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Educational groups eligible for free entry

English Heritage offers free education visits at English Heritage sites to a wide range of learners. To qualify the visit must (a) be booked at least 7 days in advance, (b) include clearly defined learning objectives, planned and structured learning activities and (c) be led by the group leader. Bookings for Discovery Visits must be made at least 14 days in advance. All bookings are subject to availability. The following learning groups are entitled to free entry at all English Heritage sites:

  • Formal education groups including schools, colleges of further and higher education and universities, including overseas formal education groups;
  • Lifelong learner groups including the Workers’ Educational Association, University of the Third Age and local authority classes;
  • Organised youth education groups including Scouts, Cubs, Guides, Brownies and similar youth groups such as the Young Archaeologists’ Club;
  • Groups of children, youths or adults with special learning needs or disabilities, gifted and talented children, mentoring services attached to a formal learning organisation (please let us know of any specific needs or ways that we could make your visit more effective when booking);
  • Home educators who are members of an umbrella group and other home educator groups at our discretion; and
  • National Trust Learning Group members.

Groups not eligible for free entry

Any groups that arrange visits through a commercial operator or do not meet the criteria outlined above will not be eligible for free entry, including but not limited to:

  • Tour and coach operators;
  • Organisers of study holidays or summer schools arranged on a commercial basis between educational organisations, universities and holiday organisations;
  • Third parties who profit from organising visits for education groups;
  • Organisations bringing groups of adults on leisure visits, such as Women’s Institutes, local amenity groups and student societies;
  • Groups wishing to use outside providers such as tour guides, artists and theatre groups;
  • English as a Foreign Language (EFL) groups and language schools;
  • Child-minding services and holiday clubs and camps;

Groups of 11 or more visitors who are paying together but do not qualify for a free educational visits are eligible for a 15% discount on entry (10% at Stonehenge) - English Heritage members, coach drivers and tour guides do not count towards the group total. Each coach is entitled to free entry for one tour guide and the coach driver. Group bookings information can be found on: Click here.

The free education visits entry scheme does not cover entry on bank holiday weekends, public holidays or to additional fee paying public events at English Heritage sites.

If you are unsure if your group qualifies for a free educational visit under these terms and conditions or you have any further queries, please contact the Education Bookings Team on 0370 333 0606 or email: bookeducation@english-heritage.org.uk

Group leader responsibilities

  • You must book any standard free educational visit at least 7 days in advance and book 14 days in advance for Discovery Visits.
  • Bookings must contain the contact details of the person who will be leading the group on the day of the visit. We are not able to accept bookings from commercial tour operators, language schools or similar groups booking on behalf of schools.
  • It is the responsibility of all group leaders to complete the risk assessment for their group, Free planning visits once bookings are confirmed and online Hazard Information Sheets and Organiser Packs are available to assist with this requirement.
  • It is recommended that the group leader undertake a free pre-planning visit to familiarise themselves with site.
  • Have clear learning objectives related to the site being visited and planned learning activities for the visit.
  • Please arrive on time. Contact the Education Bookings Team on 0370 333 0606 or email bookeducation@english-heritage.org.uk if you need to change the time of arrival, cancel the visit or if you are unavoidably delayed. In the case of a delayed arrival you can also contact the site directly; you will find their number at the top of your Visit Permit.
  • The education visit permit must be presented upon arrival at the site
  • You must take full responsibility for the behaviour and welfare of the group for the duration of the visit. All signage and safety warnings on the property must be obeyed, site staff should be treated with respect and any requests they make acted upon appropriately.
  • Groups must have adequate adult supervision on site at all times. Some sites have additional supervision ratios and/or capacity limitations within certain buildings and areas around the site; these will be outlined in your booking information and must be adhered to at all times. This is to ensure compliance with health and safety guidelines and for the enjoyment of all visitors to our sites. Please inform the Education Bookings Team at least a week prior to your visit if you intend to bring more adults than you originally booked for. If you do not, any additional adults may be required to pay the entrance fee.
  • You must meet the following ratios of leaders to learners:
    Year 2 and under......................................................1 leader for every 6 students (1:6)
    Years 3 to 5..................................................................1 leader for every 8 students (1:8)
    Years 6 and over (up to the age of 18)...1 leader for every 15 students (1:15)
    For an adult learning group, there are no ratios but there must be an appointed group leader.

Cancellations

In the event of severe weather conditions it is possible that sites may have to close at short notice for public safety; please contact the site or check the English Heritage website before travelling.

If you need to cancel your visit, please contact the Education Bookings Team on 0370 333 0606 or email bookeducation@english-heritage.org.uk. Full costs will be charged for Discovery Visits if cancelled less than two weeks before the intended visit.

Other terms and conditions

  • By booking a free educational visit you agree to accept these terms and conditions of entry.
  • You may be asked to supply proof of status and details of the organisation you belong to or the educational work planned on site.
  • If we believe for any reason that a booking has been made in breach of these terms and conditions we reserve the right in our absolute discretion to refuse free admittance and charge the standard full entry price.
  • These terms and conditions and all disputes or claims arising out of or in connection with the same shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the law of England.

