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Lichfield Cathedral

There has been a Cathedral in Lichfield for over 1300 years and its story is bursting with history, art, culture and life. It is a place dedicated to worship and learning, a tradition continuing to this day, with staff and trained guides providing memorable, enjoyable, multi-sensory and interactive learning experiences

Located in a beautiful, leafy corner of Staffordshire is Lichfield Cathedral; the Mother Church of the Diocese of Lichfield and the seat of the Bishop of Lichfield If you’re looking for rich heritage, ancient artefacts and stunning architecture then Lichfield Cathedral has it all.

Lichfield Cathedral’s story doesn’t end with its past, it is very much alive with a vibrant programme embracing the Arts, Science, History and looking to the future, all complimented through our Schools tours and education program. Through working with schools and groups prior to visits to develop tailored learning outcomes, we strive to ensure our visitors receive a beneficial and enriching opportunity for learning outside the classroom.

All our visits support the provision of effective Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education (SMSC). We continually work with teachers and schools to ensure that our Educational Packages are clearly linked, where possible, to examination criteria to support ongoing study in lessons.

Please see below for our current Tours, all of which can be adapted for your party’s needs. Bespoke Tours can be devised through liaison with our staff and highly knowledgeable Guides.

KS1 (age 5-7) Discover the Cathedral
Aim of the tour: to provide a general overview of the history of Lichfield Cathedral and of Christian worship and belief.
Explore the different areas of the Cathedral and how they are used.
Find out about how a Cathedral is different to a church and why it is special to Christians.
Learn about important symbols and gestures such as the cross, bread and wine and baptisms.
Try using different forms of expression in the magnificent surroundings of the Cathedral, such as singing in the Quire or lighting a candle in the Lady Chapel.
Think about the ways that we use the Cathedral today.

KS1 Special Occasions and Celebrations
Aim of the tour: To look at ceremonies in which special moments in the life cycle are marked in the church.
Explore the different areas of the Cathedral and how they are used.
Find out about how a Cathedral is different to a church and why it is special to Christians.
Walk through and role play child friendly versions of baptism and wedding ceremonies in the beautiful surroundings of the Cathedral.
Learn about important symbols and gestures which are related to marking special moments.
Try using different forms of expression in the magnificent surroundings of the Cathedral, such as singing in the Quire or lighting a candle in the Lady Chapel.

KS2 Discover the Cathedral
Aim of the tour: to provide a general overview of the history of Lichfield Cathedral and of Christian worship and belief.
Explore the different areas of the Cathedral and how they are used.
Find out about how a Cathedral is different to a church and why it is special to Christians.
Learn about important symbols and gestures such as the cross, bread and wine and baptisms.
Discover unique artefacts from Lichfield’s history such as the Lichfield Angel and learn about important figures such as St Chad.
Think about the ways that we use the Cathedral today.

KS2 Signs and Symbols
Aim of the tour: to examine signs and symbols used by Christians – these may be objects or symbolic gestures of worship.
Think about how we define symbols and use them in everyday life.
Learn about important symbols, such as the cross and dove and symbolic actions, such as lighting a candle, taking Communion and being baptised.
Explore the different areas of the Cathedral and how they are used.
Find out about how a Cathedral is different to a church and why it is special to Christians.
Discover unique artefacts from Lichfield’s history such as the Lichfield Angel and learn about important figures such as St Chad.

KS2 Saints and Saxons
Aim of the tour: to explore the influence of the Anglo-Saxons on Lichfield Cathedral.
Explore the development of Christianity among Anglo-Saxon kingdoms and communities, particularly Mercia.
Discover unique Anglo-Saxon artefacts from the Cathedral’s history such as the Lichfield Angel and the Lichfield Gospels, and learn about why Lichfield was important.
Learn about St Chad, the Anglo-Saxon holy man who became the first Bishop of Lichfield.
Find out about how a Cathedral is different to a church and why it is special to Christians.
Explore the different areas of the Cathedral and how they are used.

KS3 (age 11-16) Discover the Cathedral
Aim of the tour:to provide a general overview of the history of Lichfield Cathedral and of Christian worship and belief.
Find out about the importance of the services, sacraments and prayer in Christian worship.
Discover what it means to be a modern pilgrim.
Learn key historical events such as the English Civil War and how it shaped the story of the Cathedral.
Discover Anglo-Saxon artefacts including the Lichfield Angel and Lichfield Gospels and learn about St Chad, first Bishop of Lichfield.
Explore what part the Cathedral plays in the local community today.

KS3 Pilgrimage Past and Present
Aim of the tour:to explore the importance of pilgrimage for Christians throughout history and in modern faith and worship.
Explore the nature, history and purpose of pilgrimage.
Discover why pilgrimage can be important to modern Christians and Lichfield Cathedral today.
Find out about the importance of the services, sacraments and prayer in Christian worship.
Discover Anglo-Saxon artefacts including the Lichfield Angel and Lichfield Gospels and learn about St Chad, first Bishop of Lichfield, whose shrine has been a place of pilgrimage for hundreds of years.
Explore what part the Cathedral plays in the local community today.

Facilities

Accessibility

Disabled Access, Disabled Toilets, Facilities for Hearing Impaired, Guide Dogs Welcome,

Groups

Pre visit Available, Risk Assessment Available,

Attraction

Shop, Toilets,

Other

Ages

Subjects

Events

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01543 306100

Opening Hours

Monday – Friday: 13:30-17:30**
Saturday: 10:00-17:30**
Sunday: 12:30-17:30**
*Hours will vary during school and bank holidays.
**Last entry 17:00

Pricing

from £3.50 per student

Address

The Close, Lichfield WS13 7LD

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