Pevensey Castle


Pevensey Castle has a long history dating back over 16 centuries, which began with the Romans in the fourth century and was famously the place where William the Conqueror landed in 1066. Bring your teaching to life and stand at the spot where history happened. 

"Visiting sites such as Pevensey Castle is great for taking learning out of the classroom and making it much more real - helping increase pupil engagement and developing greater depth of understanding".  James Whitaker, Head of History Bede's School

Curriculum Links

Bring history to life with a visit to Pevensey Castle and inspire your students. Not only can you cover multiple time periods and topics during a visit, but cross curricular links too.

  • KS1-3 History: Local history study
  • KS1 History: Significant historical events, people and places; study of castles
  • KS2 History: The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain; a study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils' chronological knowledge beyond 1066 
  • KS3 History: The Norman Conquest; The development of Church, state and society in Medieval Britain 1066-1509
  • KS3-4 Geography: Understand the strategic significance of the castle’s position
  • KS4 History: AQA Spec A GCSE exam in 2019 'Norman England C1066-C1100 unit; AQA Section B: British depth studies including the historic environment, Norman England; Edexcel Paper 2B1; Anglo Saxon and Norman England 1060-1088; OCR History A; Study of the historic environment; OCR History B; History around us, British depth study, The Norman Conquest 1060-1087   
  • KS5 History: OCR Unit Y102/Y132: Anglo Saxon England and the Norman Conquest 1035-1107; AQA Unit HIS2A: Conqueror and Conquest c1060-1087; Edexcel Paper 2, Option 2A.1: Anglo Saxon England and the Anglo-Norman Kingdom c1053-1106

Free Self-Led Visits

Enjoy a free self-led visit to Pevensey Castle and discover the place where the Norman Conquest of England began, when William the Conqueror landed here on 28th September 1066. Pevensey Castle is on the AQA Spec A GCSE exam in 2019 as part of the 'Norman England C1066-C1100' unit. Download the free resource pack below to help before, during and after your visit. We also offer free planning visits for group leaders once you have made a booking.    

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Plan your trip

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
    • PARKING: Parking is available at a charge for 50 cars approximately 300 meters from the entrance and there are three coach parking spaces
    • TOILETS: Toilets are located in Pevensey car park close to the East Gate entrance
    • LUNCH: Students are welcome to bring packed lunches and picnic in the grounds
    • SHOP: A small shop sells a range of English Heritage souvenirs, as well as a selection of guidebooks, postcards and drinks


  • How to book

    0370 333 0606

  • Education opening times

    • March: Monday and Friday 10.00 - 16.00
    • April to September: 10.00 - 18.00
    • October: 10.00 - 17.00
    • November: Monday and Friday 10.00 - 17.00
    • December to February: Closed

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