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Salisbury Cathedral

6 The Close
Salisbury Cathedral


Salisbury Cathedral offers one superlative after another, including Britain’s tallest spire (123m) and the world’s oldest working mechanical clock, dating back to 1836.

Visible from miles around, the Cathedral sits within an 80-acre walled Close with rolling green lawns fringed by historic houses. It is one of the finest examples of Early English Gothic architecture, built in just 38 years between 1220 and 1258.

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 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, a beautiful space in its own right that boasts a magnificent 13th century carved frieze depicting sixty Old Testament scenes.

The Cathedral has two restaurants serving fresh, made-on-the-day cakes, snacks and lunches – plus fair-trade teas and coffee. The Refectory is open year round and the Bell Tower Tea Rooms are seasonal, opening at Easter and closing at the end of September. The Cathedral shop sells a wide range of gifts, books and jewellery and has a policy of locally sourcing where possible.

For an unforgettable experience take a Tower Tour to the base of the Spire, 225 feet above ground - remarkable architecture and fascinating history combined with adventure and spectacular views of the surrounding countryside.

Free guided Cathedral tours are available alongside specialist Graffiti and Library tours that can be booked online ( or via our groups booking service ( 01722 555120).

Salisbury city centre, is a short stroll away via the High Street gate.



  • Gift Shop

Venue Facilities

  • Groups Accepted

Key Features

  • Families
  • Groups
  • In town/city centre
  • Indoor Attraction
  • No Smoking Attraction

Children & Infants

  • Accept Children Over 3

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking
  • Parking (charge)

Payment Methods

  • All major credit cards accepted
  • Approx length of visit - 1-2 hours.

Establishment Features

  • Coach drop-off point
  • Dogs Accepted
  • Event venue
  • On-site Restaurant/Cafe
  • Open All Year
  • Picnic Area
  • Printed Material in Foreign Languages
  • Tea / Coffee Shop
  • Toilets

Specialist Features

  • Family Fun

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups
  • Guided Tours Available for Individuals

Travel & Trade

  • Wi-fi available

Public Transport Directions

Salisbury Cathedral is situated in the centre of the picturesque and historic city of Salisbury. The city has excellent road, rail, bus and coach links to London, Stonehenge, Bath and the South Coast, excellent 'park and ride' facilities, and a great network of pedestrian and cycle paths.

Bus or Coach

Salisbury has regular bus services from Southampton, Bournemouth, Ringwood, Swindon, Marlborough, Andover and Amesbury as well as coach services from Bath, Oxford, Brighton, Bristol and Cambridge.

The Stonehenge Tour (operated by Salisbury Reds) joins the sites of Stonehenge, Old Sarum and Salisbury Cathedral in one trip.

Regional travel is serviced by morebus - for national travel contact National Express Coaches.


Two  main rail routes intersect at Salisbury so getting here by train from London, Bath and the West Country is easy.  The Cathedral is less than a 10-minute level walk from the station.

South West Trains operate direct trains from London Waterloo to Salisbury (journey time 90 minutes).

First Great Western run routes from Cardiff, Bristol, Bath, Portsmouth and Southampton.

For train timetables visit the National Rail website.

Road Directions


Salisbury lies on the intersection of the A30, the A36 and the A338 and is at the end of the A343, A345, A354 and A360. If you are using a GPS to navigate, the Cathedral’s postcode is SP1 2EJ.  From London, take the M3 then the A303 and the A345, approximately a 1½ - 2 hour drive.

NB. If you are planning to drive into the Cathedral Close in a campervan or minibus, there are height and width restrictions on the gates. Coaches are not permitted in the Close – please call 01722 555120 for assistance.


Limited parking is available within the Cathedral Close at a fixed cost of £7.00 for the whole day (this includes disabled car park spaces). If you are visiting for a shorter period of time you will find the park and ride sites or city centre car parks more economical.

The closest parking to the Cathedral Close is at the Old George Mall and Lush House car park.  The central car park is a 10-minute level walk away. Alternatively use one of the five Park and Ride sites.  

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Tel: +44 (0) 1722 555156

Opening Times

Opening (1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)
Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change
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