about these trails
KS1 | Subject: History | Topic: Castles, Normans, Medieval, Tudors | Session Type: Self-led trail
From its earliest days, the Tower of London has had many roles. Its three main roles during its 900-year history were as a palace, a prison and a fortress.
Royal palace trail
For hundreds of years, kings and queens have stayed at the Tower and stored their most precious and important items here. Some, such as the Crown Jewels, can still be found here today.
Follow in the footsteps of monarchs from the past and discover how they would have used the Tower and what life in a royal palace would really have been like.
Walk through the rooms where prisoners were held, find the graffiti that they carved into the walls and discover tales of surprising crimes and daring escapes.
Discover the surprising features of William the Conqueror’s castle and imagine life as a royal knight at the Tower.
Hard copies of these three trails will be available on arrival.
Each trail is structured to allow pupils to:
- Explore history where it happened
- Discover some of the Tower’s stories
- Decide how useful the Tower is as a source of evidence
National Curriculum links
- The lives of significant individuals in the past
- Significant events beyond living memory
Monday to Friday (during term time).
Due to planned conservation work some areas of the site will be closed January -March 2024. If you are planning a self-led visit in spring term please note that the Palace trail will be unavailable and there will be no access to the Battlements for the Fortress trail or Upper Salt for the Prison trail.
Our trails are designed for your pupils to use in pairs or groups of three. We recommend splitting your class into three groups of ten, with two adults per group.
Please note: Your class will receive five trails each on the themes of Palace, Prison and Fortress. Each group will focus on a different theme and explore different parts of the Tower of London site. You will also receive three Teachers Packs that will provide further guidance and context for group leaders.
£4.10 per pupil, price includes admission.