St Thomas’s Church
St Thomas’s Church
4.5
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
St Thomas’s Church. A welcome in the heart of the city dating mostly from the Fifteenth Century, the Church of St Thomas a Becket stands in its own square at the north end of Salisbury High Street, a two-minute walk from the Cathedral Close. This has been a place of worship since the early Thirteenth Century. Please come in for a look round. Try to spot the “damned bishop” being led to Hell in the famous Doom painting. Or why not try counting all 250 angels on the roof, walls and pillars? There is full disabled access to all public areas of the church with ramps and an automatic door. Quiet, boisterous, contemplative, social: it’s always a good time to drop in to St Thomas’s. We’d be happy to meet you whenever you can stop by.
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
What is Travellers’ Choice?
Tripadvisor gives a Travellers’ Choice award to accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently earn great reviews from travellers and are ranked within the top 10% of properties on Tripadvisor.
Revenue impacts the experiences featured on this page, learn more.
The area
Address
Reach out directly
See what travellers are saying
  • HilaryW971
    Norwich, United Kingdom309 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a fascinating Church
    This Church gives a good insight in the medieval religious beliefs. It is unlike any other Church. The vividly painted screen must have had an impact on worshippers. The difficulty was the lack of written guides and it would have helped to have these available for those who could not access the code.The images and paintings were well preserved and full of interest.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 15 August 2023
  • Sandi
    147 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    a wonderful old church
    We have made several trips here whenever we go to Salisbury. It is a lovely old church, with a real sense of presence. Highly recommend a visit. The regimental flags hanging from the ceiling are also a point of interest for us.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 September 2023
  • Madeline B
    14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely worth a visit
    St. Thomas's Church is a bit tricky to find, but well worth the effort. The Church is home to one of the Doom paintings from medieval times and also has beautiful stained-glass windows. My favorite part is to the right side, which may be the original part of the church, with its depictions of some of the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 20 October 2023
These reviews are the subjective opinion of Tripadvisor members and not of TripAdvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Most Recent: Reviews ordered by most recent publish date in descending order.

Detailed Reviews: Reviews ordered by recency and descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as waiting time, length of visit, general tips, and location information.

Popular mentions

We perform checks on reviews.
Tripadvisor’s approach to reviews
Before posting, each Tripadvisor review goes through an automated tracking system, which collects information, answering the following questions: how, what, where and when. If the system detects something that potentially contradicts our community guidelines, the review is not published.
When the system detects a problem, a review may be automatically rejected, sent to the reviewer for validation, or manually reviewed by our team of content specialists, who work 24/7 to maintain the quality of the reviews on our site.
Our team checks each review posted on the site disputed by our community as not meeting our community guidelines.
Learn more about our review moderation.
4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles349 reviews
Excellent
239
Very good
94
Average
14
Poor
1
Terrible
1

Madeline B
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
St. Thomas's Church is a bit tricky to find, but well worth the effort. The Church is home to one of the Doom paintings from medieval times and also has beautiful stained-glass windows. My favorite part is to the right side, which may be the original part of the church, with its depictions of some of the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary.
Written 20 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Kate J
22 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
Obviously very old and central to Salisbury life. Looks closed from outside but obviously a living community worship there. Feels connected to the city. Lovely flowers.
Written 18 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Sandi
Calgary147 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
We have made several trips here whenever we go to Salisbury. It is a lovely old church, with a real sense of presence. Highly recommend a visit. The regimental flags hanging from the ceiling are also a point of interest for us.
Written 8 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Graham Stteer
3 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
yesterday we watched the band of the british legion play which was great however despite the short performance several elderly people needed the toilet including my wife .
the in charge saw them walking toward the toile actually locked it in front of them.
you want people to come to the church and to fill collection boxes treat them better
Written 20 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

HilaryW971
Norwich, UK309 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
This Church gives a good insight in the medieval religious beliefs. It is unlike any other Church. The vividly painