• Lunch Facilities
  • Coach Drop Off
  • Limited Accessibility
  • Toilets
  • Gift Shop
  • Linked Loan Boxes
  • Role Play
  • Outreach sessions

Clitheroe Castle Museum

Visit our award winning museum and let us take you on a journey through 350 million years of history.

Discover the spectacular Norman keep, explore the museum galleries or learn about everything that happened in the year 1066 from our Norman nobleman Henry de Brocas.

“The children particulary enjoyed the input on motte and bailey castles, the information was delivered in a fun way and even the young children remembered lots of the information because of the fun and interactive way in which it was delivered” Teacher, St Joseph’s RC Primary School, Hurst Green

Learning Sessions

1066 and the Last of the Anglo Saxon Kings

Half day / KS2/3 / History/Science

This immersive and experiential session gives pupils the opportunity to be an active part of the year 1066. They will witness the rise and fall of the last Anglo Saxon kings, be party to the invasions of both Vikings and Normans and participate in three battles. There will also be a chance to examine and handle Norman and Saxon arms and armour, study and compare the differences and see how they were used in battle.

Pupils will then use the skills and knowledge to become groups of ‘arming squires’, competing against other groups to design and construct the best armour and arms for their knight….a bold egg!  Their efforts will be tested using the ancient method of the ‘long drop’ to see who will be crowned ‘Champions of the egg’.

* Egg armour will incur an extra charge if booked as a separate session from 1066.

Castles and Keeps

Half day / KS R/1/2/3 / History/Science

Follow a historical, interactive and hands on tour of the Norman keep, whilst taking in the spectacular views over Clitheroe and the surrounding area. Find out how castles were built, what they were made from, how they were defended and how and why they changed.

Then get to grips with a range of exciting, hands-on-activities that will enliven and support a range of cross curricular skills. Build your own Motte and Bailey castle utilising key ideas you have learnt on the tour. Older pupils will explore the science behind trebuchets and catapults as they use these principles to attack an enemy castle.

Myths and Legends

Half day / KS R/1/2 / Literacy

Come and meet our Dragon Protection Officer and enrol in SWORD (Society for the Welfare Of Rare Dragons).

In this exciting and immersive session pupils will be taught all the skills they need to become a SWORD Ranger.

Pupils will discover the secret history of SWORD, how to identify different dragons, discover where they live, what they eat, their likes and dislikes and how to care for them. They will also explore and train in the sword and shield techniques that are required to stop Dragon Slayers. Once the tasks are completed, take a seat and hear the tale of ‘The Clitheroe Dragon’.

Myth and legend combine to create a refreshing and stimulating learning opportunity that combines creative storytelling, drama, hands on learning and adventure.

Additional Activities

Special Events Weeks

Castles and Castle Life – 17th-21st June 2019

See Special Events Weeks page for more details