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The Middle Ages

The Medieval period, also sometimes referred to as the Middle Ages, began with the Norman conquest of Britain in 1066 and lasted until the end of the fifteenth century. In exchange for land, barons, earls and dukes swore oaths of loyalty to their kings. The land division, known as Feudalism, proved a successful way for the country to be governed, controlled and taxed. This age of power and control is perhaps best seen today through the castles that still dominate some of our towns and coastlines. For those not wealthy enough to live in castles (see our dedicated castles page) and fortified manor houses, life was dominated by farming in the manorial system. In exchange for toiling in the fields, peasants were given protection by the land owner.

These fascinating relationships as well as periods such as the Black Death, the Peasants Revolt, the Crusades and the development of Medieval towns, can all be explored at some truly engaging educational venues, up and down the country. We have selected a handful who we feel offer the best experience for your school groups. If you are studying any aspect of life in the Middle Ages, you will find lots of inspiration at the venues featured here.

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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?

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 Carisbrooke 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....

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The trips below are just a sample of the Medieval trips & workshops we have available for schools. Click your region below to view our full range (click again to unfilter)..


Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre
Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre

History, Romans, Medieval, Tudors, Monarchs, Significant Individuals, SEN

Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre tells an internationally important story within the landscape in which the battle took place. Richard III's death signified the beginning of the powerful Tudor dynasty which changed the face of England.

Kenilworth Castle and Elizabethan Garden
Kenilworth Castle and Elizabethan Garden

Geography, Human Geography, History, Medieval, Elizabethans, Monarchs

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 Dis

Dover Castle
Dover Castle

Maths, Geography, Human Geography, History, Medieval, worldwar

Explore Dover Castle’s medieval history in the Great Tower keep and Medieval Tunnels. Enhance your learning with an expert-led KNIGHTS, FEASTS AND GARDEROBES (KS1-3) Discovery Visit workshop, to find out what life was like for the lords and ladies who lived at the Castle and for those who served t

Tudors & Elizabethans Workshop
Tudors & Elizabethans Workshop

English, History, Medieval, Tudors, Elizabethans, Monarchs, Performing Arts, Dance

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A totally interactive exploration of Tudor life through Stories, Artefacts, Costumes, Coin Making and a whole lot of 15th and 16th century history.




Columbus and Armstrong
Columbus and Armstrong

History, Medieval, Tudors, Twentieth Century, Significant Individuals

Exploring the life and times of these two intrepid explorers; recreating the events of their journeys, your pupils will discover the many similarities between these two men.

The Medieval World!
The Medieval World!

laptop icon online workshop available
History, Medieval

COVID-19 OFFER
At The Past Presents...WE GO BIG! Historical Workshops with the biggest, most well-thought out resources, sessions & experiences available in the UK. You'll wonder why you ever took trips out when you see the value we bring into your classroom!

Edinburgh
Edinburgh

English, History, Romans, Medieval, Industrial, SEN

Take your students on a school trip to Edinburgh, streets that inspired the wizarding world, enchanting castles and rich history, a hub for creativity and culture and an incredibly unique cityscape pairing traditional elements with a modern twist.

Scarborough Castle
Scarborough Castle

Geography, Human Geography, History, Prehistory, Romans, Medieval, SEN

Explore the impressive keep and imagine what life was like in a medieval castle. Use the activity sheet with top 10 things to see, available from the English Heritage website, to guide your visit, and download the Teachers’ Activity ideas for inspiration to help support your teaching before, durin


Creative School Trips
Creative School Trips

Citizenship, English, Geography, Physical Geography, Environmental Geography, Archaeology, Science, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, History, Vikings, Medieval, Elizabethans, worldwar, Twentieth Century, Design Technology, Business, Performing Arts, Dance, Music, Religious Education, Physical Education, Art, PSHE, Wildlife, Sports Centre, Careers, SEN

We can arrange visits to a range of castles, stately homes and other attractions where students can learn about Medieval history. Many sites offer guided tours, activities, workshops, costumed characters and opportunities to engage with Medieval life.

Cultural Tour of London for International Schools
Cultural Tour of London for International Schools

English, Science, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, History, Medieval, Tudors, Industrial, Victorian, Art

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Museums and palaces overflowing with art, science and history, incredible theatre shows in the West End, bustling Oxford Street and Covent Garden, and iconic Big Ben and Trafalgar Square! London is the perfect destination for a cultural tour.

