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Tickets for events or tours at Salisbury Cathedral are valid for the date and time that they are purchased for.
Enjoy spectacular views as you explore the roof spaces and tower with our knowledgeable guides, climbing 332 steps in easy stages by narrow winding spiral staircases to reach 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.
These tours take approximately 105 minutes (although timings may vary) and are limited to 12 people per trip. We regret that children under the age of 7 or anyone under the height of 1.2m cannot participate in these tours due to health and safety regulations.
Please note that access to the Cathedral can be limited during special events, please check our closures before you travel.
Ticket includes admission into the Cathedral and Chapter House with Magna Carta.
• Adult Ticket
• Child Ticket (7 - 17yrs) £8.50
• Family Ticket (2 adults + 3 children) £33.00
• Family Ticket (2 adults + 1 child) £33.00
• Family Ticket (2 adults + 2 children) £33.00
• Salisbury Cathedral Guide Book £5.00
Visit Salisbury Cathedral's 15th Century library and view its precious collections then enjoy a delicious cream tea in the Refectory Restaurant afterwards!
The Library contains over 10,000 books dating as far back as far as 9th Century. During the tour a Cathedral expert will you a range of books specially selected to demonstrate the importance and variety of this unique collection.
Tour starts at 14.00 followed by tea at 15.00.
• Entrance Ticket £22.00
Would you like to have a go at stone masonry under the tutelage of one of our own Cathedral masons? Whether you have little or no experience of the craft of stone carving you will be taken each step of the way on the course, which will be tailored to your needs, by one of the Cathedral’s own Masons.
**Please note on the 2019 stonecarving courses on the 6/7 June, 4/5 July & 1/2 August we will teach you to carve a flower panel.
• Adult Ticket £150.00
New for 2017, our expert guides share the findings from an on-going project recording and interpreting the Cathedral's graffiti. Most of this tour is at floor level but a section of this fascinating journey into the Cathedral's past will involve climbing around 70 steps via a spiral staircase to the highest balcony level (triforium) to view medieval Arabic carpentry markings.
There is also a wonderful opportunity to photograph the Cathedral from the base of the West Window, looking down the full length of the Nave to the East End.
• Adult Ticket
• Child Ticket £8.00
Take a backstage tour with an expert guide around Salisbury Cathedral Works Yard, one of only nine English Cathedral works yards in the country. Learn how 150 million-year-old blocks of upper Jurassic Limestone weighing up to 5 tonnes are transformed into stones used to conserve and restore this remarkable building.
Visit the Drawing Office where conservation is planned and templates for replacement stones are drawn up by conservators and stone specialists.
Observe how 21st Century know-how and hand-carving skills that have been practiced here since the 13 Century are brought together to protect this amazing heritage building for generations to come.
• Works Yard Tour £17.50
Sir Charles Saumarez Smith is currently the Chief Executive of the Royal Academy of Arts in London and will go on to a new position as Senior Director of Blain/Southern at the beginning of 2019. He is a British cultural historian specialising in the history of art, design and architecture and has been a judge on many major art and architecture prizes such as the Stirling Prize for Architecture and the BP Portrait Award.
All proceeds to the Salisbury Cathedral Art Fund.
• Entrance Ticket
• Wheelchair unreserved £10.00
The Salisbuy Cathedral Recital Series 2019
Tickets are £12:50 per recital
The wheelchair entrance ticket includes 1 companion, free of charge.
Wednesday 3rd April, Classical Guitar Recital, Craig Ogden
Craig Ogden is one of the most exciting artists of his generation. One of the UK’s most recorded guitarists, his recordings for Virgin/EMI, Chandos, Nimbus, Hyperion, Sony and Classic FM have received wide acclaim. He is Head of Guitar at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, Visiting Lecturer at London’s Royal College of Music, Adjunct Fellow of the University of Western Australia, Associate Artist of The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, Curator of Craig Ogden’s Big Guitar Weekend at The Bridgewater Hall and Director of the Dean & Chadlington Summer Music Festival.
This recital is followed by a drinks reception at the West End of the Cathedral, with an opportunity to meet Craig Ogden.
