Castles As Homes

Suitable for KS1

Colchester Castle is an exciting and unique place to visit for groups studying ‘Castles’ or ‘Homes’ as a topic.

An exciting day exploring Colchester Castle as a home. Dressed up in our colourful knight’s tabards, your pupils will experience what it was like to live and work in the Castle.

Storytelling, trails and hands-on activities will spark your class’ imagination and keep them actively engaged.

The day includes three sessions and time to visit the Castle shop. Alternatively, your pupils can take home one of our goody bags. Details of what is included and how to pre-order can be found under Downloadable Resources. 

More Information

Castle story tour*

  • With a Knight or Lady, explore hidden parts of the Castle
  • Climb the Great stairs for a birds-eye view from the Castle roof
  • Learn about who would have lived in the Castle

*Lift access in the Castle is limited to the galleries. An alternative story tour is available for children who are unable to access the roof.

Teacher-led session

  • Investigate special object boxes linked to people who would have lived in the Castle
  • Learn about Castle feasts, medicine and Medieval writing
  • Handle replica objects and explore the materials used to create them

Exploring the Castle keep

  • Look inside the Castle model and see what it may have been like when people lived here
  • Follow the Castle trail to find out how it was built
  • Work as a team to build an arch
  • Dress up as different characters and explore the exciting new galleries

Colchester Castle

Full Day Session

£4.65 per child (Colchester Borough schools)

£5 per child (non Borough schools)

Things to note

All school, nursery and group visits must be booked in advance.

To enquire about a visit or to make a booking please contact us.

Our team can reserve a date for you at time of booking, but please note the visit will not be confirmed until you receive a booking form.

We are now invoicing all school groups for their visits. Invoices will follow approximately 20 working days from the date of your trip. The number of children indicated on the booking form is an approximate. You will only be charged for the number of children who actually visit on the day.

A minimum charge may apply.

Prices are valid until 31st March 2023.

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