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, consider why the Normans built a castle here, and imagine what life was like during the medieval period. Then discover the more recent history of the castle during the First World War, and learn about the conscientious objectors who were imprisoned here, in the newly reinterpreted exhibition. To make the most of your visit, download our Teachers' Kit (available from summer 2019), with useful information and learning activity suggestions for before, during and after your trip.

To explore the science behind the conservation of the cell block, and the history of conscientious objectors held there, download the Richmond Castle Cell Block Learning Pack for use in the classroom (the cell block is not open to visitors).

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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
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