Stokesay Castle

Schools

Explore the incredible fortified manor house with a great hall that's remained unchanged for 700 years and discover the fascinating story of the Shropshire wool merchant who became one of the richest men in England. Whatever your topic or key stage, a visit to Stokesay Castle can help bring history to life for your class.

Information about your visit

A visit to one of our sites will inspire your students and bring your teaching to life. We'd like to reassure you that we're following Government guidance to make your trip as safe and enjoyable as possible. 

Important information to consider before you book:

  • To keep everyone safe we’ve introduced limits on visitor numbers and school groups, so please bear this in mind when booking your trip.
  • Find out more about what to expect on your school visit, which also includes our Covid 19 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.
  • As usual, you’ll need to book your visit at least 14 days in advance. Please check our Terms and Conditions for full details.

We’re continually updating our education offer in line with government guidance.  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 follow government guidelines, but for certain sessions this hasn’t been possible – please check our schools webpages for further information.

There may be areas of our sites which are closed, so please check what’s available for your school group on our property webpages and with our booking team.  They can put you in touch with our Education Visits Officers who can offer help and guidance, so you can make the most of your school trip.

Curriculum Links

Support your teaching in the classroom by stepping out of it. A visit to Stokesay Castle will help you bring learning to life, covering multiple topics across the curriculum and Key Stages.

  • KS1-2 History: Local history study
  • KS1 History: Significant historical events, people and places in their own locality
  • KS2 History: Study of a site dating from a period beyond 1066 that is significant in the locality
  • KS3 History: Development of church, state and society in Britain 1066-1509 and 1509-1750; causes and events of the civil wars throughout Britain
  • KS4 History: GCSE: Study of the historic environment, suitable for AQA or OCR History B

Free Self-Led Visits

Whether studying local history or looking for inspiration for art or storywriting, lead your class on a free school visit to Stokesay Castle to spark their imagination and make learning memorable. Explore the Great Hall, North Tower, South Tower, Solar and Gatehouse, and learn about the castle's most famous resident, Laurence of Ludlow, as you immerse your students in over 700 years of history.

Download the Teachers' Kit below to support your teaching and learning before, during and after a visit. 

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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: Large car park about 300 metres from the entrance, with space for two coaches to park and charges do not apply. A coach parking permit is available from the visitor centre.
    • CASTLE: A one way system is in operation in the castle buildings. Access to the South Tower is controlled by site staff/volunteer due to the narrow stair way. Larger groups should access the castle in supervised small groups of up to 10 students to maintain visitor flow.
    • TOILETS: The toilets will be open and cleaned throughout the day. Please keep to your bubbles. Additional hand sanitising stations are available across the site.
    • LUNCH: Picnicking is not permitted in the inner courtyard, but there are benches just outside the entrance, near the gatehouse. The cafe is open for takeaway service only.
    • SHOP: The shop is open but with limitations on the number of customers at a time. Please take your students in supervised small groups of up to 5 at a time.
    • BAG STORAGE: A room inside the gatehouse can be used to store up to 30 bags. Please ask about using this space on arrival.
    • FACE COVERINGS: Face coverings must be worn in all indoor public spaces, including in our exhibitions, shops, cafés and tea rooms. We won’t be able to give you a face covering, so please come prepared so you don’t miss out.
  • Learning Resources

    A Teachers' Kit is a free educational tool packed with everything you need to give your group a deep insight into the place you are visiting. Featuring historical information, suggestions for activities, and high-quality images, this resource is a comprehensive toolkit for group leaders of various subjects and key stages. Kits also include key site information, facilities, plans and hazard information.

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  • School visits academic year 2020-21

    We have changed the opening arrangements of our sites to play our part in stopping the spread of COVID-19. In line with government guidelines we’re currently unable to accept education visits at our sites. We’re currently taking education bookings from 13 February – 1 July 2021. 

    Due to the current situation we can’t answer calls as quickly as we’d like to. If you’d like more information about a site, email us and we’ll put you in touch with an Education Visits Officer, or if you’d like to book a visit you can use our online booking form. 

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