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Free tours

Join one of the regular guided tours which take place throughout the day.

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Free tours

We regret that given the current situation regarding COVID-19 we have made the difficult decision to suspend all tours until further notice - the Cathedral remains open for prayer and contemplation.


Free Floor Tours

We have over 250 knowledgeable volunteer guides who will welcome you and help you get the most from your visit. If there are enough guides available, you might even get your own private tour! Alternatively, you can explore at your own pace using one of our free guide maps. These are available in: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Danish, Polish, Hungarian, Czech, Latvian, Russian, Japanese and Chinese.

Daily tours at various times.


Free Stained Glass Tours

Discover the rich history of our beautiful stained glass windows. The tour sheds new light on the Cathedral’s history and its community, from the scandal of the medieval glass abandoned in a ditch during the late 1700s, to windows commemorating wars, suffrage and even a Cathedral cat. Tours last approximately one hour. No booking required, ask at the Welcome Desk on the day.

Every Monday at 12:00 noon.

Free Close Tours - April to October only

Explore 800 years of history in Salisbury Cathedral Close, the largest cathedral close in Britain. With rolling lawns fringed by heritage buildings dating back to early 1200, this was a refuge for kings and courtiers, and has been home to Bishops and Canons across the centuries to the present day. Its fortified walls have withstood rebellions, wars and plagues, and it has been visited by Handel, painted by Constable and Turner, inspired writers like Anthony Trollope, William Goulding and Ken Follett, and played a pivotal role in protecting Salisbury during the second World War.  

Led by an experienced Cathedral Guide, this tour also explores the lives of people of the Cathedral Close – from the masons who constructed this extraordinary medieval building nearly 800 years ago to their modern counterparts today. Home not just to the clergy but also musicians and vergers,  some Close residents have family ties that go back generations. Follow the invisible thread between today and yesterday in this surprisingly modern but ancient space.

Make memories

For just £13.50, you could also take a Tower Tour and view the Cathedral and the surrounding landscape from above.


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