FAQs

How do I book?

Please telephone 01727 890212 or email the Education Centre at education@stalbanscathedral.org to discuss the objectives for your visit and to arrange a date.

How far ahead should I book?

It is wise to book at least a term in advance, especially if you have a particular date in mind. If for some reason you can't plan so far ahead, do give us a ring and we will try to accommodate you.

How many children can I bring?

Depending on the activity, children are taught in groups of between 10 and 30. We can cater for up to 120 children per session. Please give us a ring and speak to the Education Officer for further details.

Where can we eat lunch?

The grassy hillside to the south of the Cathedral is ideal for picnics. However, subject to availability, you may also book a room in which to eat packed lunches. There is a charge of £10 for groups of 30 children or under, £15 for groups between 31 and 90, and £30 for larger groups of 91 or over. You may find you share this facility with other schools.

How much does it cost?

The cost is £8.00 per child for a whole day visit comprising of 2 activities, or £4.20 per child for a half day visit comprising of one activity. There is no charge for accompanying adults. Please be advised that any confirmed booking cancelled within 6 weeks of the date of your visit will incur a cancellation fee of 50% of the total booking fee and that you are charged for the number of pupils you book.

How do I pay?

We will hand you an invoice on the day of your visit.

What about the shops and toilets?

Souvenir bags are available from the Cathedral Shop when booked in advance. Simply fill out the form that you will receive with your letter of confirmation. They will then be available for collection on the day of your visit. A 10% discount is offered on this service. Should you decide to take the children to the shop to chose their own souviner please take them in groups of 12-15 and allow plenty of time in your lunch break to get through the system.

The toilets are open to the general public and therefore all children need to be accompanied when visiting this facility. There is also a disabled toilet in the Cathedral.

Where do we park?

Coach parking is permitted at Westminster Lodge Leisure Centre at the bottom of Holywell Hill at a charge. It is a twenty minute walk through the park to the Cathedral. It is, however, quite possible for coaches to drop off near the top of Holywell Hill at the entrance to the Cathedral grounds.

Where do we come on arrival?

Follow the signs around the outside of the Cathedral and come to the Education Centre in the north churchyard. Please avoid walking through the Cathedral to get to us.

Do we need to bring anything with us?

In short, the answer is "no!". Clipboards etc. are not needed. Photography is permitted in the Cathedral but please check with Education Centre group leaders before taking photographs or video footage of activities.

What is expected of the teachers? Teachers and adult helpers should stay with their group and experience the trails and workshops alongside their pupils. The Education Centre will assume responsibility for the session and on this visit we hope that the teacher will use the opportunity to evaluate and observe the children's progress. The teachers will of course be responsible for the overall control and supervision of the group.

Unguided Groups

If you decide not to use the Education Centre Team but prefer to work with your children yourself, you are still required to make a formal booking. By negotiating a date and booking it through our office you are ensured that the building will be free of major events, as well complying with the Cathedral Fire/Health & Safety policy. We will also alert you to any last minute additions to the Cathedral timetable (funerals, for instance).

The £1.50 per pupil booking fee means that your visit is confirmed on the Cathedral Diary and we can look forward to welcoming you.

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