Discovery Visits at Farleigh Hungerford Castle

Remains of 14th-century fortified mansion built in the quadrangular style as home of the colourful Hungerford family. Interesting features include the gate house, dry moat, curtain wall, chapel crypt and foundations of the original manor house.

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

Living in a Medieval Castle

Drama, History, Literacy
KS1, KS2, KS3

Living in a Medieval Castle is our expert-led session which can be adapted for EYFS, KS1, KS2 or KS3. This interactive site tour will help your class will discover who lived and worked in the castle and the similarities and differences between Medieval life and our lives today.

  • Availability: March: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, April to October: Monday to Friday, November: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
  • Session lasts for 1 1/4 hours
  • £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: Car parking is available on-site. Coaches cannot enter the site and should park in the dedicated coach parking bays opposite the gateway.
    • LUNCH: Plenty of outdoor lunch space is available. In the case of wet weather we will try to provide an indoor space, but this cannot be guaranteed. .
    • TOILETS: Toilets are available.
    • SHOP: The shop is open for group leaders. Alternatively, you can order goody bags which can be booked in advance paid for on the day.
    • EDUCATION CENTRE: Education room available for bag storage. The free resources (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) can be requested directly from site. It is subject to quarantining regulations so please check if it is available before you visit.
  • 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: Saturday-Sunday 10-4pm. Discovery Visits available Wednesday-Friday
    • December-February: Saturday-Sunday 10-4pm
    • March: Saturday-Sunday 10-4pm. Discovery Visits available Wednesday-Friday

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