Kids Rule! Guide to Castles

Welcome to the Kids Rule! guide to castles where you can learn about England’s history, discover more about our sites and find loads of fun things to watch, read and do! Here's what we've got in store for you: 


We sent young Members Olivia and Felicity to Framlingham Castle in Suffolk to interview former Duchess of Norfolk Margaret Brotherton, who lived here in the 14th century when she was one of England's wealthiest women.

Watch the video to find out what it was like to live in a castle, the duties of a countess, what was on the menu at a medieval feast and how to drink and eat like a real lady!

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Read Kids Rule! magazine online to learn about life in medieval castles, including castle design, how to attack and defend a castle and what your perfect castle job would be.

This is the sixth in the Kids Rule! magazine series following the history of England, designed to help you discover more about the past, through fun facts, illustrated stories, games, puzzles and competitions.

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Make a Cardboard Knight's Helmet

Dress up as a knight in shining armour with our step-by-step guide to creating your own helmet fit for a courageous castle siege!

To get started, click the link below and follow the instructions. 

Use our step-by-step guide

Build your own Cardboard Castle

Design and build a medieval castle out of cardboard!

Watch our video to get inspired and find out how it’s done, then follow our step-by-step instructions to build your own castle model.

Once you're finished, don't forget to to share your masterpieces with us! Use #EHmembership and tag @EnglishHeritage.

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Make a magnificent medieval meat pie

Have your own medieval banquet by following our recipe to create a delicious meat pie with a crust shaped like castle battlements!

Don’t forget to ask an adult to help you and you’ll be feasting like the lord or lady of the castle in no time!

Download the recipe

Castle Poster: Make your Mega Timeline

We've created a series of posters showing how people lived in England through the ages, like this one showing life in England's castles.

Each of the posters follows on from each other, so that when you download them all from the Kids Rule! pages, you can create your own mega timeline of English history!

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