A stunning and inspiring location for a cross-curricular school trip. Make the most of your day at Castle Acre Priory by visiting the on-site exhibition, recreated herb garden, and new stonework display in the Prior's lodgings. Download the free resources for schools below.
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Once the beautiful home of a working community of Cluniac monks with a great love for art and decoration, Castle Acre Priory is a fascinating site to explore for its historical significance and visual decadence.
- KS1-3 History: A local history study
- KS1 History: Significant historical events, people and places in their own locality
- KS2 History: 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
- KS3 Geography: Local knowledge, geographical skills and fieldwork, human and physical geography
- KS3 Art & Design: The history of art, craft, design and architecture
Free Self-Led Visits
The Priory has a huge amount to see and explore. From the extremely well preserved west front of the great 12th-century church to the remains of the cloister and monks' living quarters, which includes a two-storey, 24-seater toilet block. See below to download our Learning Resources to support your teaching before, during and after your visit. Use our Tour and Explore teachers' guide and student booklet for students to take part in a self-led tour around Castle Acre Priory. Make a full day of your visit by walking through the village to the nearby Castle and Bailey Gate using our illustrated map.Enquire now
Expert-led Discovery Visits
Our new expert-led interactive tour of the priory is aligned to support AQA History GCSE students studying the historic environment of Norman England. At only £80 per group per session, the tour focuses on the location, function and structure of the site in the Norman period, plus the people connected with it.
Our Discovery Visits have been adapted to follow health and safety guidelines and will still offer your students a quality and fun learning experience.Find out more
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 further information on 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 once you have made a booking, plus a 20% discount on the official English Heritage guidebook for your place of choice.
Once you book your visit you’ll be sent a visit permit, which you’ll need to bring with you on the day.
Visit our bookings page to start planning your trip!
Castle Acre Self-Led GCSE Resource
Use our self-led GCSE resource to support your exploration of the priory's key features.
Castle Acre Priory Tour and Explore Student Booklet (KS2-KS3)
Discover the key features and stories at Castle Acre Priory with our self-led activity trail.
Castle Acre Priory Tour and Explore Teachers' Guide
Our Teachers' Guide supports our Tour and Explore Activity, helping you get the most out of your visit to Castle Acre Priory.
Castle Acre Village Walk (KS2-KS3)
Explore the medieval village of Castle Acre with our self-led trail.
Castle Acre Priory: Photos and Reflections
Reflect on your visit to Castle Acre Priory with this reflection sheet.
Teaching Medieval History
Use historical information, learning activities and tips from our historians, curators and educational experts to support your teaching of medieval history.
Local Learning: Castle Acre
Explore the unique historic environment at Castle Acre using our suggested reading, activities and video resources.
A Mini Guide to Medieval Monks
Find out more about different medieval monastic orders with our short animation.
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If you’d like more information about a site or one of our workshops, get in touch using the online form on our bookings page to speak to your local Education Visits Officer. We look forward to seeing you soon.