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.

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

Bookings can only be made via email. To request a booking form, please email schoolbookings@ng-london.org.uk 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 (select option 1). 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

If you wish to bring a school group to one of our ticketed exhibitions, please call Groupline on +44 (0) 20 7206 1173 to book tickets, or send an email to enquiries@groupline.com.

Alternatively, you can visit Groupline’s website at groupline.com/category/exhibition.

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)  

1:6

Key Stages 1–2 (5–11 years old)

1:10

Key Stages 3–5 (11–18 years old)

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 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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