Explore the Cathedral and discover its treasures through our interactive learning trails

Trails are designed and delivered by our Education Officer, Pam Elliott. Pam is a skilled and experienced teacher who adeptly pitches sessions at an appropriate level for your learners. Allow 90 minutes for each trail you choose.


  • Exploring a Christian Place of Worship – in this popular trail we look out for artefacts and spot clues in the art and architecture that help us to discover what’s here and why.
  • Inspired Art – we hunt for religious symbols, get up close to the medieval misericords and consider the meaning of the vivid modern paintings and glass inside this amazing building. There’s always something new to discover! Sketching and photography is encouraged.
  • Sacred Neighbours – our well-established joint visit between the Cathedral and Manchester Buddhist Centre in the Northern Quarter. Compare the history and design of two faith buildings while learning more about the beliefs and practices of their worshippers. (1000-1400)
  • Pillars and Pilgrims (Sept 2020 onwards) – we use the Cathedral as a teaching aid to sensitively study and contrast key Christian and Muslim beliefs and practices (please note this trail does not include a Mosque visit).
  • Understanding Christianity (May 2020 onwards) –the Cathedral decoration helps us to unpack theological concepts including God, Creation, Incarnation and Salvation in an accessible way (phew!).
  • GCSE/GCE RS – Beliefs, Teachings and Practices or Religious, Philosophical and Ethical Issues; this highly-rated, bespoke trail is tailored to meet the syllabus requirements of your students.
  • CREATIVE Christmas / Easter / Bible / Saints (pick one) – we interpret the building and use arts, drama and craft activities to explore a festive season or faith stories in greater depth.


  • Time Travellers (September 2020 onwards) – we bring local history to life on this enjoyable trail as we uncover stories and characters from the Cathedral’s 1000-year-old timeline.
  • Medieval Manchester – we start at the Cathedral and then venture into the “Medieval Quarter” (the Hanging Bridge and Chetham’s Library) to discover the medieval collegiate church that was established here in 1421, and its significance for Manchester.
  • Religious Reformation – we dress up and sing on this lively trail to help us appreciate the impact that religious belief had on the people of Manchester as well as the building during Tudor times.
  • Cottonopolis and the Cathedral (September 2020 onwards) – focusing on the Industrial Revolution we discover how the “Old Church” became a Cathedral, and the effect of this change for people in the world’s first modern city.
  • Remembering War, Praying for Peace – using the Regiment Chapel and its Fire Window as a focus we discover more about the Manchester Regiment, WW1, Wilfred Owen, WW2 and the Manchester Blitz.

And more...

Manchester Cathedral is a fantastic teaching resource with so much to offer: Maths, Art and Design, Literacy, English, Music, Drama, Geography, British Values, PSHE, Business and Tourism can be covered on an educational visit. Please contact the Education Officer for more information.

These pages feature our most popular sessions for Primary and Secondary students but can be adapted for other learners. The Education caters for all phases of learning – please enquire how we cater for:

  • Early Years
  • Post 16
  • INSET and Teacher Training
  • SEND groups
  • Home Education and Family Learning

Advanced Booking is Essential for all Educational Visits

Manchester Cathedral is an active place of worship. Services and special events take place on a daily basis. If you plan to bring a group of learners, please complete an online booking form so our Education Officer can check the Cathedral diary and plan your visit with you.