Berry Pomeroy Castle


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.

Curriculum Links

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. 

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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: The free car park is located 50 metres from the front entrance, with 25-30 spaces available for cars and minibuses only (please note that the site is not accessible to coaches). The nearest set down point is at the main gate at the start of the forest track. There are no roads to cross when walking between the car park and the entrance. Please note that there is no local parking for coaches
    • TOILETS: Toilets including accessible toilets are available
    • LUNCH: You are welcome to bring a picnic to eat in the grounds on the grassed areas, however there are no benches available to sit on. There is a café on site offering light snacks, lunches, drinks and hot meals. This is not managed by English Heritage and opening times do vary
    • SHOP: The gift shop sells a selection of English Heritage gifts and souvenirs and it is fully accessible to disabled visitors. We recommend you bring your class in small groups at a time
    • ACCESSIBILITY: There are two disabled bays located in the car park. Disabled visitors can be set down near to the entrance of the site, please speak to the member of staff on duty to make arrangements. The grounds, shops and ground floor of the site are accessible to disabled visitors. There are a number of slopes on the site



  • Enquire now

  • School visits from September 2020

    Education bookings for learners of all ages and abilities are now open and you’ll be able to make provisional bookings for visits from September 2020 to March 2021. Please be aware that it may take us a little longer than usual to come back to you as we continue to review and update our offer. 

    In the meantime if you have a query related to an existing booking or would like more information please email

    We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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