Saturday 15 February – Sunday 23 February 2020
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
Discover a very different education at the Tower of London this February Half Term with the return of Knight School, a special event for budding young heroes! In the shadow of the mighty White Tower, families can explore all the essential skills required to become a knight, from manners, etiquette and entertainment, to martial skills and fitness.
It’s 1471, the height of the Wars of the Roses, and the House of York and House of Lancaster are battling it out for the throne of England. While conflict reigns across the land, do you have what it takes to make the warrior grade?
Join the Tower’s team of battle-hardened tutors as they guide you on a journey of heraldry and valour. Train as a page, then a squire, until at last you are worthy to become a knight. Training will culminate in a knighting ceremony, where brave little warriors will be joined by a host of medieval characters, including Elizabeth Woodville, matriarch of the House of York and wife of King Edward IV, alongside her brother Anthony Woodville, 2nd Earl Rivers, dressed in magnificent full plate armour.
Meanwhile inside the iconic White Tower you can get an even closer look at the real-life dazzling armour that forms part of the Royal Armouries collection. Items include the spectacular Line of Kings display – the world’s longest running visitor attraction, featuring the tournament armour of King Henry VIII and the gilded armours of King Charles I and King James II.
Kids can delve even deeper into the heraldic stories of the Tower of London with a series of drop-in activities, from crafting their very own family coat of arms, to armour handling and creating a catapult!
Knight School is included in the Tower of London general admission ticket and activities take place at different times between 11.00 and 16.00 each day. For more information and to buy tickets visit www.hrp.org.uk/towerofLondon
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Suitable for 5-12s and their families
All activities included in the Tower of London general 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 and Gardens. 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 and Gardens, 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 and Gardens under a separate contract with the Northern Ireland Office. Registered charity number 1068852. For more information visit www.hrp.org.uk