Aldborough Roman Site

School Visits

This hidden gem was once a thriving Roman town due to its position on a major trade route between London and Hadrian’s Wall. It was in the centre of land ruled by the Brigantes, an Iron Age tribe who allied with the Romans. 

"You certainly know how to bring an educational visit to life.”

Teacher, KS2

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Curriculum Links

Support your teaching in the classroom by stepping out of it. A visit to Aldborough Roman Site will help you bring learning to life, covering multiple topics across the curriculum and key stages.

  • KS1 History: Significant historical events, people and places
  • KS2 History: The Roman Empire and its Impact on Britain, and a local history study
  • KS2 Geography: Types of settlement and land use
  • KS3 History: An aspect of local history from before 1066
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Free Self-Led Visits

Book a free self-led visit to Aldborough Roman Site and organise your day to suit your curriculum objectives. Explore the musuem and discover the amazing array of Roman objects reflecting everyday life. See the beautifully preserved mosaics with the Aldborough Roman Site Friends Organisation and take part in archaeological excavations during the autumn term.  

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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!

  • Facilities
    • PARKING: None on site. Coaches can drop pupils off and park in nearby Boroughbridge.
    • TOILETS: Toilets on site including accessible.
    • LUNCH: No space undercover but picnics welcome.
    • SHOP: Small shop on site. Please visit in small groups.
    • EDUCATION ROOM or BAG STORAGE: No education room but bag storage can be provided.
    • ACCESSIBILITY: Limited wheelchair access. There are steps into the site and rough ground to cross when viewing.
    • WET WEATHER: No undercover space apart from the small museum but if possible, gazebos can be erected if requested.
  • Hazard Information

    A useful tool to help with your risk assessments.

    You must meet the following ratios for leaders to students on the day of your visit when booking, and if your group is forming smaller groups while at the site:

    • Ages 4-5 (UK Reception) 1 leader for every 4 students (1:4)
    • Ages 5-7 (UK Key Stage 1) 1 leader for every 6 students (1:6)
    • Ages 7-11 (UK Key Stage 2) 1 leader for every 10 students (1:10) and
    • Ages 11-18 (UK Key Stages 3, 4, and 5) 1 leader for every 15 students (1:15)
    • For an adult learning group, consisting of individuals all over the age of 18, there are no ratios but there must be an appointed group leader
    • All ratios outlined above apply to home education groups
    • If your group consists of children aged 3 and/or 4, you must also refer to the Early Years and Foundation Stage Statutory Framework which sets out specific legal requirements for minimum ratios for this age group, to include requirements about the qualifications of the leaders
    • SEND groups must meet the minimum ratios above but may bring any additional leaders as required to adequately support their group
  • Education Site Opening Times

    We offer free self-led education visits during school term time*

    *Free education visits are not offered on UK public holidays or during the operation of additional fee paying public events at English Heritage sites.

    • April-October: Friday-Sunday 10-3pm
    • November-March: No bookings can be taken at the current time

Learning Resources

  • Aldborough Roman Site Handling Collection Kit (KS1-KS2)

    Our Handling Collection Kit features historical information and activity suggestions for group leaders of various subjects and key stages.

  • Teaching the Romans

    Use historical information, learning activities and tips from our historians, curators and educational experts to support your Romans teaching.

  • How did the Romans Change Britain?

    Watch our short animation to find out more about how Roman rule impacted Britain. 

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