Salisbury Cathedral

Type:Cathedral / Minister

The Close, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP1 2EJ

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Salisbury Cathedral is a medieval masterpiece, standing for over 800 years. Stepping into this spectacular living church you will find stunning ancient architecture and colourful stained-glass treasures, along with breath-taking modern art and contemporary architecture.

Maintaining a standing as one of England’s ‘must see’ historical attractions; the Cathedral is home to a number of incredible ancient artifacts and historical masterpieces, including Britain’s tallest spire. Built in 1310 and measuring 123m, we offer regular tower tours up our Cathedral spire, climbing 332 steps (with easy breaks) to witness breath-taking views. Inside the Cathedral’s medieval walls, you can also see the World’s oldest working mechanical clock, built in 1386. Our expert guides regularly perform demonstrations where the chiming mechanism is unlocked, allowing the clock to sound as it would have done in the 14th Century – a time machine for the senses.

During your visit, be sure to stop by The Chapter House to see the best-preserved of only four surviving original 1215 Magna Carta, one of Britain’s most precious ancient artifacts and the only copy on permanent display.

Outside, the Cathedral Close is the largest in Britain and offers picturesque views and rolling green lawns, an oasis in the city perfect for picnicking with the family or walking with your dog. During Summer, there are refreshments available at The Bell Tower Tea Rooms where you can enjoy some takeaway treats and refreshing drinks, with outdoor picnic tables and stunning Cathedral views.

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 monumental move and about the people who made it happen by following the new family-friendly trail inside the Cathedral.

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!

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

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult (advanced booking)£9.00 adult
Adult (on the day)£11.00 adult
Children under 12Free
Friends of Salisbury CathedralFree
Residents of SP1, SP2 and Laverstock (with proof of residence)Free
Student 17+ with student id (advanced)£6.50 concession
Student 17+ with student id (on the day)£7.50 concession
Young people 12-16 (advance)£6.50 child
Young people 12-16 (on the day)£7.50 child

For the best prices, book your tickets online via the Salisbury Cathedral website.

Tickets include entry into the Cathedral and Chapter House with Magna Carta and are valid for a year (from the date of purchase), enabling you to return for free (in the same group). Please note that your return visit may not be valid for certain special events during the year.
To make your visit as comfortable as possible, entry is by bookable time slots every 15 minutes during opening times (you can enter up to 15 minutes after the start of your timed slot).
Before booking, take a look at the Tours and Demonstrations information, in case you would like to enhance your visit with a special ticket that includes a ‘Behind the Scenes’ tour or demonstration.



  • Disabled Accessibility
  • Facilities for the Disabled
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Wheelchairs available


  • On-Site cafe/restaurant/catering
  • Picnic area
  • Refreshments Available

Children & Infants

  • Baby changing facilities

Establishment Features

  • Accept coach parties
  • Dogs Accepted
  • Education/study area
  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets
  • Wireless internet (WiFi) connection available

Key Features

  • No Smoking Attraction
  • Non smoking establishment

Parking & Transport

  • Parking (charge)

Payment Methods

  • Cash Accepted - There are multiple cash points in Salisbury town centre, one of them is just outside the Cathedral Close, a five-minute walk away.
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Groups Accepted

Target Markets

  • Family Fun
  • Marketed Towards Families

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Guided tours
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups


Opening Times

Bell Tower Tea Rooms (1 May 2024 - 30 Sept 2024)
Monday - SundayOpen
Refectory Restaurant (1 May 2024 - 30 Sept 2024)
Monday - Saturday09:30 - 17:00
Sunday10:30 - 16:00
Gift shop (1 May 2024 - 30 Sept 2024)
Monday - Saturday09:30 - 17:00
Sunday11:00 - 16:00
Magna Carta and Chapter House (1 May 2024 - 30 Sept 2024)
Monday - Saturday10:00 - 17:00
Sunday13:00 - 16:00
Cathedral Hours (1 May 2024 - 30 Sept 2024)
Monday - Saturday09:30 - 17:00
Sunday12:30 - 16:00

* For Cathedral: Monday to Saturday, last entry at 4pm, on Sunday, last entry 3pm.
For Restaurant: Last orders Monday to Saturday, 4.45pm, Sunday, last orders 3.45pm.

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