Scarborough Castle

Schools

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.

Information about your visit

Our number one priority remains the health, safety and security of all of our visitors, staff and volunteers. Our staff are still working hard to keep everyone safe and make sure you and your group have an enjoyable visit.

Important information to consider before you book:

  • To keep everyone safe we’re continuing to limit visitor numbers at some sites and in some indoor spaces. Please book as soon as possible to secure your preferred trip date and times.
  • Find out more about what to expect on your school visit and make sure you download our COVID risk assessments; download a free copy of managing education visits during the pandemic and if you're participating in a Discovery Visit download our managing Discovery Visits during the pandemic risk assessment
  • To make the planning process as easy as possible, make sure you check our Plan Your School Trip section at the bottom of this page, for updated information on the facilities at the site as well as our free resources.
  • You’ll need to book your visit at least 14 days in advance. Please check our terms and conditions for full details.
  • Although is it not a requirement, any teachers, parents, or students aged 16 years can check in via the NHS Test and Trace app, using the NHS QR code posters displayed at the site entrance. Please factor this into your travel/arrival time. For more information about how we are handling your personal data for NHS Test and Trace please visit this page.
  • Our staff are continuing to wear a face covering in our busy areas and indoor spaces, and we encourage you and your group to do the same where possible.

At some sites you might not be able to use our handling collections or costumes as part of a free self-led visit, but where we can provide hands-on items in a safe way we will. We’ve adapted our Discovery Visit workshops to keep you and your group safe at all times, but for certain sessions we’re still working on this – please check the Discovery Visit section and Facilities section on this page below for further information.

Curriculum links

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

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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.

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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: As there is no parking on site, we recommend using the Park and Ride or the pay and display Marine Drive car park. Please note, there is no access for coaches or a turning point for coaches at the site. Parking for visitors with disabilities is available within the castle grounds, if needed, please request this when making your booking.
    • EDUCATION ROOM: There is indoor space available for bag storage only.
    • TOILETS: Toilets, including accessible toilets, are available on site.
    • LUNCH: You are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy in the grounds. There is a café on site selling sandwiches, cakes and hot and cold drinks.
    • SHOP: There is a shop selling a range of English Heritage gifts and souvenirs, accessible via a ramp. We recommend bringing your students in small groups at a time.
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