Meet the Monarch: Holbein's Henry

Children participating in a schools' session at Windsor Castle

In this exciting handling and role play session, children discover how Henry VIII and his family members dressed to impress. Looking at royal portraits and Henry's enormous suit of armour we investigate the splendour of the Tudor Court at Windsor and why this larger-than-life monarch used Windsor Castle as a favoured home.

Children will have the opportunity to wear items from our replica costume and armour collection enabling them to find out how comfortable – or otherwise! – Tudor life would have been. They can even sketch in front of the real portraits and works of art on display in the State Apartments, along with exploring Tudor architecture in the Castle Precincts and finding where Henry is buried in St George's Chapel with his favourite wife. 


"An amazing day, we wish we could have stayed longer!"
Year 4 Class teacher

Session details

Curriculum themes: 
Significant individuals in the past
Significant historical people and places in your locality
Local history study beyond 1066
Extending chronological knowledge beyond 1066
Using drawing to share experiences
The work of a range of artists
Creating sketchbooks
Great artists and architects
Age group: 
Key stage 1
Key stage 2
School subjects: 
Art & Design
Maximum pupils per session: 
40 minutes
11:30 (lunch 12:30); 12:30 (lunch 11:45)
Days of the week: 
Monday, Friday
Windsor Castle
Learning room: 
The Moat Room
Before making a booking please visit this page: 
Essential booking and visit information for Schools - Windsor
0303 123 7323