Educational Tours

Stafford Castle 

school tours: stafford castle

Built around 1071 Stafford Castle is an excellently preserved example of a Norman motte and bailey Castle. For your pupils it is an exciting portal into the past!

When you book a Stafford Castle school tour you get your own dedicated tour guide who remains with you throughout the day.  In an innovative mix of child-centred learning and hands-on activiites, your guide will bring history vividly to life in a fun way that fires children's imaginations.

But don't just take our word for it.  Click on School Tour Quotes at the bottom of the page to see what our teachers and learners say.

School tours can be booked Monday-Friday all year round.  Please call  us on 01785 619131.

Stafford Castle school tours: learning that lingers long after the coach has taken you home.


Our links to the National Curriculum (good to know!)...

 Bring your children to Stafford Castle for:

Key Stage 1

  • The castle is a place "in your own locality" linked with "significant historical events": the Norman Conquest and local Anglo-Saxon rebellion of 1069. In our recreated guardhouse children can learn first hand about castles and the people who lived in them.

Key Stage 2

  • Stafford Castle is an ideal "local history study" site, offering the opportunity to trace how "aspects of national history" are reflected locally. Puplis can set the castle in the chronological context of sequential invaders: Romans; Anglo-Saxons; Viking; and finally Normans who conquered Stafford's Anglo-Saxons and built this fortress.

Key Stage 3

  • Pupils studying "the development of church, state and society in Medieval Britain from 1066" can see the Battle of Hastings brought vividly to life with an examination of arms and armour; they will learn how the Normans built castles like Stafford and used them to fortify their hold over a conquered people.

cross-curricular links and curriculum support

  • medieval coin minting

Pupils mint a William l penny to take home

Mathematics, English, History, Geography, Science

  • brass rubbing

Children learn the art of brass rubbing and create their own pictorial souvenir to take away

Art and Design, English, History, Geography

  • herb activity

Students can learn the varied medieval uses of herbs in Stafford Castle's herb garden and make their own lavender bags.

English, History, Geography, Art and Design, Science.



 self Guided tours

Whilst we firmly believe Stafford Castle is best appreciated through a guided tour, if you decide to visit on a self-guided basis, we ask that you let us know in advance.

Stafford Castle is a free access site but please be aware that Visitor Centre facilities may be closed for the private use of pre-booked guided tours and that during hours when the castle is closed to the general public, the Visitor Centre, toilets and Keep will be locked.

Our on-line learner resources are freely available to all teachers and learners.