Schools at Deal Castle

Let your students explore one of Henry VIII's finest artillery castles and find out what life was like for the people who lived and worked here. 

"Deal Castle allows young learners to capture the historical experience of defending the town of Deal and the coastline from attack. It provides a factual learning journey from King Henry's time to the present day that is both engaging and informative, and plenty of fun can be had!"

Anna Palmer - Early Years Teacher

Childen at Deal Castle
Deal Castle

curriculum links

  • KS1 - 3: Local History study. Significant historical events, people and places in their own locality
  • KS2: Extend pupils' chronological knowledge beyond 1066
  • KS3: Development of Church, state and society in Britain 1509 - 1745
  • KS1 English: Use the castle as a platform for developing stories and fairy-tales
  • KS1 Mathematics: Focus on the main shapes of the building
Children inside Deal Castle

free school visits

Enjoy a free self-led visit and let your students walk around the defences, discover the bastions and see the cannon. Let them experience for themselves what a castle is, why and how it was built, and the reasons for it being so important to the local area.

Download the free resources below, designed to help you and your students step into the fascinating story of Deal Castle. Get hands-on with history by booking the free Discovery Chest, which is full of Tudor handling objects for students to investigate.

A cannon at Deal Castle

Facilities for Learning groups

  • PARKING: There is a large car park located next to the castle, with disabled parking available opposite. There is no coach parking available on site, however there are spaces for coaches available 500m away from the castle entrance.
  • TOILETS: There is one male and one female toilet located in the keep yard. There is also an accessible toilet available - please ask a member of staff for access.
  • LUNCH: The shop sells a selection of snacks and ice-cream, as well as hot and cold drinks. The education space can be used for lunch in bad weather.
  • SHOP: Goody bags are available to pre-order.  If you are interested, please speak to a member of staff during your planning visit or phone the shop on 01304 372762.
  • ACCESIBILITY: The gatehouse, courtyard and the ground floor of the castle are all accessible to wheelchair users. Other areas of the site are accessed via staircases and people with limited mobility may need some assistance.

teaching resources

downloads
Teachers' Resource Pack KS2-4 Deal Castle

Teachers' Resource Pack KS2-4 Deal Castle

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Student Activity Sheets KS2 & 3 Deal Castle

Student Activity Sheets KS2 & 3 Deal Castle

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Teachers' Activity Ideas KS1-3 Deal Castle

Teachers' Activity Ideas KS1-3 Deal Castle

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Timeline KS2 & 3 Deal Castle

Timeline KS2 & 3 Deal Castle

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Discovery Chest KS1-4 Deal Castle

Discovery Chest KS1-4 Deal Castle

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Hazard Information Sheet

Hazard Information Sheet

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How To Book

0370 333 0606

Education Opening Times

  • April to September: 10.00 - 18.00
  • October: 10.00 - 17.00
  • November to March: Closed 

Learn With Us

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