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

Image: a pie with crenelations in the pastry crust

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. 


    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!


    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!


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 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

Quiz time!

Would you be a Lord, Lady, Steward, Soldier or Jester? Discover your ideal job in a medieval castle!  Or, test your knowledge of castles on our Kings of the Castles page!

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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