Richmond Castle


Take your learning out of the classroom and explore Richmond Castle’s rich and varied history, from the Norman origins of the medieval castle, to the First World War and conscientious objectors. Much of the castle still survives, including the keep, with its breath-taking views from the top, and the poignant graffiti left by more recent prisoners in the cell block.

Curriculum links

Bring history and the curriculum to life at Richmond Castle:

  • KS1 History: Similarities and differences between ways of life in different time periods, significant historical events and people in locality
  • KS1-2 History: A study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils' chronological knowledge beyond 1066
  • KS1-3 History: A local history study
  • KS3 History: The Norman Conquest; The development of Church, state and society in Medieval Britain 1066-1509
  • KS3-4 Geography: Why was a castle built here? 
  • KS4 History: Study of the Historic Environment

Free self-led visits

Plan a free self-led visit and organise your day to suit your curriculum needs. Explore Richmond Castle, consider why the Normans built here, and imagine what life was like during the medieval period. Book our free handling collection when you book your visit, and see if you can identify the differences between how people of different ranks in society lived in the medieval period. Download our Teachers' Kit for useful information and learning activity suggestions for before, during and after your trip.

You can also discover the stories of the conscientious objectors who were imprisoned at the castle during the First World War in the newly reinterpreted exhibition. Download the Richmond Castle Cell Block Learning Pack to explore the science behind the conservation and the history of the cell block.

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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 are on hand to advise and help you create the best possible school trip to suit your needs and area of study.


  • Facilities
    • PARKING: There is no parking available onsite, however there is ample parking in the village centre and several nearby coach parking locations
    • TOILETS: There are multiple toilets on site and one accessible toilet in the Visitor Centre
    • LUNCH: Education groups are welcome to picnic on site, however there is no dedicated education lunch space
    • SHOP: There is a small shop on site at the admissions point
    • STORAGE: Unfortunately, there are no designated storage facilities for education groups
  • How to book

    0370 333 0606

  • Education opening times

    • January to March: Saturday and Sunday 10.00 – 16.00
    • April to September: Monday to Sunday 10.00 – 18.00
    • October: Monday to Sunday 10.00 – 17.00
    • November and December: Saturday and Sunday 10.00 – 16.00

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