Rochester Cathedral has been a place of learning for over 1400 years. We welcome family groups, school children and students of all ages, abilities, cultural and religious backgrounds to learn about this historic centre of Christian worship.

School visits

The Learning Department at Rochester Cathedral is responsible for arranging and supporting around 13,000 British and overseas student visits each year. A wide variety of curriculum areas across the key stages may be addressed during a visit to the cathedral. Many groups also arrange a visit to Rochester Castle, Guildhall Museum, Huguenot Museum, Eastgate House or other local places of worship (e.g. Chatham Memorial Synagogue) to further enhance the learning outcomes for their students. All learning programmes can be adapted to meet specific learning objectives and individual needs.

It is essential that all groups pre-book.

The worksheets and workshops offered by the Cathedral Learning Department are related to National Curriculum and the Locally Agreed R.E. Syllabi for surrounding areas. We have a wide programme which covers Art & Design, SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural), STEM (Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics), English and of course RE and History. Details of what’s on offer can be found on the Foundation and Key stage 1, Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4+, Special schools, and Non UK schools pages. We are happy to adapt or tailor- make workshops to match your specific learning requirements.

 We constantly review and add to our list of workshops, periodically offering special one-off events. A copy of our current leaflet, background and travel information, and links to other useful websites can be found on the Teachers’ page.

 The Cathedral Learning Department is occasionally available to visit you in school. We are happy to visit venues within a 30 mile radius of the cathedral. For details of our travelling workshops go to the Outreach page.

We are also happy to arrange visits for youth and uniformed groups at weekends or during the school holidays.

The Frequently Asked Questions page gives answers to most queries teachers and organisers might have about arranging their visit. If you have questions which are not answered there please email or call 01634 810066 or email educationofficer@rochestercathedral.org

Family visits

Activity trails for pre-schoolers, family fun days, craft workshops and special events run throughout the year. Please check the Family Visits Notice Board page for forthcoming events. Free trail sheets are available to download or collect from the welcome desks on arrival.