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The Cathedral, Magna Carta and Refectory will be closed for visiting all day on Thursday 21 and Friday 22 and the morning of Saturday 23 October. Click here for opening times.


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Beyond the Library Door


Monday 25th October 2021 to Saturday 30th October 2021

About the event

Did you know that Salisbury Cathedral has a library that’s nearly 600 years old?


We are celebrating the end of our Beyond the Library Door Project to catalogue and care for the 1000s of Library books. So, as a special event, we are opening the Library doors to visitors 13:00 -16:00 daily from Monday 25 – Friday 29 October. There will also be a specially created children’s book trail available to explore the Cathedral with during the half term holidays.


There will also be a series of special talks where you can learn more about the project and what we found Beyond the Library Door on Saturday 30 October. The Library will be open for visitors then too and children (and adults!) can also make their own bookmark and have a go at calligraphy. See below for full details.


Monday 25 October – Friday 29 October

Library open 13:00 -16:00, please look for signage or ask our team for directions.

Children’s book trail available during Cathedral visiting hours - please collect on arrival.


Saturday 30 October

10:00 - 16:30 - South Nave Aisle

Drop in creative workshop for children (and adults!) to have a go at calligraphy and to make your own special bookmark. 

11.15 - 12.15 - North Transept

Talk by Library staff about the Beyond the Library Door project including the cataloguing the Library’s collection of 43 incunabula – books printed before 1501.

12.30 - 14.00 - South Transept

Library open for visiting.

14.15 - 15.15 - North Transept 

Talk: Not Just Words Hear about other features of the books from coloured printing to decorative bindings, music to maps, and even a mouse!

15.30 - 16.30 - South Transept

Library open for visiting.


Booking isn't needed and there are no additional charges to take part in Beyond the Library Door. The event is included with your entry tickets to the Cathedral.


Salisbury residents with SP1, SP2 or Laverstock postcodes receive free entry with proof of residence. Plan your visit here.


Beyond the Library Door has been supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

For more information about the Beyond the Library Door project, visit here.