Region: Greater London

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

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

Contact: 020 7332 3870



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 treasures from the London Metropolitan Archives. An exciting programme of educational activities is designed to help you make the most of your visit.

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

Immerse your students in 2000 years of art and history, from the archaeological remains of London’s Roman Amphitheatre to Victorian masterpieces and contemporary artworks.  

What does a typical school trip or educational visit include?

Why not bring your visit to life with a facilitated session? We offer a diverse programme of curriculum linked workshops and tours for KS1-5 and beyond. Alternatively, you are more than welcome to arrange a self-guided visit (booking essential) and use our range of specially designed teacher resources.

Booking  020 7332 3870

The following workshops are also available:

1 Amphitheatre Explorers (KS2)

Explore a real archaeological site and handle some genuine Roman artefacts under the supervision of a trained archaeologist. Uncover more about the discovery of London’s Roman Amphitheatre, the topography of the Roman city and what happened in one of its most important buildings. Lasting around 2 hours, these facilitated sessions are designed to provide an insight into life in the capital nearly 2000 years ago.

Facilitated workshop cost: £105 + VAT per class/2hr session

Booking essential. Phone 020 7332 3870 or email: Guildhall Art Gallery

2 Victorian’s Decoded (KS2/ KS3)

You and your students are invited to become art detectives in this facilitated workshop which is all about decoding our Victorian artworks. During the day you will discover some of the characters in the collection, put words in their mouths, and work together on a group portrait to commemorate your visit. Students will find out more about the lives of the Victorians, and do lots of practical activities inspired by original artworks.

Facilitated workshop cost: £105 + VAT per class/2hr session

Booking essential. Phone 020 7332 3870 or email: Guildhall Art Gallery

3 Facilitated tours (KS1-5)

Book one of our experienced Education Officers for an interactive guided tour of the Amphitheatre and/or Art Gallery. Students will be encouraged to use questioning to help them discover the highlights of the collection and the history of the site. These tours are bespoke, and can be tailored to your current scheme of work. They will be facilitated by a trained archaeologist or art historian.

Facilitated tour cost: £105 + VAT /1.5hr session

Booking essential. Phone 020 7332 3870 or email: Guildhall Art Gallery

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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.

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 Guildhall Art Gallery and London’s Roman Amphitheatre with the exception of some temporary exhibitions (no tripod).

How do you arrange a risk assessment?

Teachers are encouraged to visit the Guildhall Art Gallery and London’s Roman Amphitheatre prior to their visit. We are happy to answer any specific questions that may arise.  

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, although there may be a charge for some temporary exhibitions.

There is a charge of £105.00 + VAT for facilitated sessions. Some help towards the cost of your visit may be available from the City of London School’s Fund.

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 10.00 – 17.00, Sunday 12.00 - 16.00

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, so if there is anything you would like us to do please contact us.  

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