Castle Acre: Castle Acre Priory

School Visits

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. There's also lots of resources for schools available to download for free below.

Curriculum Links

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 signifcance and visual decadence.

  • KS3 History: The development of Church, state and society in Medieval Britain 1066-1509
  • KS3 History: The development of Church, state and society in Britain 1509-1745
  • KS3 History: A local history study
  • 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 itself 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 and support your teaching before, during and after your school 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.

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  • Facilities
    • Education room: Free to book with benches and tables, suitable as a lunch room
    • Parking: Space for up to 4 coaches, please specify when booking
    • Toilets: Male and female toilets available 50 metres from entrance (not accessible for wheelchairs)
    • Access: Parts of the site are limited to those who cannot climb the spiral staircase
  • How to book

    0370 333 0606

  • Booking for learning groups is essential.

    Education Opening Times

    • April-October- Open for education groups, please contact the Education Bookings Team on 0370 333 0606 for details.
    • November-March- Closed for education groups


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