The Norman Conquest

2 days /1 night


2 days /1 night

What better way to learn about 1066 and the Battle of Hastings than by walking in the footsteps of William the Conqueror and King Harold at Battle Abbey? Standing where history was made, your students will better understand the events leading up to the Battle of Hastings and beyond.

At the Tower of London, students will examine both physical and documentary primary evidence to consider the roles and importance of the White Tower in Norman England. Through the exploration of themes of conquest, control, society and the Church, students will debate what the structures the Normans left behind can tell us about the people who built them.

“Helen was absolutely fantastic - she was always happy to help with any queries I had and was very prompt in her replies. I couldn't commend her highly enough.” 


Curriculum focus

  • KS3 History: The Norman Conquest, the development of Church, state and society in Britain
  • OCR History A: Study of the historic environment;
  • OCR History B: History around us, British depth study, The Norman Conquest 1060 - 1087;
  • AQA Section B: British depth study including the historic environment, Norman England;
  • Edexcel Paper2B1: Anglo Saxon and Norman England 1060 - 1088
  • OCR Unit Y102/Y132: Anglo Saxon England and the Norman Conquest 1035 - 1107;
  • AQA Unit HIS2A: Conqueror and Conquest c 1060 - 1087;
  • Edexcel Paper 2, Option 2A.1: Anglo Saxon England and the Anglo-Norman Kingdom c1053 – 1106

What's included in the trip?

  • Executive coach travel
  • Accommodation on a Half Board basis
  • Guided expert led visit of Battle Abbey
  • Educational Session at Tower of London
  • Travel and Medical Insurance
  • Vamoos Travel App
  • Free itinerary planning and visits booking service
  • Comprehensive travel pack
  • 1:8 leader place ratio

Sample itinerary

  • Day 1

    Depart school. Visit Battle Abbey for interactive walking tour of the site covering the causes of the Norman invasion, military equipment, tactics and technology, and the ways in which the Normans established and maintained control following their victory.

    Continue on to London. Check into your accommodation and evening meal.

  • Day 2

    Morning visit to the Tower of London for an educational session focusing on William the Conqueror's mighty fortress: the White Tower. Return travel to school.


Enhance your trip

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