Booking your class visit

Our tips to enjoy your class visit to the National Portrait Gallery

Book in advance

Please book before you visit with us even if self-directing. Get in touch as early as possible to ensure we can accommodate your class. A minimum of one month's notice is required. Please refer to the booking checklist to ensure you have all the correct information to hand when making a booking. Please check within your school that the date you book for is the correct date for your visit as cancellation fees apply.

Booking availability
We are taking bookings for the 2015/2016 academic year from 22 June 2015.

Number of visits
Due to the popularity of our programmes, we can provide each school with three taught sessions for different classes each term.

Taught sessions
Join our freelance team for educator-led sessions in the gallery spaces or hands-on workshops. Book from our suggested sessions or devise your own. Taught sessions led by our team of educators are available Monday to Friday during school term time

Self-directed visits
To run your own session, please contact us to book the relevant Gallery rooms you wish to visit. Please note if you book a ‘General’ self-directed visit - that does not state any specific areas of the Gallery - at particularly busy times your group may be asked to move on from certain areas of the Gallery to ease crowding

Admission charges
Admission to the Gallery is free. All taught sessions are free, unless otherwise noted. Some temporary exhibitions have an admission cost.  Please ask when you book for special discount rates for pre-booked classes.

In the Galleries
Guidelines are sent when you book - please read and discuss these with your group. Group leaders are responsible for the behaviour of their classes during the visit.

Facilities
Please note we have no parking or lunchroom facilities. Our booking team can advise you on alternatives.

Cancellations and non-attendance charges
We charge the following for cancellation or non-attendance of your booking: Please note cancellation charges apply with immediate effect at point of booking.

Free schools sessions
£100 cancellation or non-attendance charge for sessions up to 90 minutes
£150 cancellation or non-attendance charge for all other events and workshops

Charged schools sessions
All charged sessions are non-refundable. A cancellation or non-attendance fee of £150 or the total cost of your booking (whichever is greater) will be applied.