Types of School Visit

A Typical Visit

A typical visit will take the children on a tour around the Cathedral to explore…

  •  The meaning and use of the font (Baptism)
  • The Altar (Holy Communion)
  • The Cross
  • The Cathedra (Role of the Bishop)
  • The Lectern and Pulpit (Bible Stories)
  • The Lady Chapel (Prayer)
  • Other features unique to Guildford Cathedral

A typical visit like this will last 2 ½ hours.  Make a day of it by adding one of the following activities/workshops:

  • Stain Glass Windows (KS 1 & 2)
  • The Creation Story (KS 1 & 2)
  • The Bible Explored (KS 1, 2 & 3)
  • History of Guildford Cathedral (KS 2 & 3)
  • Signs, Symbols and the Church Year (KS 1, 2 & 3)
  • Vestments and Artefacts (KS 1 & 2)
  • The Life of Jesus (KS3)

GCSE and A Level classes are welcome to come and explore the Cathedral and have a guided tour, focussing on a particular area if required.

Download our Schools' Programme Booklet for more information.


Unsupervised Visit

Some schools prefer to plan their own visit to the Cathedral. This is permitted, but normal entry charges still apply. The Schools’ Department are happy to advise and help you with your ‘Do-It-Yourself’ visit. You might wish to consider hiring one of our resource boxes.

There may be times when it is possible for you to visit without using any of our resources or staff, but it is still necessary to book to avoid arriving at a time when the Cathedral is not available for visits (e.g. during services) or when the Cathedral is booked for other events. 

Special Activities

These are full day events providing the opportunity for pupils to join with children from other schools in a ‘hands-on’ visit that will enable them to discover, observe and respond to a specialist subject: Advent, Easter, Remembrance, or a big debate for 16-18 year olds. See our Schools’ Programme Booklet  for more information or contact louise@guildford-cathedral.org to find out more and to book

Schools forthcoming events diary; 

  • GCSE STUDY DAY: religious studies: Wed 3 October 2018
  •                                    6, 7, 8, 9 NOVEMBER 2018
  •                                   ALL  FULLY BOOKED
  • ADVENT WORKSHOP for KS1 Primary Schools:

                                         20, 21, 22, 27,28, 29 november 2018

  •                                     ALL FULLY BOOKED
  •                                    February 2019 dates tbc, please enquire
  • EASTER WORKSHOPs for KS1 Primary Schools: 

  •                                   11,12,13,18,19,20 March 2019
  •                                    Spaces available, booking now open
  • PENTECOST WORKSHOPS for KS2 Primary Schools:

                                         20, 21,22 May 2019


Please browse through our Schools' Programme Booklet and get in touch so we can help you plan a great educational day out!

Remember, visits can usually be tailor-made to meet your requirements so call us today to discuss your requirements.

Background and travel information and links to other useful websites can be found on the Activities and Resources page.