School bookings for 2023-24

Bookings for the 2023-24 academic year are now open. Read the guide below for more details and submit your enquiry here.

If you are planning a trip to the National Maritime Museum from March 2024, please be aware there will be significant improvement works taking place during this period. We are still welcoming schools, but there are a few changes that you need to be aware of. Download the guidance notes for more information.

To keep up to date about our school programmes and to get a reminder about when future bookings are open, we recommend signing up to our mailing lists:

  • National Maritime Museum, Queen's House, Cutty Sark and The Prince Philip Maritime Collections Centre Schools programmes: sign up here
  • Royal Observatory Greenwich: sign up here.

Here's all you need to know about booking an onsite school session with Royal Museums Greenwich.

We've got a huge range of school sessions for you and your students, including science and astronomy at the Royal Observatory Greenwich and arts and humanities at the National Maritime Museum, Queen's House, Cutty Sark and the Prince Philip Maritime Collections Centre (PPMCC).

Managing your booking

1. Decide what sessions you want to book

We host workshops for a range of ages across our different museums and learning centres. You can find more details about sessions at each location below:

You might also wish to include other things into your visit, like time to look around a gallery or a lunch room slot. That's not a problem – just let our bookings team know what you'd like to include in addition to the facilitated school sessions.

We have a number of visit guides and activity trails to help you structure the self-guided gallery visits.

Royal Observatory visit guides and trails

National Maritime Museum gallery visits and trails

    Pricing

    The prices for our onsite sessions vary from site to site, so below you'll find a summary of what we charge for our different sessions.

    Royal Observatory Greenwich

    Discovery Day - Primary school sessions 

    For a class of up to 30 students

    Workshop £90.00
    Planetarium show £90.00
    Full day £144.00

    Study Day - Secondary school sessions

    For a class of up to 30 students

    Workshop £90.00
    Planetarium show £90.00
    Full day £144.00

    Aurora Day - SEND school sessions

    For a group of up to 10 students

    Workshop £30.00
    Planetarium show £30.00
    Full day £48.00

    A full day will consist of: a planetarium show, an interactive workshop or science theatre show, a self-facilitated astronomy activity, a self-guided visit to the historic north site, and a time-slot in the lunch room.

    And if you have fewer students, let the bookings team know as they will be able to advise you on the rates for smaller class sizes.

    National Maritime Museum and Queen's House

    Primary schools sessions (for a class of up to 30 students) are £90.

    Secondary schools and Greenwich schools are free

    The 3 week Learning, Living and Working course for SEND learners is £90

    Cutty Sark

    Self-guided visits are £90 for a class of up to 30 students and £45 for smaller school groups of between 10-15 students.

    Sessions are £150 for a class of up to 30 students and £100 for up to 15 students.

    Adults accompanying school groups are admitted free according to the following ratios:

    • Post-16 groups: 1 adult per 16 students
    • KS3 and KS4: 1 adult per 10 students
    • KS2: 1 adult per 8 students
    • EYFS/KS1: 1 adult per 5 students
    • Special educational needs: 1 adult per child

     Additional adults are welcome and will be charged at the group rate of £10.00 per person.

    PPMCC

    Primary schools sessions are £90.

    Secondary schools and Greenwich schools are free

    Work experience project sessions for key stage 4 and post 16 (6 sessions over 6 weeks) are £150 per course | £90 for Greenwich schools (includes a free tour for family and friends).

    Please note all school sessions must be paid for in advance by credit/debit card or by BACS if requested. We do NOT send invoices or accept payment by cheques. You'll find more information about our cancellation policy and payments in our T&Cs.

    2. Decide what dates you would like

    Our programmes run at different times depending on which site you're visiting.

    Royal Observatory Greenwich: Sessions run Mondays-Fridays. We have Key Stage-specific days and you can find details in our programme guides below. 

     

    National Maritime Museum, Queen's House, Cutty Sark and Prince Philip Maritime Collections Centre: Sessions run Mondays-Fridays and you can find details in our schools guides below: 

      It is always good to have a few dates in mind, as the programme gets very busy. Please note we cannot take bookings with less than a week's notice.

      3. Get in touch

      Our bookings team have created a webform for our onsite programming so you can supply the information we need from you right at the beginning, and it means we can cut down on lots of emails.

      Fill out the enquiry form

      Our bookings team will then take you through the booking process and can answer any questions you have.

      If you would like to book a digital session, click here.

      To book a home educator group session at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, please send an email to ROGEducation@rmg.co.uk and include the session title and 2-3 options of dates and times for your session.

      4. Safeguarding

      There are different things to consider when it comes to keeping your students safe during an onsite visit. Before your booking can be confirmed we ask you to familiarise yourself with our risk assessments and supervision requirements.

      Risk Assessments: You can find risk assessments for school visits to all of our sites here.

      Supervision: You are legally responsible for your group at all times, whether they are visiting the shop, having lunch, in a planetarium show, workshop or looking around the galleries. Adults providing one-to-one support for a student should be counted separately, and there should be an appropriate number of other adults who are responsible for the rest of the group. So please ensure that you have sufficient staff with your group throughout the visit:

      • EYFS/KS1 – 1 adult per 5 students 
      • KS2 - 1 adult per 8 students
      • KS3 and KS4 - 1 adult per 10 students
      • Post-16 – 1 adult per 16 students.

      Please note that if a group does not have the minimum number of adults on the day of their visit, admission to the group’s booked session/s, particularly planetarium shows, is not guaranteed.

      5. Have fun! 

      That's it, pretty easy right?  All that's left to do is enjoy your visit. Afterwards we will point you in the direction of lots of different resources to use to follow up the session should you want to.