Salisbury Cathedral


Type:Cathedral / Minister

The Close, SALISBURY, Wiltshire, SP1 2EN

Tel: 01722 555120

Salisbury Cathedral


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 travellers, 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.

There are knowledgeable volunteer guides who will welcome you when you arrive and answer any questions you may have. If there are enough guides available, they would be happy to give you a free tour of the Cathedral floor.

Explore behind-the-scenes and uncover the hidden secrets of the construction of the Cathedral. Climb 332 steps in easy stages up to the base of the spire with one of our expert guides and experience spectacular views of Salisbury from 223 ft up. Tickets available on the Salisbury Cathedral website.

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

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!

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!


Adults £9 in advance, £11 on the day

Students (17+ with valid student ID)  £6.50 in advance, £7.50 on the day

Young people (12 – 16 years)  £6.50 in advance, £7.50 on the day

Children under 12 Free

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

Friends of Salisbury Cathedral Free


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  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
  • Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors - A hearing loop system during our services
  • Facilities for Visually Impaired Visitors - A ‘touch and feel’ model of the Cathedral with a linked commentary for those with sight difficulties (currently suspended due to Covid-19) Large print versions of our hymn books and service sheets on request
  • Facility for service dogs - Water for assistance dogs located by entrance to the Refectory Restaurant
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Ramp/Level Access
  • Wheelchair user accessible


  • On-Site cafe/restaurant
  • Picnic Site

Establishment Features

  • Dogs Accepted
  • Event Venue
  • Licensed for weddings & ceremonies
  • Open Christmas - Open for services throughout the Christmas period
  • Printed Material in Foreign Languages
  • Toilets

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking - Limited
  • Parking (charge)

Payment Methods

  • Approx length of visit - one and a half hours
  • Blue Badge Guides admitted free
  • Booking essential - Preferred, also a reduced rate if booked online
  • Maestro Accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Min group size - 10
  • Special group rates
  • Visa accepted

Provider Preferences

  • In town/city centre
  • Indoor Attraction
  • Outdoor Attraction

Specialist Features

  • Family Fun


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.

Limited parking is available within the Cathedral Close at a fixed cost of £8.00 for the whole day  

Public Transport Directions

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.

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 station.

Heathrow and Gatwick Airports are only 1½ hrs drive from Salisbury and Southampton and Bournemouth International Airports are 40 minutes by car.  


  • Regional and Miscellaneous - Trip Advisor Travellers’ Choice award 2021
  • Tourism South East Award -Tourism South East Member 23/24 - Bronze Tourism South East Member 23/24 - Bronze 2023

Opening Times

Season (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)

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