Castles, Cathedrals, Abbeys

Monuments of stone

We are incredibly lucky to have such incredible links to our past, so easily accessible, and in all areas of the country. For children learning about our country's history, castles are a must, especially when you are covering the Medieval Realms module of the National Curriculum at Key Stage 3. Their location in the landscape, the associated towns to which they gave protection, the way they influence the development of surrounding roads and settlements, and their role at the national level. These are all things that are described in text books, but become strikingly obvious on the ground. And as we all know, actually being there and seeing with their own eyes is invaluable if you want your pupils to get the most from your lessons.

On this page we have included our recommendations for castles, cathedrals and abbeys to visit with your class. We have chosen these particular locations based on the educational value they offer to school groups, through notice board information around the site, worksheets and lesson plans, on-site guides who can tell you specialist information about the site, and the assistance that the venue can provide to party leaders while organising the trip. There may be a superb example of a long-forgotten motte and bailey castle within striking distance of your school, but if it is just tucked away in the corner of a farmer's field, it probably isn't going to offer the same level of learning experience as one of the venues listed below.

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Warkworth Castle


View the awe-inspiring keep as you wander around the nearly intact circuit of towered walls at this spectacular medieval castle. The great tower or keep is almost complete, though it was built by the first Earl of Northumberland over 600 years ago. Warkworth was besieged by the Scots in 1327 and played a key role in the long-running war between England and Scotland. Look out for the lion badge carved throughout the castle as you explore. This was the badge of the powerful Percy family who wielded almost kingly power in the north. They owned Warkworth and nearby Alnwick Castle, where their descendants still live today. Percy fame and fortunes were at their height under Henry Percy, the first Earl of Northumberland. His son 'Harry Hotspur,' was memorably captured by Shakespeare in...

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Kenilworth Castle has been a major medieval military stronghold, a royal palace, and an inspiration to writers and artists. It's the perfect destination to bring learning outside of the classroom and cover a wide range of curriculum subjects. ...

Medieval Trips To Kenilworth Castle



Built soon after the Norman Conquest in 1066 by William Peveril, Peveril Castle is a dramatic Norman castle overlooking Hope Valley and Cave Dale in Derbyshire. Book a free school visit to explore with your class....

Peveril Castle



Discover one of England’s most complete and unusual keeps, at this fascinating visitor attraction in Suffolk. The unique polygonal tower keep of Orford Castle stands beside the pretty town and former port, which Henry II also developed here. ...

Orford Castle



A school visit to Warkworth Castle is a unique experience. Once home to the powerful Percy family who now reside in Alnwick Castle, Warkworth was, and remains, one of the largest and most impressive fortresses in North East England. ...

Warkworth Castle





Pendennis Castle, Falmouth is one of the finest Tudor fortresses built by Henry VIII. It has seen action in many conflicts and was one of the last royalist strongholds to fall during the English Civil War. ...

Tudor Trips To Pendennis Castle



Carisbrooke Castle has experienced sieges, imprisoned kings, seen off the Spanish Armada and spans over 1000 years of history. What better way to bring the curriculum to life and cover multiple topics than to stand at the spot where history happened....

Carisbrooke Castle



Step back in time to 1066 and bring the curriculum to life at 1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield. Discover more about the most famous date in English history while walking in the steps of King Harold and William the Conqueror. ...

1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield



Unique among Royal Residences, Osborne offers a real insight into the private lives of Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and their children. Their home can teach many aspects of the curriculum across numerous subjects and inspire your students. ...

Osborne



A magnificent example of late 12th-century castle. Schools have the freedom to explore the inside of the castle walls through the main gatehouse, the 'wall walk' along the top of the castle, as well as learn about the history from the illustrated dis...

Framlingham Castles



Bring the curriculum to life and inspire your students with a visit to Scarborough Castle. Dominating Scarborough's headland, the sites history spans some 3000 years Stone Age all the way through to Medieval Britain. ...

Scarborough Castle



Oakham Castle is a Norman Great hall built between 1180 and 1190 and used for over 800 years as a court. Our Immersive Education Sessions place the children right in the heart of the history they are learning about. ...

Oakham Castle



There are plenty of outdoor and indoor facilities for school groups to see at Bolsover castle, including the 17th century castle built by Charles Cavendish, Riding House Range which now contains an exhibition, Terrace Range and Wall Walk. ...

Bolsover Castle



Bring history to life with a visit to Conisbrough Castle, a 12th century castle with a 21st century education interpretation! ...

Conisbrough Castle



Beeston Castle with its impressive location and natural defences has been home to prehistoric settlers, great barons, it's acted as a defence against aristocratic rivals and it's even been an important English Civil War stronghold. ...

Pre History Trips at Beeston Castle



Discover the most besieged castle in England, on a free education visit to this unique site, or enhance learning with a hands-on learning workshop with our site experts. ...

Carlisle Castle



Join us and explore real historical court cases through role-play in one of the longest running courts in England. ...

Crime and Punishment at Oakham Castle



Bring the curriculum to life at Portchester Castle. With 1700 years of history, it covers everything from the Romans, medieval kings right up to the Napoleonic Wars. Follow in their footsteps and explore its exciting and varied history. ...

Portchester Castle



Standing in open countryside above the River Wye, Goodrich Castle is one of the finest and best preserved of all English medieval castles. Boasting a fascinating history and spectacular views from the battlements. ...

Medieval Trips to Goodrich Castle



Bring the curriculum to life at Dover Castle. Stand at the spot where Operation Dynamo was planned, experience what life was like for a medieval king or servant by stepping inside the Great Tower or delve into our Medieval Tunnels. ...

Dover Castle



Rievaulx is one of the most complete, and atmospheric, of England's abbey ruins. It's no wonder it's one of the most popular visitor attractions in the North. ...

Rievaulx Abbey



Over 900 years old, Skipton Castle is one of the most complete and best preserved medieval castles in England. Visitors can explore every corner of this impressive history-rich castle, which withstood a three- ...

Skipton Castle
Pembroke Castle
Pembroke Castle
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Pembroke Castle in South Wales offers a fantastic opportunity for children to come and learn about the history of the region. ...

Pembroke Castle
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Cardiff Castle
Cardiff Castle
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Cardiff Castle has over 2000 years of hisory which makes it perfect for a historical school trip covering areas the both the English and Welsh National Curriculum. ...

Cardiff Castle
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At the City of Leicester Cathedral we provide opportunities for school groups to gain an insight into the life, key beliefs and experiences of Christian people in worship ...

City of Leicester Cathedral



Welcome to Glastonbury Abbesy, once the grandest and richest Abbey in England. A great Glastonbury experience awaits you here! ...

Glastonbury Abbey



York Minster, a building at the centre of the north of England's history hotspot, York, has a lot to offer in terms of education....

York Minster



School trips to Belvoir allow pupils to learn about the castle during Regency and Victorian times, including the opportunity to experience a themed lesson in our Regency Schoolroom!...

Belvoir Castle

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