Region: Greater London

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Cromwell Road, , London SW7 2RL

Contact: 020 7942 2000



The Victoria and Albert Museum is the world’s greatest museum of art & design. From Leonardo da Vinci to William Morris, Vivienne Westwood to James Dyson and Shakespeare to The Lion King, the V&A holds the greatest collections of art, design and performance in the world. There is something to inspire every student and teacher.

Free self-guided visits
Inspiring exhibitions
Creative workshops
Hands-on activities

Primary pupils can enjoy cross-curricular learning in a spectacular setting – a visit to the V&A will bring the curriculum alive! Secondary school students can discover new skills and find inspiration for project work in Art & Design, Design & Technology, Performing Arts, English and History.

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

There are thousands of objects on display that span many centuries and cultures and cover subjects including fashion, furniture, costume, set design, product design, sculpture and ceramics.

We provide hands-on learning experiences – step into Medieval, Tudor and Victorian worlds, discover what homes were like in different centuries, or explore China, Japan, India and the Islamic Middle East.

It’s free to visit the V&A’s permanent collections and we offer concessionary student and teacher tickets for group visits to our popular temporary exhibitions.
Our Schools programme is flexible, creative and inspiring, with the option to organise tailor-made workshops. We run events for pupils and teachers that are easy to book, easy to prepare for and inspiring once you’re here.

We have a lunchroom, cloakroom and state-of-the-art facilities and if the sun shines you can take advantage of our internal courtyard garden.

What does a typical school trip or educational visit include?

For Primary Schools:
Teaching Sessions
Enjoy a wide variety of sessions designed to support Key Stages 1 & 2 incorporating practical activities, handling objects and dressing up. Book a one hour session for a lively gallery based experience and immerse your students in a topic or a theme by investigating objects at first hand. Book a two hour session for an additional hands-on studio activity or exciting role-play with professional actors.

Let’s Go on a Picnic KS 1&2
Find all the things you need for a picnic and explore art and design from different times and cultures along the way. Look at beautiful bowls from the Middle East and travelling tea sets from Japan. In the 2 hour session decorate a square of material that can be made up into a class picnic blanket back at school.

Perfect Patterns KS 1&2
Hunt for patterns in every corner of the Museum! See how many different kinds you can find and learn more about incredible pattern designs from around the world. In the 2 hour session have a go at making your own tile design.

Archi-Adventures KS 1&2
See skylines and structures from around the world and spot the different materials and shapes along the way. Make a special archi-hat as a record of your architectural adventure.

Magical Medals (Spring & Summer Terms only) KS 1&2
Design and make a commemorative sporting medal. Get inspiring ideas from our fine collection of medals and original souvenirs from the Great Exhibition of 1851.

How We Used to Dress KS 1&2
Find out what people wore long ago, from King James II’s wedding suit and a magnificent Mantua Court Dress to Victorian daywear. Try on a Victorian gentleman’s top hat and cravat or a day dress with bustle.

Tudor Time Traveller KS 2
Discover life in the time of Henry VIII and his daughter Elizabeth I. See a letter from the King with his original writing box, find out how people furnished their homes and imagine taking a nap in the Great Bed of Ware.

Ruffs and Ruffians! KS 2
Help an actor from the Lord Chamberlain’s Men to stage Romeo and Juliet. Become a rowdy audience member, experiment with Shakespearean language, make stage sound effects and dress up as a performer in an Elizabethan ruff.

Houses & Homes KS 1&2
What were homes like long ago? Step into period rooms and explore objects from Tudor and Victorian times.

V&A Voyage KS 1&2
Travel overseas to discover traditional clothes, religious objects and items used in everyday life. Try on replica costumes from different cultures. Choose when you book to explore India, the Islamic Middle East, China and Japan or a mixture of these.

Every Object Tells a Story KS 1&2
Discover the tales behind some of the Museum’s most spectacular objects! In the 2 hour session, role-play exercises encourage students to find their own stories in the objects,  stretch their imagination and practice their speaking and listening skills.

William Morris KS 1&2
Discover William Morris, the Victorian designer. Look at his famous designs for wallpaper, textiles, furniture and stained glass. Find out what inspired him and compare his style to that of other Victorian designers, including Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

How Victorians Used to Live KS 2
Discover how Victorians used to eat, what they used to wear and how they decorated their homes. Handle tableware, clothing and peek into a Victorian home. Explore the difference between then and now.

A Day at the Great Exhibition KS 2
Find out what a visit to the Great Exhibition of 1851 would have been like and see some of the objects displayed there. Try on a crinoline and corset or gentleman’s overcoat. In the 2 hour session, meet a Victorian museum worker to hear about their visit to the Exhibition and pitch your inventions for the Great Exhibition through role-play.

Take a Seat KS 2
From thrones to plastic stacking chairs, explore different chair designs, materials and functions. Learn about old and new chair designs and different world cultures.

