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Gatehouse Tours

  • Adults £8.50
  • Children/O.A.Ps £5.00 (Child under 5yrs free)
  • Family £23.00

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A 10% discount is available for groups of 10 people or more visiting the castle.

Educational Tours

  • Children £5.00 (2 adults free per 10 children)
  • Additional Adults £5.00
  • Education Facility £65.00 (including Teachers Notes & Activity Sheets)

Tours are held between 10am and 3pm. The maximum group size on any one day is 60 children, divided into three groups of 20.

The Castle Tour clearly interprets for the visitor its colourful past life. Your pupils will learn how the stronghold faced bitter sieges, how the Pope excommunicated the castle's inhabitants, how Thomas Beckett claimed the Keep and how a mighty Earl had to choose between surrendering the Norman castle or giving up his eldest daughter as hostage. And in the Gatehouse you travel back over 700 years and experience a vivid recreation of the sights, sounds and excitement of the castle in the 13th Century. Visit the basement store and the armoury, join the garrison for supper, climb up the battlements and imagine the castle under attack.

History is brought back to life, and is a lively and educational outing for children of all ages.

A guided tour is available for pre-booked groups or an audio tour is available, the audio tour is available in English, French, German, Dutch or Spanish. All tours last approximately one hour and an additional 30 minutes for the grounds.

For an additional fee, educational groups can use the Education Facility for the Castle, suitable for 5-12 year olds. This facility includes: