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
Two children in knights' armour
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


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.


Boy raising his hand during an educational session


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): This hands-on guided session uses costumes and handling artefacts to help your class consider who might have lived and worked at Pendennis Castle in Tudor times and to look at the similarities and differences with our lives today. Duration: 1 1/4 hours
  • ENEMIES ON THE HORIZON (KS2; £100 per class): This interactive guided tour explores the importance of Pendennis Castle in defending Cornwall from foreign attack over the last 400 years. Your class will explore the site and use role play to consider how defences and weaponry have developed over time and what life was like for those working here, from a Tudor gunner in Henry VIII's Gun Tower to a Second World War officer in the Battery Observation Post. Duration: 1 1/2 hours
Boy trying on chainmail armour

facilities for learning groups

  • TOILETS: on site at the rear of the shop and on the first floor of the Royal Artillery Barrack Block.
  • EXHIBITION: Can accommodate small groups
  • SHOP: A shop on-site, we recommend you bring your class in small groups at a time
  • LUNCH: Plenty of undercover and outdoor picnic space for lunch. Also a tearoom is located on site, available for use by all visitors. 
  • PARKING: Coach parking is a short 5 minute walk from the castle
  • DISCOVERY CHESTS: Bookable Tudor, Civil War and Second World War Discovery Chests with costumes and replica artefacts.

teaching resources

Pendennis Castle and St Mawes Castle Teachers' Kit (KS1-KS4)

Pendennis Castle and St Mawes Castle Teachers' Kit (KS1-KS4)


Pendennis Castle Discovery Visit Guide (KS1-KS3)

Pendennis Castle Discovery Visit Guide (KS1-KS3)


Opening times for Education:

  • April to September: 10.00 - 18.00
  • October: 10.00 - 17.00
  • November to March: Please contact Education Bookings for winter opening times - 0370 3330606

Learn With Us

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

'step into englands story