How can we prepare for the visit?
A booking confirmation form, guidance notes, and risk assessment guidance will be sent to you prior to your visit. An invoicewill be sent to you after your visit. Please allow at least 14 days for confirmation of the visit. We recommend that a representative visit the Cathedral ahead of the school visit to prepare a school risk assessment and to familiarise themselves with the building and area.
How long is a visit and how much does a visit cost?
Visits last for approximately one hour. An invoice will be sent after your visit. Cheques should be made payable to ‘Leicester Cathedral’.
Does the school need to bring anything?
You may like to take photographs at certain points during the visit for future use back in the classroom. It is for the school to decide if pupils are allowed to bring cameras to use at nominated points in the visit. We normally provide some interactive material for pupils during the visit.
What should the students wear?
We ask that visitors dress appropriately (as they would dress for school); no need to wear hats or remove footwear. In addition, please remember that it can be cool inside the Cathedral even on a warm day. We suggest that students do not carry too much with them.
Where can we eat?
You are welcome to eat in the Cathedral precinct when the weather is fine. It may be possible to make a room available to you, subject to availability. Please ask when booking.
Jan – June 2014: Please note that the Cathedral precinct is currently a building site while work on the Cathedral Gardens project is undertaken; it is therefore NOT available for school parties.
Are there toilets?
There are 3 in the Cathedral (including disabled) and a number in the adjacent St Martins House.
What about children with special needs and disabled access?
We welcome children with a range of special needs – physical, learning, emotional, sensory. Please alert us when you book and we will discuss how we can make the visit most effective. There are wheelchair ramps at the entrances (Vaughan Porch and North Porch) to the Cathedral. Further ramps are situated around the building to allow access to the different floor levels of the North Transept and St Dunstan’s Chapel.
Can we lead a visit ourselves?
To enable you to make the most of your visit, Cathedral policy is that all educational visits must be accompanied by a Cathedral member of staff or one of our volunteer education team.
Do we need to book?
We ask all groups to book well in advance. The Cathedral can get very busy and your enjoyment may be spoilt by too many groups or activities in the building at the same time. Once you have booked, we can warn you of any unexpected closures, special services or any other factor that might affect your visit. Please bring sufficient adults to ensure that you can keep students in small, closely supervised groups.
How do we get there and where can we park?
There is parking at the NCP car park at St Nicholas Circle. Coaches can set down and collect groups near the Peacock Lane / Southgates junction. Special schools or wheelchair users can be dropped off outside the Cathedral precinct, as this is suitable for smaller vehicles such as minibuses.
Jan – June 2014: Please see below re Cathedral Gardens.
Will the works to Cathedral Gardens affect our visit?
Extensive works are currently taking place in the precincts of the Cathedral. Access to the building is maintained at all times, although it may be necessary to use an alternative entrance. Signposting will indicate any variations. There is currently no access to Peacock Lane from the Southgates end, access being via Southgates, Friar Lane and New Street. Please note that this is not suitable for coaches. Drop off for wheelchair users will need to be at the Peacock Lane / Southgates junction if arriving by coach. All works are fully fenced off.
There may be some noise evident during your visit from earth moving equipment.
Architects’ impressions of the finished project are located on the site perimeters and within the Cathedral. We hope that you may find some interest in seeing a garden in the making.