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Learning for primary school students

School children can get a lot out of visiting the Abbey. Through a wide range of guided tours and workshops, we can support their learning of the National Curriculum for EFYS, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. You can also take self-led visits – and if you can’t get here, we offer video sessions. We also arrange outreach sessions for schools in some London boroughs.

Tours and workshops

We’ve designed interactive tours and workshops to help EYFS, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 classes explore subjects such as RE, history, literacy and the arts, and STEM. You can choose from a variety of themes, including Christian life, local history, British values, remembering the Wars, Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, Charles Darwin, and mathematical patterns.

Explore tours and workshops by subject.

Self-led visits

Schools are welcome to come and explore the Abbey without a guide on self-led visits. We have trails available to download to support your visit. The trails cover a range of topics, including Church and State, Maths, Tudors, Christianity, Super Scientists and Charles Dickens.

Plan your self-led visit
Self-led visits

Video-conferencing

Book a video-conference session led by our education officers, and your students can talk to us live, on a topic of your choice. Video-conferences are free of charge and can be booked at a time to suit you. Please call us to discuss your requirements.

Pay us a virtual visit
Video-conferencing

Outreach workshops

Our themed outreach workshops and Abbey tours are free for school groups in some London boroughs. The workshops can be tailored to the needs of your class, and the tours include a visit to a secret area of the Abbey, not normally accessible to visitors.

Find out more
Outreach workshops

Free visits for eligible schools

We encourage visits from all UK schools. However, we recognise that the cost of a visit can be a barrier.

Schools with 35% or more pupils eligible for free school meals may book a free guided tour of the Abbey. 

All maintained schools in the boroughs listed may bring one whole Key Stage 2 (Y3–6) year group for free for any guided tour this academic year (September 2017–June 2018).

Email us to find out more and book your visit: [email protected]

Eligible Boroughs

Barking & Dagenham 
Enfield 
Greenwich 
Hackney 
Islington 
Lambeth 
Tower Hamlets 

Free visits subject to availability

The biggest challenge we face is actually time – getting all our work done alongside the daily routine of the Abbey as a working church, visitor attraction and home to 1,000 years of history.

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