Tomb inside Salisbury Cathedral

Salisbury Cathedral’s History

Discover a fascinating story

Over 900 years of history

Our story is one of stunning architecture and extraordinary human endeavour. People, rich and poor, famous and unknown, have worshipped and worked here for centuries. Today we also attract thousands of visitors from around the world who come to discover our stunning architecture and intriguing history.

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The Cathedral that moved

How can a Cathedral move? Find out how when you journey back to the very beginning of Salisbury Cathedral’s story at Old Sarum, just a few miles from where the Cathedral stands today.

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Black and white photo showing a flooded nave inside Salisbury Cathedral

The Cathedral through the ages

Explore our rich history through times of war, peace and global change, and follow the tale of our Cathedral and its community.

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Exterior of Salisbury Cathedral at Sunset

The Cathedral today

Salisbury Cathedral has always played an active role in the community, and today it continues to serve the city that surrounds it, most recently as a COVID-19 vaccination centre in 2021.

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