What to expect from Sarum Lights at Salisbury Cathedral

What to expect from Sarum Lights at Salisbury Cathedral

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 11:14am 18th February 2020.

3 minute read

The five nights of illuminations promise to be a spectacular start to the Salisbury 2020 celebrations.

The projections in and outside the Cathedral are on from tonight (Tuesday 18th February) through to Saturday 22nd.

Here's everything you need to know if you're going along (or want to get hold of tickets: 

Salisbury Cathedral Sarum Lights mock up.
The Sarum Lights will be projected onto the Cathedral building throughout this week


We're told it'll be an 'awe-inspiring' event, telling the story of Salisbury's history.

The most iconic part will be a projection onto the West Front (main entrance side) of the Cathedral.

The colourful projections will be accompanied by soundscapes in the Cathedral to give us a full audio-visual experience.

Nicholas Papadopulos, Dean of Salisbury, said:

"The excitement within the Cathedral is palpable now. Storytelling is the foundation of our worship and a marvellous way to share our experiences, history and the faith that underscores it all. This is the beginning of a very special year, celebrating a very special building and an historic city."


As there are expected to be a high number of visitors to Salisbury Cathedral, there will be some road closures in place each evening that Sarum Lights is happening.

These closures will be in place between 6.00 and 11.00pm:

  • There'll be no vehicle access via the High Street Gate
  • No pedestrian access to the Close will be available, unless you are attending the show
  • St Ann's Gate will be closed
  • No parking will be available in the Close
  • Access for ticket holders only through the Harnham Gate
Sarum Lights - Cathedral Close closed sign (Mike Draper)
Signage has been put up around the Cathedral Close to warn people about the road closures

The nearest car parks to the main visitor entrance are Crane Street and Brown Street.


If you still want to go along to the Sarum Lights, you can book tickets via the Salisbury Cathedral website.

Here's how much the tickets are: 

  • £5 for adults
  • £4 for children under 16
  • £16 for a family ticket (2 adults and 2 children)
  • Children under 3 go free and do not require a ticket

There are also set to be a limited number of tickets available on the day, sold on a first come first served basis.

They will be £8, with no concessions available and can only be bought from the High Street Gate.

Tickets are sold in 15 minute slots, to try and stagger visitor arrivals and prevent queueing at the attractions.

Sarum Lights is also fully accessible for pushchairs and wheelchairs.

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