Plan your school visit

We look forward to welcoming you to The Royal Victoria Chapel. We hope the below information will help you in planning to get the most out of your school visit.

Education for children

Essential visit information

Key information and guides to plan your visit

Self-led visits

All school groups must book in advance. We recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.

Taught sessions

Our sessions can accommodate up to 35 students. Browse our programme of school sessions.

Please adhere to the following adult to student ratios during your visit:

  • Foundation Stage/KS1: 1:6
  • KS2: 1:10 (1:6 if your visit includes a Tower tour)
  • KS3/KS4: 1:15
  • Higher education: 1 member of staff accompanying the group

Payment options

After receiving your booking request, we will confirm your booking by emailing you an invoice. This must be paid within 30 days of the date of issue.

BACS – our preferred method of payment is BACS. Email us to arrange payment.

Cheque – Cheques should be drawn on a British bank and made payable to ‘Hampshire County Council’. Please send your cheque to:

Finance Department
The Park Office
Royal Victoria Country Park
Netley
Southampton
SO31 5GA

Credit card

Contact us on 02380 605107 to make a payment. Please have ready your event and invoice reference number, name of cardholder as it appears on the card, card number, security code and expiry date.

Refunds and cancellations

Cancellation of a confirmed booking must be made in writing via email, completing our contact form, or letter.

The following cancellation charges apply once notification is received by us:

  • More than 4 weeks before your visit: No charge
  • Between 2 and 4 weeks before your visit: 50% of the cost

We regret that no refunds can be given for cancellations or for amendments made less than 2 weeks in advance. No refunds can be given for non-arrivals.

Prices

Entry to the Royal Victoria Chapel exhibition is free of charge. The following rates apply to school sessions and tower visits.

School session: from £6.50 per student (max 35)

Tower visit: £2 per pupil  (reduced to £1 per pupil when booked with one of our school sessions)

Adult leaders on the specified ratios and adults supporting children on a 1:1 basic are free of charge. Additional adults must be paid for. Please contact us for details.

Special events, outreach visits and guided tours can be arranged at an additional cost. Find out more about these in the sessions section.

Parking

Coaches can use the Chapel car park as a drop-off point. There are coach parking spaces available in Tall Pines Car Park at a daily rate of £10. Minibuses can park in the Chapel car park at the daily car parking rates. We can add parking charges to your invoice, or you can pay on the day by cash or card.

Pre-visit

We recommend a pre- visit for one or two teachers from your school. Tour the exhibitions in the Chapel and talk to a member of the education team about the workshop you have booked, and any specific needs of children in your group.

We also offer a souvenir guidebook – an enjoyable read bursting with information and photographs of the site. These are on sale at the Chapel, or we can add them to your booking.

Risk assessment

While we provide Risks & Hazards guidelines, we suggest you complete your own risk assessment and make appropriate plans for your group during a free pre-visit.