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ResourceCostDescriptionKeyStage(s)
Conquest Tour and Tales£100.00Meet an Anglo-Saxon story-teller and hear tales of Norman power and English rebellion. Be taken to the battlefield and listen to how the dramatic events of 14 October 1066 had such an impact on England.

Monday to Friday (April – October) during term time, subject to availability.

30 students per session.
Key Stage 2 (8-11 yrs), Key Stage 3 (12-14 yrs)
Waiting on Hand and Foot£100.00Can you pass the finger-nail inspection? Enter the world of the downstairs brigade in this stunning, fully-equipped historic setting and discover what life was like for the servants at Osborne House in the 1870s. Housekeeper Mrs Pilkington talks about domestic life below-stairs and introduces hands-on role-play activities. Learn to set the table, black boots, clean the brasses and beat the rugs. Simple costumes provided.

Tues-Thurs May 10th-July 7th, subject to availability.

40 students per session.
Key Stage 2 (8-11 yrs)
Now and Then£100.00This hands-on guided session uses costumes and handling artefacts to help your class consider who might have lived and worked at Pendennis Castle in Tudor times and to look at the similarities and differences with our lives today.

Mon-Fri during term time, subject to availability.

30 students per session.
Key Stage 1 (5-7 yrs)
In the Footsteps of Kings£100.00Find out why Portchester was built, and how it was defended, the hierarchy of a medieval castle and how kings enjoyed themselves! Pupils will be able to dress up and take on the roles of some of those who lived and worked at the castle. Which pupil will get the role of the gong farmer?

Monday - Friday from April - October and Mondays and Fridays in November and March, subject to availability.

35 students per session.
Key Stage 1 (5-7 yrs), Key Stage 2 (8-11 yrs), Key Stage 3 (12-14 yrs)
A Wroxeter Experience£200.00A guided session with a costumed interpreter exploring the remains of Viriconium and how the site was used by the people who lived there. The interactive tour takes in the museum, remains of the Roman baths and the replica Roman townhouse; there is also an object handling session and opportunity to try on Roman costumes.

Mon-Fri during term time, subject to availability.

35 students per session.
Key Stage 2 (8-11 yrs)
GCSE Tour£100.00A guided session which illustrates the development of the castle from a fortress to a palace and links to historically significant events and people, both locally and nationally.

Mon-Fri during term time, subject to availability.

35 students per session.
Key Stage 4 (14-16 yrs)
Life in a Castle£100.00A guided session which explores the features of the castle and how the buildings were used by the people who lived there.

Mon-Fri during term time, subject to availability.

35 students per session.
Key Stage 1 (5-7 yrs)
Medieval Realms 1£200.00A guided session which demonstrates the inner and outer workings of the castle during times of conflict.

Mondays and Wednesdays-Fridays during term time, subject to availability.

30 students per session.
Key Stage 2 (8-11 yrs), Key Stage 3 (12-14 yrs)
Meet a Roman Soldier£125.00Discover what life was like for a Roman soldier stationed at Housesteads and meet Roman Veteran Rufus Aelius Victor. Students will also be given the opportunity to ask Rufus questions, dress in costume, train as a recruit in an auxiliary unit, explore the site and handle both real and replica Roman artefacts.

Tues-Weds during term time, subject to availability.

30 students per session.
Key Stage 2 (8-11 yrs), Key Stage 3 (12-14 yrs)
Meet the Medievals£100.00Explore the lives of the people who lived and worked here. Pupils will enjoy investigating artefacts from the past, to discover what life was like in a medieval castle.

Mon-Fri during term time, subject to availability.

30 students per session.
Key Stage 1 (5-7 yrs), Key Stage 2 (8-11 yrs), Key Stage 3 (12-14 yrs)
Murder at the Fort£100.00Become history detectives and solve a Roman murder mystery! Two skeletons have been found buried at the fort and you must explore the possible murder suspects. Try to piece together the clues, in the process learning about life in the Roman fort, developing discussion skills and judgements based on evidence.

Mon, Thurs, Fri during term time, subject to availability.

30 students per session.
Key Stage 2 (8-11 yrs), Key Stage 3 (12-14 yrs)
Romans at Wroxeter£100.00A guided session with a costumed interpreter exploring the remains of Viriconium and how the site was used by the people who lived there. The interactive tour takes in the museum and remains of the Roman baths, where students take part in the daily tasks of Roman citizens.

Mon-Fri during term time, subject to availability.

35 students per session.
Key Stage 2 (8-11 yrs)
Tales from the Keep£100.00Why was a Castle built at Conisbrough? Using enquiry skills, pupils will interpret evidence and discover the function and role of the castle, including the lives of past residents.

Mon-Fri during term time, subject to availability.

