Please check the Cathedral's website in advance for times and dates for access during lockdown.
Salisbury Cathedral offers one superlative after another, including Britain’s tallest spire (123m) and the world’s oldest working mechanical clock, dating back to 1836.
Visible from miles around, the Cathedral sits within an 80-acre walled Close with rolling green lawns fringed by historic houses. It is one of the finest examples of Early English Gothic architecture, built in just 38 years between 1220 and 1258.
Visitors can stroll around the Cloisters that enclose a landscaped Garth, shaded by two large cedars planted to commemorate Queen Victoria accession to the throne. The Cloisters are the largest in the country and afford fabulous views of the Spire. Wooden crosses dedicated to soldiers who fought and died in the First War line the West Cloister Wall.
The Cathedral is home to the finest surviving copy of the 1215 Magna Carta, one of only four remaining in the world. The priceless document is UNESCO protected and sits within a permanent Magna Carta exhibition in the Chapter House, which is a beautiful space in its own right and boasts a magnificent 13th century carved frieze depicting sixty Old Testament scenes.
The Cathedral has two restaurants serving fresh, made-on-the-day cakes, snacks and lunches – plus fair-trade teas and coffee. The Refectory is open year round and the Bell Tower Tea Rooms are seasonal, opening at Easter and closing at the end of September. The Cathedral shop sells a wide range of gifts, books and jewellery and has a policy of locally sourcing where possible.
Guided tours are not currently running, but self-guided leaflets are available.
Dogs are welcome as long as they are on a lead.
Salisbury city centre, is a short stroll away via the High Street gate.
Monday to Saturday 10:00am - 3:00pm
The Bell Tower Tea Rooms, open seasonally March - October 10am - 4pm
The Refectory Restaurant and Gift shop are open Monday to Saturday 10am - 4pm
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Salisbury Cathedral depend on income from visitors to raise the £14,000 it costs daily to maintain this incredible building and open it to the public.
Tickets give access to Salisbury Cathedral and their 1215 Magna Carta for 12 months after the date of purchase. Advance booking is highly recommended due to current capacity restrictions.
£8 for adults
£5 for students (aged 13-18 years)
Up to 6 children aged 12 and under free with one adult ticket.
Pre-booking is essential in order to guarantee entry at your time of choice - tickets can be booked online here.
Salisbury Cathedral has achieved the ‘Good to go’ COVID-19 tourism industry safety standard
|Open (1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)|
* Open Monday - Saturday, 10.00am - 1.00pm for private prayer and contemplation only
The above times should be used as an indicator during the recovery phase from the global pandemic.
Please double-check details by visiting the website via the link above before you visit
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Travelers Choice 2020
- Very Good1365
- OnAir675393Gorran Haven, United KingdomThe best cathedral in the UKSunday, 1st November 2020A truly wonderful place, beautifully cared for, it must be on every bucket list. Architecturally superb, spiritually uplifting, try to attend a sung service. It has a truly angelic choir with music... Read full review
- Barrie4150Reading, United KingdomSpecial mention to the excellent staffSunday, 1st November 2020A special mention to the volunteers at both the Magna Carta and cathedral. They were all amazing and especially great with my eight year old daughter. They were patient with her in explaining all... Read full review
- Neil HEpsom, United KingdomBetter than the usual tourist church visit.Tuesday, 17th November 2020This is more than just the usual church visit. There are descriptions of its history and the Magna Carta exhibition was very interesting. Guided tours are not possible currently but the guides are... Read full review