The tours are led by an Education Guide to the relevant parts of the Castle. A hands-on session in the Education Room with an experienced guide provides an opportunity to handle artefacts and/or weapons also to try on costumes relevant to the period of study. Students are welcome to wear their own costumes.
Tours last approximately 3.5 hours, excluding break times, these are time-tabled and can be adapted for shorter visits if required. During the tour, teachers are responsible for maintaining discipline.
Free Familiarisation and Risk Assessment Visits
Two teachers from each school (with groups of more than 15 pupils) are welcome to a pre-visit to conduct a risk assessment, if necessary during our normal opening hours and 2 complimentary tickets only will be sent with the confirmation letter, if required. One complimentary ticket only will be sent to a school with a small group (minimum rate-15 pupils or less). Additional visitors must pay the full entrance price.
Download Risk Assessment Advice document
Castle Opening 2017
Dates & Days
From Saturday 1 April to Sunday 29 October 2017.
Open Tuesdays to Sundays inclusive plus Bank Holiday Mondays and August Mondays.
During our closed season we are busy with essential conservation and maintenance work and therefore, regrettably, we are not able to offer visits for Schools and Colleges.
From 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.
From 10.00 a.m. - Grounds, Gardens, The Collector Earl’s Garden, the Fitzalan Chapel, and The Keep.
From 12.00 noon - the Main Castle Rooms.