Free Self-Guided School Visits

Experience art at Serpentine with free self-guided school visits.

Explore Serpentine at your own pace, guided by your questions and experiences. Engage with artworks to strengthen your connection with yourself, each other and the wider world.

Please feel free to make noise and move around in the galleries. We encourage students to take up space! You’re welcome to bring sketchbooks and pencils to capture what you can see, hear and feel. Our Visitor Experience Team will be on hand to welcome you and your students and answer any questions your group may have.

Our exhibitions are free and change throughout the year. The annual Pavilion commission is available to experience June – October. The exhibitions and public art programme are year-round. Find out more about our current and upcoming programme to tailor your visit.

We recommend teachers make a preliminary visit to Serpentine to check that the content of the exhibition is appropriate for your group and to create your own risk assessment.

We ask that all group bookings are made in advance. Please fill out a Schools Visit Booking Form, which can be found here.

Getting Here

By Tube: The nearest Tube stations are South Kensington (1.25 km walk), Knightsbridge (1.25 km walk) or Lancaster Gate (1 km walk).  

By Bus: Bus routes 9, 10, 52, 452, 94 and 148 stop nearby.  

By Train: The nearest National Rail station is Paddington (1.5 km walk)   


Serpentine has step-free access throughout.   

There are toilets in both Serpentine buildings including accessible toilets and change facilities.   

Paid parking is available on West Carriage Drive. There is limited accessible parking available, please speak to our Visitor Services Team [email protected] or 020 7042 6075 in advance if you require this. 

When you arrive

On arrival, please sign in at the lobby desk at Serpentine South Gallery or in the shop at Serpentine North Gallery.  

Gallery Guidelines

Students under 16 must be accompanied at all times.  

If your group is larger than 15 people, please split into smaller groups while in the exhibition spaces.  

 Please ensure you adhere to the student teacher ratio:  

o   1:5 for students under 5 years old  

o   1:10 for students aged 6-11 years old 

o   1:15 for students aged 12-16 years old  

o   1:20 for students aged 16+  

Teachers are responsible for their students’ behaviour and safety.   

Backpacks can be brought into the exhibition spaces and can be held by your side or worn on your front. Serpentine does not have locker facilities.  

Photography is permitted without flash throughout Serpentine unless stated otherwise.   

You are welcome to eat packed lunches in the park and Pavilion. Food and drink is not permitted in the galleries.  


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