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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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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.

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 Scarborough Castle is ideal for education groups of all ages and abilities, and with downloadable hazard information, and free on-site resources, it’s easy to plan a visit with your group in mind....

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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

Humanities
Humanities

English, Geography, Environmental Geography, History, Egyptians, Vikings, Medieval

Knights' Kingdom (originally Castleland and NEXO Knights' Kingdom) features The Dragon roller coaster, which starts inside the castle themed station, passing by LEGO Knights, Princesses, Kings, Queens, Jesters and of course the fearsome Dragon, before travelling outside reaching a speed of around 30

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

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.

Rievaulx Abbey
Rievaulx Abbey

History, Religious Education, Medieval

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.




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,

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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.

Cardiff Castle
Cardiff Castle

History, Religious Education, Medieval, Tudors, Victorian

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.

Oxford Castle and Prison
Oxford Castle and Prison

English, History, Art, Medieval, Victorian

Take a costumed guided tour today and let the characters reveal their fascinating stories entrenched in the building’s 1,000-year history!

Medieval Workshops
Medieval Workshops

History, Medieval

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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!


YHA Cardiff Central
YHA Cardiff Central

History, Medieval, Industrial, Victorian, Accommodation Only

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YHA Cardiff Central has a 5-star rating and everything you need to explore the vibrant Welsh capital. This former hotel is packed with mod cons and has excellent facilities for school trips and groups.

Legoland Windsor
Legoland Windsor

Science, Physics, Biology, Egyptians, Vikings, Medieval, Design Technology, Computing, SEN

Knights' Kingdom (originally Castleland and NEXO Knights' Kingdom) features The Dragon roller coaster, which starts inside the castle themed station, passing by LEGO Knights, Princesses, Kings, Queens, Jesters and of course the fearsome Dragon, before travelling outside reaching a speed of around 30

Pro-Active Adventure Conwy
Pro-Active Adventure Conwy

Citizenship, Geography, Human Geography, Environmental Geography, Fieldstudies, Geology, History, Prehistory, Celts, Medieval, Physical Education, Wildlife, Bushcraft, Watersports, SEN

Conwy on the North Wales coast is set in the historic medieval walled town. The castle its self overlooks the important crossing for the Conwy river. It is a really fantastic location just on the edge of town, but within easy walking distance of town

Longtown Outdoor Learning Centre
Longtown Outdoor Learning Centre

History, Geography, Physical Education, PSHE, Farm, Wildlife, SEN, Accommodation Only, Romans, Medieval, Fieldstudies

Experience the magic of Longtown... the perfect base for experiencing exciting adventures throughout the Brecon Beacons led by our team of enthusiastic, experienced and fully-qualified instructors. Day Trips from £15 per child to 5 day residentials


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

Newgale Lodge
Newgale Lodge

History, Medieval, Physical Education, Sports Centre, Watersports, Accommodation Only

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Pembrokeshire is home to six castles, including: Carew Castle Pembroke Castle Cilgerran Castle Picton Castle Manorbier Castle Llawhaden Castle There are several other sites of historical importance including; St Davids Cathedral The Bishop's Palace Castell Henllys Pentre Ifan Burial Cha

YHA Stratford
YHA Stratford

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

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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.

Manorbier
Manorbier

Citizenship, Geography, Environmental Geography, Fieldstudies, History, Prehistory, Greeks, Medieval, Physical Education, Wildlife, Bushcraft, Watersports, SEN

Manorbier in Pembrokeshire is set on beautiful cliff tops overlooking the Irish Sea. It is a really fantastic location reached by a private road from the nearby village. This is a perfect location for your school activity trip to Pembrokeshire


History Dance Workshops
History Dance Workshops

Citizenship, History, Greeks, Ancient Civilisations, Egyptians, Vikings, Medieval, Tudors, Elizabethans, Victorian, Edwardian, worldwar, Twentieth Century, Performing Arts, Dance, Music, Physical Education, PSHE

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History dance workshops for schools help enrich your pupil's learning from £1.43 per pupil. Explore various dances from historical periods and bring the subject to life with outside of the classroom learning.

Ufton Court
Ufton Court

Science, 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

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.

