Kenilworth Castle and Elizabethan Garden

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Book a free visit to Kenilworth Castle for a day of self-exploration of the site to suit your curriculum needs. From medieval fortress to Elizabethan palace, Kenilworth Castle has been at the centre of England's affairs for much of its 900 year history. Today, you can see the tower built to impress Queen Elizabeth I and marvel at the mighty Norman keep. Explore the exhibition in the Gatehouse, and imagine the majesty of the Great Hall playing host to medieval monarchs and early Tudor kings.

For a hands-on, immersive experience, book a Discovery Visit workshop led by one of the site experts at Kenilworth Castle. From just £100 per session for up to 30 pupils these workshops offer quality learning experiences outside of the classroom:
• MEDIEVAL SIEGE EXPERIENCE (KS2-3) £200 per class, session lasts for a full day
• MEDIEVAL CASTLE QUEST (KS2-3) £100 per class, session lasts for 1½ hours
• LIFE IN A CASTLE (KS1) £100 per class, session lasts for 1¼ hours
• GCSE TOURS (KS4) £100 per class, session lasts for 1½ 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 Teachers’ Kit 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 Kenilworth 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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MEDIEVAL – Explore Kenilworth Castle to discover the story of this medieval castle, and the siege of 1266. Download the Teachers’ Kit, available from the English Heritage website, with activities to support learning before, during and after your visit. To enhance learning, book an expert-led Discovery Visit workshop to investigate medieval life through hands-on activities:
• MEDIEVAL SIEGE EXPERIENCE (KS2-3) – investigate medieval castle life and defences and learn the story of the 1266 siege, in this full day of exploration and activities
• MEDIEVAL CASTLE QUEST (KS2-3) – discover Kenilworth Castle’s medieval architecture and history, with handling objects and hands-on challenges
• LIFE IN A CASTLE (KS1) – look for evidence that this castle was once home to many people and compare life in a medieval castle to the way we live today

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Famously built to impress Elizabeth I, see the grand buildings Dudley, Earl of Leicester built at Kenilworth Castle, and the recreated Elizabethan gardens. Download the Teachers’ Kit, available from the English Heritage website, with activities to support learning before, during and after your visit.

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Curriculum topics available: Settlement and land use, Natural resources.

Investigate the strategic significance of Kenilworth Castle, and the reasons why it was built in the ‘Why build here?’ activity in the downloadable Teachers’ Kit, available on 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: Events beyond living memory that are significant nationally. Significant historical events, people and places in the locality
KS2 History: A study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils' chronological knowledge beyond 1066
KS2 Geography: Human geography: types of settlement and land use, why was the castle built here?
KS3 History: Development of Church, state and society in Medieval Britain 1066-1509
GCSE History: Study of the historic environment

For a hands-on, immersive experience, book a Discovery Visit workshop led by one of the site experts at Kenilworth Castle. At just £100 per session for up to 30 pupils these workshops offer quality learning experiences outside of the classroom:
• MEDIEVAL SIEGE EXPERIENCE (KS2-3): investigate medieval castle life and defences and learn the story of the 1266 siege, in this full day of exploration and activities. £200 per class, session lasts for a full day
• MEDIEVAL CASTLE QUEST (KS2-3): discover Kenilworth Castle’s medieval architecture and history, with handling objects and hands-on challenges. £100 per class, session lasts for 1½ hours
• LIFE IN A CASTLE (KS1): look for evidence that this castle was once home to many people and compare life in a medieval castle to the way we live today. £100 per class, session lasts for 1¼ hours
• GCSE TOURS (KS4): for older students, GCSE Tours can be tailored to the OCR or AQA specification, giving in depth knowledge about the history of the castle. £100 per class, session lasts for 1½ 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 of 200 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 bag storage and space for activities. 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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