What will students see and do?

Hereford Cathedral has been a site of community and history for centuries, having been formally founded in the 696 AD. Today, the educational team has developed an extensive programme of activities to share this rich history with schools.

The cathedral is known for its impressive gardens, which pupils can also discover on a guided tour.

The tours and workshops cater for Key Stage 1 through to Key Stage 5. Visits can be as short as 45 minutes, or several workshops can be combined to create a full day of educational experiences.

There are special educational events for schools relating to religious holidays, such as Easter and Christmas, tying in with the RE curriculum.

You can also arrange self-guided tours. These also need to be booked in advance and there is a teacher’s pack available to support this.

Alternatively, the education team can bring workshops to your school, and offer virtual school trips with digital resources.

Thanks to the central location of the Cathedral, you’re well placed for combining the visit with other activities while visiting Hereford.

Teaching resources provided

All resources and materials are provided for each activity led by the educational team.

For self-guided tours there is a teacher’s pack, including preparation work, for students, as well as a recommended trail and follow-up suggestions for your return to school.

Minimum and maximum group size

This varies depending on the age and size of your group and the activities booked. It’s requested that there is one adult present for every ten pupils.

Details of risk assessment

Risk assessments are available from the education department, but it is strongly advised that schools conduct their own risk assessments as well.


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Facilities On-Site

The cathedral barn is the starting point for most school groups where pupils will be briefed on the day ahead. It’s also a good space for a snack or refreshment break.

For groups bringing packed lunches, a covered area can be provided in case of rain.

The cathedral shop has a wide range of educational items and souvenirs available to buy. There is also a café onsite.

There are accessible toilets onsite.

Opening Times

Most parts of the Cathedral experience are available between 10-5, Monday-Sunday. Contact the education team to discuss custom arrangements.



Prices for most workshops range from £2 to £5 per child.

Travel arrangements

The cathedral is in the centre of Hereford city, so there is no parking available immediately nearby. Coaches will need to use public car parks or drop pupils off on nearby Broad Street.


Hereford Cathedral, 5, College Cloisters, Cathedral Close, Hereford, Herefordshire

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