Carlisle Castle

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 (see our resources section below) 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

Let our experts bring history to life during an immersive Discovery Visit. For just £100 per session, students will travel back in time to become detectives and discover what life was really like for those who lived and worked here.

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

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Plan Your Trip

We have a wide range of materials to support your visit and make school trip planning easy. You can find all our site-specific information and tools below, and for Covid-19 risk assessments and measures we’ve got in place please visit our what to expect page.

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. Visit our bookings page to start planning your trip!

  • 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.
    • EDUCATION ROOM: The education room is available for use, please enquire when booking your visit.
    • SHOP: There is a shop on-site selling souvenirs and resources, which can support further learning back in the classroom. We ask that group leaders liaise with site staff on arrival so we can help arrange access for your group.
    • LUNCH: There are outdoor picnic tables available.
  • Education Site Opening Times

    We offer free self-led education visits during school term time*. From November until March we open exclusively for education groups at selected sites when booking an expert-led Discovery Visit. See our education opening times below for individual site information.

    *Free education visits are not offered on UK public holidays or during the operation of additional fee paying public events at English Heritage sites.

    • April-October: Monday-Sunday 10-5pm. Discovery Visits available Monday-Friday
    • November-March: Saturday-Sunday 10-4pm. Discovery Visits available Saturday-Sunday
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