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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 repeated sieges during 1312 and twice 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.

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 sessions are interactive, hands-on and immersive and have 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.

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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.
    • TOILETS: Toilets, including accessible toilets, are available on site.
    • 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. 
    • 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.

     

  • How to book

    0370 333 0606

  • Education opening times

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

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