School kids at Hurst Castle


We’re looking forward to welcoming schools back to Hurst Castle. We want to reassure you that we’re following Government guidance to make your trip as safe and enjoyable as possible, and to ensure your students achieve their learning objectives.  For more information and to ensure everyone’s safety please visit our COVID-19 Information page.

Bookings for education visits are now open. You’ll need to book at least 14 days in advance and check our booking information sheet.  During your visit you’ll need to follow the measures we’ve put in place for everyone’s safety.

Don’t forget we have a wide range of teaching resources for you to download and use on your visit, as well as back in the classroom.

Educational visits and learning sessions

To truly understand history, young people need to stand in the places where it was made. The team at Hurst Castle is dedicated to bringing history to life through engaging learning experiences for as many school-age children as possible.

Come and visit us for free and enjoy a self-led visit or book our popular guide-led discovery visit.  Please note ferry charges apply.

A visit to Hurst Castle will:

  • Develop young people’s skills in historical study
  • Boost their understanding of historical events, places, people and chronology
  • Explore British history beyond 1066

Teaching resources

To ensure you feel confident to step straight into the history of Hurst Castle and to take the hassle out of planning, we’ve developed a range of relevant and interesting resources to support school, scout or girlguiding groups before, during and after your visit.

The Teachers’ Kit is a free educational tool packed with everything you need to give your group an insight into the castle. It features a comprehensive planning toolkit for group leaders with historical information and suggestions for activities.

We also include a free advance visit for you and your team to familiarise yourself with the castle before your trip and 20% off the Guidebook.

Curriculum links include:


Key Stage 1   

  • Significant historical events, people and places in their locality.

Key Stage 2  

  • A local history study.
  • A study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066.

Key points of interest:

  • Why was the castle built here?
  • How has the use and design of the castle changed and why?
  • Has the site been used for any other purpose?


Key Stage 2

  • Identify key topographical features.

Key points of interest:

  • How the spit protects the coast?
  • How the shingle spit was created and how it remains intact?

Hurst Castle
Hampshire, SO41 0TP
Tel: 01590 642500
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