Peveril Castle


Founded soon after 1066 by William Peveril and overlooking Hope Valley and Cave Dale, Peveril Castle is a fantastic and historically important site for school children to explore.

Curriculum links

An exciting and dramatic Norman castle overlooking the Derbyshire countryside offers educational opportunities for school groups, particularly history from 1066, when the castle was founded.

  • KS2 History: A study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils' chronological knowledge beyond 1066.
  • KS2-3 History: A local history study. The town Medieval Castleton which can be seen from Peveril was a classic Norman castle borough, where there was a settlement of craftsmen and traders.
  • KS3 History: The development of Church, state and society in Medieval Britain 1066-1509. Peveril Castle was built soon after 1066 by William Peveril who played a key role in extending the Norman settlement into Derbyshire. The striking square keep was built by King Henry II in during the 12th century

Free Self-led Visits

Mentioned in the Domesday survey, Peveril Castle is one of England's earliest Norman fortresses. The keep was built by Henry II in 1176. Displays in the visitor centre tell the story of Peveril as the administrative focus of the Royal Forest of the Peak, a royal hunting preserve since the 11th century. Schools can travel up the hill to visit the castle grounds, as well as venturing inside the keep.


Plan Your Visit

We have a wide range of materials to help support your visit and make school trip planning easy. Download our free Learning Resources, Hazard Information Sheets and Risk Assessments 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 are on hand to advise and help you create the best possible school trip to suit your needs and area of study.


  • Facilities
    • PARKING: Parking available at the Castleton visitor centre
    • LUNCH: Picnic area outside the visitor cantre can be used by groups
    • TOILETS: There is one unisex toilet and one disabled toilet
    • SHOP: Gift Shop selling English Heritage souvenirs
    • EXHIBITION: Permanent exhibition display on the upper floor of the visitor centre about the history of the castle.
  • How to book

    0370 333 0606

  • Education Opening Times

    • March: Education Winter Opening on Mondays and Fridays
    • April to October: Open for schools, please contact the Education Booking Team on 0370 3330606 for details.
    • November: Open Mondays and Fridays
    • December to February: Closed

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