History in South West England
History in South West England

History, Romans, Saxons, Medieval

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Take a trip back in time and get hands on through a series of workshops and guided visits to learn about Roman, Saxon and Medieval history in South West England. Numerous learning opportunities will bring our history alive!

Sherwood Forest Education Centre
Sherwood Forest Education Centre

Geography, Fieldstudies, History, Medieval, Physical Education, Art, Wildlife, Bushcraft

After being welcomed to Sherwood Forest your adventure into medieval England begins by following trails through Sherwood Forest that Robin would have used back in the 13th century. You and your pupils will be involved in role play and storytelling based in the medieval days, "To rob the rich to pay


Leeds Castle
Leeds Castle

English, Science, Biology, History, Prehistory, Saxons, Medieval, Tudors, Monarchs, Victorian, Beyond Living Memory, Local History, Performing Arts, Art, SEN

Leeds Castle offers the 'King of the Castle (KS3)' themed workshop. A workshop designed to develop history skills, knowledge and understanding in a series of team challenges. Each session will include a Timeline Challenge, and the teacher will then choose 2 further team activities based on their stu

Perlethorpe Environmental Education Centre
Perlethorpe Environmental Education Centre

Geography, Environmental Geography, Science, Biology, History, Saxons, Vikings, Medieval, Victorian, worldwar, Physical Education, Art, Wildlife, Bushcraft, SEN

After being welcomed to Sherwood Forest your adventure into medieval England begins by following trails through Sherwood Forest that Robin would have used back in the 13th century. You and your pupils will be involved in role play and storytelling based in the medieval days, "To rob the rich to pay

Castles and Knights
Castles and Knights

History, Medieval

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Upon booking we will send a letter to your classes to introduce the character and create some excitement before arrival. Then during the workshops our characters will bring the subjects to life using questions, games and try-on/tactile experiences to punctuate the main learning objectives and hold

KS2 - The Black Death
KS2 - The Black Death

History, Medieval

Explore one of London’s only surviving plague pits at the Charterhouse. Created by Sir Walter Manny during the 1348-19 Black Death, the Charterhouse is home to the largest mass grave in London. Hear about the epidemic before discovering causes, cures and consequences in this exciting session.


Stratford Overnight School Tour
Stratford Overnight School Tour

English, History, Medieval, Tudors, SEN

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To be or not to be, that is the question? Stratford-upon-Avon is most certainly the place to be! Lovers of Shakespeare will enjoy an educational trip to this ultimate literary destination. Wander through the historical pages of William Shakespeare's

Carisbrooke Castle
Carisbrooke Castle

Geography, Physical Geography, History, Medieval

Explore Carisbrooke Castle, climb the walls to look out from the top of the defences, and imagine what life was like in the medieval period. Enhance learning with an expert-led Discovery Visit workshop, to investigate the history of the castle through costume, role play and handling objects: • A

Tintagel Castle
Tintagel Castle

English, History, Saxons, Medieval

Standing half on the mainland and half on a jagged headland projecting into the Atlantic, Tintagel Castle is one of the most spectacular historic sites in Britain. Its association with King Arthur also makes it one of the most famous, although the history of the site stretches back centuries before

Conisbrough Castle
Conisbrough Castle

History, Medieval

Explore the impressive keep and imagine what like was like in a medieval castle. To enhance learning, book an expert-led Discovery Visit workshop: • MEET THE MEDIEVALS (KS1-3): Explore the lives of the people who lived and worked here. Investigate artefacts from the past, to discover what life wa


1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield
1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield

Geography, Human Geography, History, Saxons, Medieval, Monarchs, Performing Arts, Religious Education

Follow William the Conqueror’s journey leading to the Battle of Hastings, and discover what he did after winning the battle. Enhance learning with an expert-led Discovery Visit Workshop: tour the battlefield and learn about the events of the Norman Conquest in CONQUEST TOUR AND TALES (KS2-3). For

Goodrich Castle
Goodrich Castle

Geography, Human Geography, History, Medieval, SEN

Explore this quintessential medieval castle, and look out for defensive features, towers, well and garderobes. Download the Teachers’ Kit from the English Heritage website for historical information and activities to support your teaching before, during and after your visit. Enhance learning with

KS2 - Hand on Tudors
KS2 - Hand on Tudors

History, Medieval, Tudors, Elizabethans, Monarchs, Significant Individuals, Religious Education

Discover the life of the Charterhouse monastery and the impact Henry VIII had on the monks who lived here. It then became a Tudor mansion so you can learn all about Tudor homes and lives.

