Salisbury Cathedral

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The Close

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

Salisbury Cathedral has been a place of worship, welcome, and hospitality for over 800 years. Its Spire (the tallest in the country and a feat of medieval engineering) rises to a breath-taking 404ft/123m, guiding travelers, merchants, and pilgrims to the historic city. The story of this great Cathedral is a tale of defiance and ingenuity that begins back in 1218, when the Bishop of Salisbury abandoned the original cathedral at Old Sarum, and moved down to the banks of the Avon, where the Cathedral stands today. You can learn the reasons for this move and about the people who made it happen by following the new family-friendly trail inside the Cathedral. You can also discover how one of only four surviving original 1215 Magna Carta came to the Cathedral and view it in a special exhibition explaining its origins and continuing relevance to our lives today. Time in the Cathedral is marked by the tick of the oldest working mechanical clock in the world, accompanied by the sound of water trickling from the contemporary baptismal font. The modern blue ‘Prisoners of Conscience’ window dominates the East end, a powerful reminder of the sacrifices that many have made, and still make, to protect freedom and justice. In the Cathedral’s Refectory Restaurant, ancient and modern combine with the glass roof offering a stunning view of the Spire above. Next door, the Cathedral Gift Shop offers a wide range of products from homemade chutneys to jewellery, books, and traditional travel mementoes. From late Spring until Autumn, the seasonal Bell Tower Tea Rooms provide a wide range of snacks and refreshments, served at tables and chairs on the North Lawn. Outside, the Cathedral’s close is Britain’s largest, an oasis in the city with rolling green lawns fringed by historic houses - perfect for picnics! There are four other attractions to visit in the Close - Salisbury Museum, The Rifles Museum, the National Trust’s Mompesson House and Arundells - each offering a special insight into the history of this charming city. Be sure to check what’s on before you visit – the Cathedral hosts a wide range of tours, musical performances and family friendly events throughout the year. It is dog friendly too – as long as your furry friend is well behaved and on a lead!

Further information

Opening Hours:

CATHEDRAL Monday to Saturday - There are bookable entry slots every 30 minutes from 10:00 to 15:00. 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. Sunday is open for services only - all worship is free to attend but reserving your spaces in advance is required. MAGNA CARTA & CHAPTER HOUSE The Magna Carta and Chapter House are included in your tickets and are open 10:30 to 16:00 Monday to Saturday. BELL TOWER TEA ROOMS 10:00 to 17:00 daily April - September REFECTORY RESTAURANT AND GIFT SHOP The Refectory Restaurant and Gift Shop are open 10:00 to 16:30 Mondays to Saturday. Tickets or bookings are not needed to go here and they are free to enter.


Adults (Pre-booked in advance) £8 Students (13-18 years - Pre-booked in advance) £5 Children under 13 Free Adults (On the door) £9 Students (13-18 years - On the door) £6 Residents in SP1, SP2 and Laverstock postcode - Free (with proof of residence)

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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 The Cathedral floor, Chapter House, cloisters, the Refectory Restaurant, shop and toilets are all fully wheelchair accessible. Three wheelchairs are available to borrow during your visit – ask at the Welcome Desk for more details. 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 [email protected] LARGE PRINT AND HEARING LOOP 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 There is also: - A ‘touch and feel’ model of the Cathedral with a linked commentary for those with sight difficulties (currently suspended due to Covid-19) - A hearing loop system during services - Large print versions of hymn books and service sheets on request - Large print self-guiding leaflets available in English on request - Water for assistance dogs, which you will find near the Refectory Restaurant entrance


  • 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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