Welcome to Portsmouth Cathedral, the ‘Cathedral of the Sea’. All our visitors, whatever their age are captured by the history of our building and enjoy learning about the people who have used it for over 800 years. By providing guided tours, craft activities, singing workshops and hosting myriad other themed events, we offer a memorable learning experience.

The Bishop Kenneth Room is our dedicated Education room in the North cloister. There are facilities to give presentations and run small seminar groups here too.


School visits are welcome throughout the year and can be tailored to focus on different aspects of the National Curriculum, RE (Religious Education), History, Music, Art, Science and SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education). When booking a visit, schools can select from the following workshops:-


Building – Arches

The Cathedral of the Sea
(History of the Cathedral & city of Portsmouth)

The Black Canons



Portsmouth Cathedral

Signs & Symbols


Workshops are charged at £1 per pupil attending.

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There is no charge to enter the Cathedral if you’d like to come for a self-led tour, but please book your visit with the Education team. We can check the diary and let you know if there are any special services on that may restrict what you can see/do here. Alternatively, we can offer a guided tour suitable for any year group or number.

Our qualified and experienced education team also run training courses for school staff:-

  • SMSC – Using your local Christian place of worship

  • Spirituality & Prayer in your school

  • Collective Worship in schools

  • RE in Primary Schools – Cross Curricular Teaching

  • Teaching the Primary Music Curriculum

Click here for more information.


Themed Workshops

Wednesday 20 September     Spirituality & Prayer
Friday 29 September              6th Form Question Time
Tuesday 10 October               KS3 – Christianity & The Church
Wednesday 8 November       Remembrance
Monday 20 November           Symbols & Vestments
Wednesday 29 November     Messengers – Angels
Thursday 7 December            St Nicholas Festival

Wednesday 17 January         Way of Life – Ritual
Wednesday 28 February       Shrove Tuesday  – Pancake races!
Tuesday 13 March                 Easter & New Life
Tuesday 5 June                      Time  (The Cathedral’s 2018 theme)

Holidays & Family Activities 2017
Thursday 17 August             Family Activity day – craft & film

Holidays & Family Activities 2018
Tuesday 3 April                  Chocolate Workshop with Fiona Sciolti
Saturday 19 May               Tea Festival
Thursday 31 May               Family Day – All About Time
13 – 15 August                  Summer Club for children over 6 years
(teens and adult helpers welcome!)

More details for each of these workshops will be updated shortly.

We’re developing new ideas to engage primary and secondary schools, reaching out to Further Education students too. As the ‘Cathedral of the Sea’, we have a unique position and role in the city of Portsmouth and we look forward to sharing this with you.


Come along to our Twilight Sessions to see some of the activities we offer for your school visit. Use this as your pre-visit tour and to learn more about the Cathedral and how workshops can be tailored to meet your curriculum and your ideas. Meet the Education team here and share ideas with other teachers attending. Tea/Coffee & cake free! All sessions 4 – 5.30pm
Email to book.

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