School Trips @ English Heritage
Inspire your students and reinforce your teaching by standing at the place where history was made. There are two ways in which you can explore and learn from this remarkable castle. Firstly we offer FREE self-led visits, so you and your pupils can enjoy your own visit in your own way. We also offer hands-on Discovery Visits. Led by experts, these sessions enable your pupils to discover the varied role of the castle over the centuries. Our ‘Knights, Feasts and Garderobes’ session explores what life was like in the castle, including lessons on courtly language and behaviour.‘Secret Codes and Ciphers' involves cracking codes as part of a secret mission in our Secret Wartime Tunnels. At just £100 per session (approximately 30 pupils) these offer inspiring, out of the classroom experiences with quality learning. They have been specially developed to meet the needs of different groups across the key stages to really enhance your visit.
Once you have booked, you are entitled to a free planning visit, to familiarise yourself with the site and see all that it has to offer. We also offer free resources to support your visit and teaching in the classroom.
Why are English Heritage great for School Trips and Educational Visits?
Not only does Dover Castle cover multiple time periods within the history curriculum, but also cross-curricular links across numerous subjects in a fun and engaging way. With history stretching from Roman to the World War II, Dover Castle is a wonderful and intriguing site to visit with pupils of all ages. Curriculum links that stand out include:
•History: How did the kings use the castle for leisure and in warfare?
•Geography: Find out about the strategic importance of the castle.
•Drama: Take on the roles of Dover’s past residents and workers.
•Mathematics: Crack codes in the Secret Wartime tunnels and learn how they were used in the evacuation of Dunkirk.
Which Curriculum Subjects do you cater for?
Drop your students into the Mathmatical world of WW2 and watch them work together to help break some WW2 codes
What size groups do you cater for?
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 Visits, these are limited to approximately 30 pupils per session.
Is there first aid on site?
We have trained first aiders on site.
December – February – Closed for education visits.
March – Education Winter Opening on Mondays and Fridays.
April to September 10.00 – 18.00.
October 10.00 – 17.00.
Need more inspiration?
We are bursting with ideas on places that deliver first class teaching both outside the classroom and as in-school workshops. Here are a few similar suggestions, or head to our tailor-made trip form and let us know how we can help you!