Region: West Midlands

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: School Workshops

Address: 1 Hill Top, Coventry, West Midlands CV1 5AB

Contact: 024 76521257



Our unusual story and buildings mean we have plenty to show pupils about history, mathematics, art, citizenship, PSHE and RE.  The burned out medieval Church, the 3rd tallest tower in England, the 1960’s ‘modern’ building, a huge variety of artworks spanning the last 60 years and our work around the world of bringing hope and reconciliation in Iraq, Nigeria, Israel and Palestine are just some of the reasons you should bring your students to visit us.

Our close proximity to both The Herbert and Coventry Transport Museums mean that a whole day of interactive lively education can be provided with ease.


Why is this venue great for School Trips and Educational Visits?

Our team will guide you and your pupils around the Cathedral during the morning. Of which there is a variety of different tours to choose from. After lunch one of our team will provide a workshop based on your curriculum needs. These can be tailored for your specific curriculum.

• Art workshops include sketches, rubbings, design of and creating stained glass windows.

• History workshops may include evacuation activities, singing songs from the war,organising rations, creative writing.

• RE workshops include dressing up, designs, discussion, creative stained-glass art, creative writing and sketching.

• Our maths workshop is a whole day activity of measuring, estimating and enjoying the two building – please email or call for further details.

(If you only have a few hours then opt for a guided tour)

Our team of tutors are ready to guide you and your pupils around. We provide a range of experiences all depends on the age of your pupils and the specific needs of your Curriculum.


Key stage 1

• One hour history tour

• One hour multi-sensory RE tour

• One hour art tour


Key stage 2-4

• General: An in-depth tour of both buildings.

• Art: A close look at the art of both our buildings.

• Sculpture: as above.

• History: 12th Century – present day. Take a walk-around visiting the old cathedral, Holy Trinity and the priory gardens.

• Blitz : Includes old Cathedral, 1940’s kitchen and classroom, Chapel of Unity with a brief look at the new cathedral.

• Maths: A trail to encourage discovery and application of shape, symmetry, estimation, circles and measuring angles.

• Symbolism:  exploring the symbols in both the cathedrals.

• Conflict, Peace & Reconciliation: Using the buildings, art and stories to explore a Christian understanding of this theme.

• Ceremonies and celebration: A look at the different aspects of the many Christian ceremonies.

• Place of worship: Features and furnishings of the cathedral and explanation of their use, symbolism and effect on a believer.

You can also come and use our facilities without having a guided tour.  We can provide all the educational resources you need for such a visit by booking our Resource Boxes.  We have a range of boxes to suit your requirements.  Each box contains teacher information, pupil worksheets and at least one activity.

The teacher information contains all you need to know on the buildings its story and art. This will help you answer any questions the children will ask as they look around.

The pupil worksheets will vary according to which topic you require.  On arrival at the Cathedral you will be able to pick up your resource box and use it for the full time you are at the Cathedral. Resources must be returned before you leave.


Resource Boxes available:


Key Stage 1

• Place of Worship

• General


Key Stage 2

• General

• World War II

• Signs and Symbols

• Place of Worship

• Art


Key Stage 3

• General

• Signs and Symbols

• Place of Worship

• Art

• Conflict Peace and Reconciliation


Key Stage 4

• General

• Place of Worship- Features and Furnishing

• Conflict Peace and Reconciliation

If you would like more detail on what each of these contain please contact us. We are happy to tailor these boxes to your requirements.



If you do not wish to use any of our resources you are of course still welcome to visit the Cathedral with your pupils.


What size groups do they cater for?

We cater for groups of up to 180.


What can they provide you with to support your school trip or educational visit?

We have teacher’s packs, worksheets and photo packs suitable for all ages.  These were developed by the team and other qualified teachers and link to specific curriculum subjects and Key Stages.


Can you take photos, video or audio? Are there any copyright restrictions?

We are more than happy for children to take photos, video and recordings within the Cathedral – you just need to let us know in advance.


How do you arrange a risk assessment?

You can either call or visit the Cathedral and meet with a member of the team if you wish to discuss your needs further.  We do also have information to help you complete your risk assessment forms.


What are the contact details for their education officer?


Schools Team Leader: Mrs Emma Griffiths

Tel: 024-765-21257


Schools Booking Officer: Stella Timbrell



(Or write to the above address)


What does it cost?

Adults are FREE of charge within your group.


Whole day Experience 

Includes: Guided Tour / Workshop (including all resources) / Optional trip up the Tower £6 per pupil.


Guided Tour   

Includes: Introduction to Cathedral / Guided Tour / Access to all areas of the Cathedral:

2 hour-£45 per 20 pupils


Resourced Teacher-led Tour 

Includes: Access to most parts of the Old & New Cathedrals / Loan of Subject Specific Resource Box £75 per day.

Non-guided Visit  

Includes: Access to some parts of both Old and New Cathedrals / £75 per day.


Is specific clothing required?

No, but please remember that the Old Cathedral has no roof – so a waterproof jacket may come in handy.


Do you have first aid on site?

We often have first aid officers on site but strongly recommend that groups bring their own.


What facilities do they have for school trips and educational visits?

We have a small gift shop with ‘pocket money’ items for the children to purchase.  Although gift bags of various prices can be organized for collection on the day.


Are there disabled facilities?

Yes, please call with your specific needs.

Age of Children / Pupils: Pre-school 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College

Type of Visit: Arts & Galleries Cathedrals. Abbeys. Churches Historical Heritage Museums

Curriculum Topics Covered: Art and Design Citizenship History Mathematics Religious Education

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December