Planning a School Visit

Length of Visit

Please try to arrive on time for your visit so you will have sufficient time to sign in, 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 can book a lunchroom. The Education Department Administrator 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 in the other Galleries. Small groups can enjoy the cafés but the accommodation is unsuitable for large groups.

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.