What better way to learn about 1066 and the Battle of Hastings than by walking in the footsteps of William the Conqueror and King Harold at Battle Abbey? Standing where history was made, your students will better understand the events leading up to the Battle of Hastings and beyond.
"A fantastic educational experience for the whole class; the Battle of Hastings was brought to life with battle cries, sword swinging and fantastic scenery that inspired all the pupils."
Support your teaching in the classroom by stepping out of it. A visit to Battle of Hastings Abbey and Battlefield will help you bring learning to life, covering multiple topics across the curriculum and key stages.
- KS1 History: Events beyond living memory that are significant nationally. Significant historical events, people and places in the locality
- KS2 History: A local history study. Edward the Confessor and his death in 1066. A study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066
- KS2 Geography: Human geography: types of settlement and land use, why did the battle take place here?
- KS2 Drama: Become Saxon and Norman soldiers, charging up the hill
- KS2 Religious Studies: Religion in daily life, why was an abbey built on the site and who lived there?
- KS3 History: A local history study. The Norman Conquest. Development of Church, state and society in Medieval Britain 1066-1509
- KS3 Geography: Human geography: understand how human and physical processes interact to influence and change landscapes, why did the battle take place here?
- KS4 History: OCR History A: Study of the historic environment; OCR History B: History around us, British depth study, The Norman Conquest 1060 - 1087; AQA Section B: British depth study including the historic environment, Norman England; Edexcel Paper2B1: Anglo Saxon and Norman England 1060 - 1088
- KS5 History: OCR Unit Y102/Y132: Anglo Saxon England and the Norman Conquest 1035 - 1107; AQA Unit HIS2A: Conqueror and Conquest c 1060 - 1087; Edexcel Paper 2, Option 2A.1: Anglo Saxon England and the Anglo-Norman Kingdom c1053 - 1106
Free Self-Led Visits
Enjoy a free self-led visit to Battle Abbey and design your day to suit your curriculum needs. The activities in our Teachers' Kit will help your students imagine what it was like to be a Norman charging across the battlefield, how it felt to be part of the Anglo-Saxon shield wall, or how the Norman cavalry helped them to victory. Find out more about the daily life of the Benedictine Monks who lived at the Abbey with our free bookable Discovery Chest. Inside are activity bags containing challenges and replica objects representing different monastic buildings, such as the abbey church, which pupils can then explore.Enquire now
Expert-led Discovery Visits
Sandford Award winner 2021!
Our immersive, award-winning, expert-led sessions at Battle Abbey are a great way to bring the Battle of Hastings to life. Pupils re-enact the battle on the battlefield, view replica weapons and delver deeper into this important subject and date in history.
Just £100 per session (for approximately 30 pupils).FIND OUT MORE
Use our downloadable itinerary to combine a visit to 1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield and Pevensey Castle and take the stress out of planning your day.
Full of activity ideas and timings, it's a useful tool to make sure you get the most from your visit.Download our Itinerary
Plan Your Trip
We have a wide range of materials to support your visit and make school trip planning easy. You can find all our site-specific information and tools below, and further information on our what to expect page.
Download our free resources to help you make the most out of your visit and create unique learning experiences before, during and after your trip. We also offer free planning visits once you have made a booking, plus a 20% discount on the official English Heritage guidebook for your place of choice.
Once you book your visit you’ll be sent a visit permit, which you’ll need to bring with you on the day.
Visit our bookings page to start planning your trip!
1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield Teachers' Kit (KS1-KS4+)
Our Teachers’ Kits feature historical information and activity suggestions for group leaders of various subjects and key stages.
Battle Abbey Discovery Chest (KS1-KS3+)
Use our Discovery Chest during your visit to Battle Abbey to help bring the story of the site to life for your students. You can reserve this handling collection as part of your booking request through our Online Bookings Portal.
1066 Battle of Hastings Sequencing Activity (KS3+)
Use reconstruction drawings of key moments from the Battle of Hastings to check your understanding of how the battle unfolded.
1066 Battle of Hastings: William's Fortune Graph (KS3+)
Chart William, Duke of Normandy’s, changing fortunes during the Battle of Hastings on 14th October 1066.
What Could Harold Godwinson Have Done Differently? (KS3+)
Could Harold Godwinson have done anything differently leading up to and during the Battle of Hastings in 1066? Use this activity to draw your own conclusions.
Why did William win the Battle of Hastings? (KS3+)
Analyse the reasons for William’s victory at the Battle of Hastings. Identify and organise evidence to make a well-reasoned argument for his success.
Curators' Collections: Battle Abbey
Explore objects from our collections at Battle Abbey to learn more about William the Conqueror's victory at the Battle of Hastings and life in a medieval monastery.
Teaching Anglo-Saxons and Normans
Use historical information, learning activities and tips from our historians, curators and educational experts to support your teaching of the Anglo-Saxons and Normans.
A Brief History of the Normans
Learn more about the origins of the Normans, the dispute between Harold Godwinson and William the Conqueror and how the Normans took control of England in this short animation.
Teaching the Anglo-Saxons and Normans
Use historical information, learning activities and tips from our historians, curators and educational experts to help you explore the Anglo-Saxons and Normans with your learners.
Meet William the Conqueror and King Harold
Meet William the Conqueror and King Harold to find out why they went to war in 1066.
Why William Won at the Battle of Hastings
Use our short animation to discover the main reasons why William the Conqueror won at the Battle of Hastings.
Battle Abbey Battlefield 1066 Trail and English Glossary
Explore the site of the Battle of Hastings in 1066 with this trail and learn more about the key features of this historic battle with the glossary.
Battle Abbey Battlefield 1066 Trail Glossary in German, French and Czech
The accompanying glossary to our Battle Abbey Battlefield 1066 Trail, translated into German, French and Czech.
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