The Cathedral Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Salisbury
Salisbury is unique amongst medieval English cathedrals having been built in just 38 years (1220 - 1258) in a single architectural style, early English Gothic. The tower and spire (Britain's tallest) were added about 50 years later. The building itself is remarkable, a testimony to the faith and practical skills of those who erected it.
But it is much more than a historical monument. It is a living church and a place of prayer. As the Cathedral Church of the Salisbury diocese it is Mother Church of several hundred parishes in Wiltshire and Dorset. It is also a centre of pilgrimage for hundreds of thousands of visitors every year.
Salisbury Cathedral's Purpose
Making a difference for God through exceptional worship and outreach.
We seek to be prayerful, compassionate proclaimers of the Christian faith helping all to encounter God and his transformative presence. Our continuing commitment is to develop a culture of faith and hope which is joyful, deeply serious and quietly confident.
We do this by focusing on three values in particular:
Integrity, reflected in transparent, fair and consistent actions;
Generosity, which generates a warm open welcome to all;
Compassion, which promotes social justice, equality, diversity, dignity, consideration and respect for all.
To find out more about our goals and plans for the coming years download our 2013-17 Strategy and Programme.
We hope the information on this web site will help you to look at the building with new eyes, to enjoy its history and to experience its atmosphere of worship.