Schools

Kenilworth Castle has been a major military stronghold, a royal palace, and an inspiration to writers and artists. It's the perfect destination to bring learning outside of the classroom and cover a wide range of curriculum subjects.

Curriculum links

Support your teaching in a fun and engaging way, with a visit to Kenilworth Castle.

  • KS1-3 History: A local history study
  • KS1 History: Significant historical events, people and places; study of castles
  • 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 Medieval Britain 1066-1509
  • GCSE History: Study of the historic environment

Free Self-Led Visits

Book a free education visit and lead your visit in your own way. A visit to Kenilworth Castle can support learning across the curriculum, from a study of the historic environment to stimulus for story writing or art.

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Expert-led Discovery Visit

Let us bring the history of Kenilworth Castle to life for your students with an immersive Discovery Visit led by one of our experts. Sessions are available for up to 30 students, to support KS1, KS2, KS3 and GCSE History groups and offer excellent value.  

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. You can find all our site-specific information and tools below, and for Covid-19 risk assessments and measures we’ve got in place please visit 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 for group leaders once you have made a booking. Visit our bookings page to start planning your trip!

  • Facilities
    • PARKING: Car park with coach parking opposite entrance.
    • TOILETS: Unisex toilet located in Leicester's Gatehouse. 
    • SHOP: The shop is open for small groups of 10 students accompanied by a leader. Alternatively, you can order goody bags, which can be booked in advance paid for on the day.
    • EDUCATION SPACE: The education space is currently unavailable.
    • LEICESTER’S GATEHOUSE: Entry to Leicester's Gatehouse cannot be guaranteed. Please inquire at the Visitor Centre on arrival if you wish to book a timed entry slot.
    • LUNCH: You are welcome to bring a picnic to eat in the grounds. There are picnic benches and grassed areas to sit on. In the case of wet weather we will try to provide an indoor space, but this cannot be guaranteed. 
    • ACCESSIBILITY: There are accessible toilet facilities on site. Please also note that much of the site has uneven surfaces. Some areas of the castle are accessed via steps and stairs.
  • 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-June: Monday-Sunday 10-5pm. Discovery Visits available Monday-Friday
    • July-August: Monday-Sunday 10-6pm. Discovery Visits available Monday-Friday
    • September-October: Monday-Sunday 10-5pm. Discovery Visits available Monday-Friday
    • 1 November-23 December: Saturday-Sunday 10-4pm
    • 26 December-1 January: Monday-Sunday 10-4pm. Discovery Visits available Monday-Friday
    • 2 January-17 February: Saturday-Sunday 10-4pm
    • 18 February-26 February: Monday-Sunday 10-4pm. Discovery Visits available Monday-Friday
    • 27 February-31 March: Wednesday-Sunday 10-4pm. Discovery Visits available Wednesday-Friday
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