What better way to learn about 1066 and the Battle of Hastings than by walking in the footsteps of William the Conqueror and King Harold at Battle Abbey. 

A fantastic educational experience for the whole class; the Battle of Hastings was brought to life with battle cries, sword swinging and fantastic scenery that inspired all the pupils

Hannah VaghanKS2 teacher
Inspire your students and stand at the spot where history happened
Enjoy a visit to Battle Abbey and cover multiple topics and cross curricular links

curriculum links

  • KS1-3: Local history study
  • KS2: Edward the Confessor and his death in 1066
  • KS3: The Norman Conquest
  • KS3: The development of Church, state and society in Britain
  • KS3: Religion in daily life
  • KS4: OCR: History A; Study of the historic environment. History B; History around us, British depth study, The Norman Conquest 1060 - 1087. AQA: Section B; British depth studies including the historic environment, Norman England. Edexcel: Paper2B1; Anglo Saxon and Norman England 1060 - 1088.
  • KS5: OCR: Unit Y102/Y132; Anglo Saxon England and the Norman Conquest 1035 - 1107. AQA: Unit HIS2A; Conqueror and Conquest c 1060 - 1087. Edexcel: Paper 2, Option 2A.1; Anglo Saxon England and the Anglo-Norman Kingdom c1053 - 1106
  • KS2-3 Geography: Why did the battle take place here?
  • KS1-3 Drama: Become Saxon and Norman soldiers, charging up the hill
  • KS2-3 Religious Studies: Why was an abbey built on the site and who lived there?
Dressing up in armour on a Discovery Visit


Enjoy a free self-led visit to Battle Abbey and design your own day to suit your curriculum needs. Show your students first-hand what it was like to be a Norman charging across the battlefield during the Battle of Hastings. Understand how it felt to be part of the Anglo-Saxon shield wall, or how the Norman cavalry helped them to victory. By standing on the battlefield where history was made your students can better comprehend the events leading up to the Battle of Hastings and beyond. Discover what life was like for a Monk at the Abbey and their daily routines and why it was built where it was.


Enjoy a free self-led visit and bring the Battle of Hastings to life 


Our expert-led Discovery Visit is a great way to bring the Battle of Hastings to life. Pupils will dress up, handle weapons and delve deeper into this important subject and date in history. Just £100 per session (for approximately 30 pupils).

Find out more about our Discovery Visit at 1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield.

School groups enjoying a visit to Battle 

facilities for learning groups

  • PARKING:  Large car park near entrance for cars and minibuses; there is a daily parking charge. Town centre coach park in Market Road, a 10 minute walk. 
  • TOILETS:  Toilets (including accessible toilets) at the visitor centre. 
  • SHOP:  Shop on site selling a books and gifts. Goody bags available to pre-order.
  • LUNCH:  Picnic area with tables and benches for packed lunches. A large café on site. Seating available inside and outside the café.
  • ACCESSIBILITY:  There are steps to some areas and a gravel pathway to help you avoid some of these. There are steep slopes. A suggested route for visitors with limited mobility is available upon request.

teaching resources

1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield Teachers' Kit (KS1-KS4+)

1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield Teachers' Kit (KS1-KS4+)


1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield Discovery Visit Guide (KS1-KS3)

1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield Discovery Visit Guide (KS1-KS3)


Education Opening Times

  • April to September:  10.00 - 18.00
  • October: 10.00 - 17.00
  • November to March: Please contact Education Bookings for winter opening times - 0370 333606 

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