School visits to Tate Britain are free. All school groups must book in advance of visiting.
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 email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you the relevant booking form. If you would like to discuss your booking over the phone, please call +44 (0)20 7887 8888 (option 3). Our schools phone line is open Monday - Friday 10.00-16.00
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
Bookings for our exhibitions must be made at least two weeks in advance to ensure tickets can be posted to the school.
PLAN YOUR VISIT
For the safety and enjoyment of all Tate visitors, both Tate Britain and Tate Modern are operating at a reduced capacity to maintain safe social distancing practices.
Tate Britain offers access to the free general collection for school groups, which takes approximately 1 hour to view in its entirety. Due to reduced capacity and logistical constraints, each day there will be 40 tickets available for entrance at 10:00, 10:30, 11.00, 13:00, 14:00 or 15.00. Once inside the gallery we ask that you split up into smaller groups when moving around.
The route has step-free access and access to toilets, a shop and the opportunity to buy food and drink. Please note Tate is operating a cashless system at present so only card purchases are possible.
The general collection also has access to the Tate Britain Commission, Hew Locke’s The Procession. Although the commission is very inviting, please remind your students not to touch the work. There are markings on the floor that indicate how close you can get to the work; these should not be crossed.
Due to space constraints, there will not be any access to the Clore learning hub lockers. We advise leaving bulky items at home, as there is currently no access to cloakrooms, and therefore students will have to carry any bags and items they have brought to the galleries. Alternately, there is a left luggage facility at Victoria station.
Lunches can be eaten in the Clore Centre lunchroom, concourse spaces or anywhere outside Tate Britain. As these spaces are neither private nor bookable, we cannot guarantee their availability. The Clore Centre lunchroom also has access to schools-only toilets
All water fountains have been switched back on.
Students can use the toilets located in the Clore learning hub. Students can also use the public toilets, so you may feel more comfortable accompanying them depending on your school’s safeguarding policy.
Seating at both galleries is kept throughout.
If you require a quiet space for your students, at Tate Britain the multifaith prayer room next to the Duveens can be used. Please ask a member of staff to guide you to the space. You can identify the Visitor Experience team by their black Tate branded shirt and orange Tate lanyard.
We now have two Access Stations at Tate Britain. They contain ear defenders (both adult and child sizes), magnifier overlay sheets, coloured gel overlay sheets and ramble tags. You can request any of this equipment by speaking to a member of the Visitor Experience team.
Questions to discuss before your visit
- What does art mean to you?
- What was the last thing you made or created?
- What does art make you think?
- What does art make you feel?
Questions to get you exploring when you get here
- If you could take one piece of artwork home with you, what would you take?
- What do you think art does in the world?
- Why should art be taught in school?
- If you imagined a gallery in the future, what do you think it would look like? What would be in it? Who would be in it?
Gallery Rules/Covid Safety
Large school groups should split up into groups of 10 or less while moving through the gallery rooms. If your students are under the age of 16, these groups of 6 must include an adult. Before booking, please ensure you have enough staff available to support this.
Regular hand washing and sanitisation facilities are provided throughout.
Masks should be worn by everyone over the age of 12 unless exempt, throughout the whole duration of their visit.
For the full list of Tate’s safety protocols, please follow the link to Tate's Frequently Asked Questions.