School Visits

Help your class explore the history of Pendennis, from Tudor times to today, with one of our many ways to learn.

Thank you for a stimulating and brilliant workshop and visit. Will come back again!

KS1 Teacheron our Now and Then Discovery Visit
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Children holding a flag

curriculum links

  • KS1, 2 & 3: Local history study
  • KS1: How people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world
  • KS2: How several aspects of national history are reflected in the locality; a study of history or a site dating from a period beyond 1066 significant in the locality
  • KS3: Development of Church, state and society in Medieval Britain 1066-1509; ideas, political power, industry and empire in Britain 1745-1901; challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 to the present day
  • KS4: Current GCSE frameworks and study of the historic environment 
School group walking across the Pendennis grounds

free school visits

One of the finest of the mighty fortresses built by Henry VIII to defend the country against invasion, Pendennis Castle remains one of Cornwall's greatest fortresses. With over 400 years of defending Britain’s coasts and a range of ways to learn on-site, we've got everything you need to help cover a wide range of cross-curricular topics. Explore the Tudor Gun Tower and use one of our Discovery Chests and other resources to  learning both in and out of the classroom.

The Cornwall Heritage Trust offer funding for school transport to eligible schools. Find out more and fill out an application form to see if you can cover the costs of transport on your trip to Pendennis.


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expert led school visits

Inspire your students with our hands-on expert led Discovery Visit delivered by one of our experts and great value for up to 30 students.

  • NOW AND THEN (KS1; £100 per class): Discover how everyday objects and clothes have changed over time and play some games from the past. Costumes and handling artefacts are used to introduce students to the idea of change through time, different styles and methods of production and comparison with life today. Duration: 1 1/4 hours


Boy trying on chainmail armour

facilities for learning groups

  • Toilets
  • Exhibition (can accomodate small groups)
  • Gift shop on-site, we recommend you bring your class in small groups at a time
  • Plenty of undercover space for lunch
  • Picnic areas outdoors
  • Coach parking is a short 5 minute walk from the castle
  • Bookable Tudor, Civil War and Second World War Discovery Chests with costumes and replica artefacts
  • Discovery Centre for your class to explore and see the development of the site's defences and its role in defending the coastline

teaching resources

Pendennis Castle Hazard Information Sheet

Pendennis Castle Hazard Information Sheet


Pendennis Castle Discovery Visit N&T Risk Assessment

Pendennis Castle Discovery Visit N&T Risk Assessment



Opening times for Education:

  • April to October - Monday to Friday during term time
  • November - Tuesdays and Wednesdays for Discovery Visits only
  • February half term to March - Wednesday to Friday

Learn With Us

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

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