Cover a range of topics and learn more about life in a castle over several key historical periods, with a visit to Launceston Castle. Begun soon after the Norman Conquest, a stone keep was later added on top of a large natural mound, with stunning views over the surrounding landscape. The castle was also used as a prison during the 17th century, a Cornish Royalist base in the Civil War and later, a US field hospital during the First and Second World Wars.
Visit Launceston Castle to support your teaching in a fun and engaging way, and cover multiple topics across the curriculum.
- 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
Free Self-led Visits
Book a free self-led visit to organise your day to meet your curriculum objectives. Explore Launceston Castle to learn about what life was really like in a medieval castle: walk through the south gatehouse into the bailey which enclosed the main medieval buildings, before climbing up to the keep. At the top of the tower, look out over the surrounding town and countryside, and imagine what it would have been like to defend this castle from attack. Visit the exhibition room to learn more about the history of the castle or explore the medieval replica objects in our Loan Box.Enquire now
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!
Launceston Castle Handling Collection Kit (KS1-KS2)
Our Handling Collection Kit features historical information and activity suggestions for group leaders of various subjects and key stages.
Teaching Medieval History
Use historical information, learning activities and tips from our historians, curators and educational experts to support your teaching of medieval history.
A Mini Guide to Castles
Discover how castles developed over time with this short introduction.
How to Take a Medieval Castle
Watch our short animation to learn more about how to take a medieval castle.
Local Learning: Launceston Castle
Discover the unique historic environment around Launceston Castle with our suggested reading, activities and video resources.
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If you’d like more information about a site or one of our workshops, get in touch using the online form on our bookings page to speak to your local Education Visits Officer. We look forward to seeing you soon.