Region: North West

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Carlisle, , Cumbria CA3 8UR

Contact: 0870 333 0606



Impressive frontier fortress with 900 years of history – excellent for medieval, Tudor and Civil War topics, a sense of how the site has changed over time and what life was like for the people who lived here.

Why is this venue great for School Trips and Educational Visits?

Why visit?

•    Free entry for self-led learning groups

•    Free planning visits for learning group leaders

•    Cross-curricular opportunities for all Key Stages - great for landscape & geographical learning, and story-telling

•    Ideal for medieval, Tudor, Civil War and 18th century topics

•    Learn about Anglo-Scottish history, royal connections (Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned here 1567-8), and Civil War sieges

•    Compare the castle as a home, its strategic importance and its military connections through to the present day

•    Education room for 30

•    Book box

•    Exhibitions and re-created interiors

•    Guidebook at 20% discount for learning group leaders

•    Hazard Information Sheet to help make risk assessment a doddle

What does a typical school trip or educational visit include?

Resources and things to do:

•    Visit the Military Museum free of charge (please book visits with the Museum too on 01228 532774)

•    Discovery visit (facilitated session £90 per group of 30) - Villains or victims – the border raiders’ story KS1, KS2, KS3


What can they provide you with to support your school trip or educational visit?

Our Organisers’ Packs contain information about property facilities and links to Teachers’ Kits with lots of ideas about what to do before, during and after a day-long trip. They also contain a permit which gives you free entry on the day and for a planning visit and a hazard information sheet to make risk assessments easy.  

A range of free images and ideas for learning can be found at  and in our online “Heritage Learning” magazine  -


Can you take photos, video or audio? Are there any copyright restrictions?

Children are encouraged to take photos, make films, drawings, music, drama and other creations. Share your ideas and images on Twitter  and Flickr see links below:


How do you arrange a risk assessment?


Group leaders can visit the property free of charge for a familiarisation trip. Property hazard information can be downloaded from our website.. Risk assessments are available for Discovery Visits.


What are the contact details for their education officer?

Phone:            0870 333 0606       (9am-5pm weekdays)


Online - 


If the property you wish to book is not listed please phone:            0870 333 0606      




What does it cost?


Free entry for self-led learning groups . See above for other options or

contact us for details of all other options.

Is specific clothing required?

Visits are likely to involve a fair amount of walking on uneven ground up a steep hill. Stout walking shoes are recommended in all seasons. Some sites are in fairly exposed areas and may have limited cover so warm, waterproof clothing is also recommended, In hot weather sun cream, sunhats and bottles of water are useful.

Do you have first aid on site?

First aid boxes are available at all properties and most have first aiders.

What facilities do they have for school trips and educational visits?

•    Toilets.

•    No coach parking – drop off at entrance and use town centre car park

•    Picnic area

•    Shop

Are there disabled facilities?


What are your opening days and hours?

Opening times

•    1 April – 31 Oct open regularly

•    1 Nov – 31 March open weekends only

•    Open exclusively for learning groups Mondays and Fridays in November and March

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

Type of Visit: Arts & Galleries Castles Cathedrals. Abbeys. Churches Historical Heritage Museums Outdoor Education Parks and Gardens Science & Technology Team Building Wildlife and Nature

Curriculum Topics Covered: Art and Design Business Studies Citizenship Design and Technology English Environmental Studies Geography History ICT Leisure & Tourism Mathematics Music PSHE Religious Education Science

Months Open: April May June July August September October November

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