Got a head for heights? Fancy a trip up the scaffold at Salisbury Cathedral to see where vital restoration work is taking place?
For a limited time only, Salisbury Cathedral is offering exclusive Among the Parapets tours of the Cathedral scaffolding with Gary Price, Clerk of the Works or Lee Andrews, the Head Stonemason.
The tours cost £300 per group of four – and the good news is that you will be helping the Cathedral Recovery Appeal as you climb. The appeal was launched in June in response to the losses incurred during the recent lockdown and as a result of the current limitations on visitor numbers, both of which have left the Cathedral with a potential budget shortfall of nearly £2m this year.
A unique, 90-minute expert–led experience, which includes a special souvenir photograph, this outdoor tour also takes visitors behind the scenes, up to where the stonemasons are working on the Cathedral’s East end, the oldest and most damaged part of the building.
Visitors will also get to see in the former glazing workshop used across the centuries by the Cathedral builders and restorers. The workshop, situated at a dizzying height behind the Moses window that overlooks the Cathedral Quire inside, is accessed by climbing over a parapet wall. This hidden workspace is now used by the Cathedral masons operating at height, and is only accessible whilst the scaffolding is in place, making this tour a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Among the Parapets is not a tour for the faint-hearted or those afraid of heights, and you probably need to be reasonably fit to make the climb - but once up the scaffold visitors will be rewarded with a ‘mason’s eye-view’ of the beautiful East face and spectacular views of the Close and surrounding landscape.
The tour can only accommodate four people and must be booked in advance. All four must ne from the same household/support bubble to ensure Covid-19 safety guidelines are upheld. The tours will run from now until November, taking advantage of the pleasant Autumn weather.
Anyone wishing to book an Among the Parapets experience please visit the event pages here.