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Educational visits - English Heritage

English Heritage offers a vast range of offline and online resources to help you learn more about our historic environment. Below are detailed guides on many popular destinations, to give teachers useful information in preparing for a visit, to really make the most during the visit itself, and in extending the learning once back in the classroom.

Tintagel Castle - teacher’s kit

  • This pack of information includes site history, site plan and tour, documentary sources, site photos and teaching ideas.

Totnes Castle - teacher’s kit

  • This photocopiable resource contains the history of Totnes Castle, a site plan and tour, site photos and suggested activities to investigate this important site. The pack also contains ideas to make cross curricular links with Art and Design, English, Geography and Maths.

Medieval Merchant’s House (Southampton) - teacher’s information

  • This resource includes the historical background along with documentary sources and descriptions of the venue.

Scarborough Castle - teacher’s kit

  • This resource includes the site history, site plan and tour, documentary sources and site photos. Also has suggested activities to make cross curricular links with Art and Design, English, Geography, Maths and Science.

Berney Arms Mill (Norfolk) - teacher’s information

  • This resource gives useful information on three windmills along with possible activities based on them. It looks as how windmills work, gives site descriptions and the use of many simple diagrams helps students to understand their workings. This resource would support development in many curriculum areas such as Design and Technology, Science and local history.

Rochester Castle (Kent) - teacher’s information

  • This resource includes historical background and possible learning opportunities. This is one of the finest examples of a Norman castle keep in England and would form a good basis for those wishing to investigate the military aspects of castle design.

Old Sarum (Salisbury) - teaching kit

  • The site’s history, site photos, reconstructional drawings and suggested activities to learn about this former Iron Age hill fort. Investigate the changes made to the site by the Romans, Anglo-Saxons and Normans and learn about the importance of its role as a form of defence.

Richmond Castle (Yorkshire) - teacher’s kit

  • The site’s history, site plan and tour, documentary sources, site photos and suggested activities to learn all about how the first castle here was built by ‘Alan the Red’ who fought alongside William the Conqueror at the Battle of Hastings. You can also make cross curricular links with Art and Design, English, Geography and Maths.

St Mawes Castle (Cornwall) - teacher’s kit

  • The site’s history, site photos and suggested activities to support teaching about St Mawes Castle, which was built to guard safe anchorage in the Carrick Roads with three huge circular bastions with gun ports. You can also make cross curricular links with Art and Design, English, Geography and Maths.

Eltham Palace (Greenwich) - teaching kit

  • This teaching kit includes the site’s history, a site plan and tour, along with site photos. You can also make cross curricular links with Art and Design, Design and Technology, English and Maths.

Restormel Castle (Cornwall) - teacher’s kit

  • This resource contains a site history, site plan and tour, documentary sources and site photos to support teaching about Restormel Castle and its shadowy past! You can also make cross curricular links with Art and Design, Citizenship, English, Geography, Maths and Science.

Dover Castle - teacher’s information

  • This resource contains a historical description of Dover Castle for those planning a visit, along with ideas for learning opportunities and cross curricular links.

Down House (Kent) - teaching kit

  • Use this teaching kit to investigate the home of Charles Darwin. Look at the history of the house using photographs, site plans and a site tour.

Helmsley Castle (York) - teaching kit

  • This teaching kit provides a site plan and tour, a timeline, site photos and reconstructional drawings. Useful for pupils studying the civil war in the 17th century, it also provides cross curricular links with Art and Design, Citizenship, Design and Technology, English, Geography and Maths.

Berkhamsted Castle (Hertfordshire) - teacher’s information

  • This resource gives a historical description and possible learning opportunities for those wishing to investigate Berkhamsted Castle, which is the remains of a large motte and bailey type castle.

Orford Castle (Suffolk) - teacher’s kit

  • Use the included site plan and tour, site photos, timeline and suggested activities to investigate this medieval castle. Includes several suggested activities to make cross curricular links with Art and Design, English, Geography and Maths.

