Educational Visits and Activities

Our activities offer a chance to learn about life in medieval York, how it has been defended over the centuries, and how the city dealt with its criminals in years gone by.

After your fun and hands-on tour of the attraction, whether you are a teacher at key stage 2 looking to study Crime or Defence as a theme in British history that extends beyond 1066, or a key stage 3 teacher looking to engage your students with the final events during the development of Church, state and society in Medieval Britain 1066-1509, these cross-curricular workshops have been designed with your needs in mind.

Activities at the Richard III Experience at Monk Bar

Medieval Battles and Sieges

Explore the development of York’s fortifications and the tumultuous history of the city through this fun tour themed with activities. With a focus on the battles of the Wars of the Roses and their impact on city life, the tour will encourage students to look at weapons, architecture and strategies in battle and siege.

Activities at the Henry VII Experience at Monk Bar

Crime and Punishment

Find out how York’s lawbreakers were dealt with in medieval and Tudor times in the forbidding surroundings of Micklegate Bar. where traitors’ heads were displayed in years gone by. Decide if the punishment fitted the crime as you explore justice in the medieval city, where King, Church, Sheriff and Mayor all had a say!

Medieval Day

Join us as we explore the medieval city of York through three fantastic attractions (including Barley Hall), plus a guided walk across the city’s medieval landscape. This exploration of the York of the medieval period takes in the city walls, fortified gateways, guild halls, churches and the splendid residence of the city’s fifteenth-century Lord Mayor, and contrasts the conditions in the city today with those of the Middle Ages.

Updated Booking Process

Please note: Due to an increase in demand we are recommending booking your visit at least six weeks in advance to guarantee the perfect experience for your school. For more information please visit the updated school visit booking process page.