Portchester Castle

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Bring the curriculum to life by visiting Portchester Castle. 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 provide hands-on Discovery Visits. Led by experts, these sessions enable your pupils to discover what life was like in the castle, how it has changed and who had the worst jobs! 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.

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Why are English Heritage great for School Trips and Educational Visits?

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Not only does Portchester Castle cover multiple time periods within the history curriculum, but also cross-curricular links across numerous subjects in a fun and engaging way. Initially built on the south coast of Roman Britain to defend against barbarian pirates, Portchester Castle was used to guard these shores for nearly 2000 years. It has seen many changes over this time and the castle you see today is an amalgamation of all of the owners and uses Portchester has encountered. This makes it a wonderful and intriguing site to visit with pupils of all ages. Curriculum links that stand out include:
•History: How did the kings use Portchester for leisure and in warfare?
•Geography: Find out about the strategic importance of the castle.
•Drama: Take on the roles of Portchester’s past residents. How was the household of a royal castle structured? Who had the worst job in the castle?
•Design and Technology: Learn about the weapons used to attack and defend the castle.

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 Visits, these are limited to approximately 30 pupils per session.

Is there first aid on site?

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We have trained first aiders on site.

Do you offer access for visitors with disabilities?

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There are disabled toilets available in the car park. These are managed by Fareham Borough Council. Please note that there are no toilets on site. There is a free car park, which is located just out side of the castle, 200m from the entrance. There are about 100 parking spaces. There is designated disabled parking in the car park.

Anything else?

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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.

November – Education Winter Opening times - please contact the Education Booking Team for details.




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