School Visits

Come and explore the fascinating history of Carlisle Castle, from its Roman beginnings and bloody medieval sieges to its time as a Jacobite garrison. With its near complete structure, the Castle remains a prominent landmark that played a key role in the story of Mary Queen of Scots and Anglo-Scottish History.

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curriculum links

A visit to Carlisle Castle offers practical insight across three key stages:

  • KS1-KS3: Local History Study
  • KS1: Roman Withdrawal from Britain 
  • KS2: A study of an aspect or theme in British History that extends pupils' chronological knowledge beyond 1066
  • KS3: The development of church, state and society in Britain 1509-1745
  • KS3: Ideas, political power, industry and empire: Britain, 1745-1901.
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free school visits

We offer free entry for to qualifying learning groups. Book a free education visit and lead your own visit in your own way. We have plenty of online resources available to download and use in the classroom before, during and after your visit.

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expert led school visits

Our expert led Discovery visit provides a fun and informative understanding of the castle's history.

  • CASTLE DETECTIVES (KS1-2): Travelling back in time, your class will discover what life was really like for those who lived and worked here, finding clues on their exploration of the castle. Duration: 1 1/4 hours

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facilities for learning groups

  • PARKING: Only disabled parking is currently available onsite. Coaches are asked to please drop off at the entrance and use signposted city centre pay and display car parks nearby
  • SHOP: There is a shop on site selling souvenirs and resources which can support further learning back in the classroom. We welcome all groups and all sales contribute towards the continuing work of English Heritage. To ensure your visit to the shop runs smoothly we ask that group leaders liaise with site staff on arrival
  • LUNCH AND REFRESHMENTS: The education room and is available to book as a lunch room. There are also outdoor picnic tables available.
  • Free site visit to help you plan your school trip.
  • 20% discount on the official EH site guidebook.
  • School Goodie Bags Available - Please ring site for details

teaching resources

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Carlisle Castle Teachers' Resource Pack KS1-3

Carlisle Castle Teachers' Resource Pack KS1-3

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Carlisle Castle KS1-3 Timeline

Carlisle Castle KS1-3 Timeline

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Carlisle Castle Teachers' Activity Ideas KS2-3

Carlisle Castle Teachers' Activity Ideas KS2-3

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Carlisle Castle Student Activity Sheets KS1-2

Carlisle Castle Student Activity Sheets KS1-2

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Carlisle Castle Student Activity Trail KS2-3

Carlisle Castle Student Activity Trail KS2-3

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Learn With Us

Learn more about the history of Carlisle Castle to enhance your school visit experience.

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