Anglo Saxon and Viking School Trips

Life in the Dark Ages

Following the departure of the Romans and before the arrival of the Normans, our island was attacked, settled and attacked some more by numerous tribes from North Western Europe. School children will likely know the Anglo Saxons as being our long ago ancestors and the Vikings as being their pesky neighbours, but the reality is rather more complicated.

Learning about the Saxons and the Vikings for a school topic can be greatly enhanced by a visit to, or from, some of the truly enlightening museums and living history exhibits that specialise in information and resources from this fascinating period of our history. Scroll down for a quick overview of the Anglo Saxon and Viking periods and to find our school trip recommendations for places to visit to bring the subject to life.

Popular Saxons & Vikings Trip March 2019

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

Not only does Battle Abbey allow you to explore the events of 1066, but also cross-curricular links across numerous subjects in a fun and engaging way. Curriculum links that stand out include: •History: What were the events that led up to the battle on 14th October 1066? •Geography: Why did ...

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Saxons and Vikings

Saxons and Vikings

Butser Ancient Farm is an open air archaeological research site and specialist in history and archaeology education for KS1 - 4. Our Anglo-Saxon House is right in the middle of King Alfred's Wessex - the perfect setting for Saxons and Vikings! ...
Saxons and Vikings

Butser Ancient Farm

Butser Ancient Farm

Teacher Reviews: ★★★★★
Butser Ancient Farm is an open air archaeological research site. We specialise in history and archaeology education for KS1 - 4 - from the Stone Age to the Vikings. Our beautiful working farm and archaeological buildings provide the perfect setting. ...
Butser Ancient Farm

Oakham Castle

Oakham 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

Scarborough Castle

Scarborough Castle

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


The Gordon Brown Centre

The Gordon Brown Centre

Teacher Reviews: ★★★★★
The GBC located of junction 5 of the M3 in the historic village of Rotherwick, providing residential and day visit opportunities for schools within its 25 acres set in a conservation area and benefit from a wealth of natural charms. ...
The Gordon Brown Centre

Vikings

Vikings

Experience daily life as an Anglo Saxon, including living in a roundhouse and hands on farming. Re enact a viking raid starting in our life size longboat, hear the viking myths told around the fire. ...
Vikings

National Museum of Scotland

National Museum of Scotland

Bring the Curriculum for Excellence to life with the help of our incredible collections. The natural world, world cultures, science, technology, design, art, fashion, archaeology and Scottish history. ...
National Museum of Scotland

Saxon Workshops

Saxon Workshops

Workshops need to take place in the school dining hall, gym or sports hall. Please allow a minimum of 2 Square Metres of space per student. ...
Saxon Workshops


York City Overnight Trip

York City Overnight Trip

Home to the Romans, Vikings, Anglo-Saxons and generations of scholars. Count the towers and gateways along the city walls, stroll through the Shambles and discover eight hundred years' of stained glass at the towering Minster. This lovely medieval ci...
York City Overnight Trip

Viking Workshops

Viking Workshops

Teacher Reviews: ★★★★★
Journey back in time to Anglo Saxon Britain in one of the famous Viking Longboats. With Astrid the Viking as their guide, through improvisation, song, riddles and movement, the children will begin to explore life during this fascinating period. ...
Viking Workshops

Anglo Saxon Workshop

Anglo Saxon Workshop

Hands-On Building Workshops For KS2 to fit in with the curriculum on Settlers & Invaders. Complimenting our Viking Longship workshop and Roman Villa. Pupils build a Saxon Roundhouse 6m in diameter, 3m high, large enough for them to all occupy ...
Anglo Saxon Workshop

Ufton Court

Ufton Court

Grade 1 Elizabethan Manor House set within 16 acres of historical grounds and woodland. Specialist teachers offer living history topics on Romans, Vikings, Tudors and much much more. We also do bushcraft activities too. ...
Ufton Court


Vikings and Saxons

Vikings and Saxons

We offer exciting, immersive and inspiring Viking & Saxon workshops for schools, presented by a charismatic team of “performing historians” with a deep-rooted passion for their subject. ...
Vikings and Saxons

Saxons in the Meon Valley

Saxons in the Meon Valley

A unique trip that brings the topic of the Anglo Saxons alive with perfect replica costumes, original and replica artifacts, stunning woodland building with fire place, and hands on activities related to Saxon life in the Meon Valley. ...
Saxons in the Meon Valley

1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield

1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield

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

Oxford Castle and Prison

Oxford Castle and Prison

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


Anglo Saxons

Anglo Saxons

So much fun they won't realise they're learning! Authentically dressed Anglo Saxon specialists bring early England to life with replica artefacts, and inventive activities designed to educate, inspire and stimulate. A whole term's learning in a day!...
Anglo Saxons

Geography Galore – Southampton Docks and Solent

Geography Galore – Southampton Docks and Solent

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! ...
Geography Galore – Southampton Docks and Solent

The Island Classroom

The Island Classroom

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. ...
The Island Classroom

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


Portals To The Past

Portals To The Past

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. ...
Portals To The Past

The Sensational Saxons & Vikings

The Sensational Saxons & Vikings

Meet a Lady from Saxon times & learn about her busy life. Listen to the story of Beowulf as he slays Grendel & the Dragon. Row a Viking longboat across the sea to raid Britain. Hear Erik Bloodaxe, the bravest Viking, tell of his heroic adventures. ...
The Sensational Saxons & Vikings

