Medieval Games

If you ever played Hide and Seek, then you have this in common with children five hundred years ago.

Many other games have been passed down generations of children since the Middle Ages and include:

  • Quoits
  • Tug of War
  • Pick up sticks
  • Tic tac toe
  • Draughts
  • Chess
  • Backgammon
  • Hopscotch
  • Blind Man’s buff
  • Marbles
  • Ring a ring of roses
  • Seesaws
  • Stilt walking

And many others. You can find out more about these and other games on this website

The National Archives sells collections of medieval games

Charlemagne playing chess with Garin. British Library MS Royal 20 D XI f. 1 (14th century image)