Curious Quills! KS 2
Try writing with a goose quill and coloured inks after exploring original medieval illuminated manuscripts. Find out about life within the sacred walls of a Monastery and the effects of the Anglo-Saxon settlement with Monastic scribe, Brother Matthew.

For Secondary Schools:

Secondary Gallery tours
These focused tours immerse students in a topic in the galleries. They encourage discussion of original objects, explain historical contexts and investigate different approaches to art and design. A great way to develop sketchbook research and gain inspiration for Art & Design, D&T and Performing Arts projects.
We advise groups to bring their own sketchbooks.

Many artists and designers are inspired by Architecture. See examples of different styles from Medieval to Modern and explore the fascinating design of the V&A building itself.

Chair Design
Explore different design styles from the 19th and 20th centuries by tracing changes in chair design. See examples of iconic design from the Bentwood to the Panton Chair.

Fill a sketchbook with a range of fast paced and inventive drawing tasks designed to encourage ‘looking’ whilst exploring our Sculpture collection.

From Ming Dynasty porcelain to contemporary work by Grayson Perry, gain a fantastic insight into the world history of ceramics and investigate different production techniques.

Discover inspiring fashion throughout our galleries including contemporary design collaborations by Alexander McQueen and Nick Knight.

Pattern & Textiles
Explore pattern and textiles from India and the Middle East and see how these influenced Western designers such as William Morris.

Theatre & Performance
How are live shows put together? Play ‘The Show Business Game’ to see if you could have a hit on the West End stage. Look at iconic poster and set designs, try on costumes and have your photo taken dressed as an Elizabethan actress or Pantomime character.

Secondary: Workshops
We offer a range of creative learning workshops linked to our exhibitions and permanent collections, many of which are devised in collaboration with professional artists and designers.

Design Lab: Supporting D&T and Art & Design Fashion
Develop research and creative thinking skills in this fast paced practical workshop. Work in teams to design an experimental fashion collection inspired by the Medieval & Renaissance galleries. Devised with V&A fashion designer in residence, Juliana Sissons.

Lamp Design
Create a lighting installation inspired by iconic 20th Century lamp designs and the V&A’s Glass collections. Explore a variety of materials and their properties before constructing prototype installations to test out in the Museum. Devised with V&A product designer in residence, Lao Jianhua.

Discover how architects research, record and communicate their ideas. Look at models for iconic buildings before creating your own designs through drawing and model making. Developed in partnership with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

Product Design Workshops devised with Seymourpowell
Devised in collaboration with design and innovation company Seymourpowell, these sessions complement coursework and modular teaching from initial research to finished design.

Design for Life
Gain a unique insight into the professional design world and find out about user profiling and client research at Seymourpowell. Work on design activities and briefs, investigate design trends and create thematic moodboards.

Design Pro
Take on the Design Pro challenge and learn top industry tips in this hands-on product design workshop. Create 3-D prototypes and pitch your idea to the rest of the group.

TheatreLab: Supporting Performing Arts and English
Set Design
Work with a professional set designer to explore the process of set design. Look at iconic set designs in our Theatre & Performance galleries and make your own simple model in response to a play text.

Costume Design
Work with a professional costume designer to find out how theatre costumes are designed and made. Get inspired by original costumes from productions such as Julie Taymor’s The Lion King, and produce your own costume designs in response to a play text.

Stage Make-up
Work with a theatrical make-up artist to find out what their job involves and learn more about the process of designing and applying stage make-up. Watch a filmed interview with actress Alexia Khadime talking about her stage make-up for the hit musical Wicked.

Devise your own piece of theatre inspired by objects in the V&A’s amazing collection, from ornate silver candelabra to extraordinary Japanese armour.

Tailor-made Workshops for Drama, Theatre Studies & English
We can offer tailor-made workshops on a specific theme or play of your choice, based on research in the V&A archives and collections. Email for more  information or to discuss your ideas.

Performance Screenings & Workshops
The National Video Archive of Performance at the V&A is a unique record of over 300 acclaimed full-length live theatre and dance productions, from Complicite’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle at the National Theatre to Terry Hand’s The Importance of Being Earnest at the Old Vic. Book a performance screening to introduce your students to a play, remind them of key events, discuss different interpretations or simply experience a new style of performance and discover what makes a great show. Visit  for a full list of productions. We also offer workshops linked to your chosen performance screening.

Special Workshops
Artists & Designers in Residence Workshops
We work with schools and professional artists and designers to help devise our programme . If you would like to take part and work with one of our resident artists or designers over an extended period, email us at

Exhibition Workshops
Take part in designer-led workshops inspired by V&A exhibitions.

Ceramic Workshops (Spring and Summer Terms only)
Take part in a special series of workshops exploring commemorative design in ceramics. Get inspired by designs made to celebrate historic sporting and cultural events and study branding and graphic design styles. Learn new ceramic techniques to design and decorate an individual commemorative plaque.

