School bookings for 2024-25

Bookings for the 2024-25 academic year will open:

  • September - December 2024 school visits - bookings now open
  • January - July 2025 school visits - bookings open in the Autumn Term
  • January - July 2025 KS3-5 National Maritime Museum Sessions only - if you would like to register your interest for these sessions please email once bookings open in July


Please wait until these dates to submit your forms for the next academic year. 

If you are planning a trip to the National Maritime Museum from now until summer 2025, please be aware there will be significant roof 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


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

Planetarium show £100.00
Full day £160.00

Study Day - Secondary school sessions

For a class of up to 30 students

Planetarium show £100.00
Full day £160.00

Aurora Day - SEND school sessions

For a group of up to 10 students

Planetarium show £30.00
Full day £48.00

A full day will consist of: a planetarium show, an interactive workshop, 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 £15.30 per person.


Primary schools sessions are £90.

Secondary schools and Lewisham and Greenwich state 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 leaflets 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 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, supervision requirements and codes of conduct.

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.

Code of Conduct: Please read our guidance to help everyone have an enjoyable visit.

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.