Explore over 800 years of history at Salisbury Cathedral, one of the UK’s most iconic medieval buildings. Discover the world’s best preserved and the finest of only four surviving original 1215 Magna Carta, sealed by King John at Runnymede. The UNESCO protected document is housed in the beautiful Chapter House and is the centrepiece of an exhibition that explores its creation, history and legacy, including the recent debate over rights and freedoms during lockdown.
The Cathedral is also home to another marvel: the World’s oldest working mechanical clock, which has ticked around 5 billion times since it was built. The clock is situated in the North Nave aisle.
Salisbury’s distinctive Spire, completed in 1330, rises 55m above the tower, making the combined height from ground level 123m (404ft) – the tallest in Britain. Surrounded by rolling lawns and set in the largest Cathedral Close in the country, extending 80 acres, the Cathedral is an Early English Gothic masterpiece. A place to learn, to experience and to relax and enjoy a delicious cream tea in the Refectory Restaurant or have lunch in The Bell Tower Tearooms (Open May-October) in the grounds.
Trade Product Information – Cathedral Tours
A special exhibition in the North Transept displays the letter sent by the Pope over 800 years ago permitting the Cathedral to relocate from Old Sarum, along with a shopping list nearly 9 metres long that lists all the food eaten by the household of Cathedral clergyman in 1256-7, a wonderful insight into what our medieval forebears ate.
To assist visitors Cathedral volunteers and staff are on hand, strategically placed throughout the Cathedral and at the Chapter House, and each and every one of them is ready and willing to help visitors out and answer questions. Visitors get a behind the scenes glimpse of the Works Yard, which is where all the restoration and repair work on the Cathedral is carried out by highly skilled heritage craftsmen and women
There are toilets, Cathedral Shop and Refectory Restaurant open for visitors.
Specialist Tours for groups
A new, outdoor Among the Parapet tour was introduced recently as a necessary fundraiser and has been highly successful. At a cost of £300, each tour can only accommodate four people from a single household. However, this tour is an exclusive, once in a lifetime opportunity. Visitors are taken up the scaffolding to explore restoration at first hand, and the damage done by the years, pollution and the weather. They get to visit a hidden workshop high up amongst the pinnacles, where 19th century workmen used to build the stained glass windows in preparation for installation. They also get to walk around the East end of the Cathedral at triforium level – the stage just before you get into the roof, which affords a unique view not only of the upper areas of the Cathedral but also the Anthony Gormley figure, placed on a scissor arch high above the Quire.
The Cathedral has also extended Celebrating 800 years of Spirit and Endeavour, the 2020 art exhibition. At no extra cost, visitors are treated to a display of work by some of the finest 20th and 21st century artists including Henry Moore, Antony Gormley, Grayson Perry, Eduardo Paolozzi, Lynn Chadwick and Shirazeh Houshiary, amongst others.
Tower Tour Climb - Take the challenge to climb 332 steps in easy stages to the base of the spire on a tour full of fascinating facts and topped off by unsurpassed views. Approximately 120 minutes, maximum of 12 spaces. Restrictions apply.
Library Tour with Cream Tea - Visit our historic 15th century library with an expert guide and view books selected to illustrate the importance and variety of this unique collection. 45 minutes plus cream tea, maximum of 12 spaces. Access restricted.
Medieval Graffiti Tour - Learn about how we are recording and interpreting ancient graffiti, then enjoy an optional photo opportunity from the West window balcony. 90 minutes, maximum of 10 spaces. Option to remain on ground level available.
Informal Concerts - Sing a 30-minute a cappella performance at the Spire Crossing in the heart of the Cathedral or in the Trinity Chapel before or after your guided tour.
Stonemasonry Works Yard Tour - See the heritage skills used to conserve this building, the drawing office where conservation is planned and the hand-carving skills practiced here since the 13th century. Maximum of 12 spaces - access restricted.
Both Groups and FITs must pre-book and follow the current 'rule of six' regulations when they visit. This is to manage the number of people in the Cathedral at any one time, allowing visitors to socially distance in line with Government regulations and Church of England guidelines.
Salisbury Cathedral welcomes groups of up to 30, as long as they are separated into household/support bubble or party of six, as per the current Government legislation. All individuals should be sorted into their group of six/household or support group or ‘pod’ on arrival, and remain in that group or ‘pod’ during their visit.
All visitors should wear masks unless they are exempt, and social distancing rules apply to anyone not in your household/support bubble.
Tickets are issued in 30 minute blocks e.g. 70 tickets per hour. You must to arrive within your allocated 30-minute slot e.g. 12.00-12.30.
Name of trade contact: Hannah Paye
Trade email address: email@example.com
Trade Tel: 01722 512156
Opening Dates: Mon - Sat (restricted access due to services/details on the website)
Monday – Saturday 10:00 to 16:00.
Trade Prices – Group/FIT rates (2021-2022):
Individual Adult: £8 (includes VAT plus gift aid for annual pass)
Individual Student 16-18: £5 (includes VAT)
Individual child aged 12 and under: £0
Group Rates (10+)
Adults: £6.70 (includes VAT)
Students 16-18: £4.50 (includes VAT)
Group child 13-15: £3 (includes VAT)
Child in family group 12 and under: £0
Travel Trade FITs and small groups will be given the groups rate if they book via the Groups team rather than on the website
We offer a wide range of food including Tea/coffee and biscuits; traditional cream tea; Light lunch etc. please enquire for rates.
Languages: Self guiding leaflets available in English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese, Czech, Polish, Hungarian, Latvian, Russian, Chinese and Japanese.
Duration of visit: 1 – 2 hours.
Coach Parking: Awarded Confederation of Passenger Transport UK for Coach Friendly City. Drop-off/pick up point on St John Street, SP1 2SB. Main coach parking at Millstream coach park, SP1 3TA overflow at Britford Park & Ride, SP5 4DS.
Suitable for Education / Corporate / Incentive visits: Yes, rates available for Cathedral, Refectory and Cloisters hire – education rates available from £2.50 per student.
Why not consider booking a specialist tour plus morning coffee, cream tea or lunch for your group? For more details contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01722 512156
Book via Group booking form HERE.
Map & Directions
Salisbury Cathedral is situated in the centre of the historic city of Salisbury and is just eight miles from the World Heritage site of Stonehenge. Travel time from London is 1½ hours, 45 minutes from Bournemouth and Southampton and 1 hour from Bath.The nearest major roads are the M3, M27, A36 and the A303, just follow the signs to Salisbury – for GPS users, the postcode is SP1 2EJ. Please use city centre car parks (the closest are Old George Mall or Crane Street) or use the city’s Park and Ride sites which are located on the A36 (West), A345 (North), A30 London Road (North) and A338 (South).
Public Transport Directions
There are frequent train and bus services to Salisbury and the Cathedral is less than a 10 minute level walk from both stations. Rail Station: Turn left out of the station and cross the road at the zebra crossing, follow the curve of the road onto Fisherton Street and follow the signs until you get to traffic lights. Turn right onto the High Street, crossing the pedestrianised area and the road at the traffic lights, then walk through gate and into The Close. Bus Station: With the station to your left, turn left onto the pavement and walk until you reach the Market Square. Cross the square diagonally and go through the gap in the buildings in the top right-hand side of the square. Keeping on the left-hand side of the road, follow the curve of the road to the right until you get to traffic lights. Turn left here onto the High Street, cross the pedestrianised area and the road at the traffic lights, then walk through gate and into The Close.
|Season (1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)|