Please check the Cathedral's website in advance for times and dates for access during lockdown.
Salisbury Cathedral was built in just 38 years (AD 1220-1258) and offers one superlative after another, from the tallest spire in Britain (123m) and the oldest working clock in Europe to the world’s best-preserved Magna Carta.
Visible from miles around, the Cathedral sits within Britain’s largest walled Close with rolling green lawns fringed by historic houses. It is one of the finest examples of Early English Gothic architecture and its Quire stalls are the largest and earliest complete set in Britain.
Visitors can stroll around the Cloisters that enclose a landscaped Garth, shaded by two large cedars planted by Queen Victoria. The Cloisters are the largest in the country and afford fabulous views of the Spire. Wooden crosses dedicated to soldiers who fought and died in the first world war line the West Cloister Wall.
The Cathedral is home to the finest surviving copy of the 1215 Magna Carta, one of only four remaining in the world. The priceless document is UNESCO protected and sits within a permanent Magna Carta exhibition in the Chapter House, which is a beautiful space in its own right and boasts a magnificent 13th century carved frieze depicting sixty Old Testament scenes.
The Magna Carta exhibition has recently been updated to reflect the relevance of the medieval document in society today. Now containing multimedia displays, it explores how our rights and freedoms during lockdown and the Black Lives Matter protests were tested.
Guided tours are not currently running, but self-guided leaflets are available. Dogs are welcome as long as they are on a lead.
The Refectory is open for hot and cold drinks, snacks, lunches and afternoon tea and offers spectacular views of Salisbury Cathedral’s famous spire through its glass roof. All food is prepared on-site daily and the menu includes freshly baked cakes and pastries, delicious soups and salads and a wide choice range of hot meals and savouries. Alongside the Refectory is The Gift Shop, which offers a wide range of souvenirs, books, jewellery, pictures, cards, clothing and confectionery, as well as many quirky and individual gift ideas. Tickets are not needed to visit either of these.
The Bell Tower Tea Rooms, open during the summer months, offer traditional teas with freshly made sandwiches, pretty pastries and heavenly cakes in quintessentially English surroundings with the best views of the Cathedral in the Close!