Carisbrooke Castle School Trips
Carisbrooke has been an important focus of settlement since Roman times and illustrates the domestic side of castle life, as well and its use for attack and defence. There are two ways in which you can explore this intriguing 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 Expert-led Discovery Visits that provide inspiring, hands-on activities enabling your pupils to experience life at the castle. At Carisbrooke you can choose from two Discovery Visits: ‘War and Power’ which focuses on the stories and secrets of Carisbrooke and the people who lived and worked there; and ‘I’m a King, get me out of here’ during which pupils help Charles I’s servants to devise an escape plan as they tour the castle. 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 provide free resources to support your visit and teaching in the classroom.
Why are English Heritage great for School Trips and Educational Visits?
Carisbrooke has been associated with some huge characters from history. Having seen its role change from fortified defence to home of the Lord Lieutenant of the Island, this rich and varied history provides many possible curriculum links across numerous subjects including:
• History: A local history study.
A study to extend pupils chronological knowledge.
• Geography: Find out about the strategic importance of the castle.
• English and drama: Take on the role of Carisbrooke’s most famous residents and their servants to find out what life was really like.
Not to mention meeting the Carisbrooke donkeys and seeing them in action in the Elizabethan water wheel as well as exploring the different parts of the castle.
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.
April to September 10.00 – 18.00.
October 10.00 – 17.00.
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