WiltshireSALISBURYSalisburyCathedral(CC0)1

Salisbury Cathedral

This beautiful place has been a focus for its community and for countless visitors for just shy of 800 years, with the best preserved Magna Carta of 1215.

Salisbury, Wiltshire

Opening times

Cathedral is open Monday to Saturday 9am to 5pm and Sunday 12pm to 4pm.

Address

The Close
Salisbury
Wiltshire
SP1 2EF

The foundation stones were laid on 28th April 1220.

The first part to be completed was the three eastern chapels named for St Stephen, Trinity and St Peter. The building of the new cathedral was greatly helped by the energy of the bishop and the patronage of powerful people, including King Henry III, who donated trees from Ireland and estates in Wiltshire and Alice Brewer, who gave marble for 12 years from her Purbeck quarry, which provided capitals, shafts, columns and bases inside, and some shafts outside. The Bishop, Dean and 52 Canons also each made substantial donations from income derived from their estates, or prebends.

The main body of the cathedral was finished by the consecration on 29 September 1258. But the whole project also included the west front, the cloisters, the Chapter House, and the (now demolished) detached bell tower, which stood between the High Street gate and the Cathedral. All of these were probably completed by 1266.

There is so much to see on a visit to the Cathedral, from beautifully carved monuments and tombs to our famous Father Willis Organ, regular art exhibitions and the world's oldest working mechanical clock. It is home to the best preserved of only four surviving Magna Carta (AD1215) which is listed on the UNESCO 'Memory of the World' register. Marvel at Britain's tallest spire which weighs 6,500 tons, and take a stroll around the 80 acre Cathedral Close, the largest in Britain.


Enjoy a virtual tour here:

  • Spectacular stained glass

  • Social heritage stories

  • National heritage here

  • Magnificent memorials

  • Glorious furnishings

  • Fascinating churchyard

  • Famous connections

  • Enchanting atmosphere

  • Captivating architecture

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • Train station within 250m

  • Space to secure your bike

  • Parking within 250m

  • On street parking at church

  • Non-accessible toilets in church

  • Level access to the main areas

  • Dog friendly

  • Church shop or souvenirs

  • Café within 500m

  • Café in church

  • Bus stop within 100m

  • Accessible toilets nearby

  • Accessible toilets in church

  • Church of England

Contact information

Other nearby churches

St Osmund

Salisbury, Wiltshire

This Roman Catholic church was built in 1847 to 48 by Augustus Welby Pugin in 14th century Gothic style.

St Thomas a Becket

Salisbury, Wiltshire

A 15th century Grade I town church set back from the city streets.

St Peter

Britford, Wiltshire

In meadow lands close to the River Avon.