Schools can enjoy a host of tours, trails and education days at the cathedral, all aimed to enhance the curriculum in a range of subject areas. Our Education Officer, a former teacher, can tailor your visit to the learning needs of your class. Our education guides have a great deal of experience showing children the marvellous features of our Cathedral.
Please see our Education Days page for more details about our one-off events.
Please click on the link to view our packages: /images/uploads/bristol_cathedral_education_brochure.pdf
The packages we offer include a cathedral tour with a specific learning focus and an accompanying workshop designed to deepen the children's learning.
We can normally accommodate 60 children at a time, but do ask if you'd like to bring more.
Please allow 1.5 - 2 hours:
KS1 & KS2:
- Special places / Places of worship - RE: Why are some places special? & SMSC. This can be combined with a visit to the New Room for a full day trip
- Experience Church - an interactive multi-sensory tour learning about how Christians worship
- Maths trails - Mathematical Shapes, measuring, & problem-solving.
- Religion and Art: stained glass windows
- Bristol's Slave Trade (KS2) - Local History Study. This can be combined with a visit to the New Room for a full day trip
- Christian Beliefs (KS2) - RE: What is belonging to a religion? Why do Christians differ?
- Medieval Monks and Monasteries, (KS2) A multi-sensory tour of the former medieval abbey
- Values - choose which value you would like to study in this workshop
- WWI Workshop: No News of Fred led by local historian & author Jacqueline Wandsworth, for Y6, £2 per pupil
- WWI Exhibition: Parcels of Comfort - come and see the parcels sent to the front in WW1 in the textiles exhibition. Have a go at the KS1 or KS2 quiz - FREE event
- Places of Worship - RE: Do we need religion? How can it help people?
- Belief, action and moral issues - RE: What really matters in religion and beliefs?
- Medieval monks and monasteries - History: Medieval Living, RE: Belief & action, Geography: Maps and the local area
- Bristol's Slave Trade: Bristol cathedral's links to the Trans Atlantic slave trade. This can be combined with a visit to the New Room for a full day trip
- WWI Workshop: No News of Fred led by local historian & author Jacqueline Wandsworth, for KS3 or Y6 £2 per pupil
KS4 & 5:
- Saving Lives in WWI:Medical Changes on the Western Front: Interactive sessions with local historian & author Penny Starns: Autumn term- £2 per pupil
- Q&A with the clergy - we can address a range of issues, such as medical ethics or life after death
- God and the Big Bang: 6th form conference on science and faith, 23rd February 2017 - £9 per pupil - book early to avoid disappointment!
- Religious Studies Symposium: 28th June 2017 - £5 per pupil with a FREE network lunch for accompanying staff
- History & Culture of the medieval and Tudor world: Cathedral tour with our architectural historian, Jon Canon - £70 per group, plus £1 per pupil:
The cathedral is used as a 'time machine' to enable KS5 students to experience some of the themes that make the medieval world so different to any that they will have encountered before, such as the importance of religion, of monasticism, and of feudal ideas about aristocracy and hierarchy, as well as the effects of the Reformation.
We also offer bespoke tours and workshops - just let us know the focus of your visit and our Education officer will put together a package for you.
Most packages: £3 per pupil. Accompanying adults are free. Please allow 1.5 - 2 hours.
Additional workshops can be included for £1 per pupil to extend your visit.
Please enquire for KS4 & 5 prices as these vary.
General tours or self-guided visits are also available for £1 per pupil
Please make cheques payable to Bristol Cathedral. Payment can also be via BACS transfer - please ask for details.
If you would like to have lunch at the cathedral during your visit, we can provide a bookable private room with space for 30 pupils with an adjacent toilet.
This can be provided free of charge if you book one of our tour and workshop packages above.
Booking form: /images/uploads/Booking_form_2016.doc
Please note we hold UWE graduation ceremonies in the cathedral from 11th - 24th July and are unable to host school visits during this time.
For further information and to make a booking, please contact our Education Officer Frances Taylor or telephone on 01179468175 between 9am - 4.30pm, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.