Thornton Abbey and Gatehouse (Lincolnshire) - teacher’s kit

  • Includes photographs, site plans and background information to investigate Thornton Abbey and Gatehouse. There are also lesson ideas for all key stages and cross curricular links to Geography, Art and Science.

Rushton Triangular Lodge (Northamptonshire) - teacher’s information

  • This resource offers a historical description of an extraordinary building with three sides, three floors, trefoil windows and three triangular goblets on each side. Ideas are included for KS1, KS2 and KS3, making links with Maths, English, Design and Technology and RE.

Framlington Castle (East Anglia) - teaching kit

  • This teaching kit includes site maps, a site tour, timeline and photos, including cross curricular links with Art and Design, English and Geography.

Castle Acre Priory (Norfolk) - teacher’s information

  • Castle Acre is a good example of a Norman settlement and has great historic value. This pack includes historical background, site maps, a full description of the site and suggested activities for before, during and after a visit.

St Augustine’s Abbey (Kent) - teacher’s information

  • This resource provides the historical background, description of the site, documentary sources and activity ideas. St Augustine’s is one of the oldest Anglo-Saxon monastic sites in the country.

Walmer Castle and Gardens (Kent) - teacher’s information

  • This resource provides historical information on Walmer Castle, originally built as one of Henry Vlll’s forts to protect the coast from possible invasion. Includes possible learning opportunities for KS2 children, that could easily be adapted for either KS1 or KS3.

Temple Manor (Kent) - teacher’s information

  • This resource includes a historical description of this early medieval building, giving many good ideas for appropriate learning opportunities for a visit.

Upnor Castle (Kent) - teacher’s information

  • This resource includes a historical description of this Tudor fort building. It also includes ideas for learning opportunities for KS2 and KS3 children, with good cross curricular links.

Longthorpe Tower (Cambridgeshire) - teacher’s information

  • Longthorpe Tower is a medieval fortified manor house with interesting wall paintings in the Tower. This resource would be useful for those planning a visit, as it provides possible activities for KS1, KS2 and KS3 for both History and Art.

Medieval Bishop’s Palace (Lincoln) - teacher’s information

  • This resource includes the historical background of the site along with site plans and maps, photographs and timelines.

Chiswick House (London) - teacher’s information

  • Built in c1728 by Lord Burlington, a leading architect and patron of the arts, Chiswick House’s design was influenced by Italian architecture. This resource includes learning opportunities and ideas to make cross curricular links with Science, Maths, English and Art.

Old Gorhambury House (Hertfordshire) - teacher’s information

  • This resource contains interesting background information on the magnificent ruins of an old Tudor house and ideas for activities for those planning a visit.

Bushmead Priory (Cambridgeshire) - teacher’s information

  • This resource gives a historical description of Bushmead Priory with its interesting wall paintings and stained glass windows. This resource would be useful for those planning a visit to the Priory or planning to look at Medieval Realms or the Tudors.

Brodsworth Hall (S Yorkshire) - teacher’s information

  • This site gives a real insight into the lives of a wealthy Victorian family, due to the rare survival of photographs and documentation there.

Audley End House and Gardens (Essex) - teacher’s information

  • This resource contains lots of background information and detail about particular features.

Wrest Park House and Gardens (Bedford) - teacher’s information

  • This resource gives a short historical background to the house and possible teaching activities for KS2 and KS3 when planning an educational visit (which can be cost free if relevant instructions are followed).

Gainsborough Old Hall (Lincolnshire) - teacher’s information

  • This resource gives historical background information on this fifteenth century Manor House, as well as suggested learning opportunities for children in Key Stages 1, 2 and 3.

Clifford’s Tower (York) - teaching kit

  • This teaching kit has useful photos, timeline, site history and reconstructional drawings, describing the Tower’s original use as the keep of York Castle.

Titchfield Abbey (Hampshire) - teacher’s information

  • This resource provides a historical description of Titchfield Abbey which was first built as a monastery and includes possible learning opportunities for KS2 and KS3 children.

