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Plan a school visit

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

You can book your school group onto one of our themed tours or practical workshops. These fun, interactive sessions bring paintings to life and are tailored for students from early years through to Key Stage 5.

Please note that during Autumn Term 2020, all tours and workshops will be held online. Find out more here.

Making a booking

Bookings can only be made via email. To request a booking form, please email at least six weeks (and up to one term) in advance.

Please make sure you have a 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice of date and a time frame for your visit ready.

For other enquiries, please phone 020 7747 2424. During busy periods you may need to leave a message. Please rest assured that we will return your call by the end of the following working day.

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

To book tickets for a group of six or more, please visit the Gallery or email for more information.

Groups need to book at least one week ahead of their visit.

See our full list of exhibitions

More about your visit

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

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

Age of pupils

Adult : Pupil ratio

Early Years Foundation Stage (3–5 years old)  


Key Stages 1–2 (5–11 years old)


Key Stages 3–5 (11–18 years old)


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 they are shared with all accompanying adults.

Tips on planning a visit

  • Book up to a term in advance
  • Book your Gallery session before you book transport
  • Have a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choice of date and a time frame for your visit ready
  • For each group of 10-25 pupils, have the lead teacher’s name, email address and mobile number ready
  • We cannot guarantee that your group will see a certain painting or artist, as all paintings and rooms are subject to availability
  • Book a sandwich room at the Gallery for lunch
  • Consider combining your trip with a visit to a nearby attraction such as St James's Park

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