School Visits to Tattershall Castle

Helmets and swords resting on a table in the Castle's parlour.

It's time to get excited about history and all it offers. Be a castle explorer, uncover a legend, boogie like a medieval Lord or discover a medieval killing machine. We have a variety of exciting and hands-on workshops for you to choose from. No matter what age group or ability we'll work with you to create the best learning day to suit the needs of you and your students.

2019 Education Visit Brochure (PDF / 0.9MB) download

Make it a Guided Visit

We host guided school visits on most days between February and November. In order to suit your topic, we can alter our delivery whether you are studying castles, learning about fairy tales or answering a specific cousework question.

What's the size of your group?

We can offer a whole day of activities for up to 60 children. We focus our dedication on one school per day - so get booked in early. Your visit can take place between 10am and 2pm and we can provide guided activities for all or some of the day. It's your choice.

What activities do we offer?

All activities are led by the experienced Castle Learning Team, comprising of staff members and trained volunteers. There are a range of wonderful ways to get stuck in, including;

  • A Castle Tour
  • Medieval Dancing
  • Toys and Games
  • A themed craft
  • Brass Rubbing
  • Object Handling
  • Archery and the Longbow

Take your pick of up to three activities on your visit. To learn more about what each activity entails please look through the brochure below.

We don't just teach, we also inspire
Two members of the learning team point at a piece of information on the Castle wall. They are swmiling happily.
We don't just teach, we also inspire

Make it a self-led visit

You can visit the castle without the Learning Team to guide you, but you must book your visit at least seven days before the proposed arrival date. Admission charges are still applicable for all adults (including helpers) and pupils. Use the contact details below to check availability, make any queries and / or receive a booking form.

Things to consider

  • We are a drafty castle with no heating, so treat the visit like you would an outdoor trip. It is best to wrap up warm, ensure every child has a coat and wear sensible & sturdy footwear. 
  • Access is difficult for pupils with a physical disability - the only way to fully explore the castle is by a spiral staircase with 149 steps (quite a few!).
  • As the site is a scheduled ancient monument, our toilets are located a distance from the castle. There are no toilets inside the castle unfortunately. Please take into consideration the extended length of time that younger children will need to climb the stairs and travel to the toilet as you decide on how many activities to book.
  • We don't have a cafe on site, so bring food with you for a picnic. Hot drinks and a a small selection of snacks are available in the Guardhouse for visitors to buy.
  • In the event of poor weather your party can eat their lunch in the Castle Parlour (the ground floor chamber of the Great Tower).
  • The site has two water-filled moats with sheer walls / steep banks and uneven and slippy surfaces throughout. It is essential that you visit prior to your school trip to do your own risk assessment and see the site for yourselves. We will provide some notes and recommendations to assist you with this.

How to contact us and book;

All visits and activities must be pre-booked. It's how we prepare for your unique experience!

To book a school visit or discuss any details of the visit please contact our Visitor Experience Officer, Amanda Grant, who is in charge of education at the Castle.

Contact her by phone on 01526 342543 or send her an E-mail (Amanda.Grant@nationaltrust.org.uk)

Please ensure you have a date for your visit agreed before sending the booking form in order to avoid disappointment.