Dover Castle

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Important update from English Heritage
In line with government guidelines, our staffed sites remain closed in the interests of public health. It is now clear that we will not be able to re-open on 1 May as we had originally hoped. Instead we will re-open as soon as government advice allows and only when we can ensure the safety of our visitors and our staff and volunteers.

Book a free visit to Dover Castle for a day of self-exploration of the site to suit your curriculum needs. Discover medieval Dover in the Great Tower and Medieval Tunnels, make sure you see the Roman lighthouse and Saxon church, and explore wartime Dover in the atmospheric Secret Wartime Tunnels.

For a hands-on, immersive experience, book a Discovery Visit workshop led by one of the site experts at Dover Castle. At just £100 per session for up to 30 pupils these workshops offer quality learning experiences outside of the classroom:
• KNIGHTS, FEASTS AND GARDEROBES (KS1-3) £100 per class, session lasts 1 hour.
• SECRET CODES AND CIPHERS (KS2-3) £100 per class, session lasts 1 hour.

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 a free Teachers’ Kit from the English Heritage website for historical information, site details and activity suggestions to make the most of your learning before, during and after your visit, and book the education room to try on costumes and use the handling box, full of artefacts and activities to help you learn more about WWI and the role of the WWI Fire Command Post at Dover Castle.

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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 Dover Castle is ideal for education groups of all ages and abilities, and with downloadable learning resources and 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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Curriculum topics available: Logic and Problem Solving.

Enrich your students’ mathematical understanding with a SECRET CODES AND CIPHERS (KS2-3) Discovery Visit workshop, learning to break codes and complete a secret mission. Put this learning into context in the story of Dover Castle’s role in WW2, understanding the planning of ‘Operation Dynamo’, the evacuation of Dunkirk in 1940, and the code-breaking work carried out inside the Secret Wartime Tunnels.

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Explore Dover Castle’s medieval history in the Great Tower keep and Medieval Tunnels. Enhance your learning with an expert-led KNIGHTS, FEASTS AND GARDEROBES (KS1-3) Discovery Visit workshop, to find out what life was like for the lords and ladies who lived at the Castle and for those who served them. Enjoy an interactive tour of the Great Tower at Dover Castle including lessons on courtly language and behaviour, role play and object handling.

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During WW2, Dover Castle became a top secret HQ. Explore the Secret Wartime Tunnels, stand on the spot where Operation Dynamo was planned and use the handling box of artefacts and activities to help you learn more about WWI and the role of the WWI Fire Command Post at Dover Castle.
Enhance your learning with an expert-led SECRET CODES AND CIPHERS (KS2-3) Discovery Visit workshop to learn about Dover Castle’s WW2 role in the planning of ‘Operation Dynamo’, the evacuation of Dunkirk in 1940, and how it became a top secret HQ. Find out more about the work carried out inside the Secret Wartime Tunnels at Dover Castle by breaking codes and helping to complete a secret mission.

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Curriculum topics available: Settlement and land use.

Strategically positioned looking out across the English Channel, the location of Dover Castle was carefully planned. Use the Junior Geographers activity and the Activity Trail (both available in the downloadable Teachers’ Kit on the English Heritage website) to examine the reasons behind Dover Castle’s location.

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. A study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066. The changing power of monarchs using case studies
KS2 Maths: Enriching mathematical understanding - breaking codes in WW2
KS2 Geography: Geographical skills and fieldwork: use fieldwork to observe, measure, record and present human and physical features in the local area, human geography: types of settlement and land use.
KS3 History: The development of Church, state and society in Medieval Britain 1066-1509. Challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 to the present day
KS3 Maths: Enriching mathematical understanding - breaking codes in WW2
KS4 History: OCR History A: Study of the Historic Environment, OCR History B: History Around Us; AQA Section B: British depth studies including the historic environment, Norman and Medieval England
KS5 History: OCR Unit Y103/Y133: England 1199 - 1272, OCR Unit Y113/Y143: Churchill 1930 - 1951; Edexcel Paper 2, Option 2A.2: England and the Angevin Empire in the reign of Henry II, 1154 - 1189

For a hands-on, immersive experience, book a Discovery Visit workshop led by one of the site experts at Dover Castle. At just £100 per session for up to 30 pupils these workshops offer quality learning experiences outside of the classroom:
• KNIGHTS, FEASTS AND GARDEROBES (KS1-3): explore what life was like in a medieval castle, including lessons on courtly language and behaviour. £100 per class, session lasts 1 hour.
• SECRET CODES AND CIPHERS (KS2-3): learn to crack codes in the Secret Wartime Tunnels and discover Dover Castle’s important role in WW2. £100 per class, session lasts 1 hour.

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 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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Yes, there is an education room that is free for schools to use, with costumes and a handling collection to use at the site. Please let the Education Bookings Team know if you would like to use this when making your booking.

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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