Bring the curriculum to life and inspire your students with a visit to Scarborough Castle. Dominating Scarborough's headland, the sites history spans some 3000 years with Henry II's 12th-century keep being the centrepiece of the fortifications developed following repeated sieges during 1312 and twice during the English Civil War. In December 1914, key parts of the castle were destroyed by German naval warships, but what role has Scarborough played in local and national events? Let your class gather all the evidence and decide for themselves.
A visit to Scarborough Castle offers curriculum links across three key stages:
- KS1: Significant historical events, people and places in their own locality.
- KS1 - KS3: Local History Project
- KS2: Changes in Britain from Stone Age to Iron Age
- KS2: The Roman Empire and it's impact on Britain
- KS2: Britains Settlement by Anglo-Saxons and Scots
- KS3: The development of church state and society in medieval Britain 1066-1509
- KS3: The development of Church, State and society in Britain 1509-1745
free school visits
We offer free entry to qualifying learning groups. By booking a free education visit you can lead your own visit in your own way. We also have plenty of online resources to help you support and follow up your learning plan.
expert led school visits
Our expert led Discovery visit provides a fun and informative understanding of the castle's history.
- ROYALS, RESISTANCE AND REBELLION (KS1-3): Take an interactive tour of the headland focusing on the castle as a defensive structure. Immerse your class in the medieval period, representing the Northern Barons or the power of the Crown as they plan the attack and defence of this mighty fortress. With its stunning location and panoramic views, the tour highlights the geographical significance of the headland and shows how the natural and manmade defences made Scarborough a seat of power in Northern England. Duration: 1 1/4 hours
facilities for learning groups
- A free site visit to help you plan your school trip
- 20% discount on the official EH site guidebook.
- Please note that we currently don't have any on-site parking and no access for coaches. There is no turning point for coaches near to the castle, but we do recommend use of the Park and Ride or the pay and display Marine Drive car park
- School goodie bags available - please ring site for details
- Parking for visitors with disabilities is available within the castle grounds. Please contact the staff at Scarborough Castle in advance on 01723 372451 to arrange this
- At least one adult for every 5 children for Key Stage 1, one adult to 8 students for Key Stage 2 and one adult to 15 students for KS3 and above. No ratio for adult learning, but named group leader should attend.
Scarborough Castle is open to schools during full opening, and over winter we will endeavour to accomodate you - please discuss with the bookings team . Please also be aware when booking during the Winter months that severe weather may cause us to close the site for safety reasons. Please check with the site if in any doubt before you set out.