Wednesday 1st May, Ghostly Stuff: Elgar’s chamber works
A lecture recital featuring performances of the Piano Quintet and Violin Sonata . Dr Steven Halls (speaker), Daphne Moody (violin), Jenny Knights (violin), George White (viola), Bryony Moody (cello), David Halls (piano)
Wednesday 12 June, My Ladye Nevells Book
Alexander Palotai (chamber organ) performs music from the keyboard collection by William Byrd.
Wednesday 3 July, From Bach to the Beatles
Wednesday 7 August, Schumann’s ‘Liederkreis’
Margaret Ravalde (soprano), John Challenger (piano)
Wednesday 4 September, Chopin’s Nocturnes: an illustrated talk
Professor John Rink (piano)
Friday 4 October, Lifting the lid
David Owen Norris (piano) plays his signature repertoire and reveals some of the more extraordinary experiences of his life in music. This recital will be followed by an auction of promises, led by Paul Jackson, in aid of the Organ Fund.
• Entrance Ticket
• Wheelchair Unreserved £12.50
Nazir Afzal, the lawyer who prosecuted the Rochdale grooming gang, Jim Waterson the Guardian’s Media Editor and Natalie Haynes, comedian, classicist and author of the Ancient Guide to Modern Life will join a number of experts in a new discussion series put together by Salisbury Cathedral and BBC Wiltshire.
The panellists are not the celebrities of politics or government but rather commentators and social and political observers – individuals on the “inside”, who influence our news, views and understanding of the world around us.
The purpose of these events is to encourage us all to think about our future and how we can shape it. At a time when society is fragmented, Salisbury Cathedral offers a safe space where difficult conversations can take place. Topics for discussion are:
6 March 'How should we talk to each other?'
Technology enables us to communicate in more ways and more often than ever but misunderstandings and disagreements are still rife. In the age of fake news and hate speech, how should we talk to each other?
Facilitated by Dan O’Brien, BBC Wiltshire and The Sunday Politics Show’s Senior Political Reporter, this discussion focusses on hate speech and the polarised nature of public debate today. Appearing with Nazir Afzal OBE, former Chief Crown Prosecutor for north-west England, are social and political researcher Sophia Gaston, Deputy Director of the Henry Jackson Society and Director of the Centre for Social and Political Risk;
Jim Waterson, former political editor of BuzzFeed UK and now Guardian Media Editor; and the Dean of Salisbury Cathedral The Very Reverend Nicholas Papadopulos
13 March 'What is a good life?'
How do we define a ‘good’ life and what legacy do we want to leave for our children and our children’s children?
Panellists include Leo Johnson, head of PwC’s Disruption practice and co-presentor of Radio 4’s ‘Happiness Hacking’; Natalie Haynes, comedian, classicist and author of ‘The Ancient Guide to Modern Life’; Harun Kahn, Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain; and The Bishop of Salisbury, The Right Reverend Nicholas Holtam, lead on the Environment for the Church of England in the House of Lords. This discussion will be facilitated by Canon Dr James Woodward, Principal of Sarum College.
20 March 'How should we be governed?'
The 2016 referendum divides opinions about how major decisions are made, what our government’s priorities should be and what it means to be British. How should democracy work and how should we be governed?
Elinor Goodman, former political editor of Channel 4 News and Salisbury Cathedral Council member facilitates our last conversation. Panellists include Grainne MaGuire, self-proclaimed political nerd, Labour supporter and comedian; Tim Montgomerie, political activist, blogger and columnist best known as co-founder of the Centre for Social Justice and creator of the Conservative Home website; and poet Lemn Sissay MBE, a campaigner for children in care and author of ‘Magniloquent Cartilage’, part of the ‘Ladders of Light: A new Constitution for the UK’ installation currently in the Cathedral.
The Salisbury Conversations 2019 : Crossing Divides will each be recorded in front of an audience and broadcast the following evening on BBC Wiltshire and BBC Sounds.
If you purchase a Student ticket please bring your ID with you on the night.
• Entrance Ticket
• Wheelchair Entrance Ticket £7.50
• Student Ticket £3.00
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