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?

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. 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 for group leaders once you have made a booking. Visit our bookings page to start planning your trip!

  • 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.

     

  • Education Site Opening Times

    We offer free self-led education visits during school term time*. From November until March we open exclusively for education groups at selected sites when booking an expert-led Discovery Visit. See our education opening times below for individual site information.

    *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: Monday-Sunday 10-5pm. Discovery Visits available Monday-Friday
    • 1 November-23 December: Saturday-Sunday 10-4pm. Discovery Visits available Monday-Friday
    • 26 December-1 January: Monday-Sunday 10-4pm. Discovery Visits available Monday-Friday
    • 2 December-10 February: Saturday-Sunday 10-4pm. Discovery Visits available Monday-Friday
    • 11 February-19 February: Monday-Sunday 10-4pm. Discovery Visits available Monday-Friday
    • 20 February-31 March: Wednesday-Sunday 10-4pm. Discovery Visits available Monday-Friday 
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