RE Visits

Cathedral – A Special Place

Suitable for: KS1, KS2, KS3
Duration: Options for two hours or four hours
Cost per Pupil: £3 Half Day (two hours)
or £7 Full Day (four hours)

This is 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 recognisable Christian symbols, their meaning 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

Links: History, RE


Suitable for: KS1, KS2, KS3 (Popular for Year 3 and 4)
Duration: Options for two hours or four hours
Cost per Pupil: £3 Half Day (two hours)
or £7 Full Day (four hours)

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 and the significance behind her. Students will learn more about the type of medieval pilgrim who would have visited Exeter and understand the importance of pilgrimage – why it is taken, by whom and what the journey entailed. 

  • Pupils can see 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

Links: History, RE, PSHE

The Reformation (16th Century changes to the life and fabric of Exeter Cathedral)

Suitable for: KS3 & KS4
Duration: Flexible but typically 60 minutes
Cost per Pupil: £3

This tour is linked to the development of Church, state, and society in Britain 1509-1745 on the Key Stage 3 History National Curriculum.

The 16th century Reformation caused the greatest ever upheaval in the life and fabric of Exeter Cathedral. Begun under the reign of King Henry VIII, the break with Rome led to a complete rethinking of the way people related to God, the Bible, and the Church itself. Take a closer look at some of the damage inflicted at that time and learn how the lives of the Cathedral, and its inhabitants, were changed forever.

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

Art in the Cathedral

Suitable for: KS1, KS2, KS3 & KS4
Duration: Options for two hours or four hours
Cost per Pupil: £3 Half Day (two hours)
or £7 Full Day (four hours)

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: Art, History, PSHE/RE/RSE/SMSC

Sacred Places (Comparing a Cathedral to a Church)

Suitable for: KS1, KS2 & SEND suitable. 
Duration: Flexible but typically two hours.
Cost per Pupil: £5 Half Day (two hours) + free lunch space and bag storage

A unique opportunity to visit both Exeter Cathedral and the nearby Saxon church of St Martin’s. The lesson aligns with the Devon and Torbay Agreed Syllabus for RE: Unit 1.8 What makes some places sacred to believers? And can also be adapted for older groups to cover What links Christianity, Judaism and Muslim Beliefs? This would cover the common links with Christianity, Judaism and Muslims believes by exploring through visual stimuli such as 17th Century reredos and stained-glass windows displaying prophets such as Moses and Amos. This is suitable for upper KS2 (Year 5 & 6) as well KS3 (Years 7, 8, 9) and aligns with the Devon and Torbay Agreed Syllabus for RE: Upper KS2 Unit U2.8 What does it mean to be a Muslim in Britain today? KS3 Unit 3.6 Why do Christians believe Jesus was God on earth? And KS3 Unit 3.4 Does the world need prophets today?

  • Opportunity to recognise that there are special places where people go to worship and identify at least three objects used in worship. 
  • A chance to explore through visual stimuli; the pulpit, altar and font.
  • An opportunity to see both St Martin’s Church and Exeter Cathedral.
  • Find out the similarities and differences between a church and a cathedral.