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Salisbury Cathedral

The Chapter Office
33 The Close
United Kingdom
01722 555120
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Tower Tours
Enjoy spectacular views as you explore the roof spaces and tower, climbing 332 steps in easy stages by narrow winding spiral staircases to reach to the foot of the spire 225 feet above ground level. From here you can see up into the spire through the medieval scaffold, and from the outside you can look over the city and surrounding countryside.

There is a separate charge for a tower tour (£4.50 for Adults, £3.50 for Children & Seniors) which is in addition to the requested voluntary donation for those visiting the ground floor of the Cathedral and Chapter House. Scheduled tours run at least once a day for 11 months of the year (subject to daily conditions).
(Additional departures can be arranged for pre-booked groups - email [email protected])

Health and safety information
This tour lasts at least 1½ hours. Children must be at least 4ft (120cm) tall and 5 years old. Each child aged 5-10 must be individually accompanied by a responsible adult. For children 11-17 there must be at least one adult for every 5 children. Some of the stone spiral staircases date back to the 13th century and have no hand rails. Please take care while ascending and descending. There is a maximum of 12 people per tour so we recommend you book in advance. 01722 555 156
Month Monday - Saturday Sunday
January 14:15
February 14:15
March 11:15 14:15
April 11:15 14:15 15:15
May 11:15 14:15 15:15 16:30
June 11:15 14:15 15:15 17:00* 16:30
July 11:15 14:15 15:15 17:00 16:30
August 11:15 14:15 15:15 17:00 16:30
September 11:15 14:15 15:15 16:30
October 11:15 14:15
November 14:15
Christmas week only 11:15 14:15


Salisbury is unique amongst medieval English cathedrals, built within one century with no substantial later additions. The building itself is remarkable, a testimony to the faith and practical skills of those who erected it.

But it is much more than an historical monument. It is the Cathedral Church of the Salisbury diocese and so the Mother Church of several hundred parishes in Wiltshire and Dorset. It is a centre of pilgrimage for hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. Every day, week in week out, for century after century, God is worshipped here. Above all it is a place of prayer.

Salisbury Cathedral and the Cathedral Close are visited by over 500,000 people a year. Many come as tourists, or to worship, while others attend some of the many events taking place here. The Cathedral is open to all and seeks to provide facilities for, and a warm welcome to our many visitors.

What is special about Salisbury Cathedral?
Britain's finest 13th Century Cathedral.
Britain's tallest spire (123m/404ft).
The best preserved of only four surviving original Magna Carta (AD1215).
A unique 13th century stone frieze of bible stories in the Chapter House.
Europe's oldest working clock (AD1386).
The largest Cathedral Close in Britain (80 acres).
Britain's largest Cathedral Cloisters.
The largest and earliest set of Quire stalls in Britain.
Voted "Best View in Britain" - Country Life Magazine 2002.
Participates in Visitor Attraction Quality Assurance Service.
Boy and girl choristers continue a tradition of worship that goes back nearly 750 years.

There are volunteer guides on duty most days. They will be pleased to provide free guided tours of the cathedral and answer questions. Or to help you explore the cathedral at your own pace there are self-guiding leaflets available in English with supplements in other languages.
English Dutch Hungarian Chinese Latvian
French Italian Czech Japanese Portuguese
German Spanish Polish Russian Danish

Some guide teams include foreign language speakers. Subject to availability, these can usually be pre-booked for visiting groups. The Cathedral also has a special children's leaflet, please ask a guide on arrival for a copy.

Explore the spectacular roof space, accompanied by a fully trained guide. Climb 332 steps in easy stages, by narrow spiral staircases and interior roof walkways, to reach the base of the Spire, 69m (225ft) above ground level.

The Cathedral receives no subsidies or financial help from the Government or from the Diocese.
To cover the £3.5m it costs to run the Cathedral each year, we ask visitors to make a suggested voluntary donation. Please note there is no charge for the tours of the cathedral floor provided by the guides.

Requested Voluntary Donations
Adults £4.00
Seniors / Students £3.50
Children (5-17) £2.00
Families £8.50

If you are a UK taxpayer, please ask for a Gift Aid form. (Through Gift Aid we can reclaim from the government the tax you have already paid on this donation, which represents an additional 28% on top of what you give during your visit.)

Salisbury Cathedral is situated in the centre of Salisbury, 90 miles south-west of London. There are frequent train services from London, Bath and the West Country. The nearest train station is Salisbury. National Express coaches have regular links to Salisbury Bus Station.
Car parking: Please use city centre car parks. The closest being: Old George Mall or Crane Street. Park and ride facilities are now available on the approaches to Salisbury near Old Sarum (A345), Wilton (A30/A36) and Britford (A338).
Once in the city follow 'fingerpost' signs to the Cathedral