School Visits

Over 4,500 pupils visit Exeter Cathedral each year to help enrich 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.

Guided tours for school groups

We have a wide range of themed tours on offer for all schools who visit. Our trained 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 guided tour lasts between 45 mins to 1 hour (except for Pilgrimage, Walk the Timeline & Medieval Murder).

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

Making arrangements to visit Exeter Cathedral

Exeter Cathedral is a busy, working Cathedral, with daily services and a regular programme of events and activities. We will try and accommodate your needs as best we can.

More information about the programme on offer to visiting schools and educational groups is available to download below (see “Plan your visit” and “Download booking form”)

For more information please contact Lisa Gordon or telephone 01392 345887.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does the tour take?
Tours can take between 45mins to an hour. We can tailor the timing to suit your group’s needs. Activities can work in the same way, lasting approximately 1 hour.

Can your guide tell us some specific information?
We can try to book a guide who has special knowledge on the subject you wish to find out about. We generally offer this to pupils of secondary school age and above, to link with certain themes of work they may be trying to investigate.

Can we have a lunch space?
Due to the ever-increasing demand for schools to use our lunch space, we can only offer a space for schools who book a tour and activity package. Otherwise, if space is available you can hire a room for £30 per hour, for up to 35 pupils with toilet facilities.

Where can we park?
There is no coach parking at Exeter Cathedral, although arrangements can be made to accommodate a small minibus for disabled visitors. Please discuss this at the time of booking.

Drop off/pick up points are available in South Street (EX1 1DZ) opposite the cut/walkthrough to the Cathedral next to Connells Estate Agents available at any time.

Parking for coaches is available at Haven Banks Car Park, EX2 8DP.

Please visit the Visit Exeter website for more information about coach parking in the city.




News signup

Keep up to date with our latest news and offers