Walter Raleigh: Explorer, poet, prisoner

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About this session

Key Stage 2 | Subject: History, English | Topics: Tudors, Elizabethans | Session Type: Classroom and route-based

Join us on a voyage back to 1616! Sir Walter Raleigh, formerly Queen Elizabeth I’s favourite explorer, has been living as a prisoner in the Bloody Tower. Now he’s been released in order to try and find the mysterious El Dorado. Will Sir Walter find the lost city of gold and secure his freedom for good?

In this session, children will meet someone close to Sir Walter Raleigh and re-live his pioneering expeditions to the 'new world.'

Learning objectives

Children will:

  • Discover why Sir Walter Raleigh was an important character in our nation’s history.
  • Learn about the lives of different types of prisoner at the Tower of London.
  • Participate in a re-enactment of Raleigh’s final voyage

National Curriculum links

This session supports:


  • The lives of significant individuals (Walter Raleigh).
  • Significant turning points in British history.


  • Maintain attention and participate.

Booking information

Availability - New from October 2019
10.30, 12.00, 13.30
60 minutes
Up to 35 children
£95 plus admission

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