School Visits to Tate Britain

Bring your class to Tate Britain for free

Young boy taking part in a workshop

Schools workshop at Tate Britain

© Tate

School visits to Tate Britain are free. There is a charge for special exhibitions.

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)

Frequently asked questions

DO I NEED TO MAKE A BOOKING TO BRING A SCHOOL GROUP TO TATE?

All groups with more than 10 students need to book in advance. If you are bringing a big group we request you split up into smaller groups of up to 15 when moving around the galleries.

Schools are welcome to bring up to a maximum of 120 children on a self-led visit per day. We are unable to accommodate groups larger than this as we have limited number of school group arrivals per day for Health & Safety reasons and wish to give as many schools as possible the chance to visit the galleries.

WHAT IS THERE TO SEE?

There is a lot to see from the extensive permanent collection to exhibitions.

Find out what’s on in our free displays and temporary exhibitions.

Find out what artworks are currently on display at Tate Britain.

Alternatively, use our Artist A-Z or Art Terms.

You can also search for a specific the artwork, artist or art term in the Search.

Otherwise contact Information on 020 7887 8888 (Option 2).

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

Self-led visits to the permanent collection at Tate Britain are free. For temporary exhibitions there is a charge, a special group rate is available.

HOW MUCH ARE TICKETS FOR EXHIBITIONS?

For UK school groups we offer £5 tickets when you are bringing a minimum of 10 students and 1 teacher. There are 30 tickets available on the hour every hour from 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday at the school group rate. Tickets must be paid for in full at least two weeks in advance of the date of the visit. Once sold tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable. However, whilst the tickets are on reserve, unpaid, we can amend the numbers or timing, subject to availability.

WHAT ACTIVITIES DO YOU HAVE FOR STUDENTS?

We have a number of ‘activities’, developed by artists, who have worked on the schools and teachers programme. We call them 'in-gallery resources'. You can find them below under ‘Self-led student resources’ and ‘Teaching resources and courses’. These resources emulate the workshops and include the perspective of contemporary artists in the gallery. They aim to encourage new ways of looking at and learning with art.

MY STUDENTS ARE STUDYING [INSERT TOPIC], HOW DO I FIND OUT IF IT IS ON DISPLAY?

Check Tate’s website, by searching for the artwork, artist or medium in Search. Alternatively, use our Artist A-Z or Art Terms. The information team can also help with any display queries 020 7887 8888 (Option 2).

IS THERE SOMEWHERE WE CAN PARK?

Tate Britain has limited accessible onsite parking. This should be booked in advance and a registration number provided at least 24hrs before the visit.

I WANT TO ARRANGE A TALK OR TOUR FOR MY STUDENTS - HOW DO I DO THIS?

Private talks and tours are arranged by Tate Private Tours, even if you are a school group. Please contact them at tour.bookings@tate.org.uk or +44 (0) 20 7887 4946

CAN WE SEE THE PRINTS AND DRAWINGS ROOM?

Yes. Please email studyroom@tate.org.uk after booking a self-led visit with us. The maximum size of groups is 12 (less for younger students).

HOW LONG SHOULD WE BE THERE?

People usually spend anywhere between 1 hour to a whole day in the galleries.

WHERE ARE THE BATHROOMS AND ARE THERE CHANGING FACILITIES?

At Tate Britain there are bathrooms in the Clore Centre and on the Lower Ground Floor.

IS THERE A MAP?

Yes. Maps are available to download for Tate Britain or to pick up in the gallery.

Download the Tate Britain map

GALLERY activities

Tate-led sessions

We run a programme of workshops, which you can book in advance of your visit, subject to availability:

Workshop

Artist-led workshops for schools

Every Tue

Artist-led workshops at Tate Britain for students and teachers, encouraging engagement with art, artists and ideas

Free entry
Workshop

Artist-led workshops for SEND schools

Selected Tuesdays from October 2018

Artist-led workshops at Tate Britain for students from all special educational needs and disabilities settings and pupil referral units

Free entry

Self-led sessions

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: resource.coordinator@tate.org.uk.

We encourage young people to explore art and idea to take ownership of the gallery.

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.

For more information please email schoolsandteachers@tate.org.uk or call +44 (0)20 7887 8888 (option 3).

Self-led student resources

Teaching Resources and Courses

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.

Homework help and classroom quizzes

Tate Kids Who Are They?

Who is Bridget Riley?

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Tate Kids Quiz

Quiz: Find Your Perfect Art Adventure

Find your perfect art adventure in this fun art quiz for kids
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Top 5 Animals

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Tate Kids Quiz

Quiz: Are you an art brainbox?

Play this fun art quiz and work out if it's fact or fiction

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: visiting.britain@tate.org.uk.

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 studyroom@tate.org.uk.

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 reading.rooms@tate.org.uk.

Shops

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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