Local History

Local History Visits

Local History Tour

Let our guides take you on a historical journey spanning years of history, helping your students to understand how the Cathedral played its part for people, the community and the wider world in years gone by. We will bring this story of local history back to the relevance in our lives today, be that historically, religiously, economically, culturally or artistically.

  • This includes a study of an aspect or site in local history dating from a period before 1066, including Romans, the Anglo Saxons or the Vikings, Renaissance and Reformation and more modern day alterations.
  • Important people who had bearing on the history of the cathedral, its build or its wider stories.

Links: History, RE, Geography – we are happy to make sure your relevant theme requirements are covered, just let us know what they are.

Suitable for: KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4

Duration: Flexible but typically 60 minutes

Cost: £2.50 per student 

Domesday and the Normans

The Exon Domesday is the oldest surviving draft of the famous Domesday Survey commissioned by William I (William the Conqueror) in 1085.

It is a survey of the taxable values of the land in Devon, Cornwall, Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire in 1066 and 1086 and it provides invaluable information not just about the people and land use at the time, but also about social structures in England in the years after the Norman Conquest.

  • Who was Baldwin the Sheriff?
  • How much land did Queen Matilda own?
  • How many people did it take to complete the Domesday Survey?
  • Were there more wild mares or pigs in Glastonbury?
    All these questions and more can be explored.

On your visit to the Cathedral you will also see what remains of the Norman Cathedral, find out about how Exeter’s first bishop survived the Norman Conquest and have a chance to explore parts of the Exon Domesday, with an activity to compliment the session.

Links: History, RE, Geography, PSHE, Phycology, Sociology, Science – we are happy to make sure your relevant theme requirements are covered, just let us know what they are.

Suitable for: KS2 KS3, KS4

Duration: Flexible but typically 60 minutes

Cost: £2.50 per student

Tudor Merchants House – St Nicholas Priory

Make the most of your day when visiting us and one of our local partners. Pupils walk the 10 mins from Cathedral Green to St Nicholas Priory, where younger pupils can don a Tudor cloak ready for their tour.

  • Discover the building’s history as they are taken through the monk’s cellar and into the well-equipped parlour.
  • See the cosy bedroom and the ornate Great Hall – all decorated in the glorious Tudor style.
  • Learn about the rich merchant who lived there with his family along with the Tudor games children played and how the kitchen was used.

After lunch, take a tour around Exeter Cathedral on a curriculum linked theme of your choice with one of our knowledgeable guides.

Class groups of 30+ are split into 2 smaller groups. Up to 65 pupils per day on this tour package, min of 20.

Duration: 90 mins at the Priroy 10.30 – 12noon Lunch space provided. Then approx. 90 mins at the Cathedral or until you need to leave for home.

Suitable for: KS KS3, KS4

Cost: £6.00 per student.