UCA at the Royal School of Needlework

The Royal School of Needlework

The Royal School of Needlework (RSN) offers the only specialist Hand Embroidery degree course in Europe. We accredit this course and are proud to offer it as part of our course portfolio.

RSN is known as an international centre for excellence in the art of hand embroidery. Its skills are very much in demand today by couture fashion houses and for individual and public commissions. During your studies you may well be invited to work on high-profile embroidered pieces for clients.

Located in Hampton Court Palace in south-west London, you’ll study this course in dedicated studios with up-to-the-minute facilities. Based in apartments designed by Sir Christopher Wren, the rooms have fantastic views of Hampton Court's Privy Garden and the river Thames beyond.

Nearby towns include Kingston-upon-Thames, Walton-on-Thames, Hampton and Esher. London Waterloo is only 30 minutes away by train.

Book an Open Day

To find out more about studying at the RSN our Open Days at Hampton Court Palace are the perfect opportunity. You'll meet members of academic staff and get a chance to ask any questions about the course. Visit the RSN website to view dates for the next Open Days. Please book your place with us first.

Book a place via the RSN website

Academic facilities

By studying at the RSN, you’ll take advantage of some excellent and inspirational facilities and resources, including creative studio spaces, excellent lighting, an IT suite, a specialist library with over 4,000 titles and a handling collection of antique textiles.

Apartment 12a
Hampton Court Palace

Studying with the RSN is a unique experience. At the RSN, we believe in keeping the art of hand embroidery alive by moving it into contemporary contexts built on art and design practice.


By taxi

Visitors arriving by taxi may drop off at the gates. There is a mini-cab firm at Hampton Court station for those wishing to go home by taxi or are heading to Heathrow or Gatwick Airports.

By car

The palace is located on the A308 and is well signposted from all the major local roads; drivers should follow the brown tourist attraction road signs.

From the M25 take either exit 10 on to the A307 or exit 12 on to the A308.
The palace is also accessible via the A3 and then the A309.

Limited parking is available at the palace at a current cost of £1.50 per hour (pay on exit) and on Hampton Court Green (500 metres from the palace entrance) at £1.00 per hour. Parking is also available at the Hampton Court train station, 200 metres from the palace (please check at the station for prices).

The palace car park has nine disabled parking spaces for blue badge holders. They are available on a first come first served basis and are in the lower car park, near the entrance to the Welcome Centre. Parking is currently free for blue badge holders.


By motorcycle

We have a bay marked M/C in the upper car park by the slope leading to the lower car park. Riders should take a ticket at the entrance barrier and pay on leaving. Parking charges are the same as for cars.

By bicycle

The National Cycle Network route number 4 runs along Barge Walk past the palace. Visitors arriving by bicycle should use the cycle racks provided, which are round the corner to the left of the main palace entrance by the entrance to the Wilderness Garden; those locked to railings may be removed. Cycle racks with weather protection are available at Hampton Court station.

By train

35 minutes from London Waterloo – calling at Vauxhall, Clapham Junction, Earlsfield, Wimbledon, Raynes Park, New Malden, Berrylands, Surbiton and Thames Ditton before arriving at Hampton Court. Trains run every half an hour.

You could also get a train to Kingston and then a bus from there. The service is run by South West Trains. Information on planned engineering works is on their website Southwest Trains

Hampton Court is in Zone 6 and you can use Oyster Pay as You Go on trains to Hampton Court.

By bus

Bus routes from Kingston: 111*, 216*, 411*, 461, 513. From Richmond: R68*
*These services accept Oyster cards, LT cards, bus passes, Travelcards, Freedom Passes and Saver Tickets. For further information about bus routes please go to the Transport for London website.


By tube

There is no tube station near Hampton Court. The nearest are Wimbledon (from where you can catch the train) or Richmond (then the R68 bus). Both are on the District Line. London Overground services also run to Richmond station.

From London airports

From Heathrow Airport – take the 111 bus.

From Gatwick Airport – take a train from the airport station to Clapham Junction and change to the Hampton Court train.

From City Airport – take the Docklands Light Railway to Canning Town and then the Jubilee Line to Waterloo. Catch the Hampton Court train from there.

Useful information


We don’t offer campus accommodation for this course, but we can support you to find private accommodation in the area.

The Royal School of Needlework

The Royal School of Needlework is an exciting forward-looking charity dedicated to teaching, practising and promoting the art of hand embroidery in the 21st century.

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