Experience what life was like at Carisbrooke Castle for the people who lived there. The castle has experienced sieges, imprisoned kings, seen off the Spanish Armada and spans over 1000 years of history. What better way to bring the curriculum to life and cover multiple topics than to stand at the spot where history happened. Book a free self-led visit and find out more about how the changing role of Carisbrooke Castle, or choose from one of our two interactive Discovery Visits that will inspire your pupils.
A medium-sized car park is available free of charge for patrons.
Pay and Display and on-street parking can be found in Carisbrooke village, which is approx. 10-15 minutes on foot.
Good sized lawned areas are available for eating picnics.
A tearoom is open during the main season serving hot and cold drinks and snacks.
A tearoom is open during the main season serving a range of hot and cold drinks and snacks.
Free coach parking is available for approx. 6 vehicles on site. If all bays are taken, drop-off is possible close to the venue entrance.
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On-site and Classroom resources published by English Heritage
Based on feedback from experienced teachers who have visited Carisbrooke Castle, here are some suggestions for learning activities related to this venue:History
KS3: The development of Church, state and society in Medieval Britain 1066 - 1509
The impact of the Norman Conquest: Key Question - How much did the Normans change the Isle of Wight?
KS2: A study of an aspect of history or a site dating from the period beyond 1066 that is significant in the locality.
Local history in the context of national events: Key Question - How did the Normans change the Isle of Wight
KS3: Development of Church, State and Society in Britain 1509 - 1745
Why was Carisbrooke Castle modernised in the Sixteenth Century
KS3: A study over time, testing how far sites in their locality reflect aspects of national history (some sites may predate 1066).
Why was Charles II imprisoned at Carisbrooke?
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 Castle with Eleventh Century Carisbrooke Castle (requires visit to other site)
KS1: Geographical skills and fieldwork
From the elevated position on the top of the Motte 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
KS2: Geographical skills and fieldwork
From the elevated position on the top of the Motte you can match the way information is represented on a map with how it is in reality. Use the eight points of a compass, four and six-figure grid references, symbols and key (including the use of Ordnance Survey maps) to build their knowledge of the United Kingdom and the wider world
KS3: Geographical skills and fieldwork
Use fieldwork to observe, measure, record and present the human and physical features in the local area using a range of methods, including sketch maps, plans and graphs, and digital technologies
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
KS2: Forces and magnets
The donkeys in the Elizabethan well house can be used to demonstrate that pulleys and gears allow a smaller force to have a greater effect
KS3: Democracy, government and the rights and responsibilities of citizens
Historic examples of; monarch, Parliament, government, law, judge, trial by jury
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 Carisbrooke Castle is suitable for your particular students, we've summarised any accessibility issues for you in the section below.Help OFF Quick Website Intro
Assistance dogs allowed
All pathways are either gravel, tarmac or grass and are fairly flat.
Assistance dogs allowed
Ground floor of museum is accessible but not the upper floor.
Assistance dogs allowed
Not wheelchair accessible
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 Carisbrooke Castle has any such restrictions during your preferred visit dates.Help OFF
A visit to Carisbrooke Castle is a whole day trip if undertaking on-site learning activities.
Open fully April - October. Open on certain days through winter - contact us for details.
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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 Carisbrooke CastleHelp OFF Quick Website Intro
Sturdy footwear is recommended, especially if intending to tackle the Wall Walk which takes place at height.
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 Carisbrooke 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.Help OFF Quick Website Intro
A brief overview of Carisbrooke Castle prepared especially for teachers.Download (PDF) →
For your convenience this generic risk assessment has been prepared to cover all of the typical activities undertaken at Carisbrooke 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) →
Our handy guide to distribute to your adult supervisors just before arrival. This essential document sets out in summary form everything you need to know about the venue, from a useful site navigation map to the locations of toilets and first aid boxes, lost child procedures, special clothing or equipment requirements etc.On-the-Day Procedure (PDF) →
Verified feedback from previous group visits...Maggie Howland, KS2 Teacher | 15/06/2016 | 34 x Upper KS2
"The learning at Carisbrooke Castle..war and weapons ... was pitched perfectly with games and activities to stimulate their thinking."
"Another excellent experience. We loved seeing the donkeys and walking round the grounds and playing on the cannons and trying out the armour and the instruments in the museum. The demo of the well house was again pitched just right for our children and they loved it. I think they rather liked the fact that our children chose to sing Happy Birthday to Jigsaw too :) The staff were all extremely friendly and helpful and it was nice for us to be able to do what we wanted as we chose to do it. "
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Mixed Ability resources are suitable for all ability levels within the specified Key Stage.
You will notice that either ALL aspects of the resource are suitable for all abilities, or that the activities are grouped into sections so that you can direct students accordingly - these resources typically progress in difficulty or offer enrichment tasks for higher ability students.
Lower Ability resources are differentiated especially to appeal to less capable students in the selected Key Stage.
These activities are introduced using less challenging language and feature prompts which are not present in other versions of the resource. For example, in word-finding activities the lower ability version might include letter counts or other clues.
Where differentiated resources are provided, these are generally produced in two or three variants to cope with the range of abilities in a mixed year group, and are carefully designed such that they all take around the same amount of time to complete.
Mid Ability resources are differentiated to appeal to average students in the selected Key Stage.
These activities use carefully considered language and will often be simplified compared to high ability versions of the resource. For example, in mathematics activities numbers might be deliberately rounded to make calculations more straightforward or avoid fractions.
Where differentiated resources are provided, these are generally produced in two or three variants to cope with the range of abilities in a mixed year group, and are designed such that they all take around the same amount of time to complete.
High Ability resources are differentiated especially to appeal to the most capable students in the selected Key Stage.
These activities generally offer more challenging questions, or additional tasks to enrich the overall experience and learning available.
Where differentiated resources are provided, these are generally produced in two or three variants to cope with the range of abilities in a mixed year group, and are carefully designed such that they all take around the same amount of time to complete..