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Learning for secondary students

A visit to Westminster Abbey can be a significant event in a student’s education. Through a wide range of guided tours and workshops, we can support their learning of the National Curriculum for Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5. You can also take self-led tours – and watch video sessions if you can’t visit.

Tours and workshops

We’ve designed interactive tours and workshops to help Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, and Key Stage 5 classes explore subjects such as RE, history, English and the arts, and STEM. You can choose from a variety of themes, including Christian symbols, religion in public life, World War One, Elizabeth I, Shakespeare, and science and religion.

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

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 year 8 group for free for any guided tour this academic year (September 2018–June 2019).

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

Eligible Boroughs:
Barking and Dagenham
Brent
Camden
Enfield
Greenwich
Hackney
Haringey
Islington
Lambeth
Lewisham
Newham
Southwark
Tower Hamlets
Waltham Forest
Westminster

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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