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Salisbury Cathedral and Magna Carta

33 The Close, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP1 2EJ
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Salisbury Cathedral
  • Salisbury Cathedral
  • Salisbury Cathedral at night
  • Salisbury Cathedral font - looking west
  • Salisbury Cathedral in the Autumn (C) Ash Mills
  • Salisbury Cathedral Quire looking east
  • Magna Carta

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About

Prepare to be amazed!

Salisbury Cathedral has Britain’s tallest spire as well as the biggest cathedral close and largest cloisters and is one of the finest medieval cathedrals in the United Kingdom. Built in just 38 years, it is unusual because it is almost entirely one unique architectural style - it truly is a gothic masterpiece.

Book your space on a thrilling tower tour and climb 332 steps in easy stages through hidden roof spaces to the base of the famous spire while you learn this ancient building’s fascinating secrets. Admire spectacular aerial views of the inside of the cathedral on your way up, view graffiti created by craftsmen many centuries ago and then enjoy the incredible panoramic views over the city and surrounding countryside from the top. We promise you won’t be short of fantastic selfie opportunities!

Inside the cathedral you can inspect the best preserved of only four surviving original 1215 Magna Carta parchments (which inspired the American constitution) in a family friendly interactive exhibition.

Believe it or not you can also find the world’s oldest working mechanical clock here – make sure you track it down during your visit!

The Refectory Restaurant with soaring views of the spire is a perfect place to relax after your explorations offering traditional English cream teas, scrumptious snacks or delicious hot meals depending on your appetite.

'Salisbury Cathedral is the single most beautiful structure in England, and the Close around it the most beautiful space' Bill Bryson - Notes from a Small Island

Only an hour and a half from London and 20 minutes away from Stonehenge, make sure you add Salisbury Cathedral to your ‘must see’ list today!

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Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult (Recommended donation) - Adult£7.50 per ticket
Child (5-17) (Recommended donation) - Child£3.00 per ticket
Family (Recommended donation) - Concession£15.00 per ticket
Senior (Recommended donation) - Concession£6.50 per ticket
Student (Recommended donation) - Concession£4.50 per ticket
Tower Tour Adult - Adult£12.50 per ticket
Tower Tour Child 7-17 years - Child£8.00 per ticket
Tower Tour Family - Family£30.00 per ticket

The Cathedral has a dedicated Travel Groups & Visitors Co-ordinator as a personal point of contact for planning and booking group visits. Simply call our booking line 01722 555120 or email us at email groups@salcath.co.uk

Tower Tours - Monday to Saturday. Times can be found on http://www.salisburycathedral.org.uk/visit-tower-tours/tower-tour-times-and-booking

Different prices for Christmas Tower Tours and Group Tower Tours apply. Please contact Salisbury Cathedral for details.

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

Accessibility

  • 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

Catering

  • On-Site cafe/restaurant/catering - Open daily, 0930-1730,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 - £6 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 - 100
  • Min group size - 10 10 10 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

Gift Shop and Restaurant (1 Jan 2017 - 31 Mar 2019)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday09:30 - 17:30*
2015 - 2019 Visitor Opening Times (1 Jan 2017 - 31 Mar 2019)
DayTimes
Monday - Saturday09:00 - 17:00*
Sunday12:00 - 16:00*

* As a living church access is restricted during services and opening times may vary at short notice especially at Easter and Christmas, please check online for closures before visiting.

Please note: the shop and restaurant are open all year except for Christmas Day.

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

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Recent Reviews:

  • elympos
    Larissa, Greece
    Trip Type:
    Solo travel
    Magna-ificent!
    5 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 14th February 2019
    A brilliant cathedral that breathes in the city of Salisbury. A beautiful place to visit with nice inner yard and of course the Magna Carta. There is a ticket to get in the cathedral and it is worth. Read full review
  • GeorgeGandertron
    Christchurch, New Zealand
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Incredible Place, Worth going up to the top!
    5 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 12th February 2019
    We had John Baber and he was a great guide up the cathedral! Great place if you a near or easy to get the train to Salisbury! Read full review
  • Elaine B
    Dorking, England, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Disappointed
    3 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 7th February 2019
    We paid a visit to the Cathedral today. We were very disappointed, The cathedral is beautiful but it was spoilt for us as they had an exhibition called Ladders of light. Throughout the cathedral... Read full review

Awards

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