School Visits

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 display.

School children on the wall walk at Framlingham Castle

curriculum links

Our education offer at Framlingham Castle encompases a visit to a historically important and fascinating castle which spans nearly 1,000 years of history.

  • KS1-2 History: Britain’s settlement by Anglo-Saxons and Scots
  • KS1-3: Local history study, a depth study linked to one of the British areas of study.
  • KS3 History: The development of the Church, state and society of Medieval Britain 1066 - 1509.
  • KS3 History: The development of Church, state and society in Britain 1509 -1745.
  • KS3 Geographical Skills and Fieldwork: Framlingham has a large space within the castle walls, meadow and pathways to explore the external ditch.
  • KS3 History: The development of Church, state and society in Medieval Britain 1066 -1509, The Magna Carter and emergence of parliament.
  • KS4: OCR Specification A; study of the historic environment: ‘Castles: Form and Function c.1000-1750’
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free school visits

Through the main gatehouse, Framlingham provides a large open space within the castle walls to explore features such as the Medieval Hall that once stood here. The wall walk allows pupils to explore all thirteen of the towers around the complete circumference of Framlingham Castle. Visit Framlingham's Poorhouse, which now provides the exhibition room, including information about the history of the castle, as well as activities such as 'Build a Brick Red Chimney'. The gift shop is also located in the Poorhouse.

The resource which has been developed to support teachers in teaching OCR specification A; study of the historic environment: Castles: Form and function c. 1000-1750, can be downloaded from the Find Teaching and Learning Resources section on the OCR website.

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Facilities for Learning Groups

  • PARKING: Free car park 300 metres from the entrance of the castle. 
  • SHOP: Gift shop available, where medieval themed souvenirs can be bought. 
  • EXHIBITION: The exhibition room in the poorhouse illustrates the story of the people who lived at Framlingham. 
  • TOILETS: Male, female and disabled toilets are located in the car park.

Please note that there is a visitor improvement project taking place at the castle until June 2017. This means that the poorhouse will be completely closed to the public during this time. Schools can still access the inside of the castle through the main entrance and the wall walk, via a temporary staircase.

teaching resources

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Framlingham Castle Hazard Information Sheet

Framlingham Castle Hazard Information Sheet

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Education Opening Times

  • March - Education Winter Opening on Mondays and Fridays.
  • April to October - Open for schools, please contact the Education Booking Team on 0370 333 0606 for details.
  • November - Open Mondays and Fridays
  • December to February - Closed for education visits.

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

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