Cover a range of curriculum objectives with a visit to Berry Pomeroy Castle. An impressive Elizabethan mansion built by the Seymour family is nestled into the original 15th century castle defences. Although the family had grand plans for the site, it was abandoned by 1700. Today, Berry Pomeroy Castle provides a snapshot of medieval and Elizabethan history, surrounded by woodland areas to explore.
Information about your visit
A visit to one of our sites will inspire your students and bring your teaching to life. We'd like to reassure you that we're following Government guidance to make your trip as safe and enjoyable as possible.
Important information to consider before you book:
- To keep everyone safe we’ve introduced limits on visitor numbers and school groups, so please bear this in mind when booking your trip.
- Find out more about what to expect on your school visit, which also includes our Covid 19 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.
- As usual, 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.
We’re continually updating our education offer in line with government guidance. Most of our English Heritage sites are now open, including indoor spaces and cafes. 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 follow government guidelines, but for certain sessions this hasn’t been possible – please check our schools webpages for further information.
There may be areas of our sites which are closed, so please check what’s available for your school group on our property webpages and with our booking team. They can put you in touch with our Education Visits Officers who can offer help and guidance, so you can make the most of your school trip.
Visit Berry Pomeroy Castle to support your teaching in a fun and engaging way, and cover multiple topics across the curriculum.
- KS1 History: Significant historical events, people and places in the locality
- KS1-2 Science: Working scientifically. Identify and name a variety of plants and animals in their habitats, including microhabitats
- KS2 History: A local history study. A study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils' chronological knowledge beyond 1066
- KS3 History: A local history study. Development of Church, state and society in Britain 1066-1745
- GCSE History: Study of the historic environment
Free Self-Led Visits
Book a free self-led visit to Berry Pomeroy Castle and organise your day to suit your curriculum objectives. See the original castle defences, and climb the steps to the first floor of the gatehouse to see the beautiful 15th-century wall painting and experience the medieval wall walk. Explore the ruins of the Elizabethan mansion, and imagine what it would have been like to live here as a member of the powerful Seymour family. Don’t miss the woodland areas, with an opportunity to spot wildlife and birds, and learn about different living things in their habitats.Enquire now
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.
We’re pleased to confirm we’re now taking bookings online until 30 September. All bookings must be made at least 14 days in advance.
Our site staff and education team are still working hard to keep everyone safe and we continue to follow government guidance.
Due to the current situation we can’t answer calls as quickly as we’d like to. If you’d like more information about a site, email us and we’ll put you in touch with an Education Visits Officer.