Salisbury Cathedral is opening to worshippers, pilgrims and visitors - but booking is essential. See below:
WELCOME TO WORSHIPPERS
The Cathedral opened fully for public worship on Sunday, 5 July.
After over three months lockdown, the first public service held was a Eucharist at 09.00, followed shortly afterwards by a second Eucharist at 11.00. Both services were spoken but there was music from the newly restored and repaired Father Willis organ, which was played at beginning and end of each service. The organ voluntary at the end of the first service received a spontaneous round of applause from the congregation.
The two services were held back-to-back in order to ensure as many people as possible were able to take part in worship within social distancing guidelines. Cleaning was carried out between services.
Advanced booking for services has been introduced and is essential to keep everyone safe and to manage numbers. It also allows the Cathedral to contact people quickly and easily, should the need arise.
The easiest way to reserve a place at a service is to book online here. For enquiries by phone, please call 01722 512156, Monday to Friday 09.00-17.00.
Speaking about the re-opening, The Very Revd Nicholas Papadopulos, Dean of Salisbury said:
“Salisbury Cathedral was built to the glory of God and for the worship of God, so the resumption of public worship here is an occasion of huge significance and of immense joy. In the weeks ahead all are welcome to join one of our services as we give thanks for all we’ve learned, grieve for all we’ve lost, and commit ourselves to our shared future with hope.”
Digital worship will also continue for the time being, and a regular pattern of worship in the Trinity Chapel will be established from Monday 6 July - in all cases, booking is essential.
OPENING TO GENERAL VISITORS AND TOURISTS
The Cathedral opened to general visitors and tourists on Wednesday 8 July. There are bookable entry slots every 30 minutes from 10:00 to 15:00. You can enter up to 30 minutes after your time slot. The latest you will be able to enter the Cathedral is 15.30pm and all visitors will need to leave by 16:00. Closed on Sundays for the time being.
Advanced booking has been introduced to help manage numbers and maintain social distancing. Extensive cleaning and Covid-19 Safety measures have also been put in place, including a one-way system, and the Cathedral has achieved Visit Britain's 'Good to Go' COVID-19 industry standard for attractions, confirming that clear processes are in place to protect the safety of our worshippers, visitors, staff and volunteers.
WHAT CAN YOU SEE
For the first time, visitors and art lovers alike can see the magnificent multimedia exhibition, Celebrating 800 Years of Spirit and Endeavour, in its entirety - as well as enjoying the story and atmospher of this magnificent medieval building.
To-date only the exterior work from this world-class contemporary art exhibition, featuring twenty pieces by major 20th and 21st artists like Grayson Perry, Henry Moore, Shirazeh Houshiary, Antony Gormley and Eduardo Paolozzi, has been accessible.
Since lockdown came into force, the interior exhibits have only been available to view online, via the virtual art tour here.
Welcoming visitors to the exhibition, Jacquiline Creswell, Curator and Cathedral Visual Arts Adviser said:
“I am thrilled that we can share this very significant exhibition at last. The virtual art tour has been a real success, with nearly 14,000 visits since we launched it, but nothing beats seeing the art for real. I would encourage everyone to come along and enjoy the range and quality of work on show, and through it celebrate the spirit and ambition of the builders who created this remarkable Cathedral eight centuries ago.”
Celebrating 800 years of Spirit and Endeavour was originally planned as one of a series of events taking place across the city of Salisbury in 2020 to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the Cathedral’s move from Old Sarum and the laying of the first foundation stones on its present site. Many of those events were cancelled and some moved online.
With the anniversary in mind, the Cathedral team have been working hard behind the scenes to enhance the visitor experience, with special exhibits and information that tell this remarkable story and place the exhibition in context.
The Chapter House, which houses the 1215 Magna Carta, one of only four in the world, will remain closed for the time being, but a near perfect facsimile will be on display in the main building.
Those wishing to visit the Cathedral must book in advance online here. Booking is essential to keep everyone safe and to manage numbers, which are limited by social distancing. It also allows the Cathedral to contact people quickly and easily should the need arise.
For enquiries by phone, please call 01722 512156, Monday to Friday 09.00-17.00.
Extensive cleaning and Covid-19 Safety measures have been put in place and the Cathedral has achieved Visit Britain's 'Good to Go' COVID-19 industry standard for attractions, confirming that clear processes are in place to protect the safety of our worshippers, visitors, staff and volunteers.
Salisbury Cathedral’s Director of Development and Communications, Jane Morgan, who is overseeing plans for reopening, said:
“We are really looking forward to welcoming visitors once again, and returning to some form of normal, or ‘new’ normal. With the art exhibition and the story of the Cathedral’s move all under one roof, visitors will find a lot to enjoy – and our visitors are vital to our survival. We receive no regular funding from government in normal times, or from the Church, so we have felt their absence greatly in recent months. They play a key role keeping this national treasure going.
“The safety of visitors, staff, volunteers and our community is also essential. Along with other measures, the one-way route that has been put in place ensures that as much of the Cathedral as possible is available to visitors, whilst keeping everyone as safe as possible. The new exit via the Works Yards is a bit of a bonus, affording visitors a tiny glimpse of life 'behind the scenes' as they leave the Cathedral.”
Worksheets and a special trail are available for children visiting the Cathedral - details are outlined here.
The Bell Tower Tea Rooms open later this week, providing a takeaway service on the Cathedral lawns. The Cathedral shop and Refectory will not be open on 8 July but plans for re-opening are well underway and a date will be announced in due course.