An Unbroken Tradition of Worship for 800 Years | Salisbury Cathedral

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The Cathedral Floor will be closed to sightseeing today (Friday 6 December) for performances - the Chapter House with Magna Carta is open as normal.


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Welcome to the website of Salisbury Cathedral. This holy place has captivated its visitors for nearly 800 years. In its soaring beauty we glimpse the faith and hope of those who conceived of it and built it -  and as we gaze upon their work we find our own faith and hope restored.


The Cathedral is first and foremost a place of prayer, where an unbroken tradition of worship has been offered to God throughout its long history, a tradition which continues today. It is also a place which is concerned for God’s justice in God’s world. We take seriously our custodianship of Magna Carta, that historic attempt to restrain the abuse of unchecked power and, inspired by the window in the Trinity Chapel, we pray regularly for Prisoners of Conscience.


The Cathedral is also a place of hospitality. Nothing gives us greater pleasure than meeting those who come to visit us – to worship, to hear world-class music, to see historic craft skills in action, or to marvel at the architecture and the history. I hope that your visit to our website will soon become a visit to us in person. In Christ’s name we look forward to greeting you.



Nicholas Papadopulos

Dean of Salisbury