Thank you for your interest in scheduling a group tour at the University of Kentucky! If you wish to bring 10 or more students/visitors to campus for a visit, please review the following information carefully:
Submit a Group Tour Request Here!
Please note that your tour is not confirmed until you receive an email from the UK Visitor Center Associate Director.
Group Tour Reservations:
- Please review the Group Tour Guidelines below before requesting a visit.
- During the academic year, Group Tours will be offered Tuesday through Thursday each week. Available tour times are 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Requests for group tours are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis and may be restricted during peak visitation seasons.
- Group tours will not be offered:
- October 4 - 28, 2019
- March 13 – April 10, 2020
- Finals Weeks (December 16-20, 2019 and May 4-8, 2020)
- Your group’s visit will consist of a 60-minute campus tour. Admission presentations can be added upon request for high school groups.
- Your tour is not confirmed until you receive an email that includes tour date, time, location and directions. This email will be sent from the UK Visitor Center Associate Director.
- Submit a Group Tour Request here to inquire about a visit.
Group Tour Policy
We will accommodate groups of up to 100 students and chaperones. Group tours cannot exceed this size.
Prior to your visit, you will receive an itinerary for the day. Please arrive on time. If you are running more than 15 minutes late, we will be unable to accommodate your group, as our Student Tour Guides are available in relation to class times, and are not available outside of the scheduled window.
If you find it necessary to cancel your visit, please provide appropriate notification of this cancellation to the Visitor Center Associate Director (859-257-3547) before the day of the scheduled visit.
The UK Visitor Center requires one chaperone for every 10 students and/or guests. Chaperones must accompany the group on the 60-minute walking campus tour and are expected to monitor the behavior of each guest during the entire campus visit. Should a group arrive without adequate chaperones, some activities (including the campus tour) will be cancelled.
The campus visit will include a substantial amount of walking. Please encourage each student and/or guest to dress appropriately (comfortable clothing and shoes) and with the weather in mind (the walking tours continue, despite rain or snow, and each guest is expected to bring any weather gear they deem necessary--umbrellas, jackets, etc.).
Please ensure your organization’s participants show respect to the university, its faculty, staff and students during a campus visit. Failure to do so may result in early conclusion of the visit. The Visitor Center also reserves the right to restrict any future visits by an organization, should conduct be an issue.
Students and/or guests are permitted to photograph the buildings and grounds of the university as part of the campus visit; however, permission must be gained from the Visitor Center Associate Director, as well as the individual guide, before photos may be taken of the group tour guide or any staff members of the Visitor Center. Videotaping of the Visitor Center tour guide, any portion of the tour, or the campus is strictly prohibited during the group visit. No exceptions will be made.
Small vehicles (cars, trucks and small passenger vans) may use the South Limestone Garage (409 South Limestone Street) for the duration of the visit and parking tickets will be validated at the Visitor Center. Keep in mind that the height clearance for this structure is 8’2”. For large school or travel buses, parking is available at the Purple Lot, near Kroger Field. Students may be dropped off and picked up by the bus driver outside of Main Building ( the Visitor Center is located in the neighboring Gatton Student Center) and bus driving directions and maps are included in your UK Group Tour Details email. Print out the parking directions included in that email before you travel to campus.
Please note: the Purple Lot is a 25-30 minute walk from the Visitor Center at the Gatton Student Center, so groups should not include the bus driver(s) as chaperones when planning the campus visit.
The UK Visitor Center Associate Director is the main contact for all group tours. All requests must be made through the Group Tour Request Form. For questions about arranging a campus visit please contact Visitor Center Associate Director Grace Johnson at 859-257-3547 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.