Stokesay Castle


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.

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. 

Find out more


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
    • BAG STORAGE: A room inside the gatehouse can be used to store up to 30 bags. Ask about using this space on arrival
    • TOILETS: Male and female toilets (including accessible toilets) located at the visitor centre
    • ACCESS: Space on-site is limited, so to ensure your class get the most of our their visit please make sure that your group booking does not exceed 60 learners and leaders and that no more than 30 explore inside the castle at one time
    • LUNCH: Picnicking is not permitted in the inner courtyard, but there are benches just outside the entrance, near the gatehouse. There is a tearoom near the car park. Students are welcome to purchase food and drink from the cafe but please share the available tables with other visitors
  • 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.

  • Enquire now

  • School visits from September 2020

    Education bookings for learners of all ages and abilities are now open and you’ll be able to make provisional bookings for visits from September 2020 to March 2021. Please be aware that it may take us a little longer than usual to come back to you as we continue to review and update our offer. 

    In the meantime if you have a query related to an existing booking or would like more information please email

    We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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