School Visits

Brilliant as always, even after 8 visits, we still learn something new each time. Staff are extremely welcoming and knowledgeable.” St Nicholas Primary School

Over 4,500 pupils visit us every year to explore and enhance their study of subjects such as RE, History, Art and Music. We welcome groups of all sizes and endeavour to provide a high quality service based on the individual requirements of each group. Options for your visit are listed below. Alternatively, click on the button to download a PDF.

Plan your visit

Our History


Themed Guided Tours

All of the children loved the activities that allowed them to explore the cathedral at the same time. We all had a fantastic day and would consider this venue with other year groups.” Forches Cross Primary

Having received support from the Heritage Lottery Fund we have developed a new programme of special themed tours. Our trained volunteers guides will tell you about the life, history and community of the Cathedral, focusing on your chosen topic area which might include signs and symbols, faith in art, medieval history and architecture. They are the ideal way to make the most of your visit and they are devised to complement the curriculum. A themed tour lasts between 45 mins to 1 hour with the option to include a complementary workshop — we can also provide a lunchroom (at no extra cost). More information is available by clicking the link below.

Themed Visits for Schools

Self-guided Visits

A self-guided visit allows you to visit the Cathedral and carry out your own prepared work for your group. Have a look at our downloadable information to help plan your visit.

We had a lovely morning in which the children enjoyed, learnt and appreciated the Cathedral. Well organized and resourced activity too. The children were really thrilled with their cathedral experience! Thank you” Bow Hill Primary School

Activity Booklets and Quiz Trails

Activity booklets and quiz which enable children to explore the building in groups or individually are available for different key stages. Trails cost 20p and booklets 50 each to cover the cost of printing. Please phone to reserve you these for your group, so that we have the relevant booklets available.

Tower and Roof Tours

We offer Tower and Roof Tours for those over 8 years of age. Booking is essential. Roof tour is £5 per child and tower tour is £2 per child. General group size is 12.

Sixth Form Debate

Our Sixth form debate follows a ’Question Time’ forum. It takes place in the nave of the Cathedral in front of a panel of six high profile figures who will answer the questions submitted by the attending students.

This is an exciting opportunity for students to engage with members of their local community, sharing their own thoughts and questioning those of others. The event will be open to all local schools but booking is essential.

The next debate will be held on November 25th 2015. We have an interesting and varied panel lined up, headed by Samira Ahmed will be chairing this year’s event.

School groups will need to pre-book places, The cost will be £3 each which will include refreshments and a snack. Accompanying adults free. 

Call us if you would like more information or to book your place, on 01392 413714 

Pilgrimages, School Services and Music Outreach

If you require any information about making a pilgrimage to the Cathedral, holding a school service here or would like information about the Music Outreach Scheme please contact the Music and Liturgy Department on 01392 436747 or by email to

Risk Assessments

We want your visit to be as safe as possible. To discuss any risks give us a call or email. We are happy to provide advice and guidance but require you to devise your own risk assessment. We offer the opportunity for teachers to visit us free of charge for this purpose prior to their official visit.

Anything else?

If you would like to do something specific, bring gifted and talented pupils or plan a visit as part of an activity/enrichment week give us a call! We are always happy to tailor visits to suit your needs.   Call on 01392 413174 or fill in the booking form and email back to us at we will confirm your booking with a call or email.

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