Immersive Storytelling
Immersive Storytelling

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English, History, Prehistory, Greeks, Ancient Civilisations, Egyptians, Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Medieval, Tudors, Victorian, Edwardian

Covid-safe in-person performances designed to stimulate children's creativity and love of literacy


Historical Trips
Historical Trips

History, Prehistory, Medieval, Tudors, Victorian, worldwar, Biology

Discover more about castles in the past in this session exploring fortifications. Can you work out which castle’s the earliest? Smell a castle kitchen and investigate objects you might have found inside. Studying castles? Our walking tour can be adapted to include a visit inside! Ask us for mo

Portals To The Past
Portals To The Past

English, Geography, Human Geography, History, Prehistory, Greeks, Egyptians, Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Medieval, Tudors, Victorian, worldwar

COVID-19 OFFER
Portals to the Past provide high quality history workshops in schools for KS2, led by experienced historical re-enactors and historians. Available across most of England. From the Stone Age through to WW2 our workshops come to your school.

Cumulus Outdoors Curriculum Day Trips
Cumulus Outdoors Curriculum Day Trips

Geography, Physical Geography, Fieldstudies, Geology, History, Medieval, Physical Education, Bushcraft, Watersports, Biology

COVID-19 OFFER
A short drive from Swanage inland, is Corfe Castle, a quintessential English village which has grown up around an important defensive castle renowned in English history during the Civil war. Now owned and run by the National Trust, your students can visit the castle and learn about how Lady Mary Ban

Warkworth Castle
Warkworth Castle

History, Medieval, SEN

Discover Warkworth Castle and get essential insight into Medieval England using our interactive activity trail, including helpful teacher notes and an A5 activity booklet for students. We also offer a teachers' resource pack, activity ideas and a castle timeline.


Portchester Castle
Portchester Castle

History, Romans, Medieval

Explore the ruins of Richard II's Palace and stand at the top of the Great Tower to survey the landscape. Take your pupils on a historical journey back in time with our costumed interpreters to explore the history and significance of Portchester Castle. Through storytelling and an interactive tour o

Historical Experiences
Historical Experiences

History, Prehistory, Greeks, Romans, Saxons, Medieval, SEN

THE MEDIEVAL WORLD: • 1066: THE YEAR OF 4 KINGS (FULL DAY) • CASTLES: CONQUEST & CONTROL • ECCLESIASTICAL ENTERPRISES • MURDEROUS MEDIEVAL MEDICINE • SEVERE SIEGES • WEAPONS & WARFARE • COURTS & CHIVALRY • BARBARIC BATTLES: EVESHAM, BANNOCKBURN, AGINCOURT, BOSWORTH

YHA Stratford
YHA Stratford

English, Geography, Human Geography, History, Medieval, Tudors, Accommodation Only

There’s more to Stratford-upon-Avon than Shakespeare – theatre, history and culture buffs of every language love this world-famous location. YHA Stratford-upon-Avon offers a superb base for groups and school trips, boasting a restaurant and bar.

Equity Primary Trips to London
Equity Primary Trips to London

History, Medieval, Tudors, Elizabethans, Industrial, Victorian, worldwar, Twentieth Century, Music, Art

COVID-19 OFFER
London has so much to offer for Primary School trips with excursions and attractions that link to all subject areas.Even though this is the biggest capital city in Europe, we choose excursions that are central so it’s easy for groups to travel.


We come to you activities
We come to you activities

Geography, Fieldstudies, Science, Physics, History, Prehistory, Vikings, Medieval, worldwar, Physical Education

Notts Outdoors will be offering activity sessions at your school grounds. We can provide a wide range of activities that we'd normally deliver from our day and residential centres. Our activities enrich the curriculum and engage learners in a fun way

York
York

History, Religious Education, Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Medieval, Victorian, worldwar, SEN

York is a fantastic destination for groups of all ages and home to some of the UK's most iconic landmarks. Attractions and visits include the "Diagon Alley-esque" Shambles, York Minster, Jorvik, York Museum Gardens & the National Railway Museum.

Immersive Experiences
Immersive Experiences

Environmental Geography, Science, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, History, Prehistory, Greeks, Egyptians, Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Medieval, Tudors, Elizabethans, Industrial, Victorian, worldwar, SEN

Immersive Experiences is the UK's leading multi-diciplinary mobile planetariums and sensory learning experiences company. Over 15 subjects | National Curriculum & Common Entrance 13 level | Over 160 programs to suit all ages | SEN/SLD/PMLD

Hands on History Online
Hands on History Online

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History, Prehistory, Greeks, Egyptians, Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Medieval, Tudors, Elizabethans, Monarchs, Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian, worldwar

Immersive historical learning experiences take you back in time with fully custom-made experiences.