Special Educational Needs
Our team can adapt our Primary or Secondary sessions for your SEN group. We are also happy to tailor sessions for particular groups, for example, students with SLD or PMLD that might require specialist provision. For further details or if you would simply like practical advice about making a visit with your group contact us at

For Teachers:
InSET Sessions
We offer tailored InSET sessions on request for teachers which explore ways of using the V&A’s collections to extend and enhance the delivery of the curriculum. Through interactive activities, with content specifically designed to meet the needs of your group, discover exciting and creative ideas to use on a visit and back at school.

ITT Introductory Sessions
Find out how best to use the Museum for teaching and learning.

V&A Sanctuary
Recharge your creative batteries at the end of a busy teaching week. Work with artists, designers and makers associated with the Royal College of Art, Crafts Council and V&A and enjoy meeting other creative teachers. Try out new techniques, develop your own creative talents and get inspiration to take back to the classroom.

D&T Symposium
Join us again this year for our annual D&T event. Hear about new design processes used by industry professionals, meet our designers in residence, explore our collections with curators and try out some of our workshops.

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What size groups do they cater for?

Various, depending on the type of activity.


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

Our free online resources help both Primary and Secondary teachers prepare for a class visit to the galleries and explore a range of subjects including Art & Design, D&T, English, Drama, History, Music, Geography, Maths, and Citizenship.

You can find our online resources at  and can search by subject or by Key Stage.

Plus we have a free online database called Search the Collections, with over 250,000 images of the items in our collections that you can download for free.

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

Children can take photos, videos or audio in any gallery housing our permanent collections (excluding the Raphael gallery) and there are no copyright restrictions.


How do you arrange a risk assessment?

We provide Health & Safety Guidelines to help teachers with their risk assessments please email us at for more information.
When you’ve made a booking visit guidelines and Health & Safety information will be sent to you.


What are the contact details for their education officer?

We have a Schools team and you can contact them by emailing:
Or our bookings team can help, their contact details are:




Phone: 020 7942 2211


What does it cost?

Entrance to the V&A and the permanent collections is free.
Concessionary student and teacher tickets are available for group visits to see our temporary exhibitions.

On booking teachers receive a complimentary ticket to prepare for their visit.

Primary Programme:

Self-guided visits

Free, but we require a minimum of 10 days notice and at least one teacher for every 10 primary students.

Teaching Sessions for Key Stages 1 & 2

£60 for 1 hour, £120 for 2 hours, maximum of 30 students

Secondary Programme:

Self-guided visits

Free, but we require a minimum of 10 days notice and at least one teacher for every 15 secondary students.

Gallery Tours

£60 for 1 hour, maximum of 20 students

Design or Theatre Workshops

£150 for 2.5 hours, maximum 30 students

Performance Screenings

£60, maximum 140 students

Performance Workshops

£60 for 1 hour, £150 for 2.5 hours
Maximum 30 students

Open Studios Workshops

Free, maximum 30 students

Exhibition Workshops

£240, maximum 30 students

Ceramics Workshops (Spring and Summer terms only)

£240, maximum 30 students

Teachers’ Events:

InSET Sessions

Whole day: £500 for a whole day, up to 15 people, £50 for each additional person

ITT Introductory Sessions

V&A Sanctuary

D&T Symposium

Is specific clothing required?


Do you have first aid on site?

We have first aid on site.

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

V&A Shop and bookshop: children can buy a memento of their visit for as little as £1.00

Lunchroom facilities – where you can eat a packed lunch


Locker/cloakroom facilities.


Are there disabled facilities?

Students with disabilities are very welcome and the V&A offers a range of facilities to make your visit more enjoyable. Please notify us of your needs when making your booking.

What are your opening days and hours?

We are open every day of the year apart from 24, 25, 26 December, from 10.00-17.45 and until 22.00 on Fridays.

Do you have any testimonials from previous customers who have visited you on an educational visit?

“An excellent day, with great school facilities. The children have experienced a lot, been focused on the artifacts and really enjoyed the literary and drama content of the story workshop. Thank you!” Primary School Teacher

“The group had a fantastic experience as the workshop was engaging, thought provoking fun and involved problem solving activities working in teams.” Drama Teacher

“The students enjoyed dressing up and learning about rich people’s clothes. The teacher really held their attention and she used an appropriate level of language without patronizing them. She reinforced everything they had been learning about in the classroom and, by coming to the Museum, it brought their learning alive.” SEN Physical & Sensory Needs Teacher

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Schools e-newsletter

Every two months we send an e-newsletter listing upcoming events and special offers specific to schools. You can sign up for the e-newsletter at:

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

Type of Visit: Arts & Galleries Crafts Historic Buildings Museums Science & Technology Themed Attractions

Curriculum Topics Covered: Art and Design Citizenship Design and Technology Drama English Engineering Environmental Studies Geography History Leisure & Tourism Mathematics Media Music PSHE Religious Education Science

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