Region: Wales

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Castell Henllys, Meline (near Crymych), , Pembrokeshire SA41 3UR

Contact: 01239 891319

Website: http://www.castellhenllys.com

Description

Castell Henllys Iron Age Village - Travel back in time over 2,000 years to experience life in the Iron Age...

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Exactly what does your venue offer to educational visits?

Castell Henllys is a hill top site of an Iron Age settlement occupied between 400 BC and 50BC which has been extensively excavated over the last 35 years. Four round houses and a raised grain store have been reconstructed using the original footprints of the ancient dwellings.

Set within the rugged landscape of north Pembrokeshire, Castell Henllys has been owned since 1991 by the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority and has been used since the 1990s to deliver an understanding of the ancient landscape and our Iron Age heritage. Recent funding from Cadw has helped the site to become a hub for pre-history in the Preseli area of Pembrokeshire. Our cross curricular education programme uses role play, activities and costumed interpretation to explore every day life in the Iron Age, utilizing the “village” as an aid for young students to relate to our ancestors. As well as the historical aspects the site is used extensively to explore environmental and life style issues either with booked visiting groups or in our daily guided tours and new visitor centre.

Why are you a great place for educational visits?

Our education team is chosen not only for their teaching skills but also for their acting abilities, their enthusiasm and passion for history. The role-play element is very important and detailed biographies of the characters have been created to make them believable, allowing students to compare them to people they know in their own time. For example, the chief lives in the largest house, which she considers to be very grand and wears jewelry and finer clothes which the other villagers do not. As the chief she is a leader and protector and the visiting students can judge her qualities. They meet various characters such as a woodsman, a basket maker and a warrior who explain their place and importance within their society.

Other educational experiences are also available such as a language-based activity, “Words in Wellies”, and our fun numeracy challenge, “Mucky Maths”.

Do you have the LOtC Quality Badge or any other accreditation such as AALA?

Four times winner of the “Sandford Award for Heritage Education”

What does a typical educational visit include?

Daily Life in the Iron Age

A dedicated team delivers our education programme through role play and activities. The programme, concentrating on daily life in the Iron Age and aimed at Key Stage 2 pupils, is closely linked to the National Curriculum and to the archaeological evidence from the extensive excavations of the site. Student visitors will have the opportunity to experience first-hand the austere and precarious life of a pre-historic village. The visit is stimulating but enjoyable. Students can handle quality reconstructed artefacts and learn new skills through activities such as willow weaving, grain grinding and house building. They learn about warfare and have their faces painted like Celtic warriors, religion and social structure in the Iron Age

The houses they enter are authentic reconstructions built on the original foundations and are often dark, exposed to wind through the open door and cold despite the central fire, giving the children an insight into what it was like to live in a Celtic roundhouse. Having been met by one of the “villagers”, the group arrives at the fort via an uphill trek, passing a river, through wooded areas and over ancient defenses. This creates a realistic and memorable environment in which students will empathize with their ancestors. The walk to the village also emphasizes the wider geographical landscape and costumed characters they may meet along the way explain the resources available and the limitations of these ancient times.

We are happy to discuss with schools the specific needs of visiting groups.

Other things to see and do at Castell Henllys

Holiday Events

Holiday activities reflect our educational programme. Visitors can take part in creative craft days as well as our “Warrior” or “Roman” days, which though essentially fun, use the original 2000 year old defenses to investigate weapons and warfare. These activities are aimed at anyone between five and 95 years old.

Visitor Centre

The visitor centre offers interactive leaning points and there is a ten-minute video detailing life in the Iron Age. Artefacts from the excavation and from other pre-historic sites in the area are on display. As a hub for pre-history we encourage visitors to use the site as a launching point for discovering the many ancient sites of North Pembrokeshire.

Interpretation Points

New interpretation points along the route to the village challenge the visitor to compare their lives with those of the past. An App for smart phones and i-phones is available to download for independent exploration of the site.

Barefoot Trail

In 2016 a new Barefoot Trail was opened giving visiting groups and members of the public the opportunity to kick off their shoes and experience different textures with their bare feet. At the end of the trail steps lead to the river where feet can be washed in the water. This gives people the opportunity to make closer links with their pre-historic ancestors who may well have walked barefoot through the area.

