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The foundations of Salisbury Cathedral were laid in 1220 and completed in 1258.  Apart from the addition of its iconic Tower and Spire in 1297 the exterior remained largely untouched for 750 years.  In the 1980s it was discovered that the weathering of the stone and glass over the centuries had, in some places, reached a critical state.  And so, in 1986, work began on the Tower.  Over the years, the scaffolding has moved steadily round the Cathedral and now, after more than 25 years and £25m, we are within touching distance of completing the most comprehensive restoration of a medieval cathedral in Britain. 
Please click here for more information about the Major Repair Programme or if you would to make a donation.


Salisbury Cathedral is not simply a stunning and iconic building – it’s a living community.  Its Education and Outreach Programme welcomes over 9,000 learners a year.  Using the Cathedral or Magna Carta as the starting point of all activities, it delivers programmes that are innovative, creative and unique to Salisbury, bringing history, art, worship and citizenship alive!  The vast space of the building is truly inspirational and a special programme caters for children with moderate to profound learning difficulties and disabilities.  Programmes on  offerare heavily subsidised so that schools from rural or poorer areas are able to participate.  Alongside our schools and student programme, we offer sessions to adults, ranging from spirituality and prayer to stone carving and calligraphy. 
Please click here to find out more about our outreach work,  or to make a donation so that we can offer more workshops to hard-pressed schools, click here.


Music lies at the heart of Salisbury Cathedral, built on a choral tradition unbroken for over 1,000 years.  Our choirs are the mainstay of that tradition.  Boy choristers lead the worship at Salisbury as they have done since its foundation.  In 1991, Salisbury continued its reputation for innovation and excellence and became the first Cathedral to establish a girls’ choir, that now shares in the leading of worship with the boys’ choir.  The choristers sing to a professional standard, performing daily alongside adult singers.  Salisbury also boasts one of the finest pipe organs in the world built in 1877.  An ambitious concert and recital programme complements the worship.  Today it costs over £1/2m a year to maintain this tradition. 
Please click here if you would like to make a donation to ensure that our musical heritage will continue for future generations.

Library and Archive

Our inspiring building is just one part of our unique medieval heritage.  The Cathedral is also home to a unique library and archive; home to the finest of the four surviving original 1215 Magna Carta.This is just one among thousands of manuscripts and artefacts that trace the business and history of the Cathedral from its foundation to the present day, and include Royal seals, rare indulgences, pre-reformation prayer books and psalters as well as working documents and deeds, some of which are over 1,000 years old.  It is unusual to find such a collection intact and housed in its original institution.  With the fabric of the building all but secured, the Cathedral is now turning its attention to this collection with the hope that in the next few years it can become more available to scholars and to the public.
If you would like to make a donation towards the conservation of this collection and to help open it to the public, please click here.