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.
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, maximum group size 25.
Junior (Key Stage 2)
We transport pupils back in time and set them to work as servants in the Castle. The Lord is due to arrive any minute! But first, there are walls to repair, blankets to be woven, food and entertainment to prepared for a banquet. 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 7-11, maximum group size 60.
Capture the Castle
A fun, interactive session where the children will be pitted against each other to see which side will capture the castle. Will it be the attackers or the defenders?
Whilst learning how to attack, the children are walked through the Castle defences with a discussion on the best methods of ambush and shown how to re-enact various tactics using a trebuchet and battering ram.
Whilst learning how to defend the castle the children will learn about the role of the mason and the importance of building a strong castle to withstand an attack.
They will also take part in a sword skills workshop to ensure they are ready to defend the castle, should the enemy breach the walls!
Suitable for ages 7-11, maximum group size 40.
Explore the towers, halls and rooms as we paint a vivid picture of life in a Castle on a guided tour.
Suitable from 8+, maximum group size 30.
Find out more about Carew Castle
Weddings and Civil Ceremonies
Step back in time and exchange your vows in the historic setting of 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.
Plan your visit
Carew Castle’s rich history spans over 2,000 years and tells of knights of the realm, kingmakers, Elizabethan intrigue and Civil War devastation.
Castle and Mill History
At the end of the 11th century, the Normans extended their conquest of England into Wales and Pembroke Castle became the centre of Norman rule in Sout...