Discovery Visits at Kenilworth Castle

Let your students delve deeper into the history of Kenilworth Castle during an expert-led Discovery Visit. Our interactive sessions are a great way to bring history to life and support your teaching in the classroom for KS1-4 and are just £100 per group per session. 

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



This expert-led tour of Kenilworth Castle is designed to support GCSE groups learning about Elizabethan England, particularly the AQA exam module ‘Elizabethan England, c1568-1603’. Through engaging discussion and activity, students will explore key aspects of Elizabeth I’s reign, as well as the location, function, structure and design of Kenilworth Castle. Later tour times available during the summer term, please enquire for more details.

  • Availability: Monday to Friday all year during term time
  • Session lasts for 1 1/2 hours
  • £100 per session
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Developed to support your study of the historic environment for GCSE History, this castle tour meets aspects of the requirements for OCR History A or B. Explore the architecture and discover what different parts of the site reveal about changing needs and attitudes from the 12th to the 16th century.

  • Availability: Monday to Friday all year during term time
  • Session lasts for 1 1/2 hours
  • £100 per session
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Medieval Castle Quest

Geography, History
KS2, KS3

Investigate Kenilworth Castle’s medieval architecture and history. Your class will work in teams as they explore the castle and gather clues on a quest to find out how it was used in medieval times. They will discover and identify key defensive and domestic features at Kenilworth, and some replica artefacts to develop their skills in observation and historical enquiry.

  • Availability: Monday to Friday all year during term time
  • Session lasts for 1 1/2 hours
  • £100
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Life in a Castle

Drama, Geography, History
KS1, KS2

Compare life then to now. Your class will become history detectives, investigating the castle to find evidence that it was once a home for many people, and how it differs to the way we live today.

  • Availability: Monday to Friday all year during term time
  • 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 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

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

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