30 students per session.
Key Stage 1 (5-7 yrs), Key Stage 2 (8-11 yrs), Key Stage 3 (12-14 yrs)
Victorian Values£100.00Explore the life of a Victorian servant and meet Mrs Warwick, the Housekeeper for the Brabrooke family at Audley End House.

Wednesday and Thursday during term time, subject to availability.

30 students per session.
Key Stage 1 (5-7 yrs), Key Stage 2 (8-11 yrs)
Secret Codes and Ciphers£100.00Dover Castle played an important role in WW2, in the planning of ‘Operation Dynamo’, the evacuation of Dunkirk in 1940 and also became a top secret HQ. Find out more about the work carried out inside the Secret Wartime Tunnels by breaking codes and helping to complete a secret mission.

Thursday (April to October & November and March) during term time, subject to availability.

30 students per session.
Key Stage 2 (8-11 yrs), Key Stage 3 (12-14 yrs)
Knights, Feasts and Garderobes£100.00What was life like for the lords and ladies and those who served them? Find out on an interactive tour of the Great Tower at Dover Castle, including lessons on courtly language and behaviour, role play and object handling.

Tuesday (April to October) during term time, subject to availability.

30 students per session.
Key Stage 1 (5-7 yrs), Key Stage 2 (8-11 yrs), Key Stage 3 (12-14 yrs)
Discovery Visit TimeslotFREEThese sessions have a charge of £100 for a maximum of 35 students per session and are available to UK schools only.

They are offered Tuesday-Thursday during term time, sessions are subject to availability.

Choose from four options, these are: Neolithic Life, Stones and Bones, Myths & Legends and Business of Heritage and Tourism.

Please specify in the booking notes which of these session you would like. For more information about the session please see the Stonehenge school visits web page.
Key Stage 1 (5-7 yrs), Key Stage 2 (8-11 yrs), Key Stage 3 (12-14 yrs), Key Stage 4 (14-16 yrs)
Living in a Medieval Castle£100.00A guided session which uses artefact investigation and role-play to explore the people who lived and worked in the castle.

Mon-Fri during term time, subject to availability.

35 students per session.
Key Stage 1 (5-7 yrs), Key Stage 2 (8-11 yrs), Key Stage 3 (12-14 yrs)
Medieval Realms 2£200.00A guided session which demonstrates the inner and outer workings of the castle during times of conflict.

Mondays and Wednesdays-Fridays during term time, subject to availability.

30 students per session.
Key Stage 2 (8-11 yrs), Key Stage 3 (12-14 yrs)
Victorian Explorer £100.00Using the Swiss Cottage Museum collection for inspiration, pupils become story-tellers writing their own tales of Victorian explorers and collectors and the weird and wonderful treasure they found while travelling the world.

Mon-Fri during term time, subject to availability.

30 students per session.
Key Stage 2 (8-11 yrs), Key Stage 3 (12-14 yrs)
Big History – Dominant Castle £100.00Encounter 2000 years of ‘Big History’ at English Heritage’s Portchester Castle and Royal Armouries’ Fort Nelson. In two interactive sessions, pupils will dress up, handle objects and watch a real cannon being fired as they learn about chronology, the history of warfare, weapons and the reasons why Portchester Castle and Fort Nelson were built. Duration: 1¼ hours at Portchester and 1 hour at Fort Nelson. Book both sessions at Portchester Castle and Fort Nelson, or select individual workshops to suit your needs.

Portchester: Monday - Friday (Apr - Oct), Monday & Friday (Nov & Mar). Fort Nelson: Open all year (excluding 24th-26th December) by arrangement.

30 Pupils per session (60 over the two sites).
Key Stage 2 (8-11 yrs), Key Stage 3 (12-14 yrs)
Beeston Castle Discovery VisitFREEBeeston Castle Discovery Visit - These sessions have a charge of £100 for a maximum of 35 students per session.

They are offered Monday to Friday during term time, sessions are subject to availability.

Choose from two options, these are: Fortress Castle (KS1/2) and Prehistoric Settlers At Beeston (KS2/3).

Please specify in the booking notes which of these sessions you would like to book. For more information about the sessions please see the Beeston Castle school visits web page.
Key Stage 1 (5-7 yrs), Key Stage 2 (8-11 yrs), Key Stage 3 (12-14 yrs)
Hot War Cold War£100.00An immersive guided tour experience exploring the impact of the Cold War on a national and local level. Find out how volunteers from the Royal Observer Corps lived and worked in this fascinating place and handle some of the objects they would have used on a daily basis to help them identify a nuclear threat.

Mon-Fri during term time, subject to availability.

