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St George's Chapel Session

  • Windsor Castle
  • Tuesday, 4 Sep 2018 - Thursday, 23 Jul 2020
  • Key stage 1, Key stage 2, Key stage 3
  • History, Art & Design, Citizenship, English, Religious Education
  • The Queen, The Victorians, Events beyond living memory, Famous people, Kings and Queens, Knights, Lives of significant individuals, Local history study beyond 1066, Places of worship, Queen Victoria, Tudors
  • Details
  • Travel
  • Lunch facilities
  • Access
  • How to book
  • Prices
  • Security

Details

Details

Choose one of our guided visits of St George’s Chapel led by Chapel Stewards. Discover the rich history of the Chapel from its medieval architecture and treasures, to the Tudors and Stuarts, and from Queen Victoria to the present day. Learn about the Chapel as home to the Order of the Garter and as the burial site of 10 monarchs, including Henry VIII.

St George's Chapel and the Knights of the Garter KS1/KS2

Session focus:

  • The history of the Order of the Garter and the banners of the present-day Knights of the Order.
  • The locations of the royal tombs, including Henry VIII who is one of ten kings buried here, and hear stories about some of their occupants.
  • The Chapel’s role today as a Christian place of worship can also be included if of interest.

St George's Chapel: Henry VIII's final resting place KS2

Session focus:

  • Where did Catherine of Aragon say her prayers?
  • Where is Henry VIII buried and with whom?
  • Where can you see a portcullis beside red and white roses?

Children find the answers to these and many other questions about Tudor history during this guided visit.

St George's Chapel and Queen Victoria KS2

Session focus: 

  • To introduce St George’s Chapel as the spiritual home of the Knights of the Garter, the burial place of ten kings, and a Christian place of worship.
  • To highlight the many areas of the Chapel with links to the reign of Queen Victoria.
  • To describe Queen Victoria’s use of the Chapel throughout her lifetime.

St George's Chapel: Gothic Splendour KS3

Session focus:

  • The establishment of the Order of the Garter in 1348 and its founder Edward III.  
  • Events leading up to the building of St George’s Chapel, which began in 1475, and some of the Chapel’s finest medieval treasures.
  • The role of the Chapel today as a Christian place of worship can also be included if of interest.

St George’s Chapel in the Tudor and Stuart period KS3

Session focus:

  • Henry VIII and Charles I, who are buried in the Chapel and whose reigns changed the religious and political landscape of their time.
  • The history of the Chapel during the English Civil War, the visit links to KS3 History and to cross-curricular studies including RE.
  • The role of the Chapel today as a Christian place of worship can also be included if of interest.

To support this visit or for follow up work in class, you may like to download and print the St George's Chapel children's trail from the link below.

Available on Weekdays.

Session times: To fit in with other session booked

Duration: 50 minutes (led by Chapel stewards)

Travel

Travel

Windsor Castle, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 1NJ

By car

There is no visitor car parking at the Castle, so we recommend you use public car parks in the town centre. Details about parking can be found on www.windsor.gov.uk

By train

The nearest stations are 'Windsor & Eton Central' or 'Windsor & Eton Riverside'.  Visit National Rail Enquiries for times and fares.

By coach / bus

Green Line 702 service operates daily services from Greenline Coach Station which is near Victoria station, London.

Surbiton Coaches runs a shuttle bus service between Windsor Castle and Hampton Court Palace from spring to autumn. 

Tour companies operate excursions to Windsor Castle from many London hotels. For details, please ask your hotel concierge.

Lunch facilities

Lunch facilities

Subject to availability, pre-booked school groups will have use of the facilities at the Learning Centre, located just outside the Castle walls.  This is your base for the day and you will receive a coach pass to enable your coach driver to set you down and collect you from here.  Facilities include a space to eat packed lunches and a safe place to leave coats and bags.

Access

Access

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 Windsor Castle.

Our presentation Introducing you to the Learning Centre and Castle Precincts (SEN groups) is a useful starting point for familiarising yourself and your special needs pupils with these spaces.

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

Sending us your learning objectives prior to your visit will help us tailor the session to your group’s requirements. Please contact us in advance if you have any specific learning objectives in mind.

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.

Our presentation Introducing you to the Learning Centre and Castle Precincts is a useful starting point for familiarising yourself and your pupils with these spaces.

Teachers' Packs for each site can be downloaded here.

Prices

Prices

Reduced-rate admission for school groups

Pre-booked school groups: £6.00 per pupil
Children in Reception or below: FREE
Discounted rate for schools in the Royal borough 

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.

Security

Security

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 30 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 can provide all necessary equipment such as clipboards, pencils and drawing materials (groups can bring their own sketchbooks if they prefer to use these)