Beeston Castle and Woodland Park

Schools

Beeston Castle, with its impressive location and natural defences, has been home to prehistoric settlers and great Barons.  It has acted as a defence against aristocratic rivals, and has even been an important English Civil War stronghold.  What better place to step outside the classroom and bring your curriculum to life?

Information about your visit

Our number one priority remains the health, safety and security of all of our visitors, staff and volunteers. Our staff are still working hard to keep everyone safe and make sure you and your group have an enjoyable visit.

Important information to consider before you book:

  • To keep everyone safe we’re continuing to limit visitor numbers at some sites and in some indoor spaces. Please book as soon as possible to secure your preferred trip date and times.
  • Find out more about what to expect on your school visit and make sure you download our COVID risk assessments; download a free copy of managing education visits during the pandemic and if you're participating in a Discovery Visit download our managing Discovery Visits during the pandemic risk assessment
  • To make the planning process as easy as possible, make sure you check our Plan Your School Trip section at the bottom of this page, for updated information on the facilities at the site as well as our free resources.
  • You’ll need to book your visit at least 14 days in advance. Please check our terms and conditions for full details.
  • Although is it not a requirement, any teachers, parents, or students aged 16 years can check in via the NHS Test and Trace app, using the NHS QR code posters displayed at the site entrance. Please factor this into your travel/arrival time. For more information about how we are handling your personal data for NHS Test and Trace please visit this page.
  • Our staff are continuing to wear a face covering in our busy areas and indoor spaces, and we encourage you and your group to do the same where possible.

At some sites you might not be able to use our handling collections or costumes as part of a free self-led visit, but where we can provide hands-on items in a safe way we will. We’ve adapted our Discovery Visit workshops to keep you and your group safe at all times, but for certain sessions we’re still working on this – please check the Discovery Visit section and Facilities section on this page below for further information.

Curriculum Links

Support your teaching in a fun and engaging way, with a visit to Beeston Castle.

  • KS1 History: Significant historical events, people and places in the locality. Similarities and differences in ways of life in different time periods
  • KS1 Science: Identify and describe the basic structure of a variety of common plants, including trees. Identify that living things live in habitats to which they are suited, describe how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kinds of animals and plants, identify and name a variety of plants and animals in their habitats, including microhabitats
  • KS2 History: A local history study. Changes in Britain from the Stone Age to Iron Age. A study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066
  • KS2 Science: Name a variety of living things in their local and wider environment
  • KS2 Geography: Human geography: types of settlement and land use, identify the difference between natural and manmade defensive features of the castle, understand the strategic significance of the castle’s position
  • KS3 History: A local history study. The development of Church, state and society in Medieval Britain 1066-1509 and in Britain 1509-1745. A study of an aspect or theme in British history that consolidates and extends pupils’ chronological knowledge from before 1066
  • KS3 Geography: Understand the key processes in human geography; understand how human and physical processes interact to influence and change landscapes

Free Self-Led Visits

Organise your day to suit your curriculum needs. Climb the hill to look out over the surrounding landscape, explore the castle ruins and peer down the well, one of the deepest castle wells in England. Discover the Bronze Age story of Beeston in our newly completed roundhouse. Made using traditional materials and techniques, it is based on archaeological evidence of Bronze Age huts found at Beeston and offers an idea of how prehistoric settlers might have lived. The woodland surrounding the castle contains a diverse range of plants and animals, and provides an excellent opportunity to learn about KS1-2 science topics in an outdoor environment. 

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Image: Schoolchildren taking part in an interactive session at Beeston Castle

Expert-led Discovery Visits

Let us inspire your students with one of our hands-on Discovery Visits delivered by one of our site staff and great value for up to 30 students.

Take your class back in time to investigate life in the medieval fortress castle or explore the site's history as an Iron Age hill fort and take part in prehistoric style crafts.

Our Discovery Visits have been adapted to follow health and safety guidelines and will still offer your students a quality and fun learning experience.

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Plan Your Trip

We have a wide range of materials to support your visit and make school trip planning easy. 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 for group leaders once you have made a booking. Our Education Booking Team is on hand to advise and help you create the best possible school trip to suit your needs and area of study.

  • Facilities
    • PARKING: There is a car park with coach parking opposite the site entrance.
    • TOILETS: Unisex toilets are available and will be operated in a one bubble in, one bubble out policy.
    • EDUCATION SPACE: The education space is currently unavailable.
    • LUNCH: You are welcome to bring a picnic to eat in the grounds. There are picnic benches and grassed areas, including the Castle Green, to sit on.
    • SHOP: The shop is currently unavailable, however we are offering a goody bag, which can be booked in advance and will be quarantined for 72 hours before your visit.
    • CAFE: A kiosk will be open for food and drink for use by teachers.
    • ACCESSIBILITY: There is no designated disabled parking in the car park. Disabled visitors may be set down in the car park opposite the site entrance. Beeston Castle is built on a very steep hill, and wheelchair access to the top and the woodland walk are not recommended. Please also note that much of the site has uneven surfaces.
  • Learning Resources

    A Teachers' Kit is a free educational tool packed with everything you need to give your group a deep insight into the place you are visiting. Featuring historical information, suggestions for activities, and high-quality images, this resource is a comprehensive toolkit for group leaders of various subjects and key stages. Kits also include key site information, facilities and plans.

     

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