 at

School booking form School booking form guidelines

Useful resources

Key information and guides to support your school visit.

Essential visit information What to see and do Possible risks and hazards Security information On the day 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.


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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