Bolsover Castle
Bolsover Castle

History, Medieval, Art

Discover the history of Bolsover Castle with your students and bring learning about 1066 and medieval castles to life. The castle as it appears today is based on Charles Cavendish's work in the 1600's, and you can explore the sumptuous rooms of the Little Castle (designed to evoke a Norman great tow

Middle Ages Medieval Workshop
Middle Ages Medieval Workshop

History, Medieval, Performing Arts, Dance, Art

COVID-19 OFFER
Explore the day to day life of a Middle Ages family. ​ What was the Wars of the Roses all about? What happened with William the Conqueror at the Battle of Hastings? What sort of jobs would you have in the Middle Ages? How did they cook? Were Robin Hood and King Arthur real? What was the Ma

Medieval/Middle Ages
Medieval/Middle Ages

History, Medieval, SEN

So much fun they won't realise they're learning! Medieval/Middle Ages interactive workshops to inspire, engage and educate! Costumed experts bring the Medieval world to life with artefacts and activities right in your classroom.

Geography Galore – Southampton Docks and Solent
Geography Galore – Southampton Docks and Solent

English, Maths, Geography, Human Geography, Physical Geography, Environmental Geography, Fieldstudies, Geology, Science, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, History, Prehistory, Greeks, Egyptians, Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Medieval, Tudors, Industrial, Victorian, worldwar, Twentieth Century, Business, Art

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A day trip to the stunning Isle of Wight is only a short ferry crossing away! With only a small stretch of water between you and the island, the Isle of Wight offers a truly unique experience and can be reached in as little as 12 minutes!


Peveril Castle
Peveril Castle

History, Saxons, Medieval

Discover Peveril Castle and get essential insight into life in a medieval castle using our interactive activity trail, including helpful teacher notes and an activity booklet for students. We also offer a teachers' resource pack, activity ideas and a castle timeline.

Hands on History
Hands on History

History, Greeks, Egyptians, Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Medieval, Tudors, Elizabethans, Georgian, Industrial, Victorian, Edwardian

Immersive historical learning experiences take you back in time with fully custom-made experiences.

Whitby Abbey
Whitby Abbey

English, History, Saxons, Medieval, Religious Education, SEN

A Benedictine monastery was founded at Whitby after the Norman Conquest. You can explore the ruins of the 13th century church for free on a school visit, and learn more about life in the monastery in the on-site exhibition. To enhance your learning, book a MONKS, MONASTERIES AND MEDIEVAL LIFE hands

Carlisle Castle
Carlisle Castle

English, Geography, Human Geography, History, Romans, Medieval, Tudors

During the medieval period, Carlisle Castle was a strategic border castle, experiencing sieges and changing ownership many times. Visit for free to learn more about how the site developed over time, and use the 'Top Things to See' list in the Teacher's Kit to help you identify the key features of th


Stratford upon Avon
Stratford upon Avon

English, History, Romans, Medieval, Tudors, SEN

Stratford-upon-Avon is the perfect location for an engaging trip for all ages. The birthplace of Shakespeare it offers so much more; quaint Tudor streets, a historic market town centre and the local wildlife of the beautiful River Avon and Canals.

Stone Age School Trip
Stone Age School Trip

History, SEN, Prehistory, Medieval

Back in time, learn about Stone Age man, Try lighting a fire if you think you can, Building your own shelter..in LOPC wood, Fire-pit charcoal, draw caveman good. Test your skill with an Archers sight. Go home with knowledge from our StoneAge s

Old Sarum
Old Sarum

Geography, Human Geography, History, Prehistory, Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Medieval

After the Norman Conquest, a castle was built at Old Sarum, and it was the site of the original Salisbury Cathedral. Use the Black ‘Hidden Now Heard’ backpacks resource to learn about a range of characters and their lives during this period, from William the Conqueror, to John the Gong Farmer. F

Ufton Court
Ufton Court

History, Prehistory, Greeks, Egyptians, Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Medieval, Tudors, Elizabethans, worldwar, Bushcraft, SEN

At Ufton, we provide engaging history and outdoor learning school trips for Schools across the South East.


Edinburgh City Tour
Edinburgh City Tour

History, Medieval, Tudors, Victorian

COVID-19 OFFER
Edinburgh is a city of beautiful contrasts. The ancient castle perched atop its volcanic crag, the mishmash of medieval tenements towering over the Royal Mile, and the New Town's neoclassical grandeur are all out to impress and charm.

