Planning a School Visit


Length of visit

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your tour so you will have sufficient time to place coats and bags in the cloakroom and use the toilet facilities if necessary.


School parties who book a guided visit or workshop at the Scottish National Gallery or Scottish National Portrait Gallery can book the lunchroom. The Education Bookings Coordinator must be notified of this at the time your visit is booked. Teachers are responsible for supervising their own pupils, who should never be left unattended.

Due to space restrictions, we are currently unable to provide areas for lunches and snacks at the Scotish National Gallery of Modern Art.

Health and safety

The National Galleries of Scotland has a comprehensive Health and Safety policy. To assist schools in planning visits and completing risk assessments, please see the Health and Safety Advice for Visitors page.


There is wheelchair access to all areas of the National Galleries of Scotland. There are also lifts and specially adapted toilets.


Teachers are responsible for pupils’ behaviour at all times, both in the Galleries and in their grounds. We must insist that adults accompany all young people of school age at all times throughout their visit. For guided visits, we recommend one adult for every fifteen students. For self-guided visits, we recommend one adult for every ten students. Having shared the same experience, it is easier for teachers to build upon the visit when their group returns to school.


The Galleries’ shops provide a wide range of teacher resources, souvenirs, postcards, art books and children’s books. We ask you to ensure that pupils visit the shops in small groups and are supervised at all times.