Foundation Phase - Abergavenny Castle and Museum - Monlife

Learning Experiences at Abergavenny Museum and Castle for Foundation Phase

Abergavenny Museum and Castle offers rich learning experiences that enable you and your class to explore the local history of the area.

From the fearsome feuds between the Normans and the native Welsh, to Owain Glyndwr’s fight for Welsh independence, Abergavenny Castle offers the perfect venue to explore many aspects of life in medieval Wales.

Put your problem-solving skills to the test in our Attack and Defend workshop as your class explores the tools and techniques of medieval warfare.

Discover the rules of medieval dining and make food fit for a Lord in our Fabulous Feasting workshop as your pupils help the castle servants prepare a feast and entertainment for the Lord of Abergavenny.

Jumping forward in time, discover what life was life for people in rural Monmouthshire in the 19th century with our Home and Hearth workshop. Explore our Welsh kitchen, try your hand at rural crafts even do the washing!

Environmental learning experiences at Abergavenny Castle Meadows

Abergavenny Castle Meadows offers lots of great opportunities for environmental learning:

Watch the Birdie

Why are some blackbirds brown? Why don’t we see sand martins in winter? What is the difference between a swallow and a swift? Just a few questions that will be answered during this workshop to discover more about the birds in our local area.

Tree-mendous fun

Discover more about our wonderful trees. How tall is that tree? How does it work? Is it an ash or an oak? Find out how to answer these questions and many more.

Minibeast Mania

Discover more about the incredible small creatures that live on land in our local area. Find out about their life cycle and how they fit into the food web.

Marvellous Mammals

Discover more about our local British mammals, their footprints, homes and how they spend the winter.

Pondlife Pandemonium

Discover more about the incredible creatures that live in a local pond. Find out about their life cycle and how they fit into the underwater food web.

Why not make a day of it?

Combine history with nature! ‘Pick and mix’ from the above menu and our exciting range of environmental learning workshops based at Abergavenny Castle Meadows.

Click here to view our workshop booking information for teachers.

If you have any questions about learning experiences at Abergavenny Castle and Museum please contact the learning team on 07929 044653 or 07790 954802 or email or