Region: Greater London

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Guildhall Yard (off Gresham Street), , London EC2V 5AE

Contact: 020 7332 1856



Guildhall Art Gallery houses the City of London’s art collection. Rich in Victorian paintings and London scenes, the permanent collection is complemented by a rolling programme of temporary exhibitions. Other highlights include the impressive remains of London’s Roman Amphitheatre and the Heritage Gallery, housing treasurers from the London Metropolitan Archives. A programme of educational activities – focused on the Romans – is designed to complement any visit. 

Why is this venue great for School Trips and Educational Visits?

With a chance to explore a real archaeological site, see some of the finds discovered – together with a magnificent collection of paintings and other treasures – the Guildhall Art Gallery makes a wonderful setting to study the history of London from the earliest times. 

What does a typical school trip or educational visit include?

Guildhall Art Gallery and London’s Roman Amphitheatre are open to the public and we welcome self-guided visits, although booking is essential for groups.

Booking  020 7332 1856 x 2056

The following workshops are also available:

1 London’s Roman Amphitheatre/ Museum of London, dual visit. Key Stage 2

Explore the impressive remains of London’s Roman Amphitheatre as part of a dual visit to the Museum of London. The visit incorporates a Roman object “handling session” facilitated by a trained archaeologist, an amphitheater trail and a self-guided tour of the Roman Gallery at the Museum of London. The session examines the topography of Roman London, its most important buildings and life in the city almost two thousand years ago. See Museum of London website for further details. 

Duration 60 minute amphitheatre session plus 60 minute self-directed Roman London visit. Times  10am – 2pm Dates See Museum of London website Fee free Booking  via Museum of London website

2 Amphitheatre session (part-taught). Key Stage 2

Discover a real archaeological site and handle some genuine Roman artifacts as part of this exciting session. Find out more about the topography of Roman London, its inhabitants and life in the city almost 2000 years ago. Supervised by a trained archaeologist this session includes an introduction to Roman London and the remains of the Amphitheater, an Amphitheater trail and a handling session. 

Duration 120 minutes Times  as requested Dates as requested Fee £100.00 per class Booking  020 7332 1856 x 2056

3 Freshwater Theatre Company performance of “Return of the Romans”. Key Stage 2

This theatrical performance explores the subject of the Romans in an imaginative and informative way. With a guest appearance by Queen Boudica, this performance has been specifically created for those studying the Romans as part of Key Stage 2.  

Duration  90 minutes Times  10.45 Dates   Contact the Gallery for information Free Booking 020 7332 1856 x 2056

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What size groups do they cater for?

As a comparatively small Gallery open to the public we do limit the number of groups visiting at any one time. As a general rule we only allow one group in the Gallery at any one time. 

What can they provide you with to support your school trip or educational visit?

A teacher’s information pack is available on our website.

Can you take photos, video or audio? Are there any copyright restrictions?

Photography is permitted in the Gallery (with the exception of some temporary exhibitions) and the remains of London’s Roman Amphitheatre (no flash, no tripod). 

How do you arrange a risk assessment?

Risk assessment documents are sent to teachers in advance of their visits. We welcome pre-visits if teaching staff need to undertake their own assessment. 

What are the contact details for their education officer?

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What does it cost?

Entry to the Guildhall Art Gallery and London’s Roman Amphitheatre is free. There may be a charge for some taught workshops. 

Do you have first aid on site?

First aiders are on site.

What facilities do they have for school trips and educational visits?

There is a small shop with pocket money items. 

Are there disabled facilities?

Guildhall Art Gallery and London’s Roman Amphitheatre is fully accessible.

What are your opening days and hours?

Monday – Saturday 10  -  17 Sunday  12  -  16

Occasionally the Guildhall Art Gallery is closed due to other events. Closure dates are listed in advance on the Guildhall Art Gallery website. 

Is there anything else that you feel is important and want to include in your information?

We are always happy to discuss your educational requirements.

Age of Children / Pupils: 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Type of Visit: Arts & Galleries Historic Buildings Historical Heritage Museums

Curriculum Topics Covered: Art and Design English History

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December

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