School Visits

Founded soon after 1066 by William Peveril and overlooking Hope Valley and Cave Dale, Peveril Castle is a fantastic and historically important site for school children to explore.

School pupils at Peveril Castle
School pupils looking over a wall at Peveril Castle

curriculum links

An exciting and dramatic Norman castle overlooking the Derbyshire countryside offers educational opportunities for school groups, particularly history from 1066, when the castle was founded.

  • KS2 History: A study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils' chronological knowledge beyond 1066.
  • KS2-3 History: A local history study. The town Medieval Castleton which can be seen from Peveril was a classic Norman castle borough, where there was a settlement of craftsmen and traders.
  • KS3 History: The development of Church, state and society in Medieval Britain 1066-1509. Peveril Castle was built soon after 1066 by William Peveril who played a key role in extending the Norman settlement into Derbyshire. The striking square keep was built by King Henry II in during the 12th century
School pupils walking up to Peveril Castle

free school visits

Mentioned in the Domesday survey, Peveril Castle is one of England's earliest Norman fortresses. The keep was built by Henry II in 1176. Displays in the visitor centre tell the story of Peveril as the administrative focus of the Royal Forest of the Peak, a royal hunting preserve since the 11th century. Schools can travel up the hill to visit the castle grounds, as well as venturing inside the keep.

School pupils at the on-site exhibition at Peveril Castle

Facilities for Learning Groups

  • Parking available 
  • Picnic area outside the visitor cantre can be used by groups 
  • Toilets 
  • Gift Shop selling English Heritage souvenirs
  • Permanent exhibition display on the upper floor of the visitor centre about the history of the castle.

teaching resources

Teacher's Kit: Peveril Castle

Teacher's Kit: Peveril Castle


Peveril Castle Hazard Information Sheet

Peveril Castle Hazard Information Sheet


Booking for learning groups is essential: please book via the Education Booking Team on 0370 3330606

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 3330606 for details.
  • November  - Open Mondays and Fridays
  • December to February - Closed for education visits.

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