Deal Castle

Schools

Let your students explore one of Henry VIII's finest artillery castles and find out what life was like for the people who lived and worked here.

"Deal Castle allows young learners to capture the historical experience of defending the town of Deal and the coastline from attack. It provides a factual learning journey from King Henry's time to the present day that is both engaging and informative, and plenty of fun can be had!"

Anna Palmer, Early Years Teacher

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.

We’re continually updating our education offer in line with government guidance.  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

  • KS1 History: Significant historical events, people and places in the locality
  • KS1 English: Use the castle as a platform for developing stories and fairy-tales
  • KS1 Mathematics: Focus on the main shapes of the building
  • 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 Britain 1509-1745

Free self-led visits

Enjoy a free self-led visit and lead your day in your own way. Your students can explore the defences, discover the bastions and see the cannons. Let them experience Deal Castle for themselves, and learn what a Tudor fort is, why and how it was built, and the reasons why it was so important to the local area. 

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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
    • CASTLE: The Captain's Apartments will be open. The castle moat is currently closed. One side of the castle 'rounds' (passageways beneath the castle) will be open for you to explore. There is a one way system in place and students must enter in groups of 10 (with additional accompanying adults).
    • EXHIBITION: The castle's exhibition will be available for you to enjoy however some interactive interpretation will not be available.
    • PARKING: There is a large car park located next to the castle, with disabled parking available opposite. There is no coach parking available on site, however there are spaces for coaches available 500m away from the castle entrance.
    • TOILETS: Toilets and hand sanitiser will be available on site. There is also an accessible toilet available - please ask a member of staff for access.
    • LUNCH: You are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy in the grounds. The education room is currently not available for use as a lunch space.
    • SHOP: The castle shop will be open. Please bring your students in small groups.
    • EDUCATION ROOM: The education room is currently not available.
    • ACCESSIBILITY: The gatehouse, courtyard and the ground floor of the castle are all accessible to wheelchair users. Other areas of the site are accessed via staircases and people with limited mobility may need some assistance.
    • FACE COVERINGS: Face coverings must be worn in Deal Castle's indoor shop and all other indoor spaces. We won’t be able to give you a face covering, so please come prepared so you don’t miss out.
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  • School visits from September 2020

    Education bookings are now open and can make provisional bookings for visits from September 2020 to March 2021. 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, or if you’d like to book a visit you can use our online booking form. 

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