A stunning and inspiring location for a cross-curricular school trip. Make the most of your day at Castle Acre Priory by visiting the on-site exhibition, recreated herb garden and new stonework display in the Prior's lodgings.
There's also lots of resources for schools available including a trail for groups to use, download and print before your Free Education Visit.
Once the beautiful home of a working community of Cluniac monks with a great love for art and decoration, Castle Acre Priory is a fascinating site to explore for its historical signifcance and visual decadence.
- KS3 History: The development of Church, state and society in Medieval Britain 1066-1509
- KS3 History: The development of Church, state and society in Britain 1509-1745
- KS1 - 3 History: A local history study
- KS3 Geography: Local knowledge, geographical skills and fieldwork, human and physical geography
- KS1 - 4 Art & Design: The history of art, craft, design and architecture
free school visits
The Priory itself has a huge amount to see and explore. From the extremely well preserved west front of the great 12th-century church to the remains of the cloister and monks' living quarters which includes a two-storey, 24 seater toilet block. Make a full day of your visit by also walking to nearby Castle Acre Castle and Bailey Gate as part of your Free Education Visit.
We have new downloadable templates based on the magnificent windows at Castle Acre Priory. Print these off and bring them with you on your school visit and have a go at either colouring in or creating a stained glass window.
Please see the download section below.
Free resources for schools
Use our Tour and Explore booklet as a guide for students to take part in a self-led tour around Castle Acre Priory with our a medieval monk character called Brother Odo offering instructions and activities along the way. The Tour and Explore activities will help pupils to understand the purpose and features of the priory and develop skills of independent enquiry.
Extend your visit by walking through the village to the nearby Castle and Bailey Gate using our illustrated map. Teachers can also download our 'Tour and Explore Teachers Guide'.
Please see the download section below to print before your visit.
facilities for learning groups
- Education room: Free to book with benches and tables, suitable as a lunch room
- Parking: Space for up to 4 coaches, please specify when booking
- Toilets: Male and female toilets available 50 metres from entrance (not accessible for wheelchairs)
- Access: Parts of the site are limited to those who cannot climb the spiral staircase