Region: Wales

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Carew Castle Carew Nr Tenby Pembrokeshire, , SA70 8SL

Contact: 01646 651 782



Carew Castle, set in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, has a fascinating history spanning more than 2000 years. One of the most architecturally diverse castles in Wales, its walls reveal the stories of those who have lived and worked in it over the centuries.

Carew Castle offers education groups a unique chance to explore a magnificent castle and to be taken back in time by our education leaders, if you have ever wanted to know what it was like to live in Tudor times – here’s your chance! Don the uniform of Sir Rhys ap Thomas, roll up your sleeves and get stuck in preparing a meal, repairing the castle walls or rehearsing the entertainment for a banquet!

If you prefer a  guided tour they are lead by experienced guides with a passion for history. Join a tour as they share their knowledge and paint a vivid picture of the lives of the many colorful and influential characters that have lived in the Castle.

The Castle is situated on a low hill overlooking the Tidal Mill, Medieval bridge and 23-acre Millpond and offers some of the most exquisite views in the National Park.

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

Our friendly and experienced team lead sessions with imagination, enthusiasm and a passion for history, immersing groups in the sights, sounds and stories of the past. Groups are also able to enjoy a visit to our Tidal Mill (included in the price), unrivalled panoramic views, wonderful wildlife, scenic picnic spots, free coach parking and a picturesque mile-long accessible circular walk taking in a Celtic cross.

What does a typical school trip or educational visit include?

Carew welcomes groups throughout the year introducing children and young adults to the tastes, smells and sights of life in a Tudor castle. 


Pupils are encouraged to use their imaginations as we take them back in time to 1507 to prepare the Castle ready for The Great Tournament. Through mime and storytelling they will decorate the Lesser Hall and prepare food, drinks and entertainment ready for Sir Rhys ap Thomas and his noble guests.

A programme for ages 5-7 Key Stage 1 Curriculum: History The programme lasts for approximately 1 hour Maximum group size: 25 children


Sir Rhys ap Thomas is due to arrive at the Castle any minute! Pupils are set to work by the Castle servants to help prepare the Castle for his arrival. They will try their hands at traditional activities including weaving, cooking, masonry, pottery, calligraphy and even performing a Tudor play!

A programme for ages 8-11 Key Stage 2 Curriculum: History The programme lasts for approximately 2 hours Maximum group size: 60


Learn all about the history of the Castle from its beginnings as an Iron Age settlement, through to medieval fortress, Tudor Castle, Elizabethan Manor House and civil war devastation. Our tours paint a vivid picture of life in a Castle and explore the stories of its previous tenants including Welsh beauty Princess Nest, daughter of the last Celtic king of Deheubarth, and Sir Rhys ap Thomas thought to be the man who dealt the fatal blow to Richard III at Bosworth.

We can offer tours for all ages and abilities. We are able to include activities as part of a tour such as pottery, cookery, lavender bag making etc. and tours can be tailored to fit individual group needs – please call to discuss your requirements.

Tours last between 1 – 2 hours Maximum group size: 25

If you would like to make a booking or for more information please contact Carew Castle on 01646 651782 or  e-mail


EXPLORE THE CASTLE Schools and groups are welcome to stay on and see more of the Castle before/after their session at no extra cost.

THE TIDAL MILL Included in the price is admission to our Tidal Mill, the only intact tidal mill in Wales and one of only four in Britain. Experience an insight into the milling process, tidal power and the use of renewable energy. As well as three floors of milling machinery groups can also enjoy audio commentary, children’s activity tables and hands on interactive displays on each floor plus an exhibition on the history of milling.

TAKE A WALK Carew boasts a magnificent mile-long circular walk along a flat, surfaced path that takes in the Castle, Mill, Medieval bridge and causeway and offers spectacular views from every side of the Millpond. The site is famed for its wildlife, so keeps your eyes peeled for swallows, kingfishers, redshank, curlew, egrets, herons and otters amongst many others!

CRAB-CATCHING Crab-catching on the causeway is a great way to spend an hour at Carew! If you would like information on tide times or to hire/buy crab catching equipment please just get in touch!

BE INSPIRED Carew Castle has long been an inspiration to artists and its artistic heyday was during the romantic movement at the end of the 18th and beginning of the 19th centuries. It was most famously painted by JMW Turner in the early 1830s. Why not bring a sketchbook and pen or paint brush and try to capture a little bit of the Castle’s romance for yourselves?

If you would like to make a booking or for more information please contact Carew Castle on 01646 651782 or  e-mail

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What size groups do they cater for?

The Great Tournament (ages 5-7) maximum group size: 25 Tudor Tales (ages 8-11) maximum group size: 60 Guided Tours (all ages) maximum group size: 25

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

We provide notes for teachers for The Great Tournament and Tudor Tales giving background information on the history of the Castle and its most famous resident Sir Rhys ap Thomas, on whose life our education programmes are based. We also provide guidance notes for risk assessments and offer free pre-visits to teachers.

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

We are happy for teachers and supervising adults to take photos during the sessions, however we ask that pupils/participants do not take photos during the sessions as we find it detracts from the activities. They are welcome to take photographs after the session has ended.

How do you arrange a risk assessment?

Group leaders/teachers are able to visit free of charge to conduct a pre visit assessment. Our risk assessment is available on request.

What does it cost?

The cost is £3.50 for children (5-15 inclusive) for any of the group options we offer.

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

If you would like to book for a group of adults please call the Castle on 01646 651 782 for prices.

Is specific clothing required?

The Castle can get cold so we recommend bringing warm, waterproof clothing and sensible footwear.

Do you have first aid on site?

The Castle has qualified first aiders on duty during all visiting times.

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

The Castle has a picnic area with spectacular views over the Millpond In inclement weather groups are able to use the Lesser Hall for lunch by prior arrangement. We have two gift shops (one at the Castle and one at the Mill) offering a wide range of gifts to suit all pocket money ranges. The Castle shop also sells hot and cold drinks, ice creams, welsh cakes etc.

Are there disabled facilities?

The ground floor of the Castle and Mill are fully accessible for wheelchair users as is the 1 mile circular walk around the Millpond. However due to the historic nature of the buildings there is no access to the upper floors. There are disabled toilet facilities near the Castle shop and Mill.

What are your opening days and hours?

We are open 10am – 5pm everyday from Easter until the end of November. Throughout November we are open 11am – 3pm each day. Please see our website for December – March opening hours. 

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

Self-Guided Visits

If you would prefer to not join an education programme or tour you can visit on a self-guided basis. This allows you to plan the day as you wish and lead your class/students around the Castle, Mill, Millpond at your own pace. We can supply self-guided trail leaflets

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

Type of Visit: Castles Historic Buildings Historical Heritage

Curriculum Topics Covered: History

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

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