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Admission to Turner Contemporary is free

If you are a school or group. please book your visit in advance by contacting our Learning Team on 01843 233000 (choose option 1) or email 

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Conduct your own self led visit to the gallery. Book a time slot, free of charge, and lead your group through the exhibitions as you would like to.

Download our free resources to support your visit here.

Navigated tour
60 minute tour at £3.50 per head + VAT, minimum of 10 per group or minimum cost £35 +VAT.  
Undertake a conversational tour to enhance thinking and communication skills, led by one of our trained Navigators. Navigators will pick out key art works for discussion and use your pupils’ questions as a starting point for inquiry. 
Suitable for Key Stage 1+
Turner and the Elements Tour:
60 minute tour at £4 per head + VAT, minimum of 10 per group or minimum cost £40 +VAT. 

Adventure outside of the gallery to experience Margate and the elements through the eyes of landscape painter JMW Turner. During this interactive tour, pupils will learn about their local heritage and make their own watercolour paintings to take back to school, inspired by the dramatic surrounding scenery.

This tour is designed to run in all weather conditions. Please ensure pupils are appropriately dressed for the weather. In extreme weather conditions the tour will be modified to run inside the gallery.

Suitable for Key Stage 1 & 2

Star Bag: For Key Stage 1, 45 minute session at £3.00 per head, minimum of 10 per group (or minimum cost £30 + VAT).
Use our special artist-made handling collections to look at the exhibitions in more detail, guided by one of our trained navigators. Objects that can be touched and explored provide starting points for critical responses to the artworks on display.

Creative Workshop – Navigator Led
90 minute session (exhibition tour and making activity) at £6.50 per head + VAT, minimum of 10 per group (or minimum cost £65 + VAT).
Your pupils can undertake specially designed hands on sessions for each exhibition. Pupils have a guided spotlight tour of the exhibition followed by a practical session focusing on the work of the artist on display.  
Suitable for Key Stage 1 +

Creative Workshop – Artist Led
90 minute session (exhibition introduction and making activity) at £225 + VAT for up to 30 pupils. 
A bespoke practical workshop led by an artist educator and run in collaboration with our navigators. Using our current exhibition as inspiration, this session can focus on an arts skills and techniques you’d like your pupils to learn and be tailored to a specific project or topic you are working on.
Suitable for Key Stage 1 +

Risk Assessments
We strongly advise that you conduct your own risk assessment during a pre-visit to the gallery.

The gallery is fully accessible for visitors, with a ramp to the main entrance and café, as well as an internal lift to all upper floor galleries.

Feed back from a recent visit by St Augustine's School
"Thank you so, so much for a fantastic visit.  We had a wonderful time.  It was the best gallery session that I have been part of yet ….. and I have been part of (some endured) many over the years. The organisation and welcome was superb and Jan was great. The children had a wonderful time and we are all systems go to continue the work back at school.
We had a wonderful day with you and in Margate (even the weather was spectacular) and it made for a day of wonderful memories. Everywhere we went, we were treated so well!
Thank you for making our day a good one. Most of the children said they would take their parents back in the summer- some really will! We look forward to visiting again next year."

Comments from young pupils from Laleham Gap School
"I want to stay here forever."
"This is amazing."
"It is so much fun."
"Art is so great."
"I love the height of the rooms."
"Can we come again Mr Ursell."