Welcome to our guide to Medieval Monasteries, 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 monastic herb gardens and plant your own!
Did you know that monks and nuns spent up to five hours every day working in their gardens? Find out why gardens were so important to monastic life, then have a go at planting your own mini monastic herb garden in a pot.Plant a herb garden
Learn about Cleeve Abbey and build a model of the gatehouse
Discover the story of the medieval monastery at Cleeve Abbey and the lives of the monks who lived there, before building your very own model of its impressive gatehouseMake a monastery model
The Kids Rule! Guide to medieval monasteries (issue 18)
This is issue 18 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
Things to make and do: get creative with our medieval monastery themed activities
COLOUR YOUR OWN medieval monastery
Download this colouring sheet to create your own version of our medieval monastery history timeline poster! Read through the introduction to life in a monastery, then get creative with coloured pencils, pens or paints.
DESIGN YOUR OWN ILLUMINATED INITIALS
Find out what an illumination is, and how the beautiful letters that feature in the manuscripts created by medieval monks and nuns were created. Then, follow our instructions to design your own illuminated initials!
PLAY A GAME OF SNAKES AND ABBOTS
Can you make it to the top of the board? Find out if you've got what it takes to get the top job with this historical version of Snakes & Ladders! If you land on a ladder, follow it up to the space above. But if you land on a snake, follow it down. Download a game board, spinner and 3D players to play.
More things to make and do
Browse our best ideas and 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 MONK
Watch the video to find out what life was like as a monk in the 12th century, what monks ate and how they managed to communicate even when they weren't allowed to talk!Watch the Video
The Kids Rule! Guide to medieval monasteries (issue 5)
This is issue 5 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
MEDIEVAL MONASTERY 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