Special Schools

Special Schools

We are now taking bookings for school visits to the Cathedral in 2021

Please note: Visit dates are subject to change according to the government and Church of England guidance around Coronavirus.

To book, please click here.

Special Schools are very welcome at Wells Cathedral and we offer multi-sensory tours in very small groups and use of our secure Education Suite. Its secure access provides a contained space that serves as a great base from which to explore the Cathedral. It offers private toilet facilities, cupboards for bags and coats and tables for crafts and/or lunch, and direct access to the Camery Garden (if dry).

Multi-sensory Tour

The multi-sensory tour around the Cathedral involves touching different textures and materials; hearing a variety of sounds – singing, clock (and the amazing silence in a large space); smelling fragrant floral displays, incense and candles; and enjoying the visual diversity of light, colour, art, architecture, carvings, stained glass and the display at the clock. This has been enjoyed by many pupils with complex learning difficulties.

Tailored Visits

We tailor each visit to suit the needs of the children and young adults and offer activities such as flower-arranging and clay modelling if schools wish to stay for the day.

A multi-sensory tour costs £1.80 per pupil, and a full day programme including a tour and activities costs £3.90 per pupil.

“We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and this was one of the most successful visits we have been on. All of the children were interested and engaged throughout and were excited to look at their photos and share these with their families when the day had finished. The Education Room was a lovely base and gave us plenty of room to learn in groups. Jess and the tour guides all helped us to have a brilliant day, thank you!”

Rebecca Tranter, teacher at Fosse Way School


For more information and to book, please visit the Booking and Information page

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Sunday 22nd May: The Cathedral will be holding a special service of Thanksgiving for the Platinum Jubilee at 3pm to which all are warmly invited. There will be restricted access to visitors from 1.30pm, and we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.