Welcome to our 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:
Learn about Stokesay Castle and make a model of its South Tower
Find out about the wealthy wool merchant who built Stokesay Castle in Shropshire at the end of the 13th century, and discover what different parts of the castle were used for. Then download and print our special template to create your own version of Stokesay Castle’s impressive South Tower!Make a tower
Read the latest issue of Kids Rule! online (issue 17)
What was life like in a medieval castle? Read the latest Kids Rule! magazine online to find out. With stories of real people who lived in castles, battles and sieges, plus find out if you have what it takes to run a castle!
This is issue 17 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.Read the magazine
Things to make and do: get creative with our medieval castle themed activities
COLOUR YOUR OWN MEDIEVAL CASTLE
Download this colouring sheet to create your own version of our medieval castles history timeline poster! Read through the introduction to medieval castles, then get creative with coloured pencils, pens or paints.Download your colouring sheet
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.
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 image and follow the instructions.
MAKE A MAGNIFICENT MEDIEVAL MEAT PIE
Have your own medieval banquet with 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 a lord or lady in no time!
More things to make and do
Get hands-on and crafty with history. From model historical homes to costumes and coats of arms, there’s plenty to be inspired by. Simply download our easy-to-use templates and instructions, and get making!
INTERVIEW WITH A MEDIEVAL NOBLEWOMAN
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!Watch the Video
Kings of the Castles
Introducing five of the best English Heritage castles, their royal romances, bloody battles and lords and ladies! Read about these five fortresses, have a go at our quiz questions, then test your castle knowledge with our Eye Spy match activity.Discover the castles!
THE KIDS RULE! GUIDE TO CASTLES (issue 6)
This is issue 6 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.Read Kids Rule! Online
Castle Poster: Make your Mega Timeline
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!Download your poster