RE Visits

Cathedral – A Special Place

A guided tour around the Cathedral that explores the building as a place of worship. Using artefacts and costumes, pupils will discover why the Cathedral is a special place, and gain a deeper understanding of the Christian faith. Our guides will point out a recognisable Christian symbols and explain why they are used.

  • Explore the atmospheric space that has been standing for almost 1000 years and find out about the special furniture used in churches.
  • Find out about the special events and celebrations throughout the Church year and how religion to the people from the past has evolved to modern day worship.
  • Light a group candle and reflect upon the visit at the end of the tour as people have centuries before you

Duration: 90 minutes

Links: History, RE

Suitable for: KS1, KS2, KS3

Duration: Flexible but typically 60 minutes

Cost: £2.50 per student

Pilgrimage

What evidence does the Cathedral have that Pilgrims once stopped here on their holy quest? We will tell you of the discoveries that came about during the Second World War and how a small wax lady was discovered. Pupils will be met by a medieval pilgrim character who will tell them about the importance of a pilgrimage, why it was taken, by whom and what the journey entailed.

  • Pupils can will join an activity where they are suitably robed and are then given a character to portray; a knight, a king, a musician, a peasant etc. They then join a procession around the Cathedral leading to Bishop Lacy’s tomb, whose importance will be revealed.
  • A chance to reflect upon life as a journey and how many religions endorse pilgrimage for religious enlightenment

Duration: 90 minutes

Links: History, RE, PSHE

Suitable for: KS1, KS2, KS3 (Popular for Year 3 and 4)

Duration: Flexible but typically 60 minutes tour, 90 minutes as an activity.

Cost: £2.50 per student

Positive Mental Health and Wellbeing Tour

Let our guides walk your class through a stimulating but tranquil journey around this amazing building and its spaces with plenty of historical facts thrown in for good measure.

In this visit we are looking at simple guidance on how to maintain positive mental health and wellbeing. Having good mental health helps us to work productively and fruitfully, it promotes good relationships and supports us to make a good contribution to our community / school / friendship group etc.

The tour focus will demonstrate that using this building, experiencing its stories, chapels and its decorations, has the potential to uplift and promote good mood and a sense of comfort. We will offer a few exercises to help in practice, noting the feelings of contentment that benefit us and how we can bring them forward with a few exercises.

  • We aim to centre on the senses: the power of sound and singing, focussing the mind on movement and touch with the use of finger labyrinths
  • Enjoying the smell of incense and trying hypnotic candle watching.
  • We will also introduce positive affirmation fortune tellers to support the session.

Links: History, RE, Relationships, Health and Sex and Relationships Education, or RSHE.

Suitable for: KS2, KS3

Duration: Flexible but typically 60 minutes

Cost: £2.50 per student

Art in the Cathedral

The tour will take you on a guided trail around the Cathedral where students will be encouraged to observe and respond to a variety of materials and artefacts and decorations. These might be in the form of carvings, objects, paintings, patterns, textiles and designs.  There are many cathedral artisans working together to adorn this lovely building – stonemasons, glaziers, tapisers, florist and artists. We will be exploring the value of art in a sacred space and what is planned for future displays.

  • Explore how decorative art forms help Christians to pray and worship.
  • Find out what is the relevance of the Icon and how it is made.
  • Look at the images depicted in the stained glass windows. How do they tell or story, how can we work out who made them or how old they are?
  • Explore important furnishings such as the lectern, altar, pulpit, Bishops Throne, and tombs.

Links: History, RE, Relationships, Art and Design or RSHE.

Suitable for: KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4

Duration: Flexible but typically 60 minutes

Cost: £2.50 per student

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.

The Exeter Book and the Anglo Saxons

The Exeter Book is a unique anthology of Anglo Saxon poetry written around 970AD. The oldest of only four books of Anglo Saxon poetry which survive anywhere in the world, it gives a fascinating insight into the literary culture of Anglo Saxon England.

It contains over 100 poems of different types from long sombre elegies to short humorous riddles. It explores diverse themes including the life of Christ, feelings about the soul, migration, loss, the sea and the natural world, it even has hidden drawings doodled in the margins!

  • For a broader look at Anglo Saxon life and culture, there are also Anglo Saxon coins and charters to be discovered in the Archives.
  • Through facsimiles and creative workshops to link with the sessions themes, come and explore Anglo Saxon culture!
  • Make a link to creative writing with riddle formations or an illuminating letter writing 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: KS KS3, KS4

Duration: Flexible but typically 60 minutes

Cost: £2.50 per student.

Historical Science and Medicine (Pic-Heister System of Surgery)

Exeter Cathedral Library contains nearly 3,000 historical medical and scientific books from medieval medical miscellanies containing charms and recipes, through to Victorian anatomical atlases, via herbals, chemistry, natural philosophy and astronomy.

  • Explore with us some of the key figures in the history of science and medicine with the Library’s copies of books by Galen, Andreas Vesalius, Thomas Sydenham, William Harvey, Edward Jenner, Robert Boyle, Elizabeth Blackwell and more…
  • Take the floor tour to discover relevant medical monuments, memorials and important local characters who had a hand in medical matters large and small.

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: KS KS3, KS4

Duration: Flexible but typically 60 minutes

Cost: £2.50 per student

Building a Cathedral – Fabric Account Rolls

Have you ever wondered what it took to build a medieval cathedral? Exeter Cathedral’s unique set of fabric account rolls contain detailed information about building, repairing and maintaining the Cathedral between the 13th and 16th centuries. They tell us where the wood, stone, metals and other materials came from, how much they cost, how long it took, and even the names of some of the craftspeople who carried out the work and their wages.

  • On your visit to the Cathedral you will find out about some of the characters who shaped the Cathedral
  • See how the written accounts document the construction of the Cathedral and learn more about medieval construction techniques. 
  • We have bespoke mini-models to demonstrate building methods to study, too.

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

Medieval Murder – Crime and Punishment

On the night of 09 November 1283 Canon Lechlade left his house at the Chantry to fulfil his duties at Midnight Matins.  An assailant, who had entered the city through the South Gate, sprung out of the shadows and brutally murdered Lechlade. What were the events that brought about such a crime and did the real culprits ever get punished?

Your pupils will journey back in time to the medieval cathedral to…

  • Discover the politics and social etiquette of the time
  • Meet characters who were suspects in the real life murder inquiry
  • Debate the correct punishment for the crime and find out how the local King stepped into proceedings.

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