All groups must book in advance, whether visiting independently or taking part in a Tate-led session. The maximum size of a visiting school group at Tate Britain is 120 students. Large groups should be split into smaller groups of up to 20 people when in the gallery.
Please let us know if you would like to book the schools lunch room and locker facilities (UK school groups only).
When you book a visit, please advise us of any specific access requirements that members of your group may have.
How to make a booking
To enquire, please fill out this Booking Enquiry Form and respond to all the questions. We’ll get back to you with a booking confirmation.
Or contact us by phone, call + 44(0) 20 7887 8888 (option 3).
If you are planning a visit to the gallery within the next three weeks, please call our schools bookings team instead of emailing us.
Have the following ready when you call:
Range of dates for your visit
School address, telephone number and email address
Group size and age of pupils
Would you like to book the schools lunch room and lockers? (UK schools only)
We run a programme of workshops, which you can book in advance of your visit, subject to availability:
Day-long workshops at Tate Britain for students from all SEND settings and PRUs
Use our in-gallery student resources to explore Tate Britain, including exhibitions and our free collection displays. Browse our current resources below or contact the Resource Coordinator if you're looking for something specific: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit an exhibition
A special school group price for exhibitions is available during weekdays if you book and pay at least two weeks in advance.
Find out about CPD, courses and private views for teachers at Tate Britain
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.