Dartmouth Castle

Schools

Begun in 1388 to protect the town and harbour from attack, Dartmouth Castle has been added to and updated over time, as it continued to protect the coastline for over 600 years. It has survived the Hundred Years War, the Spanish Armada, the Civil War and served in both World Wars, and this long history is now told through new multimedia interpretation. 

Information about your visit

A visit to one of our sites will inspire your students and bring your teaching to life. We'd like to reassure you that we're following Government guidance to make your trip as safe and enjoyable as possible. 

Important information to consider before you book:

  • To keep everyone safe we’ve introduced limits on visitor numbers and school groups, so please bear this in mind when booking your trip.
  • Find out more about what to expect on your school visit, which also includes our Covid 19 Risk Assessment.
  • To make the planning process as easy as possible, make sure you check our Plan Your School Trip section at the bottom of this page, for updated information on the facilities at the site as well as our free resources.
  • As usual, you’ll need to book your visit at least 14 days in advance. Please check our Terms and Conditions for full details.
  • English Heritage are legally required to request and record the contact details of customers and visitors aged 16 years and over. The information that you provide will only be shared with NHS Test and Trace, if requested. For more information and for details of our safety measures, please see our what to expect page.

We’re continually updating our education offer in line with government guidance.  Most of our English Heritage sites are now open, including indoor spaces and cafes.  At some sites you might not be able to use our handling collections or costumes as part of a free self-led visit, but where we can provide hands-on items in a safe way we will. We’ve adapted our Discovery Visit workshops to follow government guidelines, but for certain sessions this hasn’t been possible – please check our schools webpages for further information.

There may be areas of our sites which are closed, so please check what’s available for your school group on our property webpages and with our booking team.  They can put you in touch with our Education Visits Officers who can offer help and guidance, so you can make the most of your school trip.

Curriculum Links

Support your teaching in the classroom by stepping out of it. A visit to Dartmouth Castle will help you bring learning to life, covering multiple topics across the curriculum and Key Stages.

  • KS1 History: Significant historical events, people and places in the locality
  • KS2 History:  A local history study. A study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066
  • KS3 History: A local history study. The development of Church, state and society in Medieval Britain 1066-1509 and in Britain 1509-1745. Challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 to the present day

Free self-led visits

Explore the Gun Tower, one of the first purpose-built coastal artillery forts in Britain. See the displays of weaponry and armour, try on helmets and handle cannon balls and shots. You can also see where the original medieval harbour chain was and how it worked, blocking enemy ships from entering the Dart estuary. Look out for interpretation around the castle to discover the story of Dartmouth during the World Wars and don’t miss the open-air platforms for heavy guns and the Victorian gun battery, brought to life with a dramatic sound and light installation.

Enquire now

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

  • Facilities
    • GUN TOWER: Please note that the basement and roof of the gun tower will remain closed.
    • PARKING: There is limited parking at the 'Pay and Display' car park located 12 metres from the entrance. This is not managed by English Heritage. Parking on the access road is free. 
    • TOILETS: The public toilets will be open. Hand sanitiser will be available where necessary.
    • FOOD AND DRINK: You are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy in the grounds. There are benches located around the site, and a small lawn area available for picnicking.
    • SHOP: The shop will be open, but there will be limits on the number of people allowed in: please bring your students in supervised small groups of up to 5. A one-way route may also be in place. 
    • FACE COVERINGS: Face coverings must be worn in all indoor public spaces, including in our exhibitions, shops, cafés and tea rooms. We won’t be able to give you a face covering, so please come prepared so you don’t miss out.
  • Enquire now

  • School visits academic year 2020-21

    In line with government guidance, we’re pleased to confirm we’re now taking bookings online.

    Our COVID-secure measures will remain in place until all restrictions are lifted.  Visitor numbers are limited, and all bookings must be made at least 14 days in advance.

    English Heritage are legally required to request and record the contact details of customers and visitors aged 16 years and over.  The information that you provide will only be shared with NHS Test and Trace, if requested.  For more information and for details of our safety measures, please see our what to expect page.

    Due to the current situation we can’t answer calls as quickly as we’d like to. If you’d like more information about a site, email us and we’ll put you in touch with an Education Visits Officer.

'step into englands story