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Coronations at Buckingham Palace: A Creative Writing workshop

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  • Buckingham Palace
  • Monday, 11 Sep 2023 - Saturday, 30 Sep 2023
  • Key stage 2, Key stage 3, Key stage 4, Key stage 5
  • Art & Design, English Language, History
  • The Victorians
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  • Lunch facilities
  • Access
  • How to book
  • Prices
  • Security



Open for bookings from Friday 21 April.

Sessions available Mondays and Tuesdays from 11 to 22 September and Monday to Friday 25 to 29 September.

Be inspired by this wonderful opportunity for pupils to work with published authors and experience the atmosphere of the lavishly decorated State Rooms at Buckingham Palace. The Coronation will provide the inspiration for this year's theme as we celebrate this historic event in the reign of King Charles III.

Session Learning Objectives:

  • Investigate how members of the Royal Family have used the palace and the State Rooms in the past
  • Consider paintings and works of art on display as valued sources for inspiration in comparison to more familiar text based options
  • Explore these exciting sources to inform their descriptive and characterisation skills
  • Develop new ideas, insightful notes and short written pieces in their own author's notebook

In this session children will:

  • Work with a published author who will highlight ideas and writing techniques
  • Take an educator led interactive tour of the palace to explore the sources on display
  • Undertake a number of short creative writing exercises to engage pupils with rooms and the works of art on display

This workshop highlights the many possibilities for inspiring Creative Writing. The session will also provide a set of comprehensive teachers' notes and follow up ideas to aid pupils to develop their writing back at school.

Session times: 10:15 and 12:30

Duration: 2 Hours

Exclusive access opportunity!!
Book your visit to take place on a Tuesday between 11 and 22 September  or during our "Schools Week" (25 - 29 September) and your group will be provided with access to The State Rooms, Buckingham Palace outside of normal visiting opening times.

Please note: these workshops are only available on selected dates during September.



Please note: these workshops are only available on selected dates during September.



Entrance to the State Rooms is via gate C on Buckingham Gate, London, SW1A 1AA

By car

There is no general visitor car parking at Buckingham Palace.

For disabled visitors, if you have booked the step-free access route of the Palace, you can also book accessible parking if required. The access route and parking must be pre-booked by contacting the Specialist Sales team on +44 (0)303 123 7324 or [email protected].

By train

The nearest train stations are London Victoria (10 minute walk) or London Charing Cross (20 minute walk).  

Visit National Rail Enquiries for times and fares.

By underground

The nearest tube stations are Victoria, Green Park, St. James's Park and Hyde Park Corner (all approximately 10 minutes walk).  

For further information visit the Transport for London website.

By coach / bus

Bus numbers 11, 211, C1 and C10 stop on Buckingham Palace Road.  Victoria Coach Station is a 10-minute walk from the Palace.

You can plan your journey using the Transport for London website.

Lunch facilities

Lunch facilities

There are no lunch spaces available for groups visiting the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace. Green Park and St James’s Park are located nearby. Lunch room facilities are available at the nearby Girl Guiding UK ICANDO Centre on Buckingham Palace Road. For bookings please telephone 020 7592 1818.



Our learning programmes are designed to be accessible to all pupils.  Most of our sessions can be adapted to meet any educational or access needs your group may have.  Please ask for details when booking.

You may find the information for visitors on the Autism spectrum helpful when planning your visit to Buckingham Palace.

How to book

How to book

To find out more or to make a booking contact the Learning Bookings team.

Please have to hand:

  • Preferred date and possible alternatives, plus time of arrival
  • Numbers of children and supervising adults
  • The taught programme you would like
  • Details of any special educational or access needs

You will then be sent a reservation letter, together with your teachers’ resource pack, giving a date by which full payment must be received to secure the booking.

Please note: you may be asked to cover the cost of the session if you cancel within short notice of your visit.  Non-booked schools will be charged at standard group admission rates.  Please see our Terms of Application for Learning Group Admissions.

Contact us

Learning Bookings Team
Ticket Sales and Information Office
Buckingham Palace
London SW1A 1AA

T. (+44) (0)303 123 7323
F. (+44) (0)20 7930 9625
[email protected]

Sharing Learning Objectives

You will find our learning objectives for each taught session on the relevant programme information page.  Sending us your learning objectives prior to your visit will help us tailor the session to your group’s requirements.

Planning Visits

Once you have made your booking, we offer two complimentary tickets for you and a colleague to conduct a planning visit.  If you would like to meet a member of the Learning team during this visit, please let us know at the time of booking.

Teachers' Packs for each site can be downloaded here.



Reduced-rate admission for school groups

Pre-booked school groups: £6.00 per pupil
Children in Reception or below: FREE

Accompanying adults

One teacher or adult helper is admitted free of charge at the following ratios:

Under 5s - 1 adult: 3 pupils
Years 1 to 3 - 1 adult: 6 pupils
Year 4 and above - 1 adult: 10 pupils

Please ask for details of rates for additional adults when booking.




Following your booking a confirmation letter, with an agreed arrival time, will be sent to you; your letter serves as a ticket for your group. The group leader must have a copy of the confirmation letter to present on arrival.

Security Measures

Royal Collection Trust sites have airport-style security measures at all public entry points, through which all visitors, including school groups, are required to enter.  All adults and children will be asked to:

  • Allow any bags to be searched by hand
  • Walk through a metal detector arch, one at a time
  • Switch off mobile phones

The Royal Collection Trust Learning section asks that teachers undertake the following guidelines to make entry to Royal Collection Trust sites as smooth and quick as possible:

  • Please arrive at the Royal Collection Trust site at least 15 minutes before the scheduled time for the booked workshop
  • Teachers and children should not bring the following: scissors, compasses, metal cutlery, sharp metallic implements
  • Only bring what you need! The Royal Collection Trust Learning section will provide all necessary equipment such as clipboards, pencils and drawing materials (groups can bring their own sketchbooks if they prefer to use these)
Downloadable teacher notes for the Creative Writing workshop