Warwick Castle

Warwick Castle

Learn outside the classroom at Warwick Castle: A fortress over 950 years old! Experience the fun of real history with educational Tours, fun curriculum based workshops and daily shows that include our incredible Birds of prey and Mighty Trebuchet! ...
Warwick Castle

Aylmerton Outdoor Education Centre

Aylmerton Outdoor Education Centre

Teacher Reviews: ★★★★★
We are an independent centre in beautiful North Norfolk, run by qualified teachers and experienced instructors. We offer an exciting range of curriculum linked outdoor activities to a loyal following of schools - one on their 27th visit in 2018!...
Aylmerton Outdoor Education Centre


Anglo-Saxon Village

Anglo-Saxon Village

We provide an insight in to the every day environment you would typically find in an Anglo-Saxon village. Through our unique atmosphere and our fascinating dispays, the village is a must for any pupils studying ...
Anglo-Saxon Village

Leeds Castle

Leeds Castle

Leeds Castle in Kent offers an exciting range of themed workshops, self-guided visits and fun-packed itineraries ensure your school group will learn that there is so much more to Leeds Castle than history. ...
Leeds Castle

Sayers Croft

Sayers Croft

Teacher Reviews: ★★★★★
Sayers Croft is nestled at the foot of the Surrey Hills and provides outdoor experiences for 27,000 visitors each year for all ages and abilities through our bespoke residential and day visits, Duke of Edinburgh programme and family run events. ...
Sayers Croft

Saints, Saxons and Victorian Builders

Saints, Saxons and Victorian Builders

The Shrine explores how the pagan Saxons, and ultimately all of England, became Christian. It also provides what is regarded as a perfect example of the Neo Gothic style in art and architecture which is so typical of the Victorian era. ...
Saints, Saxons and Victorian Builders


Longship Trading Company Viking & Saxon Workshop

Longship Trading Company Viking & Saxon Workshop

Longship have been providing Viking & Saxon history workshops in schools since 1992 and we visit schools all over the UK, we average over 200 school workshops per year and have visited 1000's of schools a large number of them book a return visit ...
Longship Trading Company Viking & Saxon Workshop

Saxons Outreach Program

Saxons Outreach Program

We can bring the Saxons to you! Bring the Saxons topic alive in your classroom. With our stunning replica artifacts and costumes. Pupils will enjoy using natural materials with creative hands on activities and learn all about the life of the Saxons...
Saxons Outreach Program

Peveril Castle

Peveril Castle

Founded soon after 1066 by William Peveril and overlooking Hope Valley and Cave Dale, Peveril Castle is a fantastic and historically important site for school children to explore. An exciting and dramatic Norman castle overlooking the Derbyshire coun...
Peveril Castle

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


Vikings

Vikings

So much fun they won't realise they're learning! Bring the Viking age to life in your own school with authentically-dressed, experienced specialists and high quality artefacts and activities designed to educate, stimulate and inspire follow-on work ...
Vikings

Michelham Priory House & Gardens

Michelham Priory House & Gardens

Boasting England’s longest medieval water-filled moat surrounding a site which dates back to 1229. Explore 800 years of history on this 7acre island with it's Tudor mansion, 14th century gatehouse, Elizabethan barn, watermill, forge and much more....
Michelham Priory House & Gardens

Viking School Days

Viking School Days

Teacher Reviews: ★★★★★
In response to an increasing demand, Viking School Days provides an entertaining and interactive learning experience in schools across the UK. We bypass all the difficulties associated with organising trips and bring history to life in your classroom...
Viking School Days

Theatre Workshop

Theatre Workshop

Theatre Workshop have been visiting schools for over 25 years with fun filled active workshops. Our workshops certainly have the WOW factor and will get you pupils scrabbling for the internet to research for themselves. Book NOW ...
Theatre Workshop

The Dark Ages

Following the demise of the Roman period in Britain, the country gradually splintered into tribal areas. With no central control, the country was a patchwork of administrative centres, clinging to forms of political structure. Boundaries were fast moving as warrior tribes from the continent arrived to settle. They expanded their territory and established small kindgdoms in order to control the local population, land and trade. The period lasted from around 450AD until the arrival of the Normans in 1066, and is known as the Dark Ages as society did not really progress from where it had been during the Roman period and record keeping declined, so there isn't as much information about daily life as we would expect. There was plenty going on in the Dark Ages, but some historians see it as a time where Britain was, for various reasons, treading water.

Anglo Saxons

The Saxons (the name for the Angles, Saxons and Jutes of Germanic Europe) landed in the South East of Britain, before spreading north and west. As well as warriors, they were farmers and settlers and quickly established one of the earliest European legal codes, which sought to bring order to the British lands that they now controlled.

Vikings

By 800, a new group of invaders were viewing Britain as a useful asset and began to raid and later settle. These were the Danes, Vikings or Norsemen from Scandinavia. The Viking raids were so successful that their power and influence almost completely took over from the Saxons and large swathes of the country were under the control of the Danelaw. It was not until 1066 with the arrival of the Normans that the Viking influence eventually ceased.



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