What can groups see and do?
Celebrating 800 years of Spirit and Endeavour
2020 is the 800th anniversary of the laying of Salisbury Cathedral’s first foundation stones and the move from Old Sarum, where the original Cathedral once stood. To mark the anniversary we have installed our largest contemporary art exhibition for nearly twenty years.
Celebrating 800 years of Spirit and Endeavour is curated by Jacquiline Creswell and features twenty works by leading artists from the 20th and 21st century including Grayson Perry, Henry Moore, Shirazeh Houshiary, Mark Wallinger, Antony Gormley and Eduardo Paolozzi. The exhibition also includes works from the Cathedral’s permanent collection, such as Elisabeth Frink’s Walking Madonna, Barbara Hepworth’s Crucifixion and Helaine Blumenfeld’s Angels Harmony.
This is a must for art lovers – but accessible to all. A chance to enjoy the setting and some amazing work.
The Cathedral that Moved – Salisbury Cathedral 1220-2020
Alongside the art exhibition, new interpretation and special exhibits from the archive are on display in the Cathedral under the title The Cathedral that Moved. These tell the story of how and why the Cathedral was built, with some precious items from our archive collection on display including the papal bull from 1218 permitting the Cathedral to move, and a remarkable 19ft long scroll listing all the food eaten by a member of the Cathedral clergy in a single year.
A television screen in the Cloisters allows visitors to see and hear our choir singing the Salisbury Anthem, a piece composed specifically to celebrate the Cathedral’s Anniversary. The words for the Anthem were taken from a poem written at the time of the Cathedral’s construction by the medieval poet Henry d’Avranches.
The anthem was to have premiered in the Cathedral on 28 April 2020, eight hundred years to the day after the first foundation stones were laid. Sadly, the performance was cancelled due to lockdown and so a virtual premier took place by zoom on 23 May, with an amazing community chorus of over 200 led by the Cathedral choir.
The new exit via the one-way system means visitors now exit through the Works Yard, getting a behind-the-scenes peak at where all the work towards restoring and repairing this amazing building is carried out.
Family friendly and welcoming to independent travellers
Families are welcome to visit the Cathedral. Our education team have prepared a trail for younger visitors and worksheets that relate to the art. If they wish, parents can download the worksheets from the website, and before their visit, and afterwards children continue their experience by visiting our Family Friendly Virtual Art Tour, with worksheets embedded. Follow this link to view.
Any FITs using their own cars can park in the Close for a small fee (£7 a day).
Dogs are welcome inside the Cathedral and out in the Close, as long as they are kept on the lead and their owners clear up after them.
Refreshments and toilets
The Refectory restaurant, Cathedral shop and Bell Tower Tea Rooms are now open from 10:00 – 16.00 daily (contactless payments only) and there is outdoor seating available inside and out on the Cathedral lawns.
Visitor toilets are open and regularly cleaned, as is the Cathedral building itself.
Chapter House and Magna Carta
The original 1215 Magna Carta is displayed in a permanent, interactive exhibition in the magnificent 13th century Chapter House. It is the best preserved of only four surviving original documents. The Magna Carta exhibition has been updated to reflect some of the extraordinary world events that have taken place in the last few months.