20 per session, including leaders.
Key Stage 2 (8-11 yrs), Key Stage 3 (12-14 yrs), 16-18 yrs School/College, Key Stage 4 (14-16 yrs), Higher Education
The Romans: Life and Culture£100.00Based in Wrest Park’s archaeological store room, which contains over 150,000 artefacts from historical sites. Students will learn about the Romans and will take part in an interactive handling session. Students will also tour the aisles which contain objects from the ancient Roman city of Wroxeter in Shropshire. Finally, students will have the chance to see some of our genuine Roman coins and create their own clay coin to take home.

Thurs during term time, subject to availability.

30 students per session.
Key Stage 2 (8-11 yrs)
A Carisbrooke Carry-On£100.00Previously known as 'War and Power'. Discover the stories and secrets of Carisbrooke Castle with Sir John Hevingham, medieval steward of the castle. Hear about the people who lived and worked here and find out how castles functioned. Handle weapons and artefacts, try on armour and costume and have a go at some role play.

15th May – 23rd June Monday – Friday, subject to availability.

40 students per session.
Key Stage 2 (8-11 yrs), Key Stage 3 (12-14 yrs)
Lullingstone Discovery VisitFREEThese Discovery Visits have a charge of £100 for a maximum of 32 students per session and are available to UK schools only.

They are offered Monday-Friday for two weeks only in May and October, subject to availability.

You can choose from two options: Lullingstone Life or Magic and Medicine.

Please specify in the booking notes which of these sessions you would like. For more information about the Discovery Visits please see the Lullingstone Roman Villa schools web page.
Key Stage 2 (8-11 yrs), Key Stage 3 (12-14 yrs)
Kenwood Connections£100.00This session is led by an on-site expert and aims to answer the question: How significant was Kenwood, Lord Mansfield and his landmark rulings in the wider abolition movement?

Tuesday to Thursday during term time, sessions subject to availability.

30 students per session.
Key Stage 3 (12-14 yrs)
From Tree to Bobbin£50.00Students can see the journey from tree to bobbin first hand during production on the original belt driven machinery.

Wednesday to Thursday (April to October), subject to availability.

3 Leaders and 17 Learners per session.
Key Stage 1 (5-7 yrs), Key Stage 2 (8-11 yrs), Key Stage 3 (12-14 yrs)
Royals, Resistance & Rebellion£100.00By participating in an interactive expert-led tour and investigating different areas of the castle, students will understand castle life at Scarborough, including the long history of attack and defence. Students will learn the important features of Scarborough Castle and consider different attack/defence strategies adopted through the centuries. Students will learn why this is such a good place to build a castle and understand what made Scarborough one of the greatest defensive strongholds in the country.

Mon-Fri during term time, Fridays Nov-March. Sessions are subject to availability.

30 students per session.
Key Stage 1 (5-7 yrs), Key Stage 2 (8-11 yrs), Key Stage 3 (12-14 yrs)
Captains, Captives & Costumes£100.00  Key Stage 1 (5-7 yrs), Key Stage 2 (8-11 yrs)
Enemies on the Horizon£100.00This interactive guided tour explores the importance of Pendennis Castle in defending Cornwall from foreign attack over the last 400 years. Your class will explore the site and use role play to consider how defences and weaponry have developed over time and what life was like for those working here, from a Tudor gunner in Henry VIII’s Gun Tower to a Second World War officer in the Battery Observation Post.

Mon-Fri during term time, subject to availability.

30 students per session.
Key Stage 2 (8-11 yrs)
Feast! A Day in the Life£100.00This hands-on guided session around the castle uses imaginative role play to help your students understand who might have lived and worked at Goodrich Castle in the 13th century and to explore the similarities and differences with our lives today.

Mon-Fri during term time, subject to availability.

30 students per session.
Key Stage 1 (5-7 yrs), Key Stage 2 (8-11 yrs)
    
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BackpacksFREESelection of activities designed to help groups to explore and identify the trees on-site.

Mon-Fri during term time, subject to availability.
 
BackpacksFREE15 backpacks with individual characters to help discover the people who lived and worked at Old Sarum. Each bag contains a character card, map, handling objects and activities for different periods of history.

Mon-Fri during term time, subject to availability.
Key Stage 1 (5-7 yrs), Key Stage 2 (8-11 yrs), Key Stage 3 (12-14 yrs)
BackpacksFREE19 Stonehenge Backpacks with hands-on activities covering 3 areas: exploring how and why it was built, exploring the wider landscape (at the Cursus Barrows; a Bronze Age mound) and discovering what was found there (investigate the woodland/chalk area upon which Stonehenge is located). Key Stage 1 (5-7 yrs), Key Stage 2 (8-11 yrs)
BackpacksFREE  
Education Room 1FREECan be used as a base to conduct your own activities, a lunch area in wet weather and baggage storage.

Mon-Fri during term time, subject to availability.
 
Education Room 1FREEThe Education Room provides a secure area for bag storage during your Free Education Visit.

April-October during term time, subject to availability.
 
Education Room 1FREE  
Education Room 1FREE  
Education Room 1FREEFind out more about the history of Dover Castle in our Education Centre. Dress up as lords and ladies, smell the spices of the time and even build your own giant foam Dover Castle. Our story-telling room is also full of books and costumes, which is perfect for younger students.

