Stafford Castle School Tours

Stafford Castle StocksBuilt around 1071 Stafford Castle is an excellent example of a motte and bailey Castle.

Our school tours cover the fascinating history of the castle site, with its eleventh century Norman fortress consisting of a large motte and two extensive bailies together with its associated medieval village. The foundations of the1348 medieval stone keep of the Staffords' can be seen, as well as its later reconstruction.

Bring your children to the castle for:

Key Stage 1

  • Stafford 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. Pupils can set the castle in the chronological context of sequential invaders: Romans; Anglo-Saxons; Vikings 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 conquered people

 

 Tours Programme

Cross-curricular links and curriculum support
Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 tours and hands on activities are designed to be cross-curricular and support the national curriculum links listed opposite.

All tours include a guided tour of the Castle grounds and Keep, and the opportunity to try on chain mail and helmets, and handle shields, weapons and armour.
English
- Listening
- Q and A
- Role Play
Science
Mathematics
Art and Design
History
Geography
 Activities  Cross-curricular links and curriculum support
 Medieval Coin Minting
- Pupils mint a William I penny to take home
Mathematics
English
History
Geography
Science
 Brass Rubbing
- Children can 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 about 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




Visiting Times:
Mon-Fri 9.30am-3pm all year round (times can be adapted to suit your requirements)

Price:
(Minimum 15 students) Accompanying teachers and assistants free.

£3.70 per child (includes):
- Tour
- Hands-on Opportunities
- Two Activities from activity list

Extras: - Extra Activity: £1.00 per child
- Time Saving Gift Packs: £3.00 per child
Gift Packs contain themed pen, notebook, pencil and rubber.

SEN:  We welcome visits by special needs schools and would encourage you to contact us to discuss any special requirements.

Wheelchair Access:
Although the visitor centre and toilets are freely accessible to wheelchair users it is advisable to discuss access to the castle with us before your visit.

Parking: Coach and car parking adjacent to the Visitor Centre

Lunch:
Packed lunched may be eaten on the picnic tables or in the visitor centre during inclement weather.

To book a tour please contact Stafford Castle on 01785 619131 to check availability or fill in the Booking Form (pdf 220kb) and send it back to us. 

Payment can be made on day of visit by cash, card or cheque (made payable to Stafford Borough Council). Invoices will incur a £20 administration fee.

We also have an Stafford Castle School Visit Risk Assessment (pdf 104kb) sheet that you can print and fill out.