***COVID 19***

***Important information regarding school visits to the Cathedral from 4 November 2020***

Please get in touch with the Education team for more details and to make a booking:

  • The Education Department can accommodate groups of up to 30 children.
  • All adult visitors are asked to wear masks.
  • Each school visit will last 2 hours and will involve a tour followed by a clipboard exercise led by school staff. The children will follow the one way system around the Cathedral.
  • The Education team can suggest suitable follow on activities that can be enjoyed back at school.
  • Due to the limitations that we have had to introduce to keep children safe we have reduced the cost per pupil to £2.50+VAT per session.
  • Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate schools for lunch at this stage due to limited handwashing facilities.
  • School groups are welcome to use portable toilets situated in College Green.
  • Unfortunately, at this stage, children are unable to wear any of our costumes for the historical based tours or handle any artefacts.


These are the tours that we can offer this term:

Glorious Gloucester:  Our Journey through time (KS 1 & 2) Find out about the monks who lived here over 900 hundred years ago. Explore the characters throughout history who have had an influence in the city and consider the significance of the building for visitors today, both as a place of worship and a tourism venue.

What does it mean for Christians to believe that God is Holy and Loving? (KS 2) In line with the Gloucestershire Agreed Syllabus for RE, this trail enables children to make clear connections between Bible texts studied and what Christians believe about God: for example through how cathedrals are designed. Children will learn about the medieval Christians who built cathedrals ‘to the glory of God’ and find out about what kind of God cathedrals suggest the builders had in mind. Pupils will investigate how different parts of the Cathedral reflect the concept of God as holy and loving.

What makes some places special to believers? (KS 1) In line with the Gloucestershire Agreed Syllabus for RE this trail will enable children to ask questions, take photos, listen to a story and to worship music. They will have the opportunity to explore the unusual things they see, do some drawings of details and collect some key words and find out how the Cathedral is used for Christian worship.

The Cathedral as a Place of Worship Discover how Christians worship in this ancient place and what beliefs are at the heart of Christianity.

Why does Christmas matter to Christians? (KS 1) Based on the suggestions from the Gloucestershire Agreed Syllabus, this visit will take you on a trail around the Cathedral exploring the nativity story from the Gospel of Luke in different stations. There will also be an opportunity to find out about Advent traditions in the Cathedral.

Tudors: (KS 2) Children will role play life as a Tudor monk, discover Henry VIII's plans for St Peter's Abbey and understand how life changed here during this fascinating period in history.

Monastic Experience: (KS 2) Be a novice monk and discover Gloucester's Benedictine heritage. Travel back in time and find out about the monastic life of study, work and prayer by exploring the cloisters with the 'Abbot'.

Please get in touch with the Education team for more details and to make a booking:




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