Carew welcomes school groups throughout the year, introducing children to the tastes, smells and sights of life in a castle. Our education team offers a varied programme for schools and covers a range of heritage education activities, exploring the history of the Castle and its inhabitants and providing a hands-on living history experience.
We transport pupils back in time, and set them to work cooking in the kitchens, preparing entertainment for a banquet or repairing the Castle walls.
Younger students use their imagination to dress the Hall with tapestries and flowers and discover what life was like for the ordinary working residents of a Castle, as well as the Lord and his family.
The diverse range of activities on offer also include storytelling sessions around a crackling fire or Knight School (please ask for full details), where young squires are put through their paces learning what it took to become a defender of the Castle.
Enquiries from teachers are welcome. Whether you are studying the Tudors, Myths and Legends, Castles or Towers, Turrets and Tunnels we can cater to all requirements.
Foundation Phase (Key Stage 1)
The Great Tournament
Pupils are encouraged to use their imagination as we take them back in time to 1507 to prepare the Castle for The Great Tournament. Through interactive mime and storytelling they will decorate the Lesser Hall and prepare a banquet and entertainment ready for Sir Rhys ap Thomas and his noble guests.
Suitable for ages 5-7.
Children are guided through the Castle, discovering what life would have been like living and working in a Castle, before settling by the fire for a storytelling session and learning more about Castle life, local myths and legends.
Suitable for ages 5-7.
Junior (Key Stage 2)
The Lord is due to arrive at the Castle any minute! Pupils help the Castle servants prepare for his arrival, trying activities including weaving, cooking, masonry, pottery, calligraphy and even performing a Tudor play!
Suitable for ages 8-11.
Explore the towers, halls and rooms as we paint a vivid picture of life in a Castle on a guided tour.
Suitable from 8+.
Booking and Prices
£4.50 per child for all education programmes
£3.50 per child for a guided tour
A minimum booking fee of £75 applies to school bookings.
We have an agreement with Edwards Coaches regarding transport costs within Pembrokeshire. Please ask for details at time of booking.
For more information or to make a booking call 01646 651782 or email us.
Find out more about Carew Castle
Shop and eat
There is a wide range of refreshments on offer in the Nest Tearoom as well as the Castle and Mill shops.
About Carew Tidal Mill
Carew Tidal Mill is the only restored tidal Mill in Wales and one of just five in the UK.
About Carew Castle
Carew Castle’s rich history spans over 2,000 years and tells of knights of the realm, kingmakers, Elizabethan intrigue and Civil War devastation.