Carisbrooke Castle

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Important update from English Heritage
Following the latest government recommendations, we have taken the decision to close all our staffed historic sites from the end of Wednesday 18th March until 1st May.

We will be reviewing this and will keep you updated. Some sites may be opened earlier and we will let you know if this is the case. We also need to cancel our public events during this period.

Book a free visit to Carisbrooke Castle for a day of self-exploration of the site to suit your curriculum needs. Carisbrooke has been an important focus of settlement since Roman times and illustrates the domestic side of castle life as well as attack and defence. Climb the steep steps to the top of the Norman keep and imagine how you would defend the castle from invaders, see if you can spot the rooms where Charles I was held prisoner and see the Edwardian garden.

For a hands-on, immersive experience, book a Discovery Visit workshop led by one of the site experts at Carisbrooke Castle. At just £100 per session for up to 30 pupils these workshops offer quality learning experiences outside of the classroom:
• A CARISBROOKE CARRY ON: HOW TO SURVIVE AND STAY ALIVE (KS1-3): £100 per class, session lasts 1¼ hours
• WHO LIVES IN A HOUSE LIKE THIS? CASTLE LIFE FROM ANGLO SAXONS TO VICTORIANS (KS2-3): £100 per class, session lasts 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 Carisbrooke 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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Explore Carisbrooke Castle, climb the walls to look out from the top of the defences, and imagine what life was like in the medieval period. Enhance learning with an expert-led Discovery Visit workshop, to investigate the history of the castle through costume, role play and handling objects:
• A CARISBROOKE CARRY ON: HOW TO SURVIVE AND STAY ALIVE (KS1-3): discover the stories and secrets of Carisbrooke Castle with medieval steward of the castle, Sir John Hevingham, through costume, handling replica weapons and artefacts, and role play.
• WHO LIVES IN A HOUSE LIKE THIS? CASTLE LIFE FROM ANGLO SAXONS TO VICTORIANS (KS2-3): find out who lived at Carisbrooke over the last 1000 years, using costume and an interactive timeline to understand history and chronology.
GEOGRAPHY (MAPS) – Use map skills to investigate the location of Carisbrooke Castle and identify key features in the landscape nearby in the Map Reading activity in the free Activity Trail, available from the English heritage website.

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Curriculum topics available: Map and atlas.

Use map skills to investigate the location of Carisbrooke Castle and identify key features in the landscape nearby in the Map Reading activity in the free Activity Trail, available from the English heritage website.

What activities are available during group visits?

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Cover a range of topics across the key stages:
KS1 History: Similarities and differences between ways of life in different time periods. Significant historical events, people and places in the locality
KS1 English and Drama: Take on the roles of Carisbrooke's most famous residents and their servants to find out what life was really like
KS2 History: A local history study. A study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils' chronological knowledge beyond 1066
KS3 History: A local history study. Development of Church, state and society in Medieval Britain 1066-1509 and in Britain 1509-1745

For a hands-on, immersive experience, book a Discovery Visit workshop led by one of the site experts at Carisbrooke Castle. At just £100 per session for up to 30 pupils these workshops offer quality learning experiences outside of the classroom:
• A CARISBROOKE CARRY ON: HOW TO SURVIVE AND STAY ALIVE (KS1-3): discover the stories and secrets of Carisbrooke Castle with medieval steward of the castle, Sir John Hevingham, through costume, handling replica weapons and artefacts, and role play.£100 per class, session lasts 1¼ hours
• WHO LIVES IN A HOUSE LIKE THIS? CASTLE LIFE FROM ANGLO SAXONS TO VICTORIANS (KS2-3): find out who lived at Carisbrooke over the last 1000 years, using costume and an interactive timeline to understand history and chronology. £100 per class, session lasts 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 capacity, and access is on a first come first served basis. If you would like to book a Discovery Visit workshop, 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 resources including a model siege gun and medieval costumes. 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. We are currently developing a new workshop designed for students with SEND. Please look out for updates on the English Heritage website.




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