Berry Pomeroy Castle

Schools

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.
  • English Heritage are legally required to request and record the contact details of customers and visitors aged 16 years and over. The information that you provide will only be shared with NHS Test and Trace, if requested. For more information and for details of our safety measures, please see our what to expect page.

We’re continually updating our education offer in line with government guidance.  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.

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. Additional hand sanitising stations are available across the site.
    • 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. A one-way system is in place.
    • 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.
    • FACE MASKS: Face coverings must be worn in all indoor public spaces, including in our exhibitions, shops, cafés and tea rooms. We won’t be able to give you a face covering, so please come prepared so you don’t miss out.

     

     

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  • School visits academic year 2020-21

    In line with government guidance, we’re pleased to confirm that over 60 of our English Heritage sites are open for education visits from 12 April, and we’re now taking bookings online up to 16 May.

    Our COVID-secure measures will remain in place until all restrictions are lifted. Visitor numbers are limited, and all bookings must be made at least 14 days in advance.

    English Heritage are legally required to request and record the contact details of customers and visitors aged 16 years and over. The information that you provide will only be shared with NHS Test and Trace, if requested. For more information and for details of our safety measures, please see our what to expect page.

    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.

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