School Visits to Tate Britain

Explore art and ideas to take ownership of the gallery

​Schools workshop, Tate Britain 2018 © Tate (Oliver Cowling)​

​Schools workshop, Tate Britain 2018 © Tate (Oliver Cowling)​

School visits to Tate Britain are free. As Tate Britain is now operating on a timed ticket system, 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 schoolsandteachers@tate.org.uk 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 - Wednesday, 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 must be made at least two weeks in advance to ensure tickets can be posted to the school.

Do I need to make a booking?

Yes. Timed tickets are required to enter our galleries for the free collections. To help manage numbers, we require all school groups to pre-book at least two weeks in advance and are limiting each class to 40 tickets (including teachers).

Each day, there will be 40 tickets available for entrance at 10:30, 11.00, 13:00 and 15.00.

How much does it cost?

Self-led visits to the permanent collection at Tate Britain are free. Tickets to exhibitions are £5/person (including teachers).

What happens if I forget our tickets?

For the safety of our staff, please do try to remember to bring your tickets. They will be posted to your school in advance of your booking. If, for whatever reason, you do not have your tickets with you on the day of your visit, please send your lead teacher to the ticket desk and someone will reprint them for you.

WHAT HAPPENS IF WE ARE LATE?

That’s fine! That’s fine! Please note that you cannot enter the galleries before your scheduled time slot, so do plan accordingly, as we do not want students and teachers to have to queue outdoors for extended periods of time, especially if there is inclement weather. If you are more than 15 minutes late, you may be instructed to wait until you can be safely accommodated in the galleries.

Can I book exhibition tickets for my class?

We are looking forward to welcoming you and your students back to exhibitions and appreciated your patience whilst we were unable to accommodate exhibition tickets over the summer. Tate is following all Government guidelines to keep visitors and staff safe, meaning that capacities for visiting are significantly lower than usual. As each exhibition has its own visitor capacities, please get in touch with us directly regarding which exhibition you would like to visit with your students.

Do we need to register on the NHS Track and Trace app?

You no longer need to register with track and trace to visit Tate.

What activities do you have for students?

Due to the impact of COVID-19, we are not currently providing paper-based resources in the gallery, but you are welcome to save resources from the website or from our ebulletins to your mobile devices and use them the way you would a paper resource. If you’re not currently signed up for our ebulletin and would like to be, please email us.

These ‘activities’ are developed by artists who have worked on the Schools and Teachers Programme. You can find them below under ‘Self-led student resources’. 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.

Can we sketch and draw in the galleries?

You are welcome to bring your own sketchbooks and drawing materials to Tate Britain and are allowed to sketch in galleries as long as they are not crowded and you remain in small groups. If a gallery becomes too crowded, you may be asked to continue to the next set of rooms.

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.

My students are studying a particular 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. Or by browsing our list of what art is on display.

Where can we 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. Regardless of where you are parked, you will need to enter the gallery through the Manton Entrance.

I want to arrange a talk or tour for my students. How do I do this?

Unfortunately School Group tours, Tate to Tate tours, Exhibition private lectures, Exhibition packages and Exhibition tours are temporarily suspended. If you are booking for fewer than 5 people, you can book through Tate Private Tours.

Where are the bathrooms and are their changing facilities?

Please check the Tate Britain map to locate bathrooms. Tate Britain does not currently have changing faciliites.

Is there a map?

Yes. Download the Tate Britain map [PDF 739.93 Kb]

Plan Your Visit

For the safety and enjoyment of all Tate visitors, one-way systems are in place at both Tate Britain and Tate Modern. Both sites are also operating at a reduced capacity to maintain safe social distancing practices. Due to reduced capacity and logistical constraints, each day there will be 40 tickets available for entrance at 10:30, 11.00, 13:00 or 15.00. Once inside the gallery we ask that you split up into smaller groups when moving around.

Tate Britain offers a comprehensive collection route from 1540 to the present day. A link to some of the route highlights can be found here to better help you plan your visit.

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 route also has access to the Duveens Commission, Heather Phillipson’s RUPTURE No 1: blowtorching the bitten peach. As the Tate Britain Commission features sudden loud noises, you can request ear defenders from any member of staff. They are thoroughly disinfected after each use. Even though the commission is very inviting, please remind your students not to touch the work.

Due to space constraints, there will not be any access to the Clore learning hub, lunchroom, lockers, or schools-only toilets.

We advise leaving bulky items at home, as there is currently limited 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 outside the Clore learning hub at Tate Britain. As these spaces are neither private nor bookable, we cannot guarantee their availability. As the weather gets colder, you may want to consider alternate arrangements for lunches.

All water fountains have been switched back on.

Students will need to use public toilets, so you may feel more comfortable accompanying them depending on your school’s safeguarding policy.

Access

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

School groups must split up into groups of ideally 6-10 as per the rest of the gallery guidelines, regardless of whether your class is part of a bubble. If your students are under the age of 16, these groups must include an adult. Before booking, please ensure you have enough staff available to support this.

One way route around the gallery, marked by signage and arrows. VE and Security staff will also be in the space to support with movement and room capacities.

Regular handwashing and sanitisation facilities are provided throughout.

We are asking that masks 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.

Self-led Student Activities

Teaching Resources and Courses

Arriving at Tate Britain

School groups enter Tate Britain via the Manton Entrance on Atterbury Street. When facing the front of Tate Britain from Millbank this is on the left side of the building, down either the stairs or the ramp.

Here you will need to register, signing to say that you have read and understood the guidelines. Once signed in and once your timeslot has begun, you can make your way along your pre-approved route.

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:

  • Ideally 1:5 for under 5s-15 year-olds

  • Students 16+ may split into groups of 6 without teacher supervision if that is in line with your school’s safeguarding practices

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.

Gallery Guidelines

Visitor numbers are being carefully managed to ensure that your visit is as safe and comfortable as possible. There are increased cleaning regimes in high use areas and protective screens on desks and counters. We are only accepting card or contactless payments and have installed hand sanitiser dispensers throughout the gallery.

When you visit:

  • Keep your distance from others
  • Act on any guidance our team may give you
  • Limit your party to 1 adult per 5 students or 6 students over the age of 16

Although face coverings are no longer mandatory, we are requesting that visitors still wear face coverings in our galleries, apart from those who are exempt. Not all exemptions are visible so please be understanding of others.

Most importantly if you are feeling unwell, help keep everyone safe by staying at home.

For more information take a look through our frequently asked questions.

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