Rua Luís Fernandes, 1 - 3 1249-062 Lisbon
Telephone number
(+351) 210 456 210
Fax number
(+351) 213 476 151


If you or your child want to study general English or prepare for an English language exam, our English school in Lisbon is the perfect place to start.

We offer:

  • structured courses from beginners to advanced levels, from children (5-9), middle schoolers (9-12), teens (12-17) and  adult-only classes
  • specialised courses in speaking skills and work skills
  • help to prepare you for exams
  • specially focussed courses for groups or individuals at your company or institution
  • you will also gain access to the British Council's Student Portal, where you can find news, help, practice, as well as records of attendance and assessment.

The British Council provides facilities for students with certain special needs. Contact us to find out how we can help.

Our historic main office, the Palácio Menino de Ouro, opened in 1942 and was totally refurbished a few years ago. 

We’re very proud of our works of art from the British Council Collection, which are on display throughout the building, with some signature works by the group known as the Young British Artists (YBAs). We also have a large garden with many rare trees and plants. 

Our café offers a range of food and drinks.

Public areas are equipped with WiFi.

Visit the British Council in Lisbon online. Take a look using our 360º virtual tour

Parking: on the local streets (paid) or in the car park opposite the Procuradoria Geral da República.

Buses: 773, 758 or walk from Rato

Metro: Rato


Term dates

Except for myClass, our adult courses are based on 30 hour modules, which can be done in any order. This gives you flexibility in when you start your studies and also at the times of year you study. Modules are available all year round.

Term From To
Term 1 27 September 2014 12 December 2014
Term 2 03 January 2015 19 March 2015
Term 3 Saturday 21 March, and
07 April 2015
20 June 2015
Summer school To be announced

Contact and location

Christmas opening hours

Note: Customer service timetable on Saturday 13 December: 09.30 - 17.00

Courses for children, young learners, and adults at levels A1 and C2:

  • Remember that there will be no classes from Saturday 13 December 2014 to 02 January 2015 inclusive

myClass courses

  • Remember that there will be no classes from Saturday 20 December 2014 to 02 January 2015 inclusive

The British Council will be closed:

  • Monday 08 December
  • Saturday 20 December
  • from 23 December to 01 January inclusive

Normal opening hours* 

Day Telephone
Monday 10.00-19.00 14.00-17.00  14.00-21.30
Tuesday 10.00-19.00 14.00-19.30  10.00-20.30 
Wednesday 10.00-19.00 14.00-19.30    14.00-21.30  
Thursday 10.00-19.00 10.00-12.00;
Friday 10.00-19.00 14.00-19.30    14.00-20.30  
Saturday** Closed 09.30-17.00  10.00-17.00 
Sunday Closed Closed Closed

* Opening hours may vary during holidays 
** Only open on Saturdays when there are classes at the British Council

Public holiday closing dates 2014

  • 08 December 2014