Salisbury Cathedral

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The Close

  • Visitor Services: 01722 512156
  • Education Centre: 01722 555180

Founded in 1220 Salisbury Cathedral was built in just 38 years in a single architectural style (early English Gothic) using 70,000 tons of stone, 28,000 tons of oak and 420 tons of lead. The Spire is Britain's tallest and weighs 6,500 tons! Visitors can view the ‘bendy pillars’ caused by adding this weighty Spire standing in the Cathedral nave and wonder at the fact that the foundations of this enormous building are only 4ft deep! The Cathedral is home to the best preserved of only four surviving original 1215 Magna Carta, listed on the UNESCO ‘Memory of the World’ register. Magna Carta's clauses on social justice form the cornerstone of modern democracy and liberty worldwide and are as relevant today as they were 800 years ago. The document is housed in the beautiful Chapter House, at the heart of a permanent exhibition that explores how it was made, its history and its relevance today. Visitors can also admire the wonderful 13th century stone frieze of Old Testament stories that decorates the Chapter House walls. The Cathedral houses the world's oldest working mechanical clock (AD1386), on permanent display alongside more contemporary installations such as the spectacular flowing ‘living water’ font by William Pye (2008) and the Gabriel Loire's 'Prisoners of Conscience' stained glass window (1980). Add to this the many beautifully carved monuments and tombs, the famous Father Willis Organ and our regular art exhibitions visitors can rest assured that they will have plenty to explore in the unique atmosphere of this ancient place of worship. Salisbury Cathedral is a truly remarkable building, a testimony to the faith and practical skills of the medieval craftsmen still practiced today by the Cathedral’s own specialist Works team, who care for the fabric of the building. It boasts the largest Close (40 hectares) in Britain and largest Cloisters - and its Quire stalls are the largest and earliest complete set in Britain. A LIVING CHURCH Salisbury Cathedral is much more than simply a historical monument – it is a living church and a place of prayer. Please visit our website for regular service information. FOOD Food at the Cathedral is high quality, with the Refectory Restaurant (views of the Cathedral Spire through its glass roof) and Bell Tower Tea Rooms (in a charming spot overlooking the Cathedral and its lawns) offering fresh, made-on-the-premises snacks and meals.

Further information

Opening Hours:

CATHEDRAL There are bookable entry slots every 30 minutes from 10:00 to 15:00 Monday to Saturday. You can enter up to 30 minutes after your time slot. The latest you will be able to enter the Cathedral is 15:30 and all visitors will need to leave by 16:00. MAGNA CARTA AND CHAPTER HOUSE 10.30 to 16.00 Monday - Saturday (tickets required - included with entry to the Cathedral) BELL TOWER TEA ROOMS 10:00 to 17:00 daily April - September REFECTORY RESTAURANT AND GIFT SHOP 10:00 to 16:30 Mondays - Saturdays all year


Adults £8 Students (13-18 years) £5 Children under 13 Free

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Facilities and services


  • Baby changing facilities
  • High chairs in café/restaurant
  • Object study facilities available (enquire in advance)
  • Facilities for private functions and events
  • Parking for disabled available
  • Toilets for disabled
  • Wheelchair access to all public areas
  • Wheelchairs available for loan
  • Bicycle park
  • Cafeteria
  • Dogs welcome
  • Gardens open to public
  • Members/Friends facilities offered
  • Picnic area
  • Public car park
  • Refreshments
  • Restaurant
  • Shop
  • Toilets
  • Wi-fi available
  • Library
  • Research facilities for academics

Facilities information:

ACCESSIBILITY Wheelchairs and mobility scooters Three wheelchairs are available to borrow on site during your visit. Salisbury Shopmobility can offer a motorised scooter or wheelchair with appropriate training. To book please contact Cindy Demain-Griffiths, Shopmobility Team Leader on 01722 325479 or by email LARGE PRINT AND HEARING LOOP Large print self-guiding leaflets are available in English on request. A ‘Touch and Feel’ model of the Cathedral with linked commentary is situated in the South Nave aisle. A hearing loop system (minicom) is available during services along with large print orders of services (available on request). GUIDE DOG AND COMPANION DOGS All dogs are very welcome as long as they are well behaved and kept on a short lead. Water is provided outside the Refectory


  • Events and resources for children and families
  • General guide to collections available
  • Commercial filming service
  • Licensed for weddings
  • Large print information and/or interpretation
  • Membership and/or Friends scheme offered
  • Information point provided
  • Pre-booking service for groups
  • Volunteering scheme offered
  • Academic publications and resources available
  • Community outreach programme/service
  • Direct teaching services for schools
  • Early years education service available
  • Member of staff available with responsibility for education
  • Online teaching materials available
  • Primary school education service available
  • Roleplay/costumed interpreters available
  • Secondary school education service available
  • Special educational needs education services available

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