Available Mon-Fri during term time, subject to availibility.

50 students maximum at any one time.
 
Education Room 1FREECan be used as a base to conduct your own activities, a lunch area in wet weather and baggage storage.

Mon-Fri during term time, subject to availability.
 
Education Room 1FREECan be used as a base to conduct your own activities, a lunch area in wet weather and baggage storage.

Mon-Fri during term time, subject to availability.
 
Education Room 1FREE  
Education Room 1FREEOur dedicated education room is available on Monday and Friday from 10am to 3pm during term time.

It has its own toilets, bag storage and interactive whiteboard. The space can accommodate 50 students at any one time. If you would like the interactive whiteboard set up please mention this in your booking notes.
 
Education Room 1FREEThe Education Room provides a secure area for bag storage during your Free Education Visit.

April-October during term time, subject to availability.
 
Education Room 1FREEThe Education Room provides a secure area for bag storage during your Free Education Visit.

April-October during term time, subject to availability.
 
Castle QuestFREEA worksheet based team-building and problem-solving challenge, consisting of a series of mathematical, logic and problem-solving activities.

Mon-Fri during term time, subject to availability.
 
Civil War Discovery BoxFREEA collection of replica objects and costume pieces with information notes and activity ideas.

Mon-Fri during term time, subject to availability.
 
Costume CollectionFREEA set of 15 Medieval costumes with information notes.

Mon-Fri during term time, subject to availability.
Key Stage 1 (5-7 yrs), Key Stage 2 (8-11 yrs)
Costume CollectionFREEA set of 7 Medieval costumes with information notes.

Mon-Fri during term time, subject to availability.
Key Stage 1 (5-7 yrs), Key Stage 2 (8-11 yrs)
Handling CollectionFREERoman Handling Collection containing a selection of real and replica objects with supporting notes for teachers.

Mon-Fri during term time, subject to availability.
 
Handling CollectionFREETudor object handling collection, includes dessing up costumes of various castle characters.

Weds-Fri during term time, subject to availability.
Key Stage 1 (5-7 yrs), Key Stage 2 (8-11 yrs)
Handling CollectionFREEA collection of site-related objects with information notes; some replica objects and some artefacts found on the site and dating from a range of time periods.

Mon-Fri during term time, subject to availability.
 
Handling CollectionFREEHandle original artefacts excavated from the site including a medieval nail, a decorated floor tile, and a horse’s jawbone! Notes to support your learning are included.

Mon-Fri during term time, subject to availability.
Key Stage 1 (5-7 yrs), Key Stage 2 (8-11 yrs), Key Stage 3 (12-14 yrs), Key Stage 4 (14-16 yrs)
Handling CollectionFREEThis contains replica and original objects found at Portchester Castle for the pupils to investigate. A list of possible activities is also provided to help pupils get the most out of the collection.  
Handling CollectionFREEA collection of Tudor period objects with information notes; replica objects, replica costume pieces and examples of games dating from the Tudor period.

Mon-Fri during term time, subject to availability.
 
Handling CollectionFREEA collection of objects with information notes; replica objects and some artefacts found on the site and dating from a range of time periods.

Mon-Fri during term time, subject to availability.
 
Story BagFREEAimed at Key Stage 1 as an intorudction to key rooms at the Castle and characters they would have met, the resource also includes replica handling objects to bring the story to life.

Mon-Fri during term time, subject to availability.
 
Story BagFREEA Story Box containing laminated drawings of Aydon Castle characters and replica objects.

Weds-Fri during term time, subject to availability.
 
Story BagFREEWalter’s Story Abbey Box – uses the story of a fictional monk, replica objects and letters to investigate aspects of a medieval monk's life.

Weds-Fri during term time, subject to availability.
 
Tudors Discovery BoxFREEA collection of replica objects and costume pieces with information notes and activity ideas.

Mon-Fri during term time, subject to availability.
 
WW2 Discovery BoxFREEA collection of replica objects and costume pieces with information notes and activity ideas.

Mon-Fri during term time, subject to availability.
 
Operation DynamoFREEIn May 1940 the greatest rescue of all time took place, masterminded right here deep within Dover's secret wartime tunnels. See, hear and feel the danger as the events and people from the Dunkirk evacuation are made real. Journey through the tunnels deep beneath the castle as special effects, projections and real film footage bring this dramatic rescue operation to life.

Mon-Fri during term time, subject to availibility.

The tunnels can only accept a maximum of 33 people per timeslot.
 
Underground HospitalFREEExperience the sights, sounds and smells of this authentic underground hospital. Follow the dramatic journey of a wounded WWII pilot, fighting for his life as he is rushed through to the operating theatre. See the living conditions in the tunnels and hear about the difficulties of treating injuries in such close proximity to falling enemy bombs.

Mon-Fri during term time, subject to availability.

