Eltham Palace and Gardens

Schools

A Medieval palace where Henry VIII spent his childhood, and a masterpiece of 20th century design: Eltham Palace encapsulates centuries of British political and social history. Plus, with 19 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens to explore, Eltham Palace provides a unique variety of learning opportunities.

Information about your visit

Our number one priority remains the health, safety and security of all of our visitors, staff and volunteers. Our staff are still working hard to keep everyone safe and make sure you and your group have an enjoyable visit.

Please note that we are currently experiencing high volumes of enquiries about our education visits, so we might take a little longer to come back to you.

Important information to consider before you book:

  • To keep everyone safe we’re continuing to limit visitor numbers at some sites and in some indoor spaces. Please book as soon as possible to secure your preferred trip date and times.
  • In order to process your enquiry as quickly as possible, please ensure you have provided the following information, or have this information ready when you speak to one of our advisers: visit arrival and departure time; age range of the group; subject(s) to be studied; learning objective; number of learners and leaders; name of trip organiser; name of trip leader; SEND requirements.
  • Find out more about what to expect on your school visit and make sure you download our COVID risk assessments; download a free copy of managing education visits during the pandemic and if you're participating in a Discovery Visit download our managing Discovery Visits during the pandemic risk assessment
  • To make the planning process as easy as possible, make sure you check our Plan Your School Trip section at the bottom of this page, for updated information on the facilities at the site as well as our free resources.
  • You’ll need to book your visit at least 14 days in advance. Please check our terms and conditions for full details.
  • Although is it not a requirement, any teachers, parents, or students aged 16 years can check in via the NHS Test and Trace app, using the NHS QR code posters displayed at the site entrance. Please factor this into your travel/arrival time. For more information about how we are handling your personal data for NHS Test and Trace please visit this page.
  • Our staff are continuing to wear a face covering in our busy areas and indoor spaces, and we encourage you and your group to do the same where possible.

At some sites you might not be able to use our handling collections or costumes as part of a free self-led visit, but where we can provide hands-on items in a safe way we will. We’ve adapted our Discovery Visit workshops to keep you and your group safe at all times, but for certain sessions we’re still working on this – please check the Discovery Visit section and Facilities section on this page below for further information.

Curriculum links

The new education offer at Eltham Palace provides a wide range of curriculum opportunities, including:

  • KS1 History: Significant historical events, people and places in their locality; the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements
  • KS2 History: a study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils' chronological knowledge beyond 1066
  • KS3 History: The development of Church, state and society in Britain 1509-1745; challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 to the present day
  • KS1-3 History: A local history study
  • KS1-3 Art & Design

Free self-led visits

Medieval grandeur sits alongside 1930s opulence and cutting edge design at Eltham Palace, with a fascinating experience for school groups, including stunning architecture and interior designs to enjoy. Explore Henry VIII's childhood home in the medieval Great Hall, and learn about the exciting changes and developments during the inter-war years in the Courtauld's family home. Highlights include the entrance hall, Virgina Courtauld's luxurious and modern private bathroom and the newly restored map room.

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PLAN YOUR VISIT

We have a wide range of materials to support your visit and make school trip planning easy. Download our free resources to help you make the most out of your visit and create unique learning experiences before, during and after your trip.

We also offer free planning visits for group leaders once you have made a booking. Our Education Booking Team is on hand to advise and help you create the best possible school trip to suit your needs and area of study.

  • Facilities
    • PARKING:100 space car park located 200 metres from the site. There are good transport links nearby with Eltham train station just a short walk from the site. There are also bus stops nearby.
    • TOILETS: Toilet facilities available.
    • SHOP: The shop sells a range of English Heritage gifts and souvenirs.
    • CAFE: The café offers a selection of light refreshments.
    • EDUCATION ROOM: There is no education room on site, but there is a space in which bags and coats can be stored during your visit.
  • Enquire now

    0370 333 0606

  • School visits

    We’re here to support your school trip planning this term. To start your enquiry, it's best to complete our online form. All bookings must be made at least 14 days in advance. Please make sure you check our terms and conditions ahead of your visit.

    If you’d like more information about a site or one of our workshops, get in touch to speak to your local Education Visits Officer.

    Please note that we are experiencing high volumes of enquiries about our education visits so we might take longer than usual to come back to you. We’re currently prioritising the most urgent enquiries. We will respond as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience and please accept our apologies for the inconvenience. We look forward to seeing you soon.

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