Discovery Visits at Portchester Castle

Inspire your students on an Expert-Led Discovery Visit at Portchester Castle. Dress up, handle objects and learn about the history of the castle in a fun and engaging way.

Big History: From Dominant Castle to Hidden Fort

History, Story telling
KS2, KS3

Encounter 2000 years of history at English Heritage’s Portchester Castle and Royal Armouries’ Fort Nelson. In two interactive sessions, pupils will dress up and handle objects as they learn about chronology, the history of warfare and why Portchester Castle and Fort Nelson were built. Book both sessions, one at Portchester Castle and one at Fort Nelson, or choose an individual workshop at either site to suit your needs.

  • Portchester: March: Monday and Friday, April to October: Monday to Friday during term time. Fort Nelson: open all year by arrangement (excludes 24-26 December).
  • Portchester Castle session lasts 1¼ hours; Fort Nelson session lasts 1 hour
  • £200 for a session at both sites or £100 for one session
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In the Footsteps of Kings

Design & Technology, Drama, Geography, History
KS1, KS2

On an interactive tour of Portchester castle, our expert will bring the history of this historical site to life through drama and storytelling. Guided by our facilitator, your class will act out the story of Portchester for themselves, discovering why it was built, who lived there, and how Richard II and Edward III defended the castle and enjoyed a luxury lifestyle fit for kings!

  • Availability: March: Monday and Friday, April to October: Monday to Friday during term time
  • Session lasts for 1 hour
  • £100 per session
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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: Free car park, 200m from entrance with 100 parking spaces. Disabled parking is available in the car park. There is space for 3 coaches. The car park is managed by Fareham Borough Council.
    • TOILETS: Unfortunately there are no toilets inside Portchester Castle. Public toilets, including accessible toilets, are available in the car park. These are managed by Fareham Borough Council.
    • BAG STORAGE: Schools are welcome to leave bags in the Education Room if pre-booked. Room is lockable but all items are left entirely at your own risk.
    • LUNCH: You are welcome to bring a picnic and eat in the Outer Bailey, or there is a dedicated picnic area in the Inner Bailey, with picnic benches. In bad weather you may use the education room, if booked. A selection of hot and cold drinks and snacks can be bought from the shop.
    • EDUCATION ROOM: Based in one of the castle towers, this is a multipurpose room that can be used as a classroom, as well as an interactive space with a number of models of weapons that would have been used to attack the castle.

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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