Educational British history for schools

If you are looking to take your school group on a history themed topic outside the classroom, you should consider visiting an English Heritage venue. Responsible for some of our most important historical gems, they are the biggest provider of educational visits in the UK - running a staggering half a million educational trips each year.

Prehistory? As well as the classics like Stonehenge, other Neolithic treasures are spread throughout the country, giving children the see monuments built by people living many thousands of years ago.

Romans? From military forts and encampments to the luxury villas of the civilian elite, your class can bring their Roman topic to life at any of the numerous Roman sites maintained by English Heritage.

Medieval? From the Dark Ages through the Norman Conquest to the plague years. Study architecture, religion, warfare or any of your class topics that relate to this fascinating period of British history.

If your topic is Tudors, Victorians, or any later period through to the modern day, English Heritage's Education team can help advise on the perfect trip for your group. Group visits are suitable for all key stages, and can be taken as a free self-led event. Alternatively you can take advantage of on-site experts who can guide you around the venue.

Take advantage of a wide range of teaching resources that will support your trip, both on the day, and also before and after your visit.



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English Heritage Trips

Learn about History with your group...


Farleigh Hungerford Castle

Farleigh Hungerford Castle

Book a free school trip to Farleigh Hungerford Castle, and explore the ruins, the chapel and the burial vault to learn about the history of the site and the people who lived there. Enhance your learning with a hands-on workshop led by site experts. ...
Farleigh Hungerford Castle

Wroxeter Roman City

Wroxeter Roman City

Step back in time to explore Viriconium (Wroxeter), the fourth largest city in Roman Britain. Wander the remains of the bathhouse and visit a reconstructed town house from a city which was almost as large as Pompeii. ...
Wroxeter Roman City

Scarborough Castle

Scarborough Castle

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

Conisbrough Castle

Conisbrough Castle

Inspire your students with a visit to Conisbrough Castle, a symbol of power and wealth built by the Warenne family after the Norman Conquest, with 850 years of history to discover. ...
Conisbrough Castle


Peveril Castle

Peveril 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

Dover Castle

Dover Castle

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

Kenwood House

Kenwood House

Located in North London, Kenwood is a hidden gem of historical interest for school groups, with an internationally renowned art collection, Robert Adam interiors, acres of land to explore and links to the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade....
Kenwood House

1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield

1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield

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


Housesteads Roman Fort

Housesteads Roman Fort

A school visit to Housesteads Roman Fort is a unique experience. High on the wild Whin Sill escarpment, Housesteads is the most complete example of a Roman fort anywhere in Britain. ...
Housesteads Roman Fort

Bolsover Castle

Bolsover 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

Warkworth Castle

Warkworth 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

Lullingstone Roman Villa

Lullingstone Roman Villa

Lullingstone Roman Villa provides a hands-on insight into the lives of the Romans living there and brings the curriculum to life in a fun and engaging way. Lullingstone is amongst the most outstanding Roman villa survivals in Britain. ...
Lullingstone Roman Villa


Framlingham Castles

Framlingham Castles

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

Portchester Castle

Portchester 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

Old Sarum

Old Sarum

Book a free school trip to Old Sarum, and explore this mighty Iron Age hill fort, a unique location where Iron Age people, the Romans, Saxons and Normans have all left their mark on an impressive landscape. ...
Old Sarum

Goodrich Castle

Goodrich 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....
Goodrich Castle


Birdoswald Roman Fort

Birdoswald Roman Fort

Book a free school trip to Birdoswald Roman Fort, to explore the extensive remains of the Roman Fort and see the longest continuous remaining stretch of this magnificent World Heritage Site. ...
Birdoswald Roman Fort

Audley End

Audley End

There's a full day outside the classroom at Audely End House and Gardens. A 17th century mansion complete with Victorian Service Wing, Kitchen Garden and stables to explore outside and visit the hands-on Nursery Suite and Coal Gallery. ...
Audley End

Lindisfarne Priory

Lindisfarne Priory

On the north east coast of England lies the small island of Lindisfarne, or Holy Island. Untouched by the Roman occupation, this spiritual place became an important centre for Celtic Chritianity. An ideal visit for pupils studying Saxons and Vikings!...
Lindisfarne Priory

Osborne

Osborne

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


Carisbrooke Castle

Carisbrooke Castle

Carisbrooke Castle has experienced sieges, imprisoned a king, seen off the Spanish Armada and its history spans over 1000 years. What better way to bring the curriculum to life than to stand at the spot where history happened? ...
Carisbrooke Castle

Stonehenge

Stonehenge

Teacher Reviews: ★★★★★
The most outstanding prehistoric monument in the British Isles, Stonehenge is an internationally renowned World Heritage Site and one of the richest archaeological landscapes in Europe. ...
Stonehenge

Tintagel Castle

Tintagel Castle

Immerse yourself in history, myths and stunning scenery at Tintagel Castle, set high on Cornwall's rugged north coast between Padstow and Bude....
Tintagel Castle

Kenilworth Castle and Elizabethan Garden

Kenilworth Castle and Elizabethan Garden

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 range of curriculum subjects. ...
Kenilworth Castle and Elizabethan Garden


Pendennis Castle

Pendennis Castle

Pendennis Castle in 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....
Pendennis Castle

Orford Castle

Orford 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

Chester Roman Amphitheatre

Chester Roman Amphitheatre

The city of Chester, in North West England, boasts the well preserved remains of the largest Roman Amphitheatre in Britain. Built in the 1st century, this ancient monument is part of the impressive Roman remains that can be seen throughout the city....
Chester Roman Amphitheatre

Whitby Abbey

Whitby Abbey

Book a free school visit to Whitby Abbey to discover this unique site. An Anglo-Saxon monastery was first founded at Whitby and the ruins of the medieval Benedictine abbey now provide the backdrop to a memorable day of learning outside the classroom....
Whitby Abbey


Carlisle Castle

Carlisle 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

Chesters Roman Fort and Museum

Chesters Roman Fort and Museum

Chesters Roman Fort on Hadrian's Wall gives a real sense of how the Roman army was trying to assert power over this part of the British countryside. The venue, complete with museum is a fantastic learning resource for school groups. ...
Chesters Roman Fort and Museum

Beeston Castle and Woodland Park

Beeston Castle and Woodland Park

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. ...
Beeston Castle and Woodland Park

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