History School trips to Hastings (1 & 2 Days)

History School trips to Hastings to visit the site where the battle took place is relevant to students studying the History curriculum at KS3, to options in the AQA, Edexcel & OCR GCSE specifications and to Edexcel & OCR specifications at A-level. 
The defeat of King Harold, last of the Saxon rulers, by William of Normandy in 1066 is one of the most significant dates in English history and the traditional site of the battle is now marked by the ruins of Battle Abbey, founded by William as penance & to give thanks to God for his victory. Historians still argue over the precise location and course of the battle and whether Harold really was hit in the eye by an arrow but there is no doubting the fundamental impact that his defeat had on his people. The changes that followed the conquest of England by the Normans produced still-visible reminders of foreign rule as castles & cathedrals such as those at Rochester sprang up to reinforce the message that the Saxon English were no longer masters of their own realm. 

We can tailor your tour to cover your students' specific learning objectives. Please ask to speak to one of our team to discuss your requirements. Please note that this tour is not available between November and late February.




One-Day Tour (for schools within approximately 120 miles of Hastings)


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  • School pick-up (no earlier than 06.00 hours) & travel to Sussex. Visits include:
  • Pevensey Bay & Castle
  • Battle Abbey & site of the Battle of Hastings
  • Hastings Castle
  • Study packs included
  • Return to school with evening drop-off (time dependent on school location)

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Two-Day Tour

  • Day 1: School pick-up (no earlier than 06.00 hours) & travel to Sussex. Visits include:
  • Drive past Pevensey Bay & Castle
  • Battle Abbey - site of the Battle of Hastings
  • Check-in at accommodation & evening meal
  • Day 2:  Depart after breakfast to visit:
  • Rochester Castle
  • Rochester Cathedral
  • Return to school with evening drop-off (time dependent on school location)

Add an Extra Day,,,, 

  • With an extra day you can include a visit to London and/or fun activities or
  • Combine with another department. We have London Art, English, Geography, Maths & Science tours
  • Two nights' half-board accommodation
  • Our advice: Including some fun activities can help you sell the tour to your students especially if you have competition from other subjects
  • Combine with another department: This can make the tour viable if you have low numbers 
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Battle Abbey & Battlefield
Hastings Castle
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Battle Abbey is said to have been built on the exact site where Harold was killed to render thanks to God for the victory and atone for the thousands of deaths on that fatal day.


Hastings Castle was one of the first to be built by the victorious Normans & has stood guard over the English Channel ever since; its history evident in the dramatic ruins that survive to this day.






Rochester Castle
Rochester Cathedral
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Founded soon after the conquest and granted to William's brother Bishop Odo, Rochester Castle guards the entrance to the River Medway. Its massive stone 12th century keep is one of the best preserved though it was undermined during a siege by King John.   Rochester Cathedral was granted to Bishop Odo who was found to have seriously mismanaged it and a major rebuilding programme began in 1079 under its new bishop. Further work was carried out from the late 12th century using much of the existing Norman structure.  
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Outward Journey / Pre-Tour

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  • Anglo-Saxon England
  • The Witan, earls & thegns
  • Harold Godwinson of Wessex
  • William of Normandy
  • The disputed succession
  • Death of Edward the Confessor
  • Harald Hardrada & Tostig
  • Battle of Stamford Bridge
  • William lands at Pevensey

Hastings & Rochester

  • The opposing commanders
  • Raising an army
  • Feudalism & mounted knights
  • Housecarls & the Saxon Fyrd
  • Tactics
  • Training, weapons & armour
  • Location of the battlefield
  • Phases of the battle
  • William's role in the battle
  • Reasons for the Norman victory
  • Castles: Design & purpose
  • Cathedrals: Religion & belief
  • The power of the Church
  • Lanfranc & influence of clergy
  • Church organisation & courts
Return Journey / Post-Tour      
  • Aftermath of Hastings
  • Impact of the Feudal System
  • Harrying of the North
  • Purpose of the Domesday Book
  • Land ownership by 1087
  • William's legacy
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Study Materials Relevant to Your GCSE/National Curriculum KS3
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Our study materials are designed by teachers, many with examining experience.  When you book with us, you will receive a copy of both our student study packs & teachers' notes, free of charge.  You can:

  • use our study materials exclusively
  • use your own study materials
  • use a combination of your own & our materials
The Student Pack Includes  

The Teacher Pack Additionally Includes

  • Factual detail on each location visited as well as background information
  • Maps, illustrations & a time line of events
  • Eye-witness accounts
  • Tasks, activities & discussion points to provide a focus for each location visited
  • Further guidance notes giving a broader context to each visit
  • A curriculum matrix linking each location to assessments objectives
  • Suggested answers for selected tasks

Integrate with Your Scheme of Work

  Study Materials: Skills & Concepts  
  • Introductory materials can be used on tour or as part of your pre-tour preparation
  • Study materials are also suitable for post-tour follow-up
  • Knowledge, recall & comprehension 
  • Historical concepts
  • Understanding, analysis & evaluation of evidence
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Our Guides


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We believe a study tour is an educational experience best delivered by people with a knowledge and understanding of the educational system & culture. You can discuss learning aims & objectives with your guide so that the tour meets your requirements.

  • Our guides are former teachers, excellent communicators & have examining experience.
  • They have organised tours themselves so understand the demands placed on accompanying staff.
  • They have an enthusiasm for imparting knowledge & ideas & engaging with young minds.


Steve Clarke, BA (Hons), PGCE



Steve is a former Head of Humanities & prior to retiring was an Assistant Head. Steve joined Galina in 2010, having led school groups as a client for a number of years. His experience includes battlefield tours to the Western Front, RS tours to the Netherlands & a range of UK tours.

Steve has 30 years' teaching experience in secondary schools in Hull.

"As always, Steve, our guide, tailored the tour to suit our needs & adapted his information & stops to meet our requests. Excellent – we have always been very satisfied with the service provided.”

Merchant Taylors' Girls School, Liverpool

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Selected & Trained by Galina 

  • We have our own training programme to ensure consistently high standards.
  • Our guides up-to-date with current examination specifications & amendments to Key Stage 3.
  • All guides are DBS-checked.
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The accommodation we use regularly is audited following guidelines laid down by the School Travel Forum and incorporated into our Safety Management System. We can offer accommodation in hostels and in more traditional hotels according to group size, nature and budget.


YHA Canterbury


Youth Hostels offer excellent value accommodation especially for small or medium sized groups. The YHA in Canterbury is located in an impressive recently refurbished Victorian Gothic Villa near to the historic city centre.


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  • En-suite facilities
  • Rooms accommodate two to six people / Bunk beds
  • Staff accommodated in twin/quad rooms
  • TV
  • Dining Room
  • Bar
  • Lounge
  • Free WiFi
  • Bed linen provided. Take your own towels
  • Full cooked & buffet breakfast
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Marling School, Stroud, Gloucs

"Excellent! Very informative and enjoyable for all."



Mellow Lane School, Hayes, Middlesex

"We had a wonderful time. I was very impressed with the guide's knowledge – he was fantastic. I shall definitely be using Galina again!"



Ardingly College, West Sussex

"Excellent preparations ensured things went very smoothly. Thank you very much."



Lady Margaret School, Parsons Green, London

"Superb drivers – flexible, amenable and well-organised."
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