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Donate now to our Recovery Appeal to help secure our future

Posted By : Roz Mitchell Wednesday 26th August 2020

Salisbury Cathedral needs your help.

 

Salisbury Cathedral has launched a Recovery Appeal to raise urgently needed funds following the four-month closure during lockdown, without any visitor or event income, and losses predicted to be in the region £2m this year.

 

The picture is further complicated by current limits on visitor numbers and uncertainty around the duration of the current pandemic restrictions, plus doubts as to when and whether overseas visitors will return. This means that the Cathedral is operating well under its usual visitor capacity and will probably do so until well into 2021.

 

Nicholas Papadopulos, Dean of Salisbury said:

“At the end of March we had to close our doors, along with shops and businesses across the city. We lost all visitor donations, as well as all income from our shop, restaurant, tours, events and concerts.  Taken together, the effect is catastrophic for us and others - our losses will run into the millions - but we are conscious that we have a role to play supporting the city and attracting visitors and we are determined to do that. The Cathedral and city have stood together for 800 years and will continue to do so.”

 

It costs around £14,000 per day just to keep Salisbury Cathedral running, and working with restricted admission numbers due to social distancing means that the bills are mounting. Staffing demands in these ‘new normal’ times have already led to the Cathedral closing, except for worship, on Sundays and special interest tours like the popular Tower Tours, being suspended for the time being.

 

Despite the challenges the Cathedral is still proving a popular place to visit. Last week (20 August) it was awarded a TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Award, based on a full year of consistently good Tripadvisor reviews. Visitor numbers are currently running close to ‘new normal’ limits most days, with a strong rise in staycation visitors and day trippers from within the UK.

 

Jane Morgan, Salisbury Cathedral’s Director of Communications and Development said:

“Our visitor profile has certainly changed. We are seeing more and more people on holiday or on family visits to Wiltshire, Dorset, Devon and the New Forest, some coming from as far away as Newcastle, Wales and Kent. We are also seeing a lot of young people and a surprising number of European visitors.”

 

As well as launching the appeal, the Cathedral is also planning to charge tourist visitors for entry from the start of September. Until now it has operated on a donation entry basis, but the sums are not adding up in the current crisis, and with limits on visitor numbers, every visit needs to count.



There will be exemption from charges for some individuals. Local residents and those on the Electoral Roll of parishes in the Diocese will still be able to visit for free (details are in Notes to Editors), and there are student concessions available. There is no charge for children under 13 years of age.

 

Across the board, pre-booking remains essential due to social distancing regulations. This may be done online via the Cathedral website or for those who are unable to book online, via the telephone booking line on 01722 512156.

 

For further information please contact press@salcath.co.uk or call 01722 512156 and a member of the team will deal with your enquiry. If your request can wait Marie Thomas, Salisbury Cathedral PR and Travel Trade Manager will be back from leave on 7 September.

 

NOTES TO EDITORS

  1. Entry charges for tourist visitors.
    At the start of September Salisbury Cathedral will charge tourists/visitors for access to the Cathedral, Chapter House and Works Yard exit:
    £8 for adults
    £5 for students (aged 13-18 years)
    £8 for an adult plus family
    Children aged 12 and under are free.
    Pre-booking is essential, tickets can be bought online.
    For those unable to book online a telephone booking service is available on 01722 512156 from 09:00 - 17:00 Monday - Friday only.
  2. Salisbury residents
    Free entry will be available for all individual Salisbury residents. Residents must bring photo identification with their address on it and they will be admitted without a charge.
    Pre-booking is essential. Tickets can be booked online.
    For those unable to book online a telephone booking service is available on 01722 512156 from 09:00 - 17:00 Monday - Friday only.
  3. Diocesan parishioners
    Free entry is also available to those on the Electoral Roll of parishes in the Diocese. To obtain their free entrance they should contact their church warden or administrator. Salisbury Cathedral Diocesan PR will be emailing all concerned to advise.
    Pre-booking is essential, tickets can be bought online. For those unable to book online a telephone booking service is available on 01722 512156 from 09:00 - 17:00 Monday - Friday only.