A school visit to the Royal Observatory offers students an inspiring, curriculum-linked experience, with unparalleled opportunities to meet astronomers, engage with cutting-edge science and explore big ideas.
We offer a wide range of facilities for visiting schools including the award-winning Time Galleries, the interactive Weller Astronomy Galleries, the Lloyd’s Register Educational Trust Learning Centre and the Peter Harrison Planetarium.
Booking school visits
Pre-booking is essential - contact our Bookings team:
Tel: +44 (0)20 8312 6608
What you can choose from on your visit
We offer three types of very flexible visit day: a Discovery Day, a Space Spectacular Day and a Study Day.
Depending on the key stage and what you choose your visit can be made of:
a planetarium show, an interactive workshop or science theatre show, a masterclass, a self-facilitated visit to the Weller Astronomy Galleries, a drama session in the Great Equatorial Telescope dome and a time-slot in the lunch room.
Take a look at the section below for our top tips on what to choose for your group:
Royal Observatory classroom resources
We have a huge selection of resources to choose from that can be used before or after your visit. They include: classroom activities, videos, blogs, podcasts and even the chance to video chat with an astronomer.
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