UK School Visits

New! Our Exciting and Travelling Pop-Up Cathedral

Since the announcement of the new national lockdown in England all visits are now on hold. 

'The children had a wonderful time exploring the history of the Cathedral and engaging in the prayer stations. We would highly recommend this session to other schools.' Hannah Forder-Bell, Primary Head 

Because Covid-19 restrictions are making school visits to the Cathedral more difficult, we are offering to bring the Cathedral to YOU and your school! Our Education Team is pleased to offer local schools a tailor-made 2-hour interactive workshop, to support curriculum plans (e.g. RE, History, Art) for a class or bubble of 30 Primary - age pupils. This is an indoor workshop.

Cost (Autumn Early Bird offer): £60 (includes travel expenses) plus VAT.

Pupils are invited to engage with a series of ‘stations’ with pop-up banner photos of the Cathedral. One of these stations may involve our new prayer labyrinth. Another focuses on how Christ Church has changed over the centuries and features a model Saxon moot house and a 3D printed model of the College and Cathedral.

The workshop was trialled before half-term at the St Frideswide Primary School in Oxford, newly named in honour of the Patron Saint of Oxford whose shrine is in the Cathedral. Teachers and pupils were enthusiastic in their response.

“The Pop Up Cathedral was far more impressive than we could have imagined, with a great introduction, followed by many interactive activities that enabled every child to become completely engaged,” said Lisa Brown, the year 5/6 teacher.

“From creating their own stained-glass windows to dressing up, they had so much fun. They learned so many new facts and were all very interested in finding out new things. It was lovely to see the children so fully involved at all times.”

Health and Safety: Our team of experienced staff and volunteers, who are all DBS-checked, will be wearing PPE and following best practice for Covid-19 safety and compliance. We will quarantine all costumes and resources for 72 hours before and after each visit and a detailed Risk Assessment can be made available in advance.

For more information, or to make a booking from please contact the Cathedral Education team.



‘Cathedrals are a perfect setting for enquiring about, engaging with and sharing the Christian faith.’  The Most Reverend Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury.

Normally, the Cathedral Education Department offers School Visits to students from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 5. Find out more by clicking on Primary School visits and Secondary School visits.

To make a booking, you'll need to complete a booking form (available at the foot of each section).

We would like to hear from you after your visit and will ask you to complete and return an evaluation form.

We have a well-trained and DBS-checked team of Education Guides, who support our work with schools.


‘It was amazing!’ (Lennox, aged 9)

'Thank you for such an inspiring, warm and welcoming visit. The children were fascinated and so were we - what a rich learning experience! Please pass on my thanks to your wonderful team.' (Head teacher, Oxfordshire)

Drawing by was Lola Lee-Smith ‘We learned a lot in a very enjoyable way that had everyone fully engaged from 5-55.’ Teacher, Oxfordshire Primary School.

‘The first thing that strikes the visitor is the warmth of welcome from experienced tour guides, and how immediately the children are transported into a different time and culture from the history that pours from every part of the building.' (Senior Lecturer in Education, Oxford Brookes University)

An excellent, memorable experience!’   (Headteacher, Secondary School, Hampshire)


Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Assurance Badge

Quality Badge awarded by Council for learning Outside the ClassroomChrist Church Cathedral holds the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge, which means we have complied with a set of quality indicators to ensure a high standard of learning, organisation and safety. For more information about the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom, please see their website

Contact Details

Jackie Holderness, Cathedral Education Officer, Telephone 01865 286003