Marble Hill House (Twickenham) - teacher’s information

  • Includes the site plan and tour, site photos and timeline to investigate this house built on the Thames, giving you ideas on cross curricular links with Art and Design, English and Maths.

Mistley Towers (Essex) - teacher’s information

  • Two free standing towers are all that remain of this 1735 medieval church in Essex. Pictures of the original church can be seen inside the East tower and this resource would be useful to those planning a visit. It also suggests cross curricular links and interesting activities for KS2 children.

The Old Merchant’s House and Row 111 House (Great Yarmouth) - teacher’s information

  • These resources give background information, site maps and photos of these two seventeenth-century houses built by wealthy merchants. Both resources would be useful if planning a visit to the site or investigating the history of Great Yarmouth

Rufford Abbey (Nottinghamshire) - teacher’s information

  • This resource includes a historical description and discusses why many changes took place and how different individuals influenced these changes.

Wolvesey Castle, Old Bishop’s Palace (Hampshire) - teacher’s information

  • This resource provides historical descriptions of Wolvesey Castle and would be useful for those planning a visit. The ruins of Wolvesey which was once a medieval palace make a good basis for investigating medieval palaces and the types of people who lived in them.

Chichele College (Northamptonshire) - teacher’s information

  • Chichele is the remains of a fifteenth century college for secular canons. This resource gives a historical description and suggested learning opportunities for those planning a visit.

Rycote Chapel (Oxfordshire) - teacher’s information

  • This resource contains historical descriptions and possible learning opportunities for those planning a visit to this fifteenth-century building.

Isleham Priory Church (Cambridgeshire) - teacher’s information

  • Isleham Priory Church was built in about 1090 and this resource provides useful background information for those planning to visit the Church, giving a historical description and suggested learning opportunities.

Flitton De Grey Mausoleum (Bedfordshire) - teacher’s information

  • This resource gives a historical description of the Mausoleum of one of the most prestigious families in the region.

Lyddington Bede House (Lincolnshire) - teacher’s information

  • An historical description of the only remaining part of a grand medieval palace of the Bishops of Lincoln. This resource is useful for those planning a visit and gives good learning opportunity ideas.

Maison Dieu (Kent) - teacher’s information

  • This resource provides historical descriptions and possible learning opportunities for KS2 and KS3 children when visiting Maison Dieu (the medieval name for a hospital).

Wingfield Manor (Derbyshire) - teacher’s information

  • This resource gives a historical description of the incomplete remains of this late medieval palace. Pupils can learn what it was like to live in a medieval palace and could be encouraged to think about why it was designed and laid out it this particular way.

Castle Rising (Norfolk) - teacher’s information

  • Castle Rising was a late Norman domestic keep, the walls of which still stand to their original height. This resource gives an historical background and would be useful for those planning a visit, including activity ideas for KS3.

Stott Park Bobbin Mill (Lancashire) - teacher’s information sheet

  • Use this background information about Stott Park Bobbin Mill to support a visit or investigate the Lancashire textile industry or the industrial revolution.

Learning from Objects - a teacher’s guide

  • This book is about how to use objects in the classroom without specialist knowledge and how to prepare students to get the maximum from these objects both as a preparation to, and during, a site visit.

Using Historic Houses - a teacher’s guide

  • This book is for teachers wanting to improve their ability to plan visits to historic houses so that their pupils enjoy the experience and develop ways of learning from the rich resources. It covers houses from the medieval period onwards.

Using Abbeys - a teacher’s guide

  • Over 800 abbeys were closed down by Henry VIII at the Dissolution. This book informs teachers about the buildings needed by these highly organised, often self-sufficient, communities and shows how to make the best educational use of the remaining structures with pupils of all ages.

Using Castles - a teacher’s guide

  • This book looks at castles built in England between the 11th and 15th centuries with the aim of helping teachers gain confidence in this area of history. Includes preparing for visits to gain the most from them.

Using Roman Sites - a teacher’s guide

  • This book shows how to use the evidence left behind by the Roman occupation of Britain. It looks in detail at forts, villas, towns, industrial sites, temples and burials with resources sheets for use in the classroom.