Salisbury Cathedral

Salisbury Cathedral
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Discover over 750 years of history, including Britain's tallest spire, the world's best preserved original Magna Carta and Europe's oldest working clock, on a tour with one of our volunteer guides. Built between 1220 and 1258, in one architectural style, Salisbury is Britain's finest 13th century Gothic Cathedral.

A beautiful and historic building, Salisbury Cathedral is an impressive stage for concerts and major services, yet also a place for private prayer and reflection. The Cathedral and the 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.

Features of the Cathedral include:
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.
Boy and girl choristers continue a tradition of worship that goes back nearly 750 years.

Venue Type:

Heritage site, Sacred space

Opening hours

CATHEDRAL

Mon-Sat: 09.00-17.00 All Year
Sun: 12.00-16.00 All Year

CHAPTER HOUSE WITH MAGNA CARTA

Mon-Sat: 09.30-16.30 April-October
Sun: 12.45-15.45 April-October
Mon-Sat: 10.00-16.30 November-March
Sun: 12.45-15.45 November-March

Refectory Restaurant and gift shop open 09.30-17.30 all year except for Christmas Day

Admission charges

Voluntary Donation

Adults: £5.50
Children: £3.00
Seniors and students: £4.50
Family (2+3): £13.00

Group rates (minimum 15 people)
Adults: £4.25
Children: £2.50

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Enlightenment and The Power of Words

  • 13 June — 30 September 2015

By Squidsoup, an international group of artists whose work combines sounds, physical space and virtual worlds to produce immersive and emotive headspaces where participants take an active role in the experience.

Experience the Cathedral's North Porch through Enlightenment, an immersive piece inspired by the impact of Magna Carta.

In the Morning Chapel through The Power of Words, an interactive piece where you, the audience, can transform the chapel using words from the text of Magna Carta, projected on its walls.

Suitable for

Website

http://www.salisburycathedral.org.uk/events/enlightenment-and-power-words

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Magna Carta Walk: Liberty, Justice & Power in Salisbury

  • 23 May 2015 2-3:30pm *on now
  • 30 May 2015 2-3:30pm
  • 6 June 2015 2-3:30pm
  • 13 June 2015 2-3:30pm
  • 20 June 2015 2-3:30pm
  • 27 June 2015 2-3:30pm

During 2015 we are celebrating the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta. Here in Salisbury we are particularly proud that our own Magna Carta is considered to be the best of the originals. Salisbury Cathedral also has the tomb of William Longespée, Earl of Salisbury, half brother of King John. Longespée is specifically mentioned in Magna Carta as an advisor to King John.  Richard Poore, Bishop of Salisbury is described as a witness in the 1225 re-issue of Magna Carta on display in Washington & Canberra. In addition Salisbury has been the scene of many historic visits by the Kings and Queens of England over the last thousand years. This walk will look at the changes to liberty, justice and power, both in Salisbury and throughout the kingdom, over many centuries.

We shall see how the liberty of the people of Salisbury has been influenced by harsh Norman kings, Magna Carta, powerful bishops, cruel civil wars, severe punishments, a Rotten Borough and unjust laws. This walk is a journey from absolute medieval monarchy to the constitutional monarchy of today. From feudal law to parliamentary law. From royal power to people power. 

Suitable for

Admission

£6 per person

Website

http://www.salisburycathedral.org.uk/events/magna-carta-walk-liberty-justice-power-salisbury-0

Magna Carta’s American Adventure by Dick Howard

  • 7 June 2015 6-7:30pm

Find out how Magna Carta shaped American identity and its significance to the American people.

A talk by A.E. Dick Howard, US-based constitutional lawyer, author and academic.

Suitable for

Admission

£7 per person

Website

http://www.salisburycathedral.org.uk/events/2015-magna-carta-lectures-magna-carta%E2%80%99s-american-adventure-dick-howard

Magna Carta 800th Anniversary Gala Concert

  • 13 June 2015 7:30-9:30pm

Celebrate the 800th anniversary of the world's most famous document through music in the spectacular setting of the Cathedral nave.  Experience the international premiere of a new Magna Carta commission by Tarik O'Regan, along with a musical programme by the orchestra La Folia, Salisbury including Mozart, Elgar and Pergolesi.

Tarik O'Regan is one of the leading British composers of his generation, the winner of two British Composer Awards and has been nominated for two Grammy Awards.

Suitable for

Admission

Please visit Salisbury Cathedral's website for further information and to purchase tickets

Website

http://www.salisburycathedral.org.uk/events/magna-carta-800th-anniversary-gala-concert

Magna Carta 800th Anniversary Day with Worship, Pilgrimage & Libertea

  • 14 June 2015 10:30am-5pm

Magna Carta Anniversary Eucharist, 10:30

Magna Carta Diocesan Pilgrimage from Old Sarum to Salisbury Cathedral, 14:00

Join the Diocese of Salisbury and the Cathedral community in a pilgrimage to trace the journey of the Magna Carta from Old Sarum to Salisbury.

Libertea, 15:00 - Free

Join a nation in celebration of Magna Carta through a tea-party in the Cathedral Close. Live music by Salisbury Concert Band.

Informal Outdoor Worship, 16:30-17:00

Join us for informal worship on the Cathedral lawn.

Suitable for

Website

http://www.salisburycathedral.org.uk/events/magna-carta-800th-anniversary-day-worship-pilgrimage-libertea

Magna Carta and the Law by Lord Igor Judge

  • 18 June 2015 7:30-8:30pm

Magna Carta Lecture by Lord Igor Judge, former Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, chaired by John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons.

Igor judge is one of the most highly regarded members of the British judiciary, a tireless advocate for human rights and equality before the law. He has been lauded as one of the most successful holders of his 700-year old office, namely for his skill at defending the rights of the citizens against the state, and interpreting the law fairly without fear or favour.

John Bercow has been the Speaker of the House of Commons since 2009. In 2005 he was awarded the Channel 4/Hansard Society Award for 'Opposition MP of the Year' in recognition of his approach to 'good opposition'. He has had a longstanding role in encouraging Britain to lead the international community in seeking decisive action for peace and justice, especially in countries where the threat of genocide and political oppression loom large.

Suitable for

Admission

Tickets £7
Tickets will be available on the night

Website

http://www.salisburycathedral.org.uk/events/2015-magna-carta-lectures-magna-carta-and-law-lord-igor-judge

Magna Cantata

  • 7 — 10 July 2015

Written by highly experienced musicians and staged by a professional artistic director, 200 school children, from around the Diocese will fill Salisbury Cathedral's nave with catchy songs, entertaining lyrics and fun costumes, charting the course of Magna Carta from King John's time to the present day.

Magna Carta is part of our shared heritage and our identity as a nation and this involvement will open up opportunities for your children’s social, cultural moral and spiritual development.

Suitable for

Admission

Please visit Salisbury Cathedral's website for further information and to purchase tickets

Website

http://www.salisburycathedral.org.uk/events/magna-cantata

'Magna Flora' Flower Festival 2015

  • 15 — 20 September 2015

Come and see the spectacular work of over 500 flower arrangers led by Michael Bowyer MBE, Angela Turner and Pam Lewis: a feast for the senses with the smell and sight of many thousands of blooms in this amazing medieval masterpiece. The Cathedral will be filled with a mix of spectacular contemporary, traditional and interpretative displays inspired by Magna Carta for one week only - live demonstrations daily.

Individuals can purchase up to 9 tickets - there is a group discount for groups of 10 - 20 which can also be purchased online.

Please note Thursday 17 September 2015 18.30-21.30 session, last admission will be 19.30

If you would like to purchase 20 or more tickets, please email groups@salcath.co.uk or call 01722 555120.

Suitable for

Admission

Please visit Salisbury Cathedral's website for further information and to purchase tickets

Website

http://www.salisburycathedral.org.uk/events/magna-flora-flower-festival-2015

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Managing Resources (Key Stage 4)

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As a hugely popular and accessible local tourist destination which receives in the region of half a million visitors a year, the Cathedral makes a fascinating case study or possible topic for coursework. With the conflicting demands however, of being a place of worship and a heritage site, difficulties can arise. Students are invited to appraise the facilities, analyse data, conduct their own surveys, meet with the Tourism Co-ordinators and see first-hand how the Cathedral deals with the socio-economic and environmental consequences of the visitors. Information pack also included.

How to obtain

This 2 - 3 hour experience costs £3.50 per student. Please make your booking through the Education Centre office 01722 555180 or education@salcath.co.uk. The Education Centre will be delighted to discuss your visit and tailor it to your exact requirements. The Centre is open all year and bookings may be made for holiday periods, weekends and evenings as well as during school terms.

2D and 3D World - Special Interest Tour

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This tour of the Cathedral takes in everything from paintings, brasswork, engravings, stained glass, banners, tapestries and textiles to modern sculptures, wood and stone carvings. Students can use these examples as a stimulus for their own artwork.

How to obtain

This 1 hour tour costs £2.50 per child. Please make your booking through the Education Centre office 01722 555180 or education@salcath.co.uk. The Education Centre will be delighted to discuss your visit and tailor it to your exact requirements. The Centre is open all year and bookings may be made for holiday periods, weekends and evenings as well as during school terms.

Art Activities (Key Stage 2)

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Choose one traditional Cathedral art or craft to try: stone rubbings, stained ‘glass’, bookmaking, clay tiles, or illuminated letters. Or let the children use the Cathedral as inspiration for practising printing techniques, working with different paints, creating collages, making candles and bookmarks or producing sculptures. Alternatively, children can work on a collaborative piece such as a giant stained glass window, a stone rubbings collage, a Medieval tiled floor, a full-size altar frontal or a complete Lord’s Prayer manuscript.

How to obtain

This session lasts up to 1 hour and costs £1.50 per child. Please make your booking through the Education Centre office 01722 555180 or education@salcath.co.uk. The Education Centre will be delighted to discuss your visit and tailor it to your exact requirements. The Centre is open all year and bookings may be made for holiday periods, weekends and evenings as well as during school terms.

Cathedral Construction

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How did they do it? How did they build a vast structure with little more than a pulley and an adze? Find out who the medieval craftsmen were, what they did, what tools and structures they used and how they worked their magic. Through using a working model of the Cathedral’s windlass, children see how the medieval masons were able to move their huge amounts of heavy stone. But how did they build a spire? Children are set a variety of tasks to put into practice some of the medieval construction skills.

How to obtain

This 1 hour workshop costs £1.50 per child. Please make your booking through the Education Centre office 01722 555180 or education@salcath.co.uk. The Education Centre will be delighted to discuss your visit and tailor it to your exact requirements. The Centre is open all year and bookings may be made for holiday periods, weekends and evenings as well as during school terms.

Cathedral Stories Special Interest Tour

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Travel around the Cathedral and hear the stories of the characters that have all played their part in the history of this ancient building. With brave knights, foolish knaves, gentle saints and the odd eccentric organist, the Cathedral is full of amazing, gruesome, amusing and fantastical stories.

How to obtain

This 1 hour session costs £2.50 per child. Please make your booking through the Education Centre office 01722 555180 or education@salcath.co.uk. The Education Centre will be delighted to discuss your visit and tailor it to your exact requirements. The Centre is open all year and bookings may be made for holiday periods, weekends and evenings as well as during school terms.

Chronology Challenge

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Time is ticking. Children have a limited period in which to research particular events and dates of Salisbury Cathedral’s history using the physical building and its contents. Solving various clues they then have to fit this information into a wider national context, complete an overall time-line and answer a final chronological challenge.

How to obtain

This 1 hour session costs £1.50 per child. Please make your booking through the Education Centre office 01722 555180 or education@salcath.co.uk. The Education Centre will be delighted to discuss your visit and tailor it to your exact requirements. The Centre is open all year and bookings may be made for holiday periods, weekends and evenings as well as during school terms.

Cracking the Sarum Code

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An intriguing maths investigation, Cracking The Sarum Code follows the premise that much of the magnificent medieval building at Salisbury Cathedral was constructed based on the Golden Ratio or Divine Proportion. This session looks back at the Fibonacci sequence, explains the Golden Ratio and sets the students the ultimate challenge of finding out if the Cathedral’s layout really does hold these precious secrets.

How to obtain

This 1 hour session costs £1.50 per student. Please make your booking through the Education Centre office 01722 555180 or education@salcath.co.uk. The Education Centre will be delighted to discuss your visit and tailor it to your exact requirements. The Centre is open all year and bookings may be made for holiday periods, weekends and evenings as well as during school terms.

Hands-On Art Activities

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To complement a visit to the Cathedral, why not look at one of the traditional arts and crafts. See real examples, find out about their history and then let the students create their own. Choose from: stone rubbings, heraldry, stained ‘glass’, bookmaking, medieval clay tiles/gargoyles, illuminated letters. Or let the students use the Cathedral as a source of ideas, to collect patterns and images and produce 2D or 3D work of their own in response, with a variety of media.

How to obtain

This workshop takes up to 1 hour and costs £1.50 per student. Please make your booking through the Education Centre office 01722 555180 or education@salcath.co.uk. The Education Centre will be delighted to discuss your visit and tailor it to your exact requirements. The Centre is open all year and bookings may be made for holiday periods, weekends and evenings as well as during school terms.

Historical Evidence Interactive Activities

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Investigating various Cathedral artefacts and historical sources, students will be collecting evidence of significant events, people and changes which have affected the Cathedral, covering a variety of political, religious, social and technological perspectives and building up a picture of life in medieval Britain.

How to obtain

This 2 hour workshop costs £3.50 per student. Please make your booking through the Education Centre office 01722 555180 or education@salcath.co.uk. The Education Centre will be delighted to discuss your visit and tailor it to your exact requirements. The Centre is open all year and bookings may be made for holiday periods, weekends and evenings as well as during school terms.

Material World Interactive Tour

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Take a tour of the Cathedral and see how strong you are - balance a block of tufa stone on your little finger and bend a huge bar of lead. With whole forests of trees and three and a half football pitches worth of glass, there are many materials which have gone into making Salisbury Cathedral, to see, touch and find out more about.

How to obtain

This 1 hour workshop costs £2.50 per child. Please make your booking through the Education Centre office 01722 555180 or education@salcath.co.uk. The Education Centre will be delighted to discuss your visit and tailor it to your exact requirements. The Centre is open all year and bookings may be made for holiday periods, weekends and evenings as well as during school terms.

Maths Investigations

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How many blue whales can you fit into the Cathedral? How many giraffes tall is the spire? How do you tile a room with eight sides? Children work in small groups to solve one of these thorny issues, practising a range of mathematical skills in a very different context from normal school-based activities.

How to obtain

This workshop can last from 1 hour up to a full day, with the price per child depending on the length of the session.Please make your booking through the Education Centre office 01722 555180 or education@salcath.co.uk. The Education Centre will be delighted to discuss your visit and tailor it to your exact requirements. The Centre is open all year and bookings may be made for holiday periods, weekends and evenings as well as during school terms.

Myths and Legends Special Interest Tour

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With stories such as the deer and the archer, the murderous organist, the Virgin Mary’s robe, Elizabeth Sadler’s night-time habits and even a Medieval murder mystery thrown in for good measure, the fascinating characters in these tales will make this historic building come alive.

How to obtain

This 1 hour tour costs £2.50 per child. Please make your booking through the Education Centre office 01722 555180 or education@salcath.co.uk. The Education Centre will be delighted to discuss your visit and tailor it to your exact requirements. The Centre is open all year and bookings may be made for holiday periods, weekends and evenings as well as during school terms.

Pattern and Shape Interactive Tour

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Explore the Cathedral looking at all the details from circles to octagons, to intricate floral motifs. Look closely at the Cathedral to find patterns all around – repeats, reflections, rotations, symmetry, tessellation. Use these as a starting point for further exploration with shape and pattern or link it to some artwork.

How to obtain

This 1 hour workshop costs £2.50 per child. Please make your booking through the Education Centre office 01722 555180 or education@salcath.co.uk. The Education Centre will be delighted to discuss your visit and tailor it to your exact requirements. The Centre is open all year and bookings may be made for holiday periods, weekends and evenings as well as during school terms.

Prisoners of Conscience Roleplay

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The scene is a boardroom and students are all equal citizens of an emerging new nation. Elections are held, a government formed and policies discussed – a democratic process. But as the session progresses, corruption creeps in. What will happen to the citizens? The session's aim is to highlight the issues faced by prisoners of conscience. Linking these ideas to the Prisoners of Conscience window in Salisbury Cathedral, the work of Amnesty International and real case studies of current prisoners, students are encouraged to discuss their own responses and take positive action in the form of writing letters of appeal.

How to obtain

This 2½ hour session costs £2.50 per student. Please make your booking through the Education Centre office 01722 555180 or education@salcath.co.uk. The Education Centre will be delighted to discuss your visit and tailor it to your exact requirements. The Centre is open all year and bookings may be made for holiday periods, weekends and evenings as well as during school terms.

Shape Up

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Using the Cathedral with its wealth of different patterns and shapes, children have to classify quadrilaterals with their properties, recognise and explain patterns and relationships, consider perimeter and area and solve mathematical problems and puzzles.

How to obtain

This 1 hour workshop costs £1.50 per child. Please make your booking through the Education Centre office 01722 555180 or education@salcath.co.uk. The Education Centre will be delighted to discuss your visit and tailor it to your exact requirements. The Centre is open all year and bookings may be made for holiday periods, weekends and evenings as well as during school terms.

Symbolism and Religion in Art

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Understanding the language of symbolism provides the key to the beliefs, teachings and practices of the Christian faith. Looking at the physical building itself and with special access to the Cathedral vestments, artefacts and textiles, more common symbols will be revisited and new ones introduced. The session may be used to explore the connections between religion and art, by incorporating discussion-based activities and/or the creation of a piece of artwork produced as an individual’s response.

How to obtain

This 1 hour interactive session costs £1.50 per student. Please make your booking through the Education Centre office 01722 555180 or education@salcath.co.uk. The Education Centre will be delighted to discuss your visit and tailor it to your exact requirements. The Centre is open all year and bookings may be made for holiday periods, weekends and evenings as well as during school terms.

Salisbury Cathedral
33 The Close
Salisbury
Wiltshire
SP1 2EJ
England

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Website

www.salisburycathedral.org.uk

E-mail

Visitor Services

visitors@salcath.co.uk

Education Centre

education@salcath.co.uk

Telephone

Visitor Services

01722 555120

Education Centre

01722 555180

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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