Scarborough Castle

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Book a free visit to Scarborough Castle for a day of self-exploration of the site to suit your curriculum needs. Head through the imposing gatehouse and step into 3,000 years of history, from Iron Age settlements, to a Roman signal station, and medieval castle and chapel. The castle's heyday was in the 12th century when it was developed by Henry II and King John. It has seen action in some of England's most defining battles, including the Civil War, Jacobite rebellion, Napoleonic Wars and the First World War.

For a hands-on, immersive experience, book a Discovery Visit workshop led by one of the site experts at Scarborough Castle. At just £100 per session for up to 30 pupils, these workshops offer quality learning experiences outside of the classroom:
• ROYALS, RESISTANCE AND REBELLION (KS1-3): £100 per class, session lasts for 1¼ hours.

Once you have booked your school trip, you are entitled to a free planning visit, to familiarise yourself with the site and see all that it has to offer. Download the free resources from the English Heritage website for everything you need to plan a successful trip: with site details, historical information and activities to support learning before, during and after your visit.

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Why book English Heritage for School Trips and Educational Visits?

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Bring learning to life outside of the classroom. Children can explore and learn for themselves at a ‘real’ historical site, developing their enquiry skills and independence, as well as key historical knowledge.
A visit to Scarborough Castle is ideal for education groups of all ages and abilities, and with downloadable hazard information, and free on-site resources, it’s easy to plan a visit with your group in mind.

Which Curriculum Subjects do you cater for?

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green tick Prehistory

Curriculum topics available: Bronze Age, Iron Age.

Explore the prehistoric artefacts found at Scarborough in the museum, using the ‘Extraordinary Objects’ activity in the Teachers’ Kit available from the English Heritage website to structure your discussion of the objects.

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Discover the story of the Roman signal station built at Scarborough, see the ruins of the tower, and spot the Roman artefacts in the museum.

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Explore the impressive keep and imagine what life was like in a medieval castle. Use the activity sheet with top 10 things to see, available from the English Heritage website, to guide your visit, and download the Teachers’ Activity ideas for inspiration to help support your teaching before, during and after your visit. To enhance learning, book an expert-led Discovery Visit workshop:
• ROYALS, RESISTANCE AND REBELLION (KS1-3): immerse your class in the medieval period on this interactive tour that investigates the castle as a defensive structure. Plan the attack and defence of this mighty fortress, and learn how the natural and man-made defences made Scarborough a seat of power in Northern England. £100 per class, session lasts for 1¼ hours.

green tick Human Geography

Curriculum topics available: Settlement and land use.

Why was a castle built at Scarborough? Use the ‘Landscape or Man-Made?’ activity in the Teachers’ Kit available from the English Heritage website to investigate the natural and man-made defences at Scarborough Castle, and why these might have influenced where it was built.

What activities are available during group visits?

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Cover a range of topics across the key stages:
KS1 History: Significant historical events, people and places in the locality.
KS2 History: A local history study. Changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age. The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain. A study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066
KS2 Geography: Human geography: types of settlement and land use, identify the difference between natural and manmade defensive features of the castle, understand the strategic significance of the castle’s position
KS3 History: A local history study. The development of church, state and society in medieval Britain 1066-1509 and in Britain 1509-1745
KS3 Geography: Understand the key processes in human geography; understand how human and physical processes interact to influence and change landscapes

For a hands-on, immersive experience, book a Discovery Visit workshop led by one of the site experts at Scarborough Castle. At just £100 per session for up to 30 pupils, these workshops offer quality learning experiences outside of the classroom:
• ROYALS, RESISTANCE AND REBELLION (KS1-3): immerse your class in the medieval period on this interactive tour that investigates the castle as a defensive structure. Plan the attack and defence of this mighty fortress, and learn how the natural and man-made defences made Scarborough a seat of power in Northern England. £100 per class, session lasts for 1¼ hours.

What size groups do you cater for?

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We accept groups of all sizes to the site, but there is a limit on the total site capacity, and access is on a first come first served basis. If you would like to book one of our Discovery Visit workshops, these are limited to a maximum of 30 pupils per session.

Do you offer on-site classroom facilities?

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No

Is there first aid on site?

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Yes

Do you offer access for visitors with disabilities?

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Yes, for more information please visit

Do you cater for visitors with Special Educational Needs (SEN)?

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Yes - please confirm requirements for members of your group with additional needs when making your booking.


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