The tunnels can only accept a maximum of 33 people per timeslot.
 
Lunch RoomFREE  
Lunch RoomFREE  
Picture Trail - Heraldry ChallengeFREEA worksheet based activity identifying the location, importance and meaning of heraldic symbols found around the site.

Mon-Fri during term time, subject to availability.
 
Castles - Attack and DefenceFREEInformation cards and activity ideas for exploring how castles were attacked and how they were defended, illustrating some of the weapons and tactics used.

Mon-Fri during term time, subject to availability.
 
Castles - Show Down vs Show OffFREEA worksheet based activity examining why castles were built and providing information on the features of a castle which indicate what it was used for - defence or show.

Mon-Fri during term time, subject to availability.
 
Castles - Medieval Character CardsFREECharacter descriptions and activity ideas to help students learn about who lived and worked in the castle, what their job was and how they contributed to castle life.

Mon-Fri during term time, subject to availability.
 
Castles - Room ExplorerFREEA worksheet based activity outlining characteristics of rooms in a castle and how these features are used to identify the purpose and function of castle remains.

Mon-Fri during term time, subject to availability.
 
Costume CollectionFREEA set of 30 Cistercian Monk robes.

Mon-Fri during term time, subject to availability.
Key Stage 2 (8-11 yrs), Key Stage 3 (12-14 yrs)
Medieval Tiles stamping activityFREERubber stamps (with ink pads) featuring patterns and designs from the tiles in the abbey which can be used to develop geometric tile patterns or copy those found in the abbey.

Mon-Fri during term time, subject to availability.
 
Medieval Tile ActivityFREEA set of synthetic model tiles which can be used to develop geometric tile patterns or copy those found in the abbey.

Mon-Fri during term time, subject to availability.
 
Picture TrailsFREEA worksheet based activity looking at the architectural and decorative features of the abbey and how they give information about the people who lived and worked there.

Mon-Fri during term time, subject to availability.
 
Costume CollectionFREEA set of 30 Benedictine monk robes.

Mon-Fri during term time, subject to availability.
Key Stage 2 (8-11 yrs), Key Stage 3 (12-14 yrs)
Totnes Through TimeFREEA group activity to identify the structures of the castle and surrounding area and how they changed over time to reflect local events.

Mon-Fri during term time, subject to availability.
 
Heritage TrailFREEThe Heritage Trail is a free self-led resource which lasts approximately 1 hour and allows educational groups to explore the local area around the castle. Clipboards are provided.

Mon-Fri during term time, subject to availability.
Key Stage 2 (8-11 yrs), Key Stage 3 (12-14 yrs)
Castles - Show Down vs Show OffFREEA worksheet based activity examining why castles were built and providing information on the features of a castle which indicate what it was used for - defence or show.

Mon-Fri during term time, subject to availability.
 
Castles - Medieval Character CardsFREECharacter descriptions and activity ideas to help students learn about who lived and worked in the castle, what their job was and how they contributed to castle life.

Mon-Fri during term time, subject to availability.
 
Lunch RoomFREEWarm and dry place where pupils can eat their lunch. There are currently no tables and chairs.  
Handling CollectionFREEA collection of site-related objects with information notes; artefacts were found on the site and date from a range of time periods.

Mon-Fri during term time, subject to availability.
 
Castles - Attack and DefenceFREEInformation cards and activity ideas for exploring how castles were attacked and how they were defended, illustrating some of the weapons and tactics used.

Mon-Fri during term time, subject to availability.
Key Stage 1 (5-7 yrs), Key Stage 2 (8-11 yrs)
Castles - Medieval Character CardsFREECharacter descriptions and activity ideas to help students learn about who lived and worked in the castle, what their job was and how they contributed to castle life.

Mon-Fri during term time, subject to availability.
Key Stage 1 (5-7 yrs), Key Stage 2 (8-11 yrs)
Castles - Show Down vs Show OffFREEA worksheet based activity examining why castles were built and providing information on the features of a castle which indicate what it was used for - defence or show.

Mon-Fri during term time, subject to availability.
Key Stage 1 (5-7 yrs), Key Stage 2 (8-11 yrs)
Castles - Attack and DefenceFREEInformation cards and activity ideas for exploring how castles were attacked and how they were defended, illustrating some of the weapons and tactics used.

Mon-Fri during term time, subject to availability.
 
Castles - Medieval Character CardsFREECharacter descriptions and activity ideas to help students learn about who lived and worked in the castle, what their job was and how they contributed to castle life.

Mon-Fri during term time, subject to availability.
 
Castles - Show Down vs Show OffFREEA worksheet based activity examining why castles were built and providing information on the features of a castle which indicate what it was used for - defence or show.

Mon-Fri during term time, subject to availability.
 
Self-led resource packFREEA worksheet based activity explaining the concepts of heraldry and symbolism and the rules of designing and interpreting coats of arms, which can then be used to develop an individual example.

Mon-Fri during term time, subject to availability.
 
Castles - Medieval Character CardsFREECharacter descriptions and activity ideas to help students learn about who lived and worked in the castle, what their job was and how they contributed to castle life.

Mon-Fri during term time, subject to availability.
 
Castles - Show Down vs Show OffFREEA worksheet based activity examining why castles were built and providing information on the features of a castle which indicate what it was used for - defence or show.

Mon-Fri during term time, subject to availability.
 
Castles - Attack and DefenceFREEInformation cards and activity ideas for exploring how castles were attacked and how they were defended, illustrating some of the weapons and tactics used.

Mon-Fri during term time, subject to availability.
 
Castles - Medieval Character CardsFREECharacter descriptions and activity ideas to help students learn about who lived and worked in the castle, what their job was and how they contributed to castle life.

Mon-Fri during term time, subject to availability.
 
Castles - Attack and DefenceFREEInformation cards and activity ideas for exploring how castles were attacked and how they were defended, illustrating some of the weapons and tactics used.

Mon-Fri during term time, subject to availability.
 
Castles - Medieval Character CardsFREECharacter descriptions and activity ideas to help students learn about who lived and worked in the castle, what their job was and how they contributed to castle life.

Mon-Fri during term time, subject to availability.
 
Castles - Show Down vs Show OffFREEA worksheet based activity examining why castles were built and providing information on the features of a castle which indicate what it was used for - defence or show.

Mon-Fri during term time, subject to availability.
 
Castles - Attack and DefenceFREEInformation cards and activity ideas for exploring how castles were attacked and how they were defended, illustrating some of the weapons and tactics used.

Mon-Fri during term time, subject to availability.
 
Castles - Attack and DefenceFREEInformation cards and activity ideas for exploring how castles were attacked and how they were defended, illustrating some of the weapons and tactics used.

Mon-Fri during term time, subject to availability.
 
Castles - Medieval Character CardsFREECharacter descriptions and activity ideas to help students learn about who lived and worked in the castle, what their job was and how they contributed to castle life.

Mon-Fri during term time, subject to availability.
 
Castles - Show Down vs Show OffFREEA worksheet based activity examining why castles were built and providing information on the features of a castle which indicate what it was used for - defence or show.

Mon-Fri during term time, subject to availability.
 
Castles - Attack and DefenceFREEInformation cards and activity ideas for exploring how castles were attacked and how they were defended, illustrating some of the weapons and tactics used.

Mon-Fri during term time, subject to availability.
 
Castles - Medieval Character CardsFREECharacter descriptions and activity ideas to help students learn about who lived and worked in the castle, what their job was and how they contributed to castle life.

Mon-Fri during term time, subject to availability.
 
Castles - Show Down vs Show OffFREEA worksheet based activity examining why castles were built and providing information on the features of a castle which indicate what it was used for - defence or show.

Mon-Fri during term time, subject to availability.
 
Roman Tiling ActivityFREEBoxes of coloured tesserae and boards on which groups can construct their own mosaics.

Mon-Fri during term time, subject to availability.
 
Picture TrailsFREE15 sets of Artist's Impressions consisting of 6 different designs.

Mon-Fri during term time, subject to availability.
 
Education Room 1FREECan be used as a base to conduct your own activities, a lunch area in wet weather and baggage storage.

Mon-Fri during term time, subject to availability.
 
Education Room 1FREECan be used as a base to conduct your own activities, a lunch area in wet weather and baggage storage.

Mon-Fri during term time, subject to availability.
 
Costume CollectionFREELocated in the education room are a collection of brown monks habits, including 'new style' black and white monk habits.

Mon-Fri during term time, subject to availability.
 
Handling CollectionFREESeveral drawers containing abbey mosaic tiles.

Mon-Fri during term time, subject to availability.
 
Building BlocksFREEBuild the Abbey - upright block puzzle to create an arched window. Includes a weight to test the key stone and how strong the arch is.

Mon-Fri during term time, subject to availability.
 
Handling CollectionFREEMedieval Handling Collection containing a selection of replica objects with supporting notes for teachers.

Mon-Fri during term time, subject to availability.
 
Self-led resource packFREECastle Flash Cards designed to assist KS1 groups to explore features of the site and compare the castle with homes today.

Mon-Fri during term time, subject to availability.
Key Stage 1 (5-7 yrs)
Story BagFREEWalter’s Story Abbey Box – uses the story of a fictional monk, replica objects and letters to investigate aspects of a medieval monk's life.

Weds-Fri during term time, subject to availability.
 
Self-led resource packFREE17 sets of Artists Impressions showing reconstruction drawings of the different stages in the building of the castle as well as the rooms within the Castle, such as the kitchen.

Mon-Fri during term time, subject to availability.
 
Handling CollectionFREECollection of arrowheads with booklet for teachers.

Mon-Fri during term time, subject to availability.
 
