Plan a school visit

Come and explore the National Gallery Collection with your school, where a team of skilled freelance Gallery educators will help you to get more from your visit.

Catering for pupils aged 4 to 18, our fun, interactive Gallery sessions aim to bring the paintings alive to all children by facilitating them to make connections: to look, think and imagine.

Making a booking

Please note: bookings for the autumn term 2014 will be taken from Tuesday 6 May onwards. Please do not call regarding the autumn term before this date as we are very busy with summer term bookings. To discuss your requirements and to make a booking for a facilitated visit, please call 020 7747 2424 at least four weeks (and up to one term) in advance.

During busy periods you may need to leave a message. Please be patient and be assured that we will return your call by the end of the following working day.

When you ring to book please have the following information to hand:

  • Choice of dates and preferred times
  • Year group and any special learning needs of your pupils
  • Number of pupils
  • School address and telephone number
  • School office email address
  • Theme

Sandwich rooms are available to book on request in 30-minute slots.

You will receive an email confirmation as soon as your booking has been made. Please check the details carefully.

Visiting a charging exhibition

If you wish to bring a school group to one of our charging exhibitions, please email or call 020 7747 2888 to book tickets.

Children listen to a talk on a National Gallery painting

More about your visit

To support you in preparing for your visit, links to the Gallery's Health and Safety Policy and Pre-Visit information will be provided in the confirmation email.

A second reminder confirmation email will be sent approximately a week prior to your visit.

We require that each class must be accompanied by their teacher and at least one other adult at all times. The National Gallery guidlelines for visits of this kind are the following:

Age of pupils
Adult : Pupil Ratio

Foundation + Keystage 1     
Years 3-6 1:10
Years 7-12 1:15


Please note that teachers are responsible for the behaviour of their group at all times during their visit. Please read the guidelines in the pre-visit information and ensure that they have been shared with all accompanying adults.

School visits: what to expect

Booking queries

If you have a query about your booking or you need to cancel, phone 020 7747 2424. Due to the large volume of schools visits, we are unable to change the dates or times of bookings. We may ask for costs if you give less than 48 working hours’ notice of a cancellation, or if you fail to turn up.

Tips on planning a visit

  • Book up to a term in advance
  • Have alternative dates ready when you phone
  • Have your school office email address to hand 
  • Book a sandwich room at the Gallery for lunch
  • Book your Gallery session before you book transport
  • Keep your visit to around two hours
  • Consider combining your trip with a visit to a nearby attraction such as St James's Park

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