The Iron Age, the Scottish Clans, the Vikings, the Norman Conquest, the age old struggle between the Scots and English, the Stewart dynasty…these are just some of the thrilling stories brought alive, during a spine-tingling trip to Dundonald Castle.Medieval history, particularly Scottish history, has rarely been taught in our schools, but an energetic Education team recreates the past for young people, and shows them how our land was shaped for today.
Castle historian, Dr Kirsteen Croll PhD, is passionate about igniting a love for history in children and has developed an inspiring programme of curriculum-based workshops and activities, for all ages and stages.Teachers and pupils rate their experience as excellent, and are returning again and again, with more questions and a new interest in their national heritage.
What do we Offer?
Our enthusiastic and energetic education team can offer a wide range of topics. Some of our more regular topics include Knights and Castles, Wars of Independence, the Celts, Romans, Vikings, Archaeology, the Weather and Scottish tourism, to name but a few! We are delighted to offer full day visits, running from 1000hrs to 1400hrs. A School Visits Travel Subsidy grant can also be applied for which can cover up to £250 or 75% of your bus costs. Please contact us for more information about this if required.
Knights and Castles
One of our most popular topics is ‘Knights and Castles’. For this topic we can offer a full range of activities for your group. These can include model work, interpretation and dressing up us knights, princesses, monks, jesters and many more. Snacks can be taken in the visitor centre and a quick toilet stop, before we head up castle hill where the children can take part in a variety of activities including a hands-on weaponry display with our re-enactors Lady Blythe and Erik the Viking. We also offer artefact and armour handling, a full tour of the castle, traditional food game, jousting and a horseshoe challenge, before the day culminates with a battle re-enactment.
We are also lucky enough to be able to offer Archaeology as a topic. Our onsite archaeologists have created a programme which helps children of all ages and stages to begin to understand what archaeology is, what archaeology does and who can be involved. Some of the activities we offer are Fieldwalking, Pottery Lab, Stratigraphy Introduction, Dendrochronology Introduction, Mini Desk-Based Assessments, Artefact Handling and much more! Again, these can be tailored to suit your group.In addition to all the topics we have mentioned, our team are extremely hardworking and enjoy a challenge. If you have any topics you would think would benefit from the amazing backdrop of Dundonald Castle, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Contact Details can be found below.