School Visits

Schools

Carlisle Castle is a unique place to help you bring history to life. Discover the most beseiged castle in England and let your class explore as part of a free self-led visit, or interact with stories and artefacts as part of an immersive expert-led workshop.

Curriculum Links

A visit to Carlisle Castle offers curriculum learning across the key stages:

  • KS1 History: Significant historical events, people and places in the locality
  • KS1-3 History: Local History Study
  • KS2 History: The Roman withdrawal from Britain in c. AD 410 and the fall of the western Roman Empire; a study of an aspect or theme in British History that extends pupils' chronological knowledge beyond 1066
  • KS3 History: The development of church, state and society in Britain 1066-1509 and 1509-1745; ideas, political power, industry and empire: Britain 1745-1901
  • KS4 History: OCR History B: History around us

Free Self-Led Visits

Book a free education visit and organise your day to suit your curriculum needs. Explore Carlisle Castle at your own pace, including the Warden's Apartments, once the bedroom of King Richard III, the Captain's Tower, one of the best preserved gatehouses in the country, and the turret in which Mary, Queen of Scots was held captive. Discover the stories of the castle’s most famous inhabitants in the exhibition, from Mary, Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie, to notorious Border Reiver Kinmont Willie Armstrong.

Download our free Teachers' Kit to help you plan your visit to Carlisle Castle, including site details, historical information and activity suggestions for before, during and after your visit. 

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Expert-led Discovery Visit

Delve deeper into the history of Carlisle Castle during a hands-on Discovery Visit. At just £100 per group per session, it’s a great way to inspire and engage your students and bring medieval Carlisle to life. Arrive before your session or explore afterwards to make the most of your day, and combine your Discovery Visit with a self-led tour of the castle.

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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 are on hand to advise and help you create the best possible school trip to suit your needs and area of study.

  • Facilities
    • PARKING: Only disabled parking is currently available onsite. Coaches are asked to please drop off at the entrance and use signposted city centre pay and display car parks nearby
    • SHOP: There is a shop on site selling souvenirs and resources which can support further learning back in the classroom. We welcome all groups and all sales contribute towards the continuing work of English Heritage. To ensure your visit to the shop runs smoothly we ask that group leaders liaise with site staff on arrival
    • LUNCH: The education room is available to book as a lunch room. There are also outdoor picnic tables available.
  • How to book

    0370 333 0606

  • Education Opening Times

    • January: Saturday and Sunday 10.00 – 16.00
    • February: Saturday to Monday 10.00 – 16.00
    • March: Saturday to Tuesday 10.00 – 16.00
    • April to September: Monday to Friday 10.00 – 18.00
    • October: Monday to Sunday 10.00 – 17.00
    • November to December: Saturday to Monday 10.00 – 16.00

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