Skipton Castle
Skipton Castle

Science, History, Geography, Medieval, Tudors

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-


Glastonbury Abbey
Glastonbury Abbey

History, Religious Education, Medieval

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

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

Cumulus Outdoors Curriculum Day Trips
Cumulus Outdoors Curriculum Day Trips

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

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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

Leeds Castle
Leeds Castle

English, Science, History, Prehistory, Saxons, Medieval, Tudors, Monarchs, Victorian, 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


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.

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!

Stratford Overnight School Tour
Stratford Overnight School Tour

English, History, Medieval, Tudors, SEN

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

Oakham Castle
Oakham Castle

Citizenship, Human Geography, History, Saxons, Vikings, Medieval, Monarchs, SEN

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


YHA London Thameside
YHA London Thameside

English, Science, Biology, History, Medieval, Tudors, Industrial, Victorian, Physical Education, Accommodation Only

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A warm welcome awaits you at our purpose-built hostel, based in the docklands area of London. With a coach drop-off just outside the door getting here is easy. Inside you’ll find great social spaces, full meals service and places to study.

Immersive Experiences
Immersive Experiences

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

Crime and Punishment at Oakham Castle
Crime and Punishment at Oakham Castle

Citizenship, History, Saxons, Medieval, Tudors, Industrial, Victorian, PSHE, SEN

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

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.


Portals To The Past
Portals To The Past

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

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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.

Equity Primary Trips to London
Equity Primary Trips to London

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

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.

National Museum Of The Royal Navy in Hartlepool
National Museum Of The Royal Navy in Hartlepool

English, Geography, Human Geography, Physical Geography, Science, Physics, History, Ancient Civilisations, Egyptians, Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Medieval, Tudors, Elizabethans, Industrial, Victorian, worldwar, Twentieth Century

A visit to us will bring to life the Royal Navy’s rich history and heritage. A Discovery Visit includes the chance to explore our atmospheric authentically created eighteenth century quayside and the unique opportunity to go on board HMS Trincomale

Great Explorers-Christopher Columbus and Amelia Earhart
Great Explorers-Christopher Columbus and Amelia Earhart

English, History, Medieval, Twentieth Century

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The Drama Hut offers on-site school workshops, encouraging learning in a creative environment. With a wide range of topics to choose from, let us create a unique learning experience for your school.


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

Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre
Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre

English, Science, History, Romans, Medieval, Tudors, 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.

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

History, Medieval

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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,

Framlingham Castles
Framlingham Castles

History, Geography, Saxons, Medieval, Tudors, Chemistry, Fieldstudies

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


Dan Tastic History
Dan Tastic History

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

Knights & Castles Workshop, Wow Day & School Visit! An exciting display of historical items, armour, weapons including swords, dagger, longbow & flail and lots of other interesting props. Using humour and a huge wealth of knowledge on the subject matter, your Dan Tastic Workshop Facilitator will edu

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

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

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


Portchester Castle
Portchester Castle

Geography, History, Romans, Medieval, Design Technology

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.

Magic, Witches & Wizards Workshop & Wow Day
Magic, Witches & Wizards 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 Witches, Wizards & Magic Wow Day: The History of Magic Famous Witches & Wizards Salem Witch Trials Spells & Potions

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

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


Orford Castle
Orford Castle

History, Medieval, Tudors

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.

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

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.

Tintagel Castle
Tintagel Castle

English, History, Romans, Saxons, Medieval, Tudors

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


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

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

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

Black Death at the Charterhouse
Black Death at the Charterhouse

History, Medieval, SEN

The Charterhouse has been living the nation’s history since 1348. In that time it has served as a monastery, private mansion, boys school and an almshouse, which it remains to this day. The Charterhouse has been living the nation’s history since


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

The Charterhouse
The Charterhouse

English, History, Medieval, Tudors, Religious Education, SEN

The Charterhouse has been living the nation’s history since 1348. Founded as a medieval monastery of the Carthusian order, the site became a Tudor mansion, a boys’ school, and an almshouse, which it remains to this day.

Audley End
Audley End

History, Geography, Art, Medieval, Tudors, Victorian, Fieldstudies

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.

Warkworth Castle
Warkworth Castle

History, Medieval, SEN

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.


Bolsover Castle
Bolsover Castle

History, Geography, Art, Medieval, Tudors, Chemistry, Fieldstudies

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.

Peveril Castle
Peveril Castle

Chemistry, History, Medieval, Geography, Human Geography, Fieldstudies

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.

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