Schools

With 1700 years of history, Portchester Castle covers everything from the Romans, to medieval kings, all the way to the Napoleonic Wars. Follow in their footsteps and explore its exciting and varied history.

The children had a great day - a very informative visit

KS2 Teacher
Year 7 pupils enjoying a visit to Portchester Castle
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curriculum links

Portchester Castle cover multiple time periods within the history curriculum, as well as cross-curricular links across numerous subjects in a fun and engaging way. Links that stand out are:

  • KS1: Identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different time periods. Events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally. The lives of significant individuals in the past. Historical events and people in their locality
  • KS2: The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain. Britain's settlement by Anglo-Saxons and Scots 
  • KS2-3: A local history study. A study of an aspect of theme in british history that extneds the pupils' chronological knowledge beyond 1066
  • KS3: The development of church, state and society in Medieval Britain
School children running

Expert-Led Discovery Visits

Let our costumed re-enactors lead your pupils on a hands-on Discovery Visit. At just £100 per session they're a great way to delve deeper into the history of the castle and the people who lived there. Pupils will get dressed up, handle objects and get involved with fun educational activties.

Find out more about our Discovery Visits at Portchester Castle.

Enjoy a free-self-led visit

Free Self-Led Visits

Enjoy a free self-led visit to Portchester Castle and design your own day to suit your curriculum needs. Explore the ruins of Richard II's Palace and walk within the Roman walls. Stand at the top of  the Great Tower and survey the landscape. Use our free handling collection full of artefacts to discover the stories of the people who lived at the castle.

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Pupils using the handling collection

facilities for learning groups

  • EDUCATION ROOM: Based in one of the castle towers, this is a multipurpose room that can be used as a classroom, as well as an interactive space with a number of models of weapons that would have been used to attack the castle. 
  • PARKING: Free car park, 200m from entrance with ~100 parking spaces. Disabled parking in car park. Space for 3 coaches. Managed by Fareham Borough Council.
  • TOILETS: Toilets (including disabled) in car park. Managed by Borough Council. 
  • BAG STORAGE: Schools are welcome to leave bags in the Education Room if pre-booked. Room is lockable but all items are left entirely at your own risk.
  • LUNCH AND REFRESHMENTS: You are welcome to bring a picnic and eat in the Outer Bailey. Dedicated picnic area in Inner Bailey with picnic benches. In bad weather you may use the education room, if booked. Selection of hot and cold drinks and snacks can be bought from the shop.

teaching resources

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Teachers' Resource Pack KS2-4 Portchester Castle

Teachers' Resource Pack KS2-4 Portchester Castle

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Teachers' Activity Ideas KS1-4 Portchester Castle

Teachers' Activity Ideas KS1-4 Portchester Castle

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Student Activity Sheets KS2 & 3 Portchester Castle

Student Activity Sheets KS2 & 3 Portchester Castle

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Timeline KS2 & 3 Portchester Castle

Timeline KS2 & 3 Portchester Castle

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Hazard Information Sheet: Portchester Castle

Hazard Information Sheet: Portchester Castle

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In the Footsteps of Kings Discovery Visit Risk Assesment

In the Footsteps of Kings Discovery Visit Risk Assesment

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Big History Risk Assessment

Big History Risk Assessment

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Education Opening Times

  • March - Monday and Friday 10.00 - 16.00
  • April to September - 10.00 - 18.00
  • October - 10.00 - 17.00
  • November - Monday and Friday 10.00 - 17.00
  • December to February - Closed

Learn With Us

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

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