Discovery Visits at Beeston Castle

Beeston was once the home of prehistoric settlers whose earthwork defences were adapted by medieval castle-builders during the construction of “The Castle of the Rock”. We offer two Discovery Visits for primary schools to explore the site's past as an Iron Age hill fort and as a medieval fortress castle.

Prehistoric settlers

History
KS2

Experience the prehistoric history of Beeston with an immersive learning experience based in a recreated Bronze Age roundhouse. Use traditional techniques to make flour, meet our Bronze Age experts and learn about ancient technology in an authentic setting.

  • Availability: January and February: Thursday and Friday, March: Wednesday to Friday, April to October: Monday to Friday, November and December: Thursday and Friday
  • 1 1/2 Hours
  • £100 per session
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Fortress Castle

History
KS1, KS2

Travel back in time to discover who built Beeston Castle and why they chose this location, looking for evidence in the remains of the castle to help explore key events in the past. Role play, costume and object handling will help bring the history of the castle to life, as you learn about what life was like in a medieval castle and how the site has changed over time.

  • Availability: January and February: Thursday and Friday, March: Wednesday to Friday, April to October: Monday to Friday, November and December: Thursday and Friday
  • 1 1/2 Hours
  • £100 per session
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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: Male and female toilets are available
    • 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. There is a café selling hot and cold drinks, snacks and ice-creams
    • SHOP: There is a gift shop selling a range of English Heritage gifts and souvenirs. We recommend bringing your class in small groups at a time
    • EXHIBITION: There is an exhibition which tells the story of the site dating back 4,000 years from the Neolithic period to the Civil War, complete with artefacts. It can accommodate small groups at a time and has disabled access
    • GARDENS: Beeston Castle is surrounded by 40 acres of beautiful Woodland Park to explore
    • 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.

     

Planning Your Visit

Planning your visit couldn’t be easier with the help of our resources. However if you need more details or have specific questions about your trip or our Free Self-Led or Expert Led visits, please get in touch with our Education Booking Team on 0370 333 0606

Beeston Castle and Woodland Park

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