Discovery Visits at Pendennis Castle

Bring your class to Pendennis Castle and let our site experts bring history to life with an interactive Discovery Visit for up to 30 students.

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

Enemies on the Horizon

Geography, History, Literacy
KS2, KS3

This interactive guided tour explores the importance of Pendennis Castle in defending Cornwall from attack. Through exploring the site, your class will consider how defences and weaponry developed over time and what life was like for those working there.

  • Availability: After February half term and March: Wednesday to Friday, April to October: Monday to Friday during term time, November: Tuesday and Thursday
  • Session lasts 1 1/4 hours
  • £100 per session
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Expert-Led Discovery Visits

Now and Then

History, Literacy
KS1

Costumes and handling artefacts are used to introduce children to the idea of change through time as they compare their own life with that of people living in Tudor times.

  • Availability: After February half term and March: Wednesday to Friday, April to October: Monday to Friday during term time, November: Tuesday and Thursday
  • Session lasts for 1 1/4 hours
  • £100 per session
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Plan Your Visit

We have a wide range of materials to support your visit and make school trip planning easy. 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. Our Education Booking Team is on hand to advise and help you create the best possible school trip to suit your needs and area of study.

  • Facilities
    • PENDENNIS CASTLE: The castle buildings and grounds are open for you to enjoy while keeping to social distancing rules; including the Keep, the gun shed and battery observation post and the Half Moon Battery.
    • PARKING: Car and coach parking is a short 5 minute walk. Disabled visitors can drop off close to the castle entrance.
    • EDUCATION ROOM: The bookable education room is available.
    • TOILETS: Male and female toilets are located at the rear of the shop and on the first floor of the Royal Artillery Barrack Block.
    • LUNCH: There are picnic areas outdoors. Please book the education room for wet weather lunches. Group leaders are welcome to use the café, which will be open for drinks and light refreshments.
    • SHOP: The shop is open selling English Heritage gifts and souvenirs. Please bring your class in small groups at a time.
    • ACCESSIBILITY: Please also note that much of the site has uneven surfaces. Some areas of the castle are accessed via steps and stairs.
  • Learning Resources

    A Teachers' Kit is a free educational tool packed with everything you need to give your group a deep insight into the place you are visiting. Featuring historical information, suggestions for activities, and high-quality images, this resource is a comprehensive toolkit for group leaders of various subjects and key stages. Teachers’ Kits also include key site information, facilities and plans.

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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