Exploring a Christian place of worship

Our most popular trail helps pupils to consider the significance of Manchester Cathedral as a place of worship; past and present.

Give your pupils the opportunity to:

  • Explore the Cathedral and see its treasures: colourful stained glass windows, atmospheric Regiment Chapel; and richly carved choir stalls.
  • Discover key aspects of Manchester Cathedral’s heritage – from a medieval Church to a Victorian Cathedral and the transformation of the Church since WW2.
  • Find out how the main features reflect Christian belief and aid worship.
  • Handle some of the artefacts used for worship.
  • Experience* the unique atmosphere of the Cathedral, where worship has taken place for over 1000 years.

*Experiential RE: Many teachers find that experiential learning activities are a memorable part of a visit to a place of worship. Lighting a prayer candle, having time for quiet reflection, or tasting the bread used for Holy Communion are three such activities that the Education Department can offer to visiting schools.

We ask that teachers discuss their requirements with the Education Officer so that activities are tailored appropriately for their group.

Rites of Passage: shorter sessions focusing on Baptism and Marriage are also available and can be added into your trail. Pupils learn by re-enacting the ceremonies in situ and can also learn about the multiple baptisms and weddings of Victorian times! Funerals and the afterlife can be covered by an epitaph trail.

KEY STAGE: 1-4
CURRICULUM LINKS: RE, History
VENUE: Cathedral
DURATION: 60-75 minutes
MAXIMUM NUMBER: 40
COST PER PUPIL: £2