Exterior view of Salisbury Cathedral on a sunny day

Your Visit

to Salisbury Cathedral

We look forward to welcoming you to our Cathedral


General opening times for visiting the Cathedral are listed below. However, as a living church there may be times when the Cathedral is closed to visitors.

Before making a booking or setting out to visit us please check the latest information about closures in the blue box further down this page.

If you are interested in the timings of regular services you can find more information here.

Opening Hours

 

Cathedral and Chapter House with Magna Carta (Winter opening hours)

Monday – Saturday: 10:00 – 16:30 (with last bookable entry slot at 15:45)
Sunday: 12:30 – 16:00 (with last bookable entry slot at 15:00)

(The Chapter House and Magna Carta open 30 minutes after the Cathedral opens to visitors)

Food & Drink

Refectory Restaurant

Monday – Saturday:  09:30 – 17:00 (last orders 16:45)
Sunday:  10:00 – 16:00 (last orders 15:45)

Bell Tower Tea Rooms

Closed until Spring 2024

Gift Shop

Monday – Saturday: 09:30 – 16:30
Sunday: 11:00 – 16:00

Entry Prices

For the best prices, book your tickets online in advance via the button below.

Tickets include entry into the Cathedral and Chapter House with Magna Carta and are valid for a year (from the date of purchase), enabling you to return for free (in the same group). Please note that your return visit may not be valid for certain special events during the year.

To make your visit as comfortable as possible, entry is by bookable time slots every 15 minutes during opening times (you can enter up to 15 minutes after the start of your timed slot).

Before booking, take a look at the Tours and Demonstrations information below, in case you would like to enhance your visit with a special ticket that includes a ‘Behind the Scenes’ tour or demonstration.

Standard Ticket Prices

Adults  £9 in advance, £11 on the day

Students (17+ with valid student ID)  £6.50 in advance, £7.50 on the day

Young people (12 – 16 years)  £5.50 in advance, £6.50 on the day

Children under 12  Free

Residents of SP1, SP2 and Laverstock  Free (with proof of residence). Excludes large groups and school groups.

Friends of Salisbury Cathedral  Free

Book Your Tickets

Tours and Demonstrations

To enhance your visit we offer a range of ‘Behind the Scenes’ tours and demonstrations, including visiting the fascinating Stonemasonry Works Yard, taking a Tower Tour to the foot of the spire or visiting the historic Cathedral Library. There are also free demonstrations and tours scheduled throughout the week, including regular Stained Glass Window Tours and demonstrations of the Medieval Clock. Click on the button below to view full details and to book:

Tours and Demonstrations

Please note that the Cathedral is a living church and during your visit you may witness preparations or rehearsals for concerts, services and weddings.   You may also hear our choristers rehearsing for Evensong, our organist practicing or our famous Willis organ being tuned. During services there may also be restricted access to some areas of the Cathedral.

Upcoming Closures

  • Thursday 22 February 2024

    The Cathedral, Gift Shop and Refectory Restaurant will close at 13:30.
    Last visitor admission is at 12:30.

  • Thursday 21 March 2024

    The Cathedral Gift Shop will be closed on this day. The Refectory Restaurant will be open as normal.

  • Friday 22 March 2024

    The Cathedral will be closed in the morning. First visitor admission is at 12:30.

  • Thursday 28 March 2024

    The Cathedral will be closed to visitors in the morning; all are welcome to attend the services. First visitor admission is at 13:30.
    There will be no guided tours available.

  • Friday 29 March 2024

    The Cathedral will be closed to visitors all day as services are taking place.
    All are welcome to attend a service:
    12:00 – Good Friday Devotion
    13:30 – The Liturgy of Good Friday

  • Saturday 30 March 2024

    The Cathedral is open 09:30-16:00 for private prayer. There will be no guided tours available.

  • Sunday 31 March 2024

    The Cathedral will be closed to visitors all day as services are taking place.
    All are welcome to attend a service:
    10:30 – The Eucharist with Blessing of the Easter Garden
    15:00 – Festal Evensong

Travel and Parking

By Train

Salisbury has strong rail links with London, Southampton, Bath and the West Country.

The Railway Station is about a 15-minute walk from the Cathedral, along Mill Road, passing Queen Elizabeth Gardens with views of the Spire.

By Bike or On Foot

Salisbury sits in the heart of Wiltshire’s countryside, and offers some beautiful walks and cycling routes. Cycle parking is available in the Cathedral Close and in the city centre.

By Car

If you are using a Sat Nav or GPS, Salisbury Cathedral’s postcode is SP1 2EJ. We are approximately a 1 1/2 – 2 hour drive away from London, and 1 – 1 1/2 hours from Bath. Limited parking is available within the Cathedral Close at a fixed cost of £8 for the whole day, this includes disabled car park spaces.

The nearest public car parks are Lush House (SP2 7TD) and the Old George Mall (SP1 2PH), both about a 5-minute walk from the Cathedral Close.

Park and Ride stations are also located on all main routes into the city.

During 2023 and 2024 improvements are being made to the approach to the city around the Railway Station and Fisherton Street area. This includes temporary road diversions which may mean heavier than usual levels of traffic in the city centre at some times of the day.

If you are planning to arrive by car, please allow plenty of time to park.

what3words

what3words is a really simple way to talk about precise locations. It has given every 3 metre square in the world a unique combination of three words: a what3words address.

To find our traffic kiosk easily, you can download the free what3words app (or use the map site, what3words.com) and enter librarian.soda.rarely into the search bar or click this link.

To get directions to a what3words address, tap ‘navigate’ in the app and use your preferred navigation app (e.g. Google Maps or Waze) to travel to that precise point.

Accessibility

If you use a wheelchair, you can easily access the Cathedral floor, Chapter House, Cloisters, Refectory Restaurant, Gift Shop and toilets.

There are three wheelchairs available to borrow during your visit – please ask at the Welcome Desk. Large print versions of our visitor maps are available and water for assistance dogs can be found near the Refectory Restaurant entrance. Disabled parking spaces are available in the Cathedral Close at a fixed price of £8 per day.

The nearest Changing Places public toilet can be found at Queen Elizabeth Gardens (Lush House).

Have a look at our accessibility guide below:

Accessibility Guide

Dogs

Salisbury Cathedral is dog-friendly. Well-behaved dogs are welcome inside the Cathedral, but must be kept on leads at all times. You’ll find water bowls in the Cloisters, and you can collect a biscuity treat for your dog at our Welcome Desk. Dogs are not permitted inside the Refectory restaurant and you must not leave your dog unattended.

Discover What’s On


From services, exhibitions, workshops, concerts, and talks, our exciting events programme offers something for everyone.

See What’s On
Exterior view of a building with outdoor dining tables at the front

Food and Drink


Whatever your appetite, we have a range of food and drink options for you. From full hot meals, to tasty sweet treats, to picnics in the sunshine.

Food and Drink

Our Shop


If you are on the lookout for a special gift, or a simple trinket to remind you of your visit, our gift shop is full of interesting and unique products, many of which are locally sourced.

Gift Shop