The Two Cathedrals’ Tour


Explore why Sheffield has two Cathedrals and find out more about Christianity in this exciting school session.

During this session children will be able to find out more about what a Christian church is, what special celebrations take place in it, the key symbols of the Christian faith and the central stories of Christmas and Easter.

The session includes a visit to both the Catholic and Anglican Cathedrals, an organ demonstration, a discovery trail, object handling, and hands-on and crafts activities.

This full-day session (10am-2.30pm) is suitable for KS2 children. It is available on Wednesdays and can be booked now for March-July 2017.

Cross-curricular links

SACRE Religious Education

  • Beliefs and questions.
  • The journey of life and death.
  • Inspirational people in today’s world.
  • Symbols and religious expression.
  • Inspirational people from long ago.
  • Religion and the individual.
  • Worship and sacred places.
  • Teachings, wisdom and authority.
  • Religion, family and community.


  • A local history study – a study of an aspect of history or a site dating from a period beyond 1066 that is significant in the locality.
  • A study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066.

Art & Design

  • Improve pupils’ mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials.
  • Great artists, architects and designers in history.


  • Speaking and Listening.

Session plan

1. Visit to St Marie’s Cathedral (10am-12pm)

During the morning, children will visit St Marie’s Catholic Cathedral. This part of the session includes a guided tour in which children will learn about St Marie’s fascinating history and discover why Sheffield has two cathedrals. They will also explore the most important features in a Christian church.

The tour will be followed by an organ demonstration where pupils will be able to learn how this fascinating musical instrument works and to have a go themselves!

At the end of the visit, there will be a fun and hands-on session on the special events and celebrations that take place in a Christian cathedral. This activity involves original artefact handling.

2. Lunch break (12-12.30pm)

Schools are welcome to use the cathedrals’ facilities to have their packed-lunches if they wish (provided the rooms are available, please get in touch to discuss your needs).

3. Visit to St Peter and St Paul’s Cathedral (12.30-2.30pm)

The afternoon session at the Anglican Cathedral will focus on the Christian symbols that are used within the Cathedral, especially in the stained glass windows, and also on the stories and significance of Christmas and Easter to Christians.

Activities will include a tour, a stained glass window discovery trail, and the opportunity to make crafts as a response to the afternoon.


The session is available on Wednesdays (10am-2.30pm) and can be booked now for March-July 2017.

How much?

There is no charge for the visit to St Marie’s (donations are welcome).

St Peter and St Paul’s will charge £1.50 per child to cover craft activity costs.

How can I book?

If you wish to book your group (maximum 35 children), please select a date on our online booking system and fill our online booking form.