Explore 500 hundred years of British art at Tate Britain and enjoy the many exciting stories these artists have shared across time. Consider how these events and experiences are relevant today and discover historic eras and new artistic styles through sculpture, painting, performance, installation, video works and more.

Free Self-Guided Visits

Children look up at a drawing made on a large sheet of transparent plastic which is hung above their heads. An artwork with coloured squiggly lines is in the background.

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

'All the children had an amazing time, and we can’t wait … to come back.'

Primary School Teacher

Be led by your curiosity!

A self-guided visit is a free, pre-booked school trip to Tate Britain, where you and your students independently explore the gallery.

All young people should see themselves reflected back through the experience of visiting the galleries. Take up space at Tate Britain and engage with art to support your students to learn about themselves, their peers and the world around them.

Choose a particular focus, follow your students' interests, or wander at your own pace.

Bring sketchbooks and dry drawing materials with you or use our free in-gallery resources to capture what you can see, hear, or feel.

Free in-gallery resources

£5 Exhibition Tickets

How to Make a Booking

We ask that all groups book their visit to the galleries. Please contact us at least two weeks in advance of your visit, although more time is recommended.

To do this 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, call +44 (0)20 7887 8888 (option 3):

- Monday - Friday 10.00-16.00, during Term time

- Monday – Friday 11.00-15.00, during the School Half Term holidays.

Please note that our phoneline is closed during the school Winter, Spring and Summer holidays.

Have the following ready when you call:

  • Range of dates for your visit
  • School address, telephone number and your school email address
  • Group size and age of students

Bookings for our ticketed exhibitions must be made at least two weeks in advance to ensure you receive your tickets in time.

If you are enquiring about a visit for Autumn Term 2024, we will keep your email on file and begin to book in from 3rd June.

If you are a school visiting with children under 5, book an early years visit.

If you are a university group with students over the age of 18, book with our general ticketing team.

Access Support for School Visits

Planning Your Visit


Before you arrive

On the day

After your visit