Story BagFREEWalter’s Story Abbey Box – uses the story of a fictional monk, replica objects and letters to investigate aspects of a medieval monk's life.

Weds-Fri during term time, subject to availability.
 
Visitor CentreFREESite history exhibition; wall panels and displays of artefacts discovered on the site, outlining the history of the site dating back 4,000 years from the Neolithic period to the Civil War.

Mon-Fri during term time, subject to availability.

15 students at a time.
 
Visitor CentreFREETraditional Building Materials and Techniques exhibition; wall panels which explain various traditional methods of construction, including sample pieces.

Mon-Fri during term time, subject to availability.

15 students at a time.
 
MuseumFREESite history exhibition; extensive object showcases and descriptions illustrating the history of the site and its owners, displays include a number of artefacts that have been found on site and some suits of armour.

Mon-Fri during term time, subject to availability.
 
MuseumFREEFortress Falmouth and the First World War exhibition; wall panels, objects and static displays which highlight events and people associated with the site during the First World War.

Mon-Fri during term time, subject to availability.

15 students at a time.
 
Handling CollectionFREEBook our Fortress Dover Handling Box to help your students find out more about life during the First World War. Located in the Fire Command Post and Port War Signal Station, it is full of replica artefacts and activities to help bring the history of WW1 to life. Key Stage 2 (8-11 yrs)
Archaeology BoxesFREEThere are six archaeology boxes containing 8 objects, which have been chosen for students to be able to investigate their use and understand how these objects link to Old Sarum. More information about the objects and how to carry out the activity can be found on the Old Sarum Schools webpage.

Mon-Fri During term time, subject to availability.
Key Stage 1 (5-7 yrs), Key Stage 2 (8-11 yrs), Key Stage 3 (12-14 yrs), Key Stage 4 (14-16 yrs)
Saxon Shield WallFREEFor schools studying Viking and Anglo-Saxon topics, the resource contains 8 Saxon shields and 8 Viking swords (lightweight). Historical information and information to re-enact the battle can be found on the Old Sarum Schools webpage.

Mon-Fri During term time, subject to availability.
Key Stage 2 (8-11 yrs), Key Stage 3 (12-14 yrs)
Story BagFREEBrother Cedric and the Missing Sheep Story Bags (4) – the book guides students around the abbey, while accompanying handling objects relate to the experiences of the characters living in the abbey.

Mon-Fri during term time, subject to availability.
 
Stonehenge Through TimeFREEAn interactive timeline from the Neolithic period through to present day. Student will explore Stonehenge’s key events by using objects and images to discover how the site as evolved throughout time.

Available Monday & Friday during term time.
Key Stage 2 (8-11 yrs)
Multimedia GuideFREETake your class on an interactive tour of Bolsover Castle with our free multimedia guide, developed especially for schools. This innovative resource uses touch-screen technology to bring to life the people, buildings, art and architecture of Bolsover Castle during the Stuart period.

Monday-Friday during term time, subject to availability.
Key Stage 2 (8-11 yrs)
Act Like a RomanFREEUsing costumes, character cards and role play, students learn what it would have been like to be high and low status Roman citizens Key Stage 2 (8-11 yrs)
Townhouse ExplorersFREEUsing townhouse floor plans and white board pens, students explore the layout and features of the reconstructed townhouse at Wroxeter. Key Stage 2 (8-11 yrs), Key Stage 3 (12-14 yrs)
Roman BuildersFREEIn a part-finished room of the townhouse, students use clue cards to discover key building techniques used by the Romans Key Stage 2 (8-11 yrs), Key Stage 3 (12-14 yrs)
Mosaic MakersFREEIn a part-finished room of the townhouse, students use clue cards to discover key building techniques used by the Romans. Key Stage 2 (8-11 yrs)
Handling CollectionFREEThe handling collection has been divided into three separate topics:

• Life in a Roman Fort

• Roman Pottery

• Roman Coins

Each box has information cards about key objects and some suggested activities. We suggest an adult helper uses the information cards to help KS2 pupils explore the objects. KS3 pupils may like to work independently.

Only available during site opening hours, Monday-Friday during term time.
Key Stage 2 (8-11 yrs), Key Stage 3 (12-14 yrs)
Handling CollectionFREEFind out more about the people who lived and worked at Deal Castle by using our Discovery Chest. Full of activity ideas and handling items for KS1 - 4.

Monday to Friday (April – October) during term time, subject to availability.
Key Stage 1 (5-7 yrs), Key Stage 2 (8-11 yrs), Key Stage 3 (12-14 yrs), Key Stage 4 (14-16 yrs)
Education Room 1FREEThe Learning Centre contains hands-on activities for EYFS – KS2 students, to help you explore and find out more about the gardens at Walmer Castle.

Monday to Friday (April – October) during term time, subject to availability.

35 people using the room at any one time.
Key Stage 1 (5-7 yrs), Key Stage 2 (8-11 yrs), Reception
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