Framlingham Castles
Framlingham Castles

History, Medieval, Tudors

Framlingham Castle was built by the Bigods, a powerful Norman family in the 12th century. The first stone buildings at the site were probably the work of Hugh Bigod, 1st Earl of Norfolk (d.1177). But it was under his successor, Roger Bigod II (d.1221), that the huge stone curtain walls we see today

KS1 - Fit for a Queen: Meet Queen Elizabeth I
KS1 - Fit for a Queen: Meet Queen Elizabeth I

History, Medieval, Tudors, Elizabethans, Monarchs, Significant Individuals, Religious Education

Fit for a Queen! Queen Elizabeth I has arrived at the Charterhouse on the way to her coronation. Enjoy an audience with the future Queen as a costumed interpreter brings her to life in her first throne room!

Farleigh Hungerford Castle
Farleigh Hungerford Castle

English, History, Medieval

During the medieval period, Farleigh Hungerford Castle was the family seat of the wealthy Hungerford family. Visit for free to learn more about the family and what life was like in a medieval castle, and use the free handling collection in the education room. To enhance learning, book an expert-led


Castles in Workshop - daily life in a mediaeval castle (1144)
Castles in Workshop - daily life in a mediaeval castle (1144)

History, Medieval

COVID-19 OFFER
The morning workshop focuses on making and role play. The pupils will be met by the Lord or Lady of the castle, who will guide them around the castle (hall). After a short introduction the children will engage in a series of activities and role play that will immerse them in history. While working,

Kings, Queens & Castles
Kings, Queens & Castles

English, Geography, Human Geography, Archaeology, History, Medieval, Tudors, Elizabethans, Monarchs, Design Technology, Performing Arts, Dance, Music

COVID-19 OFFER
A KS1 specific workshop for our younger learners, with a mini museum of artefacts, lots to try on and have a go at. Meet Lady Ingleby and Boris Morris the coin maker to explore life living in a castle. ​ Why were castles built the way they were

Cumulus Outdoors-Swanage
Cumulus Outdoors-Swanage

Geography, Physical Geography, Fieldstudies, Geology, History, Medieval, Physical Education, Wildlife, Bushcraft, Watersports, Accommodation Only

COVID-19 OFFER
A short drive from Swanage inland, is Corfe Castle, a quintessential English village which has grown up around an important defensive castle renowned in English history during the Civil war. Now owned and run by the National Trust, your students can visit the castle and learn about how Lady Mary Ban

The Island Classroom
The Island Classroom

English, Maths, Geography, Human Geography, Environmental Geography, Fieldstudies, Archaeology, Geology, Science, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, History, Prehistory, Greeks, Egyptians, Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Medieval, Tudors, Industrial, Victorian, worldwar, Business, Physical Education, Art, Farm

COVID-19 OFFER
Do you like the idea of teaching your curriculum while your students minds are wide open? When better for them to learn than during the fun of your school trip? We are the Island Classroom, where you can combine fun with education in a unique way.


1066 Workshop: The Battle for Englalond
1066 Workshop: The Battle for Englalond

History, Medieval

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The morning workshop focuses on making and role play. The pupils will be met by the Lord of the Burh of Hlenc, who will guide then around the settlement. After a short introduction the children will engage in a series of activities and role play that will immerse them in history. While working, the

Beeston Castle and Woodland Park
Beeston Castle and Woodland Park

Science, Biology, History, Prehistory, Medieval

Explore Beeston Castle and imagine what life was like defending it in the medieval period. Enhance learning with an expert-led FORTRESS CASTLE Discovery Visit workshop, perfect for KS2, to investigate the history of the castle through costume, role play and handling objects.

Crime & Punishment
Crime & Punishment

History, Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Medieval, Elizabethans, Victorian

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CRIME & PUNISHMENT INTRODUCTION - We start any part of this workshop by giving you a broad overview of the topic. This is then followed by smaller activities that focus on the different era's that we are covering. MEDIEVAL CRIME & PUNISHMENT The children will use our medieval torture

Knights & Castles Workshop & Wow Day
Knights & Castles Workshop & Wow Day

History, Medieval

Dan Tastic Education uses a wide array of props, historical items, videos, group discussion and teacher in role style student participation to cover the following topics during a Knights & Castles Wow Day: Castles Armour Castle Life King Arthur The Crusades Entertainment Female Knights Foo

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