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Salisbury Cathedral and Magna Carta

6 The Close, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP1 2EF
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About

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!

To learn how we will keep you safe during your visit to the Cathedral click here.

 

Opening Times

Monday to Saturday -  There are bookable entry slots every 15 minutes from 09:30 to 16:00.  You can enter up to 15 minutes after your time slot. The latest you will be able to enter the Cathedral is 16:15 and all visitors will need to leave by 17:00.

The Magna Carta and Chapter House are included in your tickets and are open 10:00 to 17:00 Monday to Saturday.

The Refectory Restaurant and Gift Shop are open 09:30 to 17:00 Mondays to Saturday.

Sunday is open for services only - all worship is free to attend.

 

Parking, transport and accessibility

Parking is available within the Cathedral Close at a fixed cost of £7.00 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 the Cathedral Refectory Restaurant and 10% off in the Cathedral shop. 

The closest public parking to the Cathedral Close is at the Old George Mall and Lush House car park (pay and display).  The Central car park is a 10-minute level walk away alternatively you can use one of the five Park and Ride sites. 

Salisbury railway station is under ten minutes away by foot, and the Cathedral is a short stroll away from the City centre and Charter market.

There is a coach drop-off point in Exeter Street, which is a short level walk to the Cathedral.

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. 

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

Water for assistance dogs, which you will find near the Refectory Restaurant entrance

 

Tower tours are back
Salisbury Cathedral's ever-popular behind-the-scenes tours of the ancient roof spaces to the base of the spire are back in full swing. Tours are now available to book for up to 6 people in one group rather than as individual tickets, so you can enjoy the experience all to yourself or share it with friends and family.

 

Tickets

All tickets are valid for repeat visits to the Cathedral for 12 months from the date of purchase - avoid disappointment and save time on the day by booking in advance online.

Special rates are available for prebooked groups of 10 or more – please contact groups@salcath.co.uk or call 01722 512005.

Adults                              :   £8 in advance, £9 on the day

Students (13-18 years)   :   £5 in advance, £6 on the day

Children under 13           :   Free

Residents in SP1, SP2 and Laverstock   :  Free (with proof of residence)

Refectory Restaurant and Gift Shop are free to enter

For those unable to book in advance online, a telephone booking service is available on 01722 512156 from 09:00 - 17:00 Monday - Friday only.

Salisbury Cathedral is also included in The Stonehenge Tour, along with Stonehenge and Old Sarum, which you can get tickets for here.

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Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult - advance - Adult£8.00 per ticket
Adult - on the day - Adult£9.00 per ticket
Child (under 13) - ChildFree
Residents in SP1, SP2 and Laverstock - AdultFree
Student (13-18 years) - advance - Concession£5.00 per ticket
Student (13-18 years) - on the day - Concession£6.00 per ticket

All tickets are valid for repeat visits to the Cathedral for 12 months from the date of purchase - avoid disappointment and save time on the day by booking in advance online.

For those unable to book in advance online, a telephone booking service is available on 01722 512156 from 09:00 - 17:00 Monday - Friday only.

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, 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
  • Group discounts available
  • Min group size numeric qualifier - 10

Opening Times

Monday - Saturday (last entry 16:15) (1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)
DayTimes
Monday - Saturday09:30 - 17:00
Sunday - open for worship only (1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)
DayTimes
Sunday00:00 - 00:00

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