Cover a range of curriculum objectives with a visit to Cleeve Abbey. Give your class a real taste of medieval monastic like at this well-reserved Cistercian monastery, with buildings to explore and activities themed around the beautiful 13th century floor tiles.
A visit to Cleeve Abbey will help you bring learning to life, covering multiple topics across the curriculum and key stages.
KS1 History: Significant historical events, people and places in the locality
KS1 Art and Design: Use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
KS2 History: A local history study. A study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066
KS2 Art and Design: Create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
KS3 History: Development of Church, state and society in Medieval Britain 1066-1509
KS3 Art and Design: History of art, craft, design and architecture, including periods, styles and major movements from ancient times up to the present day.
Book a free self-led visit to Cleeve Abbey and organise your day to suit your curriculum objectives. Explore the monastic buildings, including the cloister, refectory, dormitory and chapter house. Look out for the fireplaces and exposed wattle and daub in the cloister, and the secret ‘Green Man’ hidden in the refectory. Peer into the painted chamber to see the 15th century wall painting showing a scene from the Gesta Romanorum, and see if you can spot the medieval graffiti of a monk’s head by the door in the gallery.
You can also download our free teaching resources to help support learning before, during and after your visit.
There are generally no limits to the size of education group, provided the group meets our ratios for leaders to learners. Our Discovery Visit workshops are suitable for groups of up to 30. Please see our school visit terms and conditions on our website for further details.
Many of our sites have education rooms that can be booked. Please check the relevant schools property page before making a booking.
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Our facilities have been designed to be as accessible as possible in order to meet the different needs of our visitors. A summary of the facilities provided can be found on our schools property pages.
If you or anyone in your group has particular access needs, please let us know at the point of booking or get in touch with our bookings team before you visit. Please note that some facilities may require booking in advance.
English Heritage cares for over 400 historic buildings, monuments and sites - from world-famous prehistoric sites to grand medieval castles, from Roman forts on the edges of the empire to a Cold War bunker. Through these, we bring the story of England to life for over 10 million people each year, over 300,000 of whom are education visitors.
We’re the largest heritage provider of school trips and provide a wealth of free educational resources, alongside expert-led, paid-for workshops for KS1-4. The high-quality of our education provision has been recognised most recently with a number of Sandford awards. Caring for our places and their collections, for the benefit of this and future generations is a cornerstone of everything we do.
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