Royal Observatory school visits 2019-20

We have created a special Learning at Home section if you are looking for ideas to keep your students or children busy over the next few weeks.  

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.

Booking school visits to the Royal Observatory

The 2019/20 school sessions are now open for booking.

Pre-booking is essential - contact our Bookings team: 

Email: | Tel: +44 (0)20 8312 6608

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What you can choose from on your visit 

We offer three types of very flexible visit days: a Discovery Day, a Space Spectacular Day and a Study Day (secondary only).  

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 and a time-slot in the lunch room.  

Find out more about our schools programme

Check out our programme guides for more details on how to plan your visit:

PDF icon Primary programme guide 2019-20

PDF icon Secondary programme guide 2019-20

Schools outreach programme

We continue to offer outreach visits for KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4 and Post-16 audiences in the academic year of 2019-20, releasing a small number of bookable outreach slots throughout the year. So if you are interested please contact us on for more details.

Find out all about our outreach programme

Royal Observatory science lesson ideas and 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.


If you have been on a school visit, we would love to hear what you thought of it.

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Everything you need to know to plan your school visit