Discovery Visits at Carisbrooke Castle

Book a Discovery Visit workshop and let our experts bring the history of Carisbrooke Castle to life for your class. Through hands-on learning activities including role-play, object handling and trying on costumes, you and your class will delve deeper into the story of the castle and the people who lived there. Our session is designed to support your teaching of the curriculum and learning back in the classroom.

Our Discovery Visit has been adapted to follow health and safety guidelines and will still offer your students a quality and fun learning experience.

Who Lives in a House like this? Castle life from Anglo Saxons to Victorians

Drama, History, Speaking & Listening
KS2, KS3

Go through the Carisbrooke keyhole and meet the people who lived there over the last 1000 years. Try on costumes and step into the shoes of kings, ladies and soldiers. Follow the clues in our treasure map to unlock the secrets of Carisbrooke Castle and let our interactive timeline guide you through its history in times of war and peace.

  • Availability: Monday to Friday during term time
  • Session lasts for 1 1/4 hours
  • £100 per session
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Water, Wells and Donkeys: Life in the past at Carisbrooke Castle

Design Technology, History, Science
KS1, KS2

Through role play, practical activities and sensory exploration, your class will learn how the community at Carisbrooke Castle survived during a siege, how the treadwheel in the well house was powered, and what the role of the donkeys at the castle was in the past and today. By the end of the session, you will see the treadwheel in action, create a working wheel-operated model and meet and greet one of our resident donkeys. This session is particularly suitable for SEND groups so please let us know your requirements when making your booking. To help you prepare for your visit, please contact us for our Carisbrooke Castle Social Story.

  • Availability: Monday to Friday during term time
  • Session lasts for 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
    • CASTLE GROUNDS: The castle grounds will be open. One way systems will be in place to help guide your way around the route
    • EXHIBITIONS: The castle's Guardhouse, offering an introduction to the site and its history, will remain open.
    • MUSEUM: The Museum is open to visitors. Please check the main Carisbrooke webpage for further information on opening times.
    • PARKING: Free car park 100m from main entrance and space for 8 coaches. 
    • TOILETS: Toilets are located in a separate block inside the courtyard. An accessible toilet is located in the central courtyard. Toilets can be used by bubbles on a one in, one out policy. Additonal hand sanitising stations are available in various locations.
    • LUNCH: You are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy in the grounds, and there is a large picnic area with benches and tables.
    • SHOP: There is a shop selling a wide range of books, gifts and Charles I themed souvenirs. We require you to bring your students in small groups at a time. A one-way system is in operation.
    • EDUCATION ROOM: Currently unavailable.
    • ACCESSIBILITY: There are four parking bays for Blue Badge holders near the castle entrance. Disabled drivers may park within castle courtyard, and disabled passengers may be set down there. The well house and ground floor of museum are accessible to visitors in wheelchairs. Due to the steep stairs, the wall walk and the upper floor of museum are inaccessible to wheelchair users.
    • FACE COVERINGS: 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.
  • 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. Teachers' 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

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