Education and Learning

Bradford Cathedral  is an exciting, inspiring place to learn.  Our experienced Education Team and  volunteers, lead cross-curricular guided visits for all ages and abilities and facilitate learning across the key stages. We offer a variety of themed learning sessions, workshops, and trails addressing aspects of RE, Art, History, English, Music and Drama.  We work with writers, artists, musicians, the Cathedral’s Music School, members of the clergy, academics and members of Bradford’s diverse communities, to enhance our education and learning offer.  Our aim is to provide a quality educational experience for people of all ages and all backgrounds.


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Why Visit Bradford Cathedral?

A Sacred Space

The Cathedral is a special place with a rich heritage. Located at the heart of the City, its story mirrors that of Bradford and also that of the rise and development of Christianity in the north of England. Archeological evidence suggests that there has been a Christian place of worship on this site since the 7th century.

Moving People

Bradford's story from the earliest times has been a story of change and moving people. The Cathedral tells the story of the people who have made their home here over many years, from Saxons in the 7th century, Normans in the 11th century, Austrians, Irish and Germans in the 19th century, to European, South Asian and Caribbean migrants in the 20th century and the new communities from Eastern Europe and elsewhere who are settling in Bradford today.

Our Learning Programme for Schools and Colleges

We offer a menu of varied learning experiences for children, young people and adults.  Our programme for schools and colleges, consists of differentiated, multi-disciplinary workshops and tours, based around themes. Its aim is to to enhance and supplement teaching and learning across the curriculum. The content addresses Religious Education, History, Art, English, Drama and Music. All sessions also provide opportunities to explore the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural aspects of education and for personal reflection and response.

Learning Outside the Classroom

A visit to the Cathedral provides unlimited opportunities for creative and active learning outside the classroom, through interaction with this unique and very special environment. The trails, learning sessions and workshops encourage participants to:

  • engage
  • explore
  • experiment
  • investigate
  • create 
  • reflect
  • respond

Students visiting the Cathedral will take part in a variety of activities, appropriate to their age and ability and will:

  • Experience this historic building and explore its heritage and religious significance
  • Use primary evidence to discover more about the heritage of the Cathedral
  • Learn more about the Christian religion and its origins in the north of England
  • Have opportunities to experience awe, wonder and mystery
  • Respond creatively to their experience at the Cathedral
  • Learn that the Cathedral’s history mirror’s Bradford’s history and that the building is at the centre of the City, a place for people of all faiths and none
  • Be encouraged to explore, question and reflect.

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Linking Schools

The Cathedral Education Team are delighted to be able to offer workshops in the Cathedral on identity and belonging, as part of The Linking Network's schools' linking programme. The Cathedral is an ideal 'neutral venue' for both primary and secondary linking. If you are interested in visiting us as part of your linking work, please contact The Linking Network direct:

Lifelong Learning

We have a core programme of facilitated visits for adult groups. These explore the history of the Cathedral, the Cathedral windows, World War I Memorial Bells, Christian Belief and Practice, Signs and Symbols. 

Visit Charges

We welcome all groups who wish to visit the Cathedral and aim to be accessible to all, regardless of financial circumstances. There is no fixed charge for group visits, but donations are always most welcome. We rely on the generosity of our visitors and friends to help fund our education work and are grateful for all monies donated

School and College Groups                                     

Suggested donations per pupil:

  • Day visit £3.50
  • Morning visit £2.50
  • Trail only  £1.50

Adult Groups

There is no fixed charge, however we suggest that wherever possible a nominal donation of £2.50 per person, per visit is made. Tea, coffee and biscuits may be provided for adult groups and a voluntary donation towards this is always most welcome. Please notify the Education Team at the time of booking if refreshments are required.

Enquiries and bookings:

Phone: 01274 777720.

World War I Memorial Bells Project

For more information about our HLF funded World War I Memorial Bells Project click here.


Lottery Fund


Teacher Feedback

 'The Cathedral staff always plan our visit well from our requirements. It was brilliantly organised and the plan delivered and timed to perfection.'

'Agreed objectives were met and many others that we could not attempt to deliver in school. Children learned a lot and really enjoyed the visit.'

 'The activities were varied and allowed the children to be actively involved. With so many things to see and do, the 'awe and wonder' the children experienced was priceless and couldn't be achieved anywhere else.'

 'A big thank you to all the staff who worked hard to make us feel welcome and ensure that the children had a fun time, and learned a lot.'