Aydon Castle is a fine example of an English fortified manor house. Built as a home over 700 years ago, it was almost immediately fortified due to the outbreak of Anglo-Scottish warfare. Its turbulent history began with a Scottish raid in 1315 where the house was pillaged and burnt, followed by seizure by English rebels two years later. Today it remains almost completely intact, set amongst the Northumberland woodland.
"My class were enthralled and have been talking non-stop about their visit. I am glad we made the effort of sitting for 2 hours in the coach – it really was worth it!”
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Support your teaching in the classroom by stepping out of it. A visit to Aydon Castle will help you bring learning to life, covering multiple topics across the curriculum and key stages.
- KS1- 2 History: Local History Study
- KS1 History: Significant historical events, people and places in their own locality
- KS2 History: Study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066
- KS3 History: The development of church, state and society in Britain 1066-1509 and 1509-1745
Free Self-Led Visits
Book a free self-led visit to Aydon Castle and organise your day to suit your curriculum objectives. Immerse your students in over 700 years of history, explore the medieval buildings and learn about life in the Northumberland countryside during times of unrest.Enquire Now
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 for Covid-19 risk assessments and measures we’ve got in place please visit 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!
Teaching Medieval History
Use historical information, learning activities and tips from our historians, curators and educational experts to support your teaching of medieval history.
A Mini Guide to Castles
Discover how castles developed over time with this short introduction.
How to Take a Medieval Castle
Watch our short animation to learn more about how to take a medieval castle.
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If you’d like more information about a site or one of our workshops, get in touch using the online form on our bookings page to speak to your local Education Visits Officer. We look forward to seeing you soon.