Kirby Muxloe Castle

School Visits

This picturesque fortified mansion was built for Lord Hastings, who was dramatically seized and executed by Richard III in 1483. Explore the atmospheric moated remains, the fine gatehouse, and complete corner tower of this brick-built mansion. 

“The trip gave the pupils a fantastic opportunity to embrace their local history."

Teacher, KS2


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Curriculum Links

Support your teaching in the classroom by stepping out of it. A visit to Kirby Muxloe Castle will help you bring learning to life, covering multiple topics across the curriculum and key stages.

KS1 History: Significant historical events, people and places within the locality
KS2 History: Local history study. Study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066
KS2 Geography: Use geographical skills and fieldwork. Understand the strategic significance of the castle’s position
KS3 History: Local history study. Development of Church, state and society in Britain 1066-1509 and 1509-1750
GCSE History: Study of the historic environment

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Free Self-Led Visits


Book a free self-led visit to Kirby Muxloe Castle and organise your day to suit your curriculum objectives.


Explore the gatehouse and find the historic portcullis winding room. Look out for the William Hasting' initials and emblems in the patterned brickwork and investigate the West Tower with its spiral staircases. 


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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 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:  There is a car park on site with space for 2 coaches. There are disabled parking spaces, plus room for cars and minibuses.
    • TOILETS: One unisex toilet on site. This is a portaloo in the car park; the key can be obtained from the site team.
    • LUNCH:  There is no indoor lunch space available. Picnics are welcome in the grounds. There are some benches and picnic tables.
    • SHOP:  There is a very small shop selling a limited range of English Heritage gifts and souvenirs. Bespoke goody bags can be made up to your specifications with items from Ashby de la Zouch Castle shop on request. There is a guidebook available; this is a joint guidebook with Ashby de la Zouch Castle. Education groups receive a 20% discount on guidebooks.
    • EDUCATION ROOM: There is no education room, but there are indoor spaces for groups to gather in inclement weather.
    • BAG STORAGE:  No specific bag storage area, but the site team will aim to accommodate bag storage.
    • ACCESSIBILITY:  There are 2 disabled parking spaces. The toilet is accessible. The site is mainly rough mown grass. Parts of the site, i.e. the gatehouse upper floors and towers, are only accessible via steps and spiral staircases.
    • WET WEATHER: Groups should come dressed in suitable clothing and footwear.
  • 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*.

    *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: Saturday-Sunday 10-5pm

    • November-March: No bookings can be taken at the current time

    It is possible to open the site Monday-Friday exclusively for a school group subject to staff availability. Please contact if you are interested in visiting Kirby Muxloe Castle with your class.

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