Arriving at Tate Britain
School groups enter Tate Britain via the Clore Centre. When facing the front of Tate Britain from Millbank this is to the right hand side of the building, alongside the raised lawn.
Here you will need to register, signing to say that you have read and understood the guidelines, whereupon you will receive your Visiting Teacher sticker. Once signed in, you can make your way to the galleries with your group. If you have booked a Tate-led session your artist will meet you at the schools desk.
Getting to Tate Britain
Access at Tate Britain
Group supervision and safety
Adult supervision is required at all times with the following adult-to-student ratios:
- 1:5 for under 5s
- 1:10 for 6–11 year-olds
- 1:15 for 12–16 year-olds
- 1:20 for 16–18 year-olds
Please note that teachers are responsible for students’ behaviour and safety at all times. All group leaders should carry out their own risk assessment prior to their visit. At no stage can Tate assume the formal duty of care on behalf of teachers.
Tate's health and safety statement [PDF, 83kb]
We strongly recommend you visit Tate Britain in advance to check the suitability of the artworks for your group. You can also use the teaching resources above to plan your visit to the gallery.
Conduct in the galleries
- We regret that it is not possible to lecture in the temporary paying exhibitions but you can discuss works with groups of 6 or fewer in a conversational manner
- No photography is permitted in the temporary paying exhibitions. Photography for personal, non-commercial use is permitted in the general collection galleries. The use of flash and tripods is prohibited
- Please be aware of the school talks, workshops and guided tours, which take place daily, on the hour from 11.00-16.00. Tate speakers have precedence over outside lecturers. Please do not lecture in rooms where talks are already in progress, and be prepared to be flexible with your route if a talk is taking place
- Maximum group size for a self-led talk in the general collection galleries is 20. Sketching in the galleries is encouraged. Permitted materials - dry materials such as pencils, graphite sticks, fine-tipped pens, wax crayons, conté and charcoal pencils (must be wood or plastic encased), oil pastels encased in paper. Prohibited materials - loose dry materials including charcoal and pastels, soft oil pastels and oil paint sticks, all paints and other wet materials, permanent markers and tape.
Please also be aware of our gallery rules.
Facilities at Tate Britain
schools lunch room and lockers
A packed-lunch room and lockers are available for use during your visit. Please book these in advance.
Artworks on display
Artworks can be taken off display at short notice. If you are visiting to see a particular artwork please check with our Information Team: Please call +44 (0)20 7887 8888 (option 2) or email: email@example.com.
Prints and Drawings Rooms
Teachers and students can use the Prints and Drawings Rooms at Tate Britain to view and research prints, watercolours from the collection. You must book in advance: Please call +44 (0)20 7887 8042 / 8657or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Library and Archive
Teachers and students can use the Reading Rooms at Tate Britain for individual study. There you can access the exceptional and diverse Tate Library and Archive collections, including the public records. Admission is free but you are required to register and appointments may be necessary: Please call +44 (0)20 7887 8838 or email email@example.com.
There are two shops at Tate Britain, each selling a wide range of art books and items for schoolchildren. To avoid congestion, please ensure that pupils visit the shops in small, staggered groups and are supervised at all times.
An educational discount of 10% is available on all library and school orders for those with an account. To open an account, please call +44 (0)20 7887 8896.
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