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"Blockhouse guarding the harbour"

External picture of Yarmouth Castle

Bring history to life at Yarmouth Castle. Discover more about one of the last coastal forts built by Henry VIII, the people who lived there and how it has evolved. The castle provides many cross-curricular links, so not only will a visit help to improve your pupils' understanding of history, but many other subjects. Book a free self-led visit and create your own day to suit your own needs.


This venue provides its own educational materials
Education Destination can arrange FREE visits to Osborne, Carisbrooke and Yarmouth Castles on your behalf!

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The following links to external website(s) may be of interest to visiting groups:

On-site and Classroom resources published by English Heritage


Based on feedback from experienced teachers who have visited Yarmouth Castle, here are some suggestions for learning activities related to this venue:


KS 1 & 2

Link what they read and saw about the house before the visit with what they see when they are there and then write a story about the people who lived there


KS1, 2 & 3

From the elevated position overlooking the Solent you can identify key features of physical and human geography Use simple compass directions (North, South, East and West) and locational and directional language [for example, near and far; left and right], to describe the location of features and routes on a map

KS 3: Human geography relating to economic activity in the primary, secondary, tertiary and quaternary sectors.

Describe and explain why the site is suitable as a tourist attraction


KS 3: The development of the Church, State and Society in Britain 1509 - 1745

Investigate how people lived in the sixteenth century

KS 3: The development of the Church, State and Society in Britain 1509 - 1745

The visit as part of the study of how and why Henry VIII needed to defend England. Crossover with R.E.

KS 2&3: A study over time, testing how far sites in their locality reflect aspects of national history.

Compare the defensive features of Sixteenth Century Yarmouth with Eleventh Century Carisbrooke Castle (requires visit to other site)

Information Technology

Produce a guide book suitable for children, collect guidebooks at the places you visit on the island, gather information about your site when there(split the group into teams and allocate them different aspects of the site to investigate), then produce it when you get back with a variety of prizes, good use of colour, written style, team work, pictures have been annotated.


The following information is not intended to form a comprehensive access statement; it is provided to highlight particular areas of concern for disabled visitors. We do not warrant that this information is fit for purpose or accurate. Education Destination will happily assist with gathering information in respect of particular concerns, or help you arrange an inspection visit.

To help you determine whether Yarmouth Castle is suitable for your particular students, we've summarised any accessibility issues for you in the section below.

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Assistance dogs allowedAssistance dogs allowed

The courtyard is accessed via a cobbled pathway.

Master Gunners Quarters Kitchen

Assistance dogs allowedAssistance dogs allowed

Master Gunners Quarters Kitchen

Viewing Platform

Assistance dogs allowedAssistance dogs allowed

Access to the viewing platform is via steep historic steps and is therefore not suitable for wheelchairs.


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Opening Dates, Times and Restrictions

Many Island venues and attractions, especially those outdoors, have limitations on opening times during the year. Additionally, some have limits on the number of group tours on any given date for safety and capacity reasons.

This section helps you identify whether Yarmouth Castle has any such restrictions during your preferred visit dates.

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A tour of the castle typically takes 1-2 hours.

Open fully April - October. Open on certain days through winter - contact us for details.

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Helping you come prepared!

In this section we've highlighted any special clothing or equipment you'll need to bring in order to get the most out of a visit to Yarmouth Castle

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There are no special requirements for a visit to Yarmouth Castle.


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All of the supporting documentation you'll need

One of the most common issues faced by teachers when planning trips is ensuring that all of the relevant paperwork is in place, and that the lead teacher and their assistants are fully briefed about each venue before they arrive.

Our experienced teachers have done most of this work for you. In this section you'll find a sample Risk Assessment covering all of the typical activities undertaken at Yarmouth Castle by groups of students, along with a detailed "On The Day" Procedure which sets out everything you need to know about the site before you get there.

If there are any other mandatory considerations, such as HSE advice sheets for animal attractions or outdoor activity centres, you'll also find these below.

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Venue overview for Yarmouth Castle

A brief overview of Yarmouth Castle prepared especially for teachers.

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Generic risk assessment for Yarmouth Castle

For your convenience this generic risk assessment has been prepared to cover all of the typical activities undertaken at Yarmouth Castle. You may use it as the basis for your own documentation. We do not warrant that this is either complete or accurate, and would be happy to help arrange a site pre-visit if required.

Generic Risk Assessment (PDF) →


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