Tours and Demonstrations
Visitors can enjoy a range of free, informal demonstrations inside the Cathedral on specific days - you may want to plan your visits around them. No bookings are required just be at the right place at the right time! Or, for the ultimate experience, you can book onto one of our famous Tower Tours...
Cathedral Floor Tours
Daily tours available on request - subject to availability.
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 family -friendly guide maps or our fun Cathedral trail for younger children.
Medieval Clock demonstration: marking the centuries
Mondays - Thursdays after 11.00 prayers, Saturdays at 10.30, North Nave Aisle
Join us in time to see the chiming mechanism of the world’s oldest working clock in action. Thought to date back to around 1386, Salisbury Cathedral’s medieval clock is a large iron-framed 'turret' clock without a dial. In days gone by it would have rung the bells summoned people to worship. Today it measures the day with its steady tick, but rarely chimes having been replaced in 1884 by a ‘modern’ mechanism donated by the Wiltshire regiment in memory of fallen comrades. Watch and marvel as, as, over six hundred years since it first rang, the chiming mechanism is unlocked and allowing the clock to sound as it would have done in 1300.
Stained Glass Window Tours
Mondays 12.00 , Cathedral entrance in cloisters
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.