Founded soon after 1066 by William Peveril and overlooking Hope Valley and Cave Dale, Peveril Castle is a fantastic and historically important site for students to explore.
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Peveril Castle is an exciting and dramatic Norman castle overlooking the Derbyshire countryside, which offers educational opportunities for school groups.
- KS1-3 History: A local history study.
- KS2 History: A study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils' chronological knowledge beyond 1066.
- 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
- KS3 Human and physical geography
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. Pupils can travel up the hill to visit the castle grounds, which is within a setting that offers impressive panoramic views of features such as the Hope Valley and the hillside of Mam Tor.
Booking for learning groups is essential.
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.