School Visits

Discovery Visits at Conisbrough Castle

Sandford Award winner 2021!

Enhance your visit to Conisbrough Castle with an award-winning, expert-led Discovery Visit. At just £100 per session per class, it’s a great way to combine inspiring experiences with quality learning.

"Sessions are creative, interactive and hands-on with a strong commitment to excellence and leading best practice in heritage education." Sandford Awards Assessor's Report 2021

Meet the Medievals

KS1, KS2, KS3

What was daily life like at Conisbrough Castle? This engaging, hands-on Discovery Visit explores the lives of the people who lived and worked here. Pupils will enjoy a hands on experience investigating artefacts from the past, to discover what life was like in a medieval castle.

  • Availability: Monday to Friday during term time
  • Session lasts for 1 hour
  • £100 per session
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Tales from the Keep

KS1, KS2, KS3

Why was a Castle built at Conisbrough? This interactive Discovery Visit explores the magnificent Keep and Bailey and helps pupils understand why Conisbrough was a significant location. Using enquiry skills, pupils will interpret evidence and discover the function and role of the castle, including the lives of past residents.

  • Availability: Monday to Friday during term time
  • Session lasts for 1 hour
  • £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. 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! 


  • Facilities
    • PARKING: Parking for disabled visitors available outside Visitor Centre. Please call the site before visiting for details.
    • TOILETS: Separate male and female toilets available.
    • LUNCH: You are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy in the grounds. 
    • SHOP:  Shop located in the visitor centre selling a range of gifts, souvenirs and books. We recommend bringing your students in small groups at a time.
    • EDUCATION ROOM: The education room is currently unavailable. 

    Site Map

    Conisbrough Site Map


  • Hazard Information

    A useful tool to help with your risk assessments.

    You must meet the following ratios for leaders to students on the day of your visit when booking, and if your group is forming smaller groups while at the site:

    • Ages 4-5 (UK Reception) 1 leader for every 4 students (1:4)
    • Ages 5-7 (UK Key Stage 1) 1 leader for every 6 students (1:6)
    • Ages 7-11 (UK Key Stage 2) 1 leader for every 10 students (1:10) and
    • Ages 11-18 (UK Key Stages 3, 4, and 5) 1 leader for every 15 students (1:15)
    • For an adult learning group, consisting of individuals all over the age of 18, there are no ratios but there must be an appointed group leader
    • All ratios outlined above apply to home education groups
    • If your group consists of children aged 3 and/or 4, you must also refer to the Early Years and Foundation Stage Statutory Framework which sets out specific legal requirements for minimum ratios for this age group, to include requirements about the qualifications of the leaders
    • SEND groups must meet the minimum ratios above but may bring any additional leaders as required to adequately support their group
  • 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-Sunday
    • November-March: Monday-Sunday 10-4pm. Discovery Visits available Monday-Sunday

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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