Salisbury Cathedral re-opened just over a week ago and is already welcoming a steady stream of visitors. Like other businesses across Wiltshire, getting ready and safe has been painstaking but are now Good to Go, thanks to VisitBritain. So what does the ‘new normal’ Cathedral look like?
First off, visitors must book in advance, in line with current government guidelines. This not only helps the Cathedral to manage numbers and ensure space for social distancing, but supports the NHS track and trace scheme, should it be required. Opening times are currently 10.00 to 15.00 (doors close at 16.00) and you can book via Salisbury Cathedral's website here.
What can visitors see and do?
There’s a spectacular art exhibition in place, Celebrating 800 years of Spirit and Endeavour, and special new exhibits which tell the story of our 800th anniversary this year - plus a range of fun activity sheets for families.
The Bell Tower Tea Rooms are now open from 10:00 – 1700 daily (contactless payments only) and outdoor seating is available.
Visitor toilets are open and regularly cleaned, as is the Cathedral building itself.
Frequently asked questions about visiting Salisbury Cathedral can be read here.
There are plans to open the Salisbury Cathedral Gift Shop and Refectory, and visiting hours will be extended when both are in operation again. Updated information will be available on their website.
Spread the word
Businesses in Salisbury are being asked to help spread the word to inform any potential visitors that they have to book. Please encourage your customers to visit and book; Salisbury Cathedral is very grateful for the support.
A special information phone line is available Monday – Friday between 09:00 – 17:00 on 01722 512156. The visitor team can also be contacted by email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
In partnership with VisitWiltshire, Salisbury BID co-fund the Visit Salisbury website to promote the city to visitors. The Visit Salisbury website has a full events calendar for Salisbury.