Explore 700 years of history at Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens through the story of the Middleton family. From the medieval castle to Ancient Greek inspired architecture and stunning gardens, there are plenty of learning opportunities to support your teaching across the curriculum and bring learning to life.
Visit Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens to support your teaching in a fun and engaging way, and cover multiple topics accross the curriculum.
- KS1 History: Significant historical events, people and places within the locality
- KS1 Science: Identify and name a variety of common wild and garden plants, including deciduous and evergreen trees, identify and describe the basic structure of a variety of common flowering plants, including trees. Identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited, identify and name a variety of plants and animals in their habitats, including microhabitats
- KS1 Geography: Use geographical skills and fieldwork
- KS2 History: Local history study. Study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066
- KS2 Science: Working scientifically. Identify and name a variety of living things in the local and wider environment
- KS2 Geography: Use geographical skills and fieldwork. Understand the strategic significance of the castle’s position
- KS3 History: Local History study. Development of Church, state and society in Britain 1066-1509 and 1509-1750
- GCSE History: Study of the historic environment
Free self-led visits
Book a free self-led visit to Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens and organise your day to suit your curriculum objectives. Discover the medieval castle with its impressive tower, and learn how it changed over time to match the needs of the Middleton family. See the Ancient Greek inspired architecture in the hall, and visit the beautiful gardens to explore the vast range of plants and habitats.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 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!
Belsay Hall, Castles and Gardens Teachers' Kit (KS1-KS3)
Our Teachers’ Kits feature historical information and activity suggestions for group leaders of various subjects and key stages.
Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens Outdoor Learning Kit (KS1-KS3)
Use our historical information, sources and suggested activities to explore the outdoor spaces at Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens.
Wild Child Sensory Trail (KS1-KS2)
Engage with the colours, sounds, smells and textures in the gardens at Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens with our sensory trail.
Teaching Medieval History
Use historical information, learning activities and tips from our historians, curators and educational experts to support your teaching of medieval history.
Teaching the Victorians
Use historical information, learning activities and tips from our historians, curators and educational experts to support your teaching of the Victorians.
Postcard from Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens
Take to the skies above Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens to discover the site and its surroundings.
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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.