ESOL Painted Hall Ceiling Experiences, 1 hour

Every weekday from 9.30 am

A must-do opportunity for your group! ESOL learners have a once in a lifetime opportunity to ascend to the observation deck and see ‘England’s Sistine Chapel’ from only 2.2 metres away until September 2018 only.

Led by an ESOL expert and one of our knowledgeable Explainer Guides, your group will explore the ceiling’s messages, symbols and characters: meeting the King who couldn’t speak English; a 90 year old pensioner, and finding their own zodiac sign.

During this session, your group will learn new vocabulary; practice their speaking and listening skills, and learn about London’s heritage. We stress that the site is free for them to come back to with friends and we work hard to make them feel welcome.

30 minutes of pre-teaching may be possible on request to prepare your group for the vocabulary and concepts that they will encounter on the ceiling.

Because of the time-limited nature of this opportunity, we will endeavour to accommodate your group in the evening if this is the only possible time for you. Because of the logistics of special evening opening, we will try to combine groups and ask for as much notice as possible.


ESOL Highlights Visit, 2 hours

Every week day from 9.30 am

Bring your students for an informal session to explore this marvellous site and its rich history – the place where Henry VIII, Elizabeth I and Mary Tudor were born and where Henry courted Anne Boleyn. You will visit the beautiful and peaceful Chapel – a contrast to a special visit the Victorian Skittle Alley (normally closed to visitors) for an energising game guaranteed to break down language barriers!

On Tuesdays and Fridays at 13.00 during term time, your group are welcome to stay for a free recital in the Chapel by Trinity Laban music students – the stars of tomorrow.

A language expert and an Explainer guide will accompany you, ensuring that your group has a truly memorable time and that the language is appropriate for their level.


Festive ESOL, seasonal visits, 2 hours

On request

Celebrate the end of term and visit for a seasonal themed workshop at Christmas or Easter!

Your group will visit the beautiful and peaceful Chapel – a contrast to a special visit the Victorian Skittle Alley (normally closed to visitors) for an energising game guaranteed to break down language barriers!

Your students will finish their visit by doing a traditional festive craft in our Clore Learning Centre.


Young learners

We welcome visits from groups of young people and can adapt tours and workshops to fit the needs and interests of your group. Please fill out an inquiry form and let us know the ESOL levels, ages and needs of your learners.


How to book a visit

To book a visit for your ESOL group, please complete and send the booking form. To discuss your visit in detail, contact Community and Outreach Officer Kori Hutchinson for more information: [email protected] or 020 8269 4711 (Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays).

Please do let us know if you want to bring a self-guided group to visit.

An outreach talk at your centre/college may be possible on request.

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