Bring the curriculum to life and inspire your students with a visit to Scarborough Castle. Dominating Scarborough's headland, the site's history spans some 3000 years, with Henry II's 12th-century keep being the centrepiece of the fortifications developed following the siege of 1312 and two more sieges during the English Civil War. In December 1914, key parts of the castle were destroyed by German naval warships, but what role has Scarborough played in local and national events? Let your class gather all the evidence and decide for themselves.
Support your teaching in the classroom by stepping out of it. A visit to Scarborough Castle will help you bring learning to life, covering multiple topics across the curriculum and key stages.
- KS1 History: Significant historical events, people and places in the locality. Study of castles
- KS2 History: A local history study. Changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age. The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain. Britain's Settlement by Anglo-Saxons and Scots. A study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066
- KS2 Geography: Human geography: types of settlement and land use, identify the difference between natural and manmade defensive features of the castle, understand the strategic significance of the castle’s position
- KS3 History: A local history study. The development of church, state and society in medieval Britain 1066-1509 and in Britain 1509-1745
- KS3 Geography: Understand the key processes in human geography; understand how human and physical processes interact to influence and change landscapes
Free Self-led Visits
Book a free self-led visit to Scarborough Castle and organise your day to suit your curriculum objectives. Investigate prehistoric and Roman artefacts found at the castle in the exhibition in the Master Gunner’s House, and see the remains of the Roman signal station built to defend the cost. Explore the 12th Century stone keep and the curtain wall and imagine what life was like for medieval lords defending the castle from attack. Scarborough was famously bombarded during WW1, and standing in the castle grounds offers the perfect opportunity to explore this event in local history using the activity and extract in the Teachers’ Activity Ideas.Enquire now
Expert-led Discovery Visits
Bring Scarborough Castle to life and let us lead a Discovery Visit for you. Our session is interactive and immersive and has been specifically designed to meet the needs of different groups across the key stages. Explore what life was like in the Medieval Period, and how the castle was defended during times of conflict.
Our Discovery Visit has been adapted to follow health and safety guidelines and will still offer your students a quality and fun learning experience.Find out more
Plan your trip
We have a wide range of materials to support your visit and make school trip planning easy. You can find all our site-specific information and tools below, and further information on our what to expect page.
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 once you have made a booking, plus a 20% discount on the official English Heritage guidebook for your place of choice.
Once you book your visit you’ll be sent a visit permit, which you’ll need to bring with you on the day.
Visit our bookings page to start planning your trip!
Scarborough Castle Teachers' Resource Pack (KS2-KS4)
Use the historical information and sources in this pack to learn more about Scarborough Castle's story.
Scarborough Castle Timeline (KS2-KS3)
Chart the history of Scarborough Castle with our timeline.
Scarborough Castle Teachers' Activity Ideas (KS2-KS4)
Our suggested activities support learning before, during and after your visit to Scarborough Castle.
Scarborough Castle Student Activity Sheets (KS2-KS3)
Explore the key features of Scarborough Castle with our activity trail.
Scarborough Castle OCR Spec B: History Around Us (GCSE)
We’ve created a site proposal form to help with your planning in conjunction with OCR.
Teaching Medieval History
Use historical information, learning activities and tips from our historians, curators and educational experts to support your teaching of medieval history.
A Mini Guide to Castles
Discover how castles developed over time with this short introduction.
How to Take a Medieval Castle
Watch our short animation to learn more about how to take a medieval castle.
Postcard from Scarborough Castle
Take to the skies above Scarborough Castle to discover the site and its surroundings.
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If you’d like more information about a site or one of our workshops, get in touch using the online form on our bookings page to speak to your local Education Visits Officer. We look forward to seeing you soon.