Farleigh Hungerford Castle

Schools

Plan your school trip to Farleigh Hungerford Castle, a fortified mansion originally home to the Hungerford family. Explore the castle ruins, the chapel and the burial vault and look around the Priest's House to learn about the history of the site and the people who lived there. 

Please note: this site is currently open on Thursdays and Fridays only.

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.
  • Although is it not a requirement, any teachers, parents, or students aged 16 years can check in via the NHS Test and Trace app, using the NHS QR code posters displayed at the site entrance. Please factor this into your travel/arrival time. For more information about how we are handling your personal data for NHS Test and Trace please visit this 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 a fun and engaging way, with a visit to Farleigh Hungerford Castle.

  • EYFS: Understanding the world
  • KS1 History: Significant historical events, people and places; study of castles
  • KS1-3 History: A local history study
  • KS2 History: A study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils' chronological knowledge beyond 1066
  • KS3 History: Development of church, state and society in Britain 1066-1509 and 1509-1750; the Civil War
  • GCSE History: Study of the historic environment

Free self-led visits

Book a free visit to Farleigh Hungerford Castle and lead your own school trip in a way that suits you. Visit the museum and explore the castle to help your class learn about the history of this site. It also makes a fantastic stimulus for art, photography or story writing projects. 

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Expert-led discovery visits

Let us help you inspire your students with a Discovery Visit session, run by one of our site experts. An interactive castle tour will bring the history of Farleigh Hungerford Castle to life. 

Our Discovery Visits have been adapted to follow health and safety guidelines and will still offer your students a quality and fun learning experience.

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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
    • CHAPEL: The chapel will be open as usual. 
    • PRIEST HOUSE: The top floor of the priest house will remain closed.
    • PARKING: Car park and coach parking is available on-site.
    • LUNCH: Plenty of outdoor lunch space is available.
    • TOILETS: The toilets will be open and cleaned throughout the day. Hand sanitiser will be available where necessary.
    • SHOP: Gift shop is open on-site and we request that access is only for school leaders. A one way system is in place.
    • EXHIBITION: Accessible museum with extensive objects displays and descriptions including a number of artefacts found on site.
    • EDUCATION CENTRE: The education room is currently unavailable as are the Medieval costume collection for KS1-2, the handling collection with site related objects and information notes, and the on-site activity sheets including activities around castles, heraldry and medieval character cards.
    • FACE MASKS: 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.
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  • School visits

    We’re pleased to confirm we’re now taking bookings online until 30 September. All bookings must be made at least 14 days in advance.

    Our site staff and education team are still working hard to keep everyone safe and we continue to follow government guidance.

    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.

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