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FAQ's for Visitors

Internal panorama of Salisbury Cathedral

When can I visit Salisbury Cathedral?

Salisbury Cathedral is open every day of the year.  See our Opening hours.

 

Do I have to buy an entrance ticket?

We ask all visitors to make a donation

 

Can a guide show me around the Cathedral?

Our trained volunteer guides are here to show visitors around and any individual visitors may join in the regular tours which run between 9.30am – 4.00pm (Monday-Saturday) and 12.00noon-3.00pm (Sundays). We also offer specialist tours on specific subjects, eg history, heritage, architecture, music, flowers.  Some foreign languages are also offered. 

Groups are advised to book guided tours in advance.   

 

Does the Cathedral have full accessibility and facilities for those with disabilities?

The Cathedral has a responsibility for providing access for people with disabilities.  Read our accessibility statement.

 

What else can I do in Salisbury?

Salisbury is the quintessential medieval English city. The Cathedral is less than a 10 minute walk from the Guildhall and Market Square.  The city offers excellent shops, cafes and pubs.  There’s a regular charter market (Tuesdays/Saturdays), Farmers’ market (Wednesdays) and a Christmas market.

St Thomas Church is a fascinating late 14th and 15th century church of with a superb Doom painting.

There are 4 further attractions within the Cathedral Close - Mompesson House, Salisbury Museum, The Rifles (Berkshire & Wiltshire) Military Museum and Arundells.

To the north of the city is the English Heritage site Old Sarumthe location of the original Salisbury Cathedral and castle.

 

Where can I stay in Salisbury and Wiltshire?

Whether you are looking for cosy bed and breakfast accomodation or a luxurious hotel suite, Visit Wiltshire can help you find the perfect place to stay.

 

How do I get to Salisbury Cathedral?

Salisbury is easily accessible in central southern England by car, coach, bus, bike or rail

 

Can I get something to eat at the Cathedral?

Our glass roofed Refectory Restaurant, open every day except for Christmas Day, with views of the spire soaring high offers a wide variety of freshly cooked meals, snacks, cakes and pastries and hot and cold drinks throughout the day from 9.30am – 5.30pm (until 5.00pm on Sundays).

 

Is there a Cathedral Shop?

There’s a well-stocked shop at the Cathedral, adjacent to the Refectory, selling souvenirs, books and music.

 

Where can I stay in Salisbury?

Information and bookings can be made through the Salisbury Information Centre, Fish Row, Salisbury, SP1 1EJ. Tel: +44 (0) 1722 342860. Email: visitorinfo@salisburycitycouncil.gov.uk  or  Visit Wiltshire .

 

Can I visit your Library?

Salisbury Cathedral Library is a historic library with many very ancient books.  These are primarily of interest to accredited researchers and scholars who may visit by appointment only.  The library is not usually open for the general public. Please email: library@salcath.co.uk  or write to The Librarian, Salisbury Cathedral, Wyndham House, 65 The Close, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP1 2EN.  

 

Do you have the oldest clock in the world?

We believe we have the oldest working medieval clock in the world. It was made by 1386 and was originally installed in the detached Bell Tower. It is made from hand-wrought iron. As is usual for this period there is no face, the clock being designed only to mark time and strike hours. It has no face, being designed to strike the hours.  It was originally located in a separate Bell Tower (demolished 1792) on the north side of the Cathedral.

 

Tell me about the art installations at Salisbury Cathedral 

Salisbury Cathedral seeks to offer a sense of the spiritual and the opportunity for spiritual transformation and prayerfulness. Living as we do in a culture that is more dependent upon the impact of the visual, it is difficult for us to witness something we have not seen – the transcendent.  Art in collaboration with the wonderful architecture of the building and liturgy can open people to the opportunity of encountering the spiritual, whether that is an increased sense of something beyond them or God.

Our arts policy seeks to assist the Cathedral in increasing our spiritual impact and enhancing the experience of the Cathedral for visitors and worshipers whilst challenging injustice and fostering reconciliation.

The work is overseen by an Arts Advisory Committee under the watchful eye of our voluntary Arts Advisor and Curator Jacquiline Cresswell.  We hope to create a programme of art exhibitions working three years ahead aiming to host a minimum of one significant visual art exhibition or installation each year.   Art in the Cathedral