Medieval Canterbury – Facilitated

Uncover what life was like in Medieval Canterbury exploring the history of the city and how it became a popular tourist destination by investigating medieval maps and artefacts.

  • A painting of medieval men on horses.

Session details – facilitated workshop

On arrival please introduce yourselves at our main visitor information desk and then make your way upstairs to our Learning Lab. Our facilitator will greet you and show you where to put coats and bags and lead you into the Learning Lab where part of the session will take place.

There are two parts to the workshop, one is faciliated by museum staff, the other is led by your teachers / staff. One group will be introduced to Thomas Becket and his role in the history of Canterbury then they will investigate Medieval maps and take part in a fun, interactive quiz. The other half of the group will investigate real and replica Medieval artefacts, this part of the session is briefly introduced by museum staff and then led by the teachers / adults accompanying your group. The groups will then swap, each part will take approximately 40-45 minutes.

It is recommended that you allow some time for a more general museum visit during your trip. Details of teacher led visits and available resources are below.

KS2/KS3 /intermediate/advanced ESOL students. Please specify when booking


The Medieval session runs for 1.5 hours and is available at the following times:

10:15 – 11:45

12:00 – 13:30

13:45 – 15:15


£7 per pupil accompanying adults are free. Min charge £70.

Capacity & Age Groups

Maximum numbers for the Medieval workshop is 32 pupils plus accompanying teachers. For larger groups we can split you into 2 groups and you can combine your visit with other activities or a museum visit whilst the groups take it in turns to participate in the workshop.

Key stage 2 and 3, intermediate and advanced ESOL students.

Teacher led visits

If you would prefer to explore the museum independently the Beaney is free to enter but we would ask you to complete a booking form so that we can monitor the number of visitors for health and safety purposes. We can also provide a range of Medieval themed teacher led activities. For more information please visit our Medieval Canterbury – Teacher Led page.

Artefacts in exhibition case The Beaney Museum

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