School Visits

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.

Download a planning kit

Download a brief history


Themed Guided Tours

‘Lisa and Kate (along with the rest of the volunteers) provided a wonderful learning experience for our children. We would certainly book again.’  - Matt Brown, Whimple Primary School

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.

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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 day and the children really enjoyed themselves. Thank you very much for being so accommodating! We will be back!!’ – Lully Newman, Burrington C of E Primary School

Activity Booklets and Quiz Trails

Activity booklets which enable children to explore the building in groups or individually are available for different key stages. They cost 10p each to cover 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

Exeter Cathedral has been successfully running a Sixth Form Debate forum for the last 2 years. Unfortunately, with the renovation of the Cathedral organ this year, we will not be holding the debate in 2014. We will, however, be concentrating on securing a great panel and choosing  interesting and relevant topics for discussion for the next debate, in 2015. Look out for future update or call if you would like extra information.

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.