Guided Tours

From April to October there are daily guided tours of the village.

What group sizes do you cater for?

Maximum group size is 90 (ages 7-11) though the ideal group size is 60

Do you provide projects, teacher’s packs, work sheets or any useful information?

We provide information for teachers prior to the visit. We also offer free pre-visits to teachers. Group leaders are encouraged to visit the site, free of charge, prior to their visit but if unable to so do, can telephone or e-mail to request specific activities on the day or to inform the site of special requirements, such as vehicular transportation for pupils with mobility issues.

An interactive CD Rom is available which can be used on a PC or an interactive whiteboard. The contents include a story based at Castell Henllys, pupil work sheets, video clips of the “villagers” and information on the Iron Age for teachers 

Are you happy for children to take photos, video or audio?

We are happy for teachers and supervising adults to take photos during the sessions. However we ask that pupils/participants refrain from taking photos during the activities as it can be a distraction. They are welcome to take photographs after the activities end.

What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?

Teachers are welcome to visit free of charge to conduct a pre-visit assessment. Our risk assessment is sent to schools with the confirmation letter for the booking.

Does your venue have an education officer?

The site does not currently have an education officer. Enquiries are directed to the Site Manager. If the manager is unavailable a member of staff will take the school’s details and the school will be contacted as soon as the manager is able to do so.

Group educational bookings are organised and confirmed by the site manager. Confirmation letters are sent out accompanied by a risk assessment and detailed guidance notes and information for teachers regarding the visit. The site manager arranges staff for the day of the visit. The Educational Programme can be delivered through the medium of Welsh or English.

What is the cost of the visit?

The cost is £3.50 per pupil.

Supervising adults (maximum of 1 per 10 children) are free

If you would like to book a visit for a group of adults please call Castell Henllys on 01239 891319 for prices.

Is specific clothing required for the trip?

The village can be cold so we recommend bringing warm, waterproof clothing and sensible footwear.

Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?

All members of staff are qualified first aiders.

Please list facilities available.

We have a gift shop that offers a wide range of gifts to suit all pocket money ranges. There is also a café which sells a range of ice cream, drinks and refreshments.

We have an interpretation area with interactive display screens.

School groups have the use of one of the roundhouses to eat their packed lunch.

The site also has a small children’s play area.

What are your disabled facilities? 

The Iron Age village is accessible for wheelchair users. However, as the village sits on a hill the track is steep in some places. Children with mobility problems along with their carer are offered a lift to the Iron Age village in our site vehicle.

There are disabled toilet facilities available.

What are your opening days and hours?

We are open from 10am – 5pm everyday from Easter until the end of October.

From November to the end of March the site is open Monday to Friday 11am – 3pm.

Please visit our website http://www.castellhenllys.com for details.

We are open throughout the year for educational visits. Our Educational Programme for Schools runs from 10.30am – 2.30pm though we are flexible to the needs of the school.

Do you have any testimonials from previous schools we can include?

The experience was very realistic and most enjoyable. The time was organized efficiently to optimize the children’s time there.  (Penygawsi Primary School, Pontypridd)

Pupils experienced activities that enhanced their understanding of the Celtic way of life. They thoroughly enjoyed the day and have shown an understanding in their work back at school. The staff interacted well with them. (Bigyn CP School, Llanelli)

Castell Henllys is an excellent resource and should continue to be maintained and developed (Cwmrhydyceirw Primary School, Swansea)

Is there anything else that you feel is important and want to include in your information?

Self Guided Visits

If you would prefer not to join our Educational Programme you can visit the site on a self-guided basis. This allows you to plan the day according to your needs and to lead your students around the fort at your own pace. We can supply self-guided trail leaflets.

Castell Henllys Iron Age Village

Region:        Wales

Category:    Day Trip Destination/School Trip Venue

Address:      Castell Henllys, Meline, Crymych Pembrokeshire SA42 3UP (signposted off the A487 between Cardigan and Newport Pembrokeshire)

Contact:       01239 891319

E-mail:         enquiries@castellhenllys.com

Website:      http://www.castellhenllys.com

 

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https://www.facebook.com/castellhenllys

  1. Exactly what does your venue offer to educational visits?

Castell Henllys is a hill top site of an Iron Age settlement occupied between 400 BC and 50BC which has been extensively excavated over the last 35 years. Four round houses and a raised grain store have been reconstructed using the original footprints of the ancient dwellings.

Set within the rugged landscape of north Pembrokeshire, Castell Henllys has been owned since 1991 by the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority and has been used since the 1990s to deliver an understanding of the ancient landscape and our Iron Age heritage. Recent funding from Cadw has helped the site to become a hub for pre-history in the Preseli area of Pembrokeshire. Our cross curricular education programme uses role play, activities and costumed interpretation to explore every day life in the Iron Age, utilizing the “village” as an aid for young students to relate to our ancestors. As well as the historical aspects the site is used extensively to explore environmental and life style issues either with booked visiting groups or in our daily guided tours and new visitor centre.

5. Why are you a great place for educational visits?

Our education team is chosen not only for their teaching skills but also for their acting abilities, their enthusiasm and passion for history. The role-play element is very important and detailed biographies of the characters have been created to make them believable, allowing students to compare them to people they know in their own time. For example, the chief lives in the largest house, which she considers to be very grand and wears jewelry and finer clothes which the other villagers do not. As the chief she is a leader and protector and the visiting students can judge her qualities. They meet various characters such as a woodsman, a basket maker and a warrior who explain their place and importance within their society.

Other educational experiences are also available such as a language-based activity, “Words in Wellies”, and our fun numeracy challenge, “Mucky Maths”.

  1. Do you have the LOtC Quality Badge or any other accreditation such as AALA?

Four times winner of the “Sandford Award for Heritage Education”

  1. What does a typical educational visit include?

Daily Life in the Iron Age

A dedicated team delivers our education programme through role play and activities. The programme, concentrating on daily life in the Iron Age and aimed at Key Stage 2 pupils, is closely linked to the National Curriculum and to the archaeological evidence from the extensive excavations of the site. Student visitors will have the opportunity to experience first-hand the austere and precarious life of a pre-historic village. The visit is stimulating but enjoyable. Students can handle quality reconstructed artefacts and learn new skills through activities such as willow weaving, grain grinding and house building. They learn about warfare and have their faces painted like Celtic warriors, religion and social structure in the Iron Age

The houses they enter are authentic reconstructions built on the original foundations and are often dark, exposed to wind through the open door and cold despite the central fire, giving the children an insight into what it was like to live in a Celtic roundhouse. Having been met by one of the “villagers”, the group arrives at the fort via an uphill trek, passing a river, through wooded areas and over ancient defenses. This creates a realistic and memorable environment in which students will empathize with their ancestors. The walk to the village also emphasizes the wider geographical landscape and costumed characters they may meet along the way explain the resources available and the limitations of these ancient times.

We are happy to discuss with schools the specific needs of visiting groups.

Other things to see and do at Castell Henllys

Holiday Events

Holiday activities reflect our educational programme. Visitors can take part in creative craft days as well as our “Warrior” or “Roman” days, which though essentially fun, use the original 2000 year old defenses to investigate weapons and warfare. These activities are aimed at anyone between five and 95 years old.

Visitor Centre

The visitor centre offers interactive leaning points and there is a ten-minute video detailing life in the Iron Age. Artefacts from the excavation and from other pre-historic sites in the area are on display. As a hub for pre-history we encourage visitors to use the site as a launching point for discovering the many ancient sites of North Pembrokeshire.

Interpretation Points

New interpretation points along the route to the village challenge the visitor to compare their lives with those of the past. An App for smart phones and i-phones is available to download for independent exploration of the site.

Barefoot Trail

In 2016 a new Barefoot Trail was opened giving visiting groups and members of the public the opportunity to kick off their shoes and experience different textures with their bare feet. At the end of the trail steps lead to the river where feet can be washed in the water. This gives people the opportunity to make closer links with their pre-historic ancestors who may well have walked barefoot through the area.

Guided Tours

From April to October there are daily guided tours of the village.

8. What group sizes do you cater for?

Maximum group size is 90 (ages 7-11) though the ideal group size is 60

9. Do you provide projects, teacher’s packs, work sheets or any useful information?

We provide information for teachers prior to the visit. We also offer free pre-visits to teachers. Group leaders are encouraged to visit the site, free of charge, prior to their visit but if unable to so do, can telephone or e-mail to request specific activities on the day or to inform the site of special requirements, such as vehicular transportation for pupils with mobility issues.

An interactive CD Rom is available which can be used on a PC or an interactive whiteboard. The contents include a story based at Castell Henllys, pupil work sheets, video clips of the “villagers” and information on the Iron Age for teachers  

10. Are you happy for children to take photos, video or audio?

We are happy for teachers and supervising adults to take photos during the sessions. However we ask that pupils/participants refrain from taking photos during the activities as it can be a distraction. They are welcome to take photographs after the activities end.

11. What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?

Teachers are welcome to visit free of charge to conduct a pre-visit assessment. Our risk assessment is sent to schools with the confirmation letter for the booking.

12. Does your venue have an education officer?

The site does not currently have an education officer. Enquiries are directed to the Site Manager. If the manager is unavailable a member of staff will take the school’s details and the school will be contacted as soon as the manager is able to do so.

Group educational bookings are organised and confirmed by the site manager. Confirmation letters are sent out accompanied by a risk assessment and detailed guidance notes and information for teachers regarding the visit. The site manager arranges staff for the day of the visit. The Educational Programme can be delivered through the medium of Welsh or English.

13. What is the cost: of the visit?

The cost is £3.50 per pupil.

Supervising adults (maximum of 1 per 10 children) are free

If you would like to book a visit for a group of adults please call Castell Henllys on 01239 891319 for prices.

14. Is specific clothing required for the trip?

The village can be cold so we recommend bringing warm, waterproof clothing and sensible footwear.

15. Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?

All members of staff are qualified first aiders.

16. Please list facilities available.

We have a gift shop that offers a wide range of gifts to suit all pocket money ranges. There is also a café which sells a range of ice cream, drinks and refreshments.

We have an interpretation area with interactive display screens.

School groups have the use of one of the roundhouses to eat their packed lunch.

The site also has a small children’s play area.

17. What are your disabled facilities?

The Iron Age village is accessible for wheelchair users. However, as the village sits on a hill the track is steep in some places. Children with mobility problems along with their carer are offered a lift to the Iron Age village in our site vehicle.

There are disabled toilet facilities available.

18. What are your opening days and hours?

We are open from 10am – 5pm everyday from Easter until the end of October.

From November to the end of March the site is open Monday to Friday 11am – 3pm.

Please visit our website http://www.castellhenllys.com for details.

We are open throughout the year for educational visits. Our Educational Programme for Schools runs from 10.30am – 2.30pm though we are flexible to the needs of the school.

19. Do you have any testimonials from previous schools we can include?

The experience was very realistic and most enjoyable. The time was organized efficiently to optimize the children’s time there.  (Penygawsi Primary School, Pontypridd)

Pupils experienced activities that enhanced their understanding of the Celtic way of life. They thoroughly enjoyed the day and have shown an understanding in their work back at school. The staff interacted well with them. (Bigyn CP School, Llanelli)

Castell Henllys is an excellent resource and should continue to be maintained and developed (Cwmrhydyceirw Primary School, Swansea)

20. Is there anything else that you feel is important and want to include in your information?

Self Guided Visits

If you would prefer not to join our Educational Programme you can visit the site on a self-guided basis. This allows you to plan the day according to your needs and to lead your students around the fort at your own pace. We can supply self-guided trail leaflets.

Age of children/pupils: 5-7 years, 7-11 years

Type of Visit: Prehistoric site, historical heritage

Curriculum Topics Covered: History, Language, Maths, (cross curricular in content)

Months Open: Open all year round for Educational Visits


Age of Children / Pupils: 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Type of Visit: Castles Historic Buildings Historical Heritage

Curriculum Topics Covered: History Mathematics

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December


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