The largest castle in Devon, Okehampton was begun soon after the Norman Conquest as a motte and bailey castle with a stone keep. In the 14th century it was converted into a luxury residence for the Earl of Devon, before eventually falling into ruin. Today, the castle offers a range of learning opportunities from understanding life in a medieval castle to exploring the surrounding woodland and riverside areas.
Visit Okehampton 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
- KS1 Science: Identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited, identify and name a variety of plants and animals in their habitats, including microhabitats
- KS1 Geography: Use geographical skills and fieldwork
- KS2 History: Local history study. Study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066
- KS2 Science: Working scientifically. Identify and name a variety of living things in the local and wider environment
- 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 and organise your trip to fulfil your curriculum objectives. Explore the castle ruins, imagine what life would have been like in Okehampton Castle and walk around the motte to look for the remains of the ditch that once protected the castle from attack. The castle is also surrounded by woodland and countryside areas, with a range of plants, wildlife and habitats to discover.Enquire now
Plan Your Visit
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!
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.
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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.