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A View of Ely Cathedral
A View of Ely Cathedral

Information for Schools


"We aim to make the Cathedral accessible to young people, both as a building and as a living community of faith"

Ely Cathedral School Guides Mission Statement

Come Aboard!
Come Aboard!

Come aboard the Ship of the Fens on a voyage of discovery!

Ely Cathedral, a living place of worship, is a beautiful, historic building and a unique education resource.

The Education Department is staffed by an Education Officer who works along with talented and committed volunteers, all of whom have a considerable experience of working with children.

We aim to be responsive to the needs of schools by offering activities and experiences that support the National Curriculum and RE but which cannot be duplicated in the classroom.

These pages outline some of the activities currently available for schools, but we are always happy to adapt and develop them to meet your pupils' particular needs.

Please contact us on +44 (0)1353 659668
e-mail cathedral.education@cathedral.ely.anglican.org for full details of our activities and resources.

We look forward to welcoming you and your pupils to Ely Cathedral.

Jan Munt, Cathedral Education Officer

Monastic Day
Monastic Day

Monastic Day

QCA RE KS1 Unit 1B KS2 3E, 5D, History KS3 Unit 14
An opportunity for the children to dress up and experience a day in the life of a monk.

Animal Safari

QCA RE KS1 Units 1B, 1F, 2D KS2 Units 3A, 6E
Children can have fun hunting for animals in the Cathedral and find out about a Christian place of worship at the same time. We also offer a KS3 trail looking at the Cathedral as a place of worship.

Pilgrimage Day

QCA RE KS2 Units 3A, 3E, 5D, 6E KS3 and GCSE
Pupils can share the experience of a medieval pilgrim and consider their own spiritual journey.

Victorian Day
Victorian Day

Victorian Day

History Units 11 &12
These days give a unique taste of Victorian Ely: washday at Ely Museum, stained glass production at the Stained Glass Museum and Victorian craftsmanship in the Cathedral.

Anglo-Saxon Day
Anglo-Saxon Day

Anglo-Saxon Day

Information to folllow
Information to folllow.

Tour of West Tower/Octagon

QCA Art & Design KS2 Units 2C, 4C
An exciting oppurtunity for pupils from year 6 and above to enjoy unique views of the Cathedral and of Ely and to wonder at medieval craftmanship.

Brass Rubbing

QCA Art & Design KS1 Units 1B, 1C KS2 Units 2C, 4C, 51 KS3 71, 9A
A very enjoyable practical activity to support work in art and design, and history. As we are the proud owners of some beautiful brasses these can be rubbed in the Centre (£1 each) as part of your school's visit to the Cathedral.

Additional Themes

Christian Place of Worship
Bible Window Stories
Multi-Sensory Tour

Easter Activites

Available for both schools and pre-schools.

Cathedral Roadshow
Ely Cathedral Roadshow

Ely Cathedral Roadshow
If the school can't get to the Cathedral... the Cathedral will come to the school!

This offers a half-day learning experience in your own school which gives a flavour of what a visit to the Cathedral would provide. It includes a guided tour of the Cathedral using a model of the Cathedral, a Powerpoint presentation and a carousel of activities which enable pupils to explore different aspects of the Cathedral's life and history.


The Cathedral Centre

The Cathedral Centre offers a comfortable place to eat packed lunches. It is equipped with classroom capable of seating up to 30 pupils which can also be used for workshops and other activities. The St. Etheldreda Room has a video and overhead projector and can accommodate larger school groups. There is also our own shop offering souvenirs, gifts and cards and selling our own educational resources. We will also make up Goody Bags for your pupils so you can avoid the hassle of lost money and queues for the shop!

What the Children Say

"Thank you for the monks day. We had soup which I liked, with bread. I liked dressing up".
Yr 7 Special School pupil

"The organ sounded beautiful. I enjoyed every second of the morning".
Yr 4 pupil

"I loved climbing to the top of the Octagon. I felt like Alice in Wonderland going through all the doors".
Yr 8 pupil

"...it was quiet and I felt relaxed and thoughtful".
Yr 7 pupil

"I like the Cathedral because of the windows that tell stories".
Yr 2 pupil

What the Teachers Say

"We all had a fantastic day and I feel that the experience will provide an excellent stimulus for RE lessons during the rest of the half-term".
Yr 5 Teacher, Cambridge

"All the teachers and helpers appreciated your planning and had a stress-free day".
Yr 1 Teacher, Huntingdon

"One of my aims was to give the children a glimpse of the beauty of the Christian tradition - they certainly had that yesterday".
Yr 6 Teacher, Cambridge

"The guides were excellent and maintained the children's interest...".
Pre-school Teacher, Ely

"We do believe that the visit to the Cathedral sows a seed that may not be understood or appreciated by our pupils but which gives them an experience we could never hope to match in school".
Secondary School Headteacher, Norfolk


How Do I Book?

Our online booking form is the easiest way of making a booking.

If you prefer, you can download our booking form in pdf format. Print 2 copies, enter your details, keep a copy of the completed form for yourself, and send it well in advance of your visit to the address below, or contact the Education Officer, cathedral.education@cathedral.ely.anglican.org on telephone +44 (0)1353 659668 where we can discuss possible dates for your visit and the activities and resources you would like for your group. We will need a name and address to send our Booking Form.

The Cathedral Education Officer,
The Cathedral Centre,
Palace Green,

Please book as far ahead as possible, especially if you have a particular date in mind. Sometimes there are other events or Services taking place which may restrict access to the Cathedral.

How Much Does it Cost?

A whole day's visit to the Cathedral is just £4 per pupil which is amazing value. Teachers and helpers are free! This includes the organisation of a timetable, resources used, the services of guides for the day and the use of our Cathedral Centre for eating packed lunches (and free coffee for staff). We provide everything for a perfect visit - we just need you!

Joint Days with the Stained Glass Museum and Ely Museum are individually priced. Please ask.
Tours of the Octagon and West Tower are available for groups of 12 from Year 6 and above at a cost of £35. Please bring your payment with you on the day of your visit, when you know your numbers, or ask for an invoice to be sent after your visit. You will be invoiced for the number of pupils booked unless we are informed otherwise on the day of the visit. Please make cheques payable to Ely Cathedral.