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Salisbury Cathedral and Magna Carta

33 The Close, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP1 2EJ
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Tel01722 512156

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*Salisbury Cathedral is now open fully for public worship and general visiting. Cleaning and Covid-19 Safety measures have been put in place, including a one-way system for visitors. Booking in advance is essential for both worship and visits, and digital worship will also continue for the time being. As of 1 September, the Cathedral will be charging for entry – with some exceptions. Please see details of charges below. 

Visitors to the Cathedral will also be able to see the magnificent multimedia exhibition, Celebrating 800 Years of Spirit and Endeavour. Find out more about how the Cathedral is keeping visitors safe.

The Cathedral is not currently running any tours. Please refer to their Frequently Asked Questions for the most up-to-date information.*


Entry charges for tourist visitors

Tickets to Salisbury Cathedral for tourists/visitors give access to the Cathedral, Chapter House with Magna Carta and Works Yard exit and are as follows:

£8 for adults

£5 for students (aged 13-18 years)

Up to 6 children aged 12 and under free with one adult ticket.


Salisbury residents
Free entry will be available for individual Salisbury residents –residents must bring photo identification with their address on it and they will be admitted without a charge.

In all cases, pre-booking is essential, tickets can be booked online but for those unable to book online a telephone booking service is available on 01722 512156 from 09:00 - 17:00 Monday - Friday only.


Explore over 800 years of history at Salisbury Cathedral, one of the UK’s most iconic medieval buildings with an award-winning welcome. Discover our original 1215 Magna Carta, one of only four in the world, and explore its legacy in an interactive exhibition. See the world’s oldest working mechanical clock and admire the fabulous stained glass. When you are done, relax and enjoy a delicious cream tea in the Refectory Restaurant with fabulous views of Britain’s tallest spire or lunch in The Bell Tower Tearooms (open March- October) overlooking the Cathedral lawns.

Salisbury Cathedral is the perfect way to spend your day - just 8 miles from Stonehenge and only 5 minutes from Old Sarum, the original site of the cathedral.



Salisbury Cathedral welcomes groups of up to 30 as long as they are separated into household/support bubble or party of six, in line with new 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 visits must be pre-booked. 

Please email your booking request to There is an information and helpline available on 01722 512156.


Opening times

Monday to Saturday 10:00-15:00



Tallest spire in Britain

The UK’s largest Close

Britain’s largest landscaped Cloisters

13th century Chapter House with medieval frieze

Contemporary Art and Events

Cathedral Gift Shop

The Refectory Restaurant with locally sourced produce

The Bell Tower Tea Rooms in the summer months

Award-winning toilets

Disabled access and facilities

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Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult - Adult£8.00 per ticket
Child (12 and Under) - ChildFree
Salisbury Residents (ID Required) - AdultFree
Student (aged 13-18 years) - Concession£5.00 per ticket

Free entry will be available for individual Salisbury residents – residents must bring photo identification with their address on it and they will be admitted without a charge.

All tickets are valid for repeat visits to the Cathedral and can be used as many times as you like for 12 months from the date of purchase.

By purchasing a ticket, you are helping to sustain the future of this special building, which costs £14,000 a day to run. If you are a UK taxpayer and choose to Gift Aid your tickets, the Cathedral can gain an additional 25p for every £1 you spend from the Government at no additional cost to you.

If you are unable to book your tickets online or would like support with getting tickets, please call us on 01722 512156 (available Monday - Friday, 09:00 - 17:00).

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Salisbury lies on the intersection of the A30, the A36 and the A338 and is at the end of the A343, A345, A354 and A360. If you are using a GPS to navigate, the Cathedral’s postcode is SP1 2EJ.  From London, take the M3 then the A303 and the A345, it is approximately a 1½ - 2 hour drive.

Please note that if you are planning to drive into the cathedral close in a campervan or minibus, there are height and width restrictions on the gates.

Limited parking is available within the Close at a fixed cost for the whole day (this includes disabled car park spaces). You will also receive a voucher for a free cup of tea or coffee from our Refectory Restaurant and 10% off in the Cathedral shop if you park here.  

If you are visiting for a shorter period of time you will find the park and ride sites or city centre car parks more economical.   

The closest parking to the Cathedral Close are at the Old George Mall and Lush House car parks.  The Central car park is a 10-minute level walk away. Alternatively you can use one of the five Park and Ride sites just outside the city.  

Public Transport Directions

Two main rail routes intersect at Salisbury so getting here by train from London, Bath and the West Country is easy. The cathedral is less than a 10-minute level walk from the railway station – just follow the signs (or look for the spire – you cannot miss it!) Or, if you are short of time, hail one of the cabs outside the station.

South West Trains operate direct trains from London Waterloo to Salisbury (journey time 90 minutes).

First Great Western run routes from Cardiff, Bristol, Bath, Portsmouth and Southampton.

Salisbury has regular bus services from Southampton, Bournemouth, Ringwood, Swindon, Marlborough, Andover and Amesbury as well as coach services from Bath, Oxford, Brighton, Bristol and Cambridge. All stops are in the city centre which is an easy level walk to the cathedral.



  • Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors - Visitor leaflet and loop system during services (Minicom).
  • Facilities for Visually Impaired Visitors - Touch and feel model/linked commentary large print service books.
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Ramp / Level Access
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors


  • On-Site cafe/restaurant/catering - Open daily, 10:00-16:00,snacks and freshly cooked meals, licensed. Not open Christmas Day.
  • Picnic area

Establishment Features

  • Dogs Accepted - Well behaved dogs on leads are permitting inside the cathedral.
  • Event venue
  • Open all year
  • Printed Material in Foreign Languages
  • Shop
  • Tea / Coffee Shop
  • Toilets
  • Wedding Venue

Key Features

  • In town/city centre
  • Indoor Attraction

Languages spoken

  • Staff Fluent in Languages - Other

Parking & Transport

  • Parking (charge) - Parking for Disabled Badge holders is available – otherwise please use the city centre car parks or park and ride sites. There is some parking in the Cathedral Close - £7 all day.

Payment Methods

  • Approx length of visit - 02:00
  • Blue Badge Guides admitted free
  • Groups Accepted - Subject to Cathedral services.
  • Maestro accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Max group size - 6
  • Min group size - 10
  • Open by appointment outside normal opening times
  • Prior Booking Recommended - Booking essential for tower tours.
  • Special group rates
  • TIC Staff Admitted Free
  • Visa accepted
  • Visa Debit accepted

Printed Material in Foreign Languages

  • Chinese printed material
  • Czech printed material
  • French printed material
  • German printed material
  • Hungarian printed material
  • Italian printed material
  • Japanese printed material
  • Latvian printed material
  • Polish printed material
  • Portuguese printed material
  • Russian printed material
  • Spanish printed material

Target Markets

  • Family Fun - Activity packs for young children and special family trails.
  • Marketed Towards Children
  • Marketed Towards Families
  • Marketed Towards Senior Citizens
  • Marketed Towards Students / Youth

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups
  • Guided Tours Available for Individuals

Travel & Trade

  • Group Discount
  • Min group size numeric qualifier - 10

Opening Times

2020 Opening Times (8 July 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)
Monday - Saturday10:00 - 15:00



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