Culloden teacher information

Culloden Battlefield is the site of the last major pitched battle fought on British soil. Here, on 16 April 1746, two armies clashed in a final confrontation over the thrones of Britain.

In just one hour the army of the British government, under Prince William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland, crushed the Jacobite army led by Prince Charles Edward Stuart.

The moor where the battle took place, and where more than 1,500 men are buried, is wild and atmospheric. Pupils of all ages respond well to the site. A visit to the battlefield and the visitor centre provides a memorable way of investigating this important period in Scotland’s past.

Learning at Culloden is about discovering the story of the Jacobites and also about building skills. Our programmes are designed to help participants explore some of the wider issues around conflict and blend outdoor learning with classroom work.

Our learning programmes are not just for schools. We welcome people of all ages and backgrounds including military groups, universities and special interest groups. To find out more, please contact the Learning team on 01463 796090 or email Culloden@nts.org.uk.

Possible topics

  • The Jacobites

Planning your class visit

  • To book: all learning visits to Culloden must be booked in advance – please discuss your needs with staff when making a booking. Please note that after 1 January 2019 we will not be able to offer the education rate for on-the-day bookings.
  • We can be very busy from March–September so please book well in advance to avoid disappointment. 
  • A Transport Subsidy is available for your visit to Culloden.
  • Culloden is open for educational visits all year round. 
  • We’re able to run school programmes at different times throughout the day. The duration of school visits varies depending upon the programme booked – this will be confirmed when you book your visit. 
  • Maximum number of pupils: 66, with a ratio of 1 teacher/adult to 8 pupils (for under 8s, it’s 1 teacher/adult to 5 pupils)
  • Pupils are welcome to eat snacks/packed lunches in the education room but this must be arranged at the time of booking. 
  • The site has been risk assessed. Teachers are expected to prepare their own risk assessment for the visit.
  • Access: the paths on the battlefield are level and accessible for wheelchair users. The visitor centre is fully accessible for those with mobility, sight or hearing impairment. Please contact Culloden if you have particular requirements. There’s also information on the Culloden webpage.
  • Toilets: fully accessible toilets are available in the visitor centre. 
  • Clothing: your pupils should have appropriate outdoor clothing. Part of the experience of Culloden is the opportunity to walk around the battlefield with a Trust guide. The weather on the moor changes quickly and it’s imperative that pupils and teachers dress appropriately. Culloden and Fort George are exposed to the elements and young people will need a warm, waterproof jacket even during the summer, or protection from the sun on the odd hot day. Please advise your pupils to wear sensible footwear – trainers are fine.

Charges

Admission must be paid upon arrival – we accept cash, card or cheque. Please note that we do not invoice. 

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StandardEducational Membership
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International groups
Workshop (2.5 hours)£4 per student£2 per student£6 per student
Full day (4 hours)£6 per student£4 per student£8 per student

1 adult per 8 pupils gains complimentary access. Any additional adults who are not Pupil Support Assistants (PSAs) pay the group entry rate. 

  • If your school has Educational Membership, please bring your membership card with you.
  • You can apply for Educational Membership online or contact Culloden.
  • Class teachers are encouraged to make a free preparatory visit to the site.

During your class visit

  • On arrival: please report to the front desk.
  • Trust staff will lead the school activity (a portion of the school programme is teacher-led).
  • For the activity, your class may be split or toured as a whole group - confirmation of this is given in the confirmation pack, sent to you on booking.
  • Wet weather shelter is available in the visitor centre and the education room.
  • Teachers are responsible for their pupils and their behaviour.
  • Coats and bags can be left in the education room.

Additional notes for teachers/leaders:

  • Please remember Culloden battlefield is also a war grave and bear this in mind when on the walking tour.
  • For health and safety reasons, pupils may visit the shop in groups no larger than 15 at any one time.
  • Due to the very high visitor numbers at the centre, pupils must always remain under adult supervision for their own and others’ safety.
  • Pupils and teachers are welcome to take photographs on the battlefield or in the education room but not in the exhibition.
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These programmes are designed with the four capacities in mind. They’re intended to provide an enjoyable and challenging experience for the young people participating. Choosing to come to Culloden Battlefield will add depth to your chosen topic.