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:
A Spotter's Guide to... Castles
Castles come in all shapes and sizes, and there are castle sites across the country for you and your family to explore.
Download and print out our handy spotter's guide to castles, grab your binoculars, clipboard and a pencil, and head out to an English Heritage castle near you, to see if you can find these things and more!Download the guide
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
Make a Medieval pie!
Feast like a lord or lady with this simple recipe to create a castle-themed pie!
Pies were popular at medieval feasts. They were often flavoured with expensive imported spices to show off the host's wealth. Download our recipe to make your own delicious pie inspired by the ones eaten by medieval people. It even has a crenelated crust that looks like castle battlements!Download the recipe
Make Stokesay's South Tower
Find out about the wealthy wool merchant who built Stokesay Castle, then use our template to create your own version of Stokesay Castle’s impressive South Tower!
Colour a Medieval Castle poster
Colour 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.
Build a 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.
Design your own coat of arms
Learn about the history of coats of arms including who had them, why they were used and what they looked like, before following our instructions to design your own!
MAKE A 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.
How to make a sword
Follow our easy guide to make a sword using cardboard and foil. Pair it with a shield and knight's helmet to prepare for battle – or take it with you on your next visit to one of our castles!
How to make a shield
Even the bravest of knights needs a shield for protection. This easy step-by-step guide will show you how to make your own medieval shield so you'll be ready for adventure!
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. Use our simple instructions to get making!
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