Saturday 10 February – Sunday 18 February 2018
9 April 2021. Following the death of His Royal Highness, there will be changes to opening hours for the gardens at Hampton Court Palace and Hillsborough Castle. For further information, please read our FAQs page
Become a knight and defend the capital’s most famous fortress this February half term! Throughout the holidays, the Tower of London will be hosting a Knight School, offering families the chance to travel back to a medieval world of heraldry and valour on a quest to become a knight.
From manners, etiquette and entertainment, to martial skills and fitness, learn the essential components of a Knight’s arsenal. A team of medieval pages will provide extensive schooling in entertaining Lords and Ladies with jokes and dancing, whilst the squires take charge of putting trainees through their paces, learning swordsmanship and chivalric duties. Finally, the training will culminate in a knighting ceremony, enlisting new recruits to defend the Tower and keep the great landmark safe from the marauding peasants beyond the walls.
A knight must always be prepared and kids can even have a go at making and decorating their own helmets and shields, as well as trying on the medieval fashions of the day!
The Knight School will be situated in the shadow of the White Tower, but inside the walls, get a closer look at the dazzling historic arms and armour from the internationally renowned Royal Armouries collection, with special opportunities provided over the holidays to see some knightly collections up close.. Meanwhile the Armoury in Action exhibition - created in partnership with the Royal Armouries, reveals the fascinating story of arms and armoury at the Tower of London from the Normans to the Victorian era.
Activities take place between 11.00 and 15:30 each day, and trails are available to visitors on site, including a map showing times and locations of activities.
Knight School is included in the Tower of London general admission ticket. For more information and to buy tickets visit https://www.hrp.org.uk/tower-of-london/explore/knight-school
Suitable for 5-11s and families
All activities included in Tower admission ticket
Historic Royal Palaces is the independent charity that looks after the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, the Banqueting House, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace and Hillsborough Castle. We help everyone explore the story of how monarchs and people have shaped society, in some of the greatest palaces ever built. We raise all our own funds and depend on the support of our visitors, members, donors, sponsors and volunteers. With the exception of Hillsborough Castle, these palaces are owned by The Queen on behalf of the nation, and we manage them for the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Historic Royal Palaces cares for Hillsborough Castle under a separate contract with the Northern Ireland Office. Registered charity number 1068852. For more information visit www.hrp.org.uk