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Adults, Family and Congregation

Salisbury Cathedral is a place of learning for all, whatever your age. 

For adults there is a regular programme of lectures, talks, discussions and opportunities to take part in practical sessions whether you are interested in matters of faith and spirituality, extending your historical knowledge or keen to improve your art ability.

You can view our full events listings here.

Family Activities

Salisbury Cathedral is a wonderfully exciting place to explore as a family. The distinctive features, the fascinating history and the visual stimulus alone give endless opportunities for discovery-based activities, art and craft ideas and hands-on fun. Whether from the local community or just visiting for the day families are invited to join in and find out more about this famous landmark.


Family Activity Trails

Two activity trails for children aged between 7 and 12 are available free of charge inside the Cathedral except during services.


Spires, Stones and Saints Activity Trail - helps families explore some of the important and quirky features of this ancient place. From measuring the wind speed at the top of the spire to finding hidden drawings, there is much to entertain and intrigue.


Ghost Knight Activity Trail - takes you to the locations mentioned in the novel Ghost Knight by award-winning children's writer Cornelia Funke. This story trail invites you to come and see the tomb of the noble knight William Longespee whose help Jon and Ela seek to defeat the baddie.


For younger children age 5 - 7, the Explorer Bag is available for a refundable £5 deposit from the Donations Desk. The bag contains a child friendly guide booklet and an array of interesting items to help younger visitors explore the Cathedral.


Also on offer to families are the following:

*  Regular holiday activities:

*  Special family events

*  A Christmas special for the Under Fives

Holiday Activities

Holiday times are an ideal opportunity for families to come and explore the Cathedral. Every Wednesday during the Wiltshire school holidays there is a craft session for families to come and do together.  Suitable for ages 3-11 years. Parents stay.


For details of  holiday craft sessions for 2018 please download full details below:

Holiday events_2018.4pdf.pdf

Family craft sessions are generally aimed at children ages 3-11 although younger children may still be able to complete the activities with adult support.