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Warwick Castle has played a prominent role in English history for over 1,100 years. Your Students can explore Mediaeval Towers and Ramparts, roam grounds designed by famous landscaper Capability Brown, marvel at the Great Hall & State Rooms with Tudor influences, be in awe during the Daily Shows that include; a Bowman demonstration, a Trebuchet flinging a rock 150ft into the air and our ever faithful Birds of Prey show – this is in addition to all the attractions that bring history vividly to life.

We also have a plethora of History related Tours (Such as our popular Crime & Punishment Tour) and exciting, interactive Workshops (Such as our Swords & Shields Workshop) available to book!

Looking for an overnight stay/residential? We also have that covered! With so much to see and do at the Castle, why not extend your journey through time with an overnight stay in authentic wooden lodges, glamping tents, a refurbished Hayloft or even the Great Hall! Not only will you be eligible for an exclusive schools discount (available out of Peak Season) but we can build an itinerary that suits you!

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Why are Warwick Castle great for School Trips and Educational Visits?

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Not only do pupils get to visit one of the oldest and most well-kept castles in Britain’s History, it runs epic attractions and daily shows all year round. This includes pupils from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 5, that Warwick Castle offers a focused selection of curriculum based tours and workshops tailored to provide schools with an ultimate outside the classroom learning experience.

For this, Warwick Castle has worked in collaboration with experienced teachers to develop these tours and workshops so that they meet needs of pupils whilst matching the National Curriculum.

Which Curriculum Subjects do you cater for?

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green tick Citizenship

Curriculum topics available: Crime and punishment, Team building, Monarchy, Voting and elections, National, regional, religious and ethnic identitie.

Crime & Punishment (Crime & Punishment): The tour aims to teach the children basic information regarding law and order, and understand how crimes and their complimentary punishments have changed over time. It explores some of the most common crimes in each period, and some of the most common forms of punishment including hanging, torture, and being put in the stocks.

Meet the Monarchy (Monarchy): The tour focuses on the roles and personal qualities of monarchs throughout time using case studies that the school may choose from. Examples of monarchs offered include: William the Conqueror, Richard III, Henry VIII and his six wives, Queen Elizabeth, and Queen Victoria. The tour aims to introduce the children to these key characters from our history as well as the wider British history.

Sword Skills (Team Building): This workshop will teach students about medieval weapons and who used them. Students will take part in marching exercises performed during the middle ages and learn the art of sword fighting techniques from a Warwick Castle swordsman.

Medieval Warwick (Regional Identity): This actor-led workshop will explore the key aspects of medieval castle life, the relationship between church and state, how medieval people dealt with illness, and how they would have trained for warfare.

Execution of a Queen (Crime & Punishment/Monarchy): Meet Anne Boleyn during her final moments. This is a short performance about the rise and downfall of this tragic queen and focuses on the last few days of her life before her execution. Afterwards, our history expert will lead a discussion where students have the opportunity to question Anne and her executioner to hear their thoughts about the situation and life in Tudor times.

Votes for Women (Voting & Elections): This presentation looks at a pivotal moment in the 20th century and the suffragettes behind it. After performing key snapshots of the movement and exploring the politics of the time, our history expert will lead a discussion where students will have the opportunity to participate and speak with 2 of our suffragettes.


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Curriculum topics available: Fairy tales, Story telling.

Stories with a Princess (Fairytales/storytelling): Perfect for young learners, this workshop will enable your students to have story time with a Princess. This story will engage and excite young students, getting them interacting with each other and the Princess, and experiencing the power of a good story.

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Curriculum topics available: Mechanics and engineering.

Trebuchet Talk: This talk, given by our Trebuchet master will explore the reasons why the trebuchet was such a superior siege engine. Using Warwick Castle’s own Trebuchet as a backdrop, students will discover the history behind its construction and physical forces that truly make this a powerful feat of engineering.

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Medieval Battle Skills: Warfare isn’t all about glory! Students meet a medieval recruitment officer who will take them through their paces. Along with discussion about medieval weapons, they’ll learn the best techniques with swords.

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Castle Life: The tour aims to teach the children basic information regarding life in medieval times through an exploration of people’s jobs, wages and lifestyle. In particular this tour focuses on those who would be working in and around the castle in the preparations for battle.

Norman Conquest: The tour will inform students about the Battle of Hastings, the Norman Conquest and the establishment of castles. It should seek to give the children an appreciation for our early history and some of their surroundings, as well as the opportunity to actively engage and interact with some props.

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Viking Invaders: This tour looks at the influence and power of Princess Aethelflaed (The daughter and eldest child of Alfred the Great) in the protection of the lands around Mercia. She was a powerful lady who paved the way for the establishment of a defence system around Mercia including the first fortress at Warwick. It will explore the threat posed by the Vikings upon the country, some battle tactics used, and how the country defended itself.

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We have a Medieval Castle! We offer a full day sample itinerary on our website along with self-guided resources if you want to tackle it yourself, otherwise we have plenty of workshops including:

Attack & Defence: The tour focuses on how to attack and defend a castle like Warwick, with a focus on battle techniques, castle design and materials, and common features of the motte and bailey castle. It primarily explores attack and defence in the medieval period although some pre- and post- medieval comparisons are made.

Castle Life: The tour aims to teach the children basic information regarding life in medieval times through an exploration of people’s jobs, wages and lifestyle. In particular this tour focuses on those who would be working in and around the castle in the preparations for battle.

The Schools Ultimate Kids Tour: is a specially designed tour that highlights the most interesting aspects of life at a castle. It will offer them the chance to get up close to our replica weapons, learn about attack and defence, and learn some fun facts. It will aim to teach them a few interesting stories about the castle and point out some of the castle’s key features.

Norman Conquest: The tour will inform students about the Battle of Hastings, the Norman Conquest and the establishment of castles. It should seek to give the children an appreciation for our early history and some of their surroundings, as well as the opportunity to actively engage and interact with some props.

History of Medicine: This tour will explore the idea of medicine throughout the medieval period. It will look at the concept of humours, use of herbs, and how cures for the plague were attempted. It will demonstrate the reasons behind their thinking, and look how far we have come in medicine today.

Medieval Battle Skills: Warfare isn’t all about glory! Students meet a medieval recruitment officer who will take them through their paces. Along with discussion about medieval weapons, they’ll learn the best techniques with swords.

Medieval Warwick: This actor-led workshop will explore the key aspects of medieval castle life, the relationship between church and state, how medieval people dealt with illness, and how they would have trained for warfare.

green tick Tudors

Execution of a Queen: Meet Anne Boleyn during her final moments. This is a short performance about the rise and downfall of this tragic queen and focuses on the last few days of her life before her execution. Afterwards, our history expert will lead a discussion where students have the opportunity to question Anne and her executioner to hear their thoughts about the situation and life in Tudor times.

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Victorian Warwick:
• Be introduced to the difference between the roles of the nobility and servants.
• Understand the strict daily lifestyle and working practice of servants in a great house.
• Learn skills such as laying a table correctly or preparing the perfect cup of tea.
• Understand some of the changes in society and technology which came about during the Victorian era.
• Experience first hand the power and excitement of the industrial revolution as we operate the machines and electrical generators in the castle’s Mill and Engine house.

What activities are available during group visits?

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The Educational Tours taught at the Castle include History, Citizenship, and Design Technology; they also offer more physical workshops which include P.E and Art & Design as well.
Students tend not only to learn more but they retain knowledge that they’ve gained because they want to remember these exciting experiences! This is the standard set at Warwick Castle - Britain’s ultimate classroom. More information can be found on our website.

History Tours
KS2/3 - Attack & Defence
KS2 - Crime & Punishment
KS3-5 - Kingmaker
KS3 - 5 - Wars of the Roses
KS1/2 - Castle Life
KS1/2 - Meet the Monarchy
KS3/4 - Ultimate Castle Tour
KS 1/2 - Ultimate Kids Tour
KS2/3 - Norman Conquest
KS3/4 - Evolution of Warfare
KS3/4 - History of Medicine
KS2/3 - Viking Invaders

Workshops
KS3/4 - Medieval Battle Skills
KS3/4 - Victorian Warwick
KS3/4 - Medieval Warwick
KS1 - Stories with a Princess
KS2 - Sword Skills with a Knight
KS2/3 - Trebuchet Talk
KS3/4 - Execution of a Queen (Tudor)
KS3/4 - Votes for Women

What size groups do you cater for?

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We don’t have a limit on group sizes and have accommodated entire schools of up to 300. We work with you and are happy to provide sample itineraries for any group size, so every student can make the most of their day. Our Tours/workshops/talks/dungeons have limited availability and to make sure every student gets the best experience, we limit these to 35 per allocated timeslot.

Is there first aid on site?

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All of our core team members are trained first aiders and we work closely with local emergency services to ensure that any first aid or medical attention is dealt with as rapidly as possible.

Do you offer access for visitors with disabilities?

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Due to being a listed heritage building, a lot of the castle is inaccessible to wheelchairs (Such as the Towers & Ramparts and Upstairs State Rooms) though all our Daily Shows are accessible (and our School Marquee when it is up) and we are happy to talk to you regarding any educational packages. We have disabled toilet facilities and have managed to get permission for a wheelchair lift installation beside our Great Hall, allowing access to the Great Hall and State Rooms.

Do you cater for visitors with Special Educational Needs (SEN)?

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Our Education Team have training with SEN and we can make preparations if needed (Make sure to email our Schools Officer!) We have Team members with experience working with Special educational needs groups. We also have a Schools Officer who is happy to help to suit the needs and abilities of any pupils. If you ever have any questions, please feel free to email us.

Anything else?

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We have a brand new Bird of Prey show - The Falconers Quest, that is showing From Easter - October and is included in the school entry ticket price. Highly recommended!

One of our objectives is to make pre-visit, during and post visiting the Castle as simple and informative as possible. We have a very detailed online risk assessment, along with other pre-visit materials. It is also important that we allow learning to continue after the school leaves so there are downloadable online activities worksheets for students to use before, during, and after leaving the Castle. It is also worth a mention that teachers can book a free teacher visit prior to their student’s big day!




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