Salisbury Cathedral refectory and shop reopen

Salisbury Cathedral refectory and shop reopen

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 5:35am 23rd July 2020.

3 minute read

More parts of the famous building are being opened up to the public once again, after a four month closure.

Visitors to the Cathedral will still need to pre-book their entry, but there's additional services inside from today (Thursday 23rd July).

We'll notice a few changes compared to before lockdown though.

Salisbury Cathedral - Opening after Lockdown July 2020 - Photo by Ash Mills
The Cathedral has been reopened to visitors for a few weeks now


The refectory will have social distancing in place, with fewer tables, spread out in the space so we can look up at the Spire through the glass roof.

Takeaway is also available from the counter.

Acting Refectory manager, Kim Potts of Levy restaurants UK, said:

"It is great to be up and running again, and to be welcoming visitors. We have a friendly team here and they have missed each other, and our guests. The Refectory is a lovely space to work in, and to relax in, but we needed to be certain was safe for all before we re-opened."

Heaven series by David Mach hangs in the Refectory restaurant - photo by Ash Mills
New artwork has been put up in the refectory seating area - four collages entitled 'Heaven' by David Mach, which were first exhibited in 2011 to mark 400 years of the King James Bible

The Bell Tower tea rooms in the Cathedral are also open, with a table service and takeaways.


That's also reopening from today (23rd July), with customers asked to wear masks, in accordance with the Government guidance coming into effect this week.

Helen Russell, Cathedral shop manager said:

"It's been a challenge planning working out ways of ensuring that customers can pop in to browse and buy safely - and like all other shops we will require customers to wear masks, but I for one, am delighted to be back at work. We are naturally customer-orientated people here and we have missed the company."

Salisbury Cathedral 800th anniversary chutney by David Burton from Harnham
A special chutney to celebrate 800 years of Salisbury Cathedral will be among the new items for sale in the shop

The Celebration Chutney has been made by hand by David Burton from Harnham, of Burton's Best Chutneys.

He's included spices from medieval times alongside more modern-day ingredients too.

Each jar comes with a small medieval replica coin and a booklet on the Cathedral's history.

 Salisbury Cathedral - First Service after Lockdown- Photo by Ash Mills
Social distanced services have become the norm at Salisbury Cathedral after lockdown


Salisbury Cathedral is open to visitors between 10.00am and 2.30pm Monday to Saturday.

Everyone has to book a time slot, but entry is free of charge with donations welcome.

You can secure a space on the Salisbury Cathedral website.

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