Heritage Education Service (HES)

Activities at Carisbrooke Castle Museum

Carisbrooke Castle Museum

We are able to offer educational visits to Carisbrooke Castle Museum for Island educational groups. 

Workshops available at Carisbrooke Castle Museum (or in schools) include:

EYFS / Key Stage 1

  • Life in a Castle – Learning about Carisbrooke Castle as both as home and a fortress, through storytelling, play and artefact handling. Plus self-led photo-hunt  to help explore the castle. 
  • Carisbrooke Castle Timeline – An interactive look at key events during the castle’s history, including stories of lords, ladies, heroes and prisoners. (Can be adapted for KS2/3)

Keys Stage 2/3

  • Saxons on the Wight – Meet two Saxon Islanders, what can we discover about them from their burials? Look at the archaeological evidence and recreate their graves with replica artefacts.

  • Tudor Times at Carisbrooke Castle – Exploring the Tudor remains of Sir George Carey’s (Elizabeth I’s cousin) mansion and Carey’s role as a Shakespeare’s patron.

  • I’m a King, get me out of here! – Meet Mistress Wheeler the King’s laundry maid and help devise escape plans for Charles I. Handle replica civil war armour and explore the issues of the period.


View and download the full Museum and Outreach Workshops programme for 2018-19 (PDF, 840KB, 6 pages).

Please note: All sessions can be adapted to suit the needs of your students. We are happy to develop new workshops to suit your needs.

Bookings and Fees

To book any of these activities please contact us using the online send a message to service alternatively use the details found in the contact tab above.

We can deliver workshops in the museum all year round and provide you with self- led activities to guide you around the castle site before/after your workshop when the site is open to the public. All visits to the castle site require an education permit from English Heritage in order to gain free entry into the castle.

There is a charge of £90 per class (max 33 students) or £150 for two workshops for all our castle activities.  

Schools that do not require any input from the Heritage Education Service (HES) and would like a self-led visit at Carisbrooke Castle can still do so free of charge when the castle is open as part of English Heritage’s free education visits offer. English Heritage also offers its own Discovery Visits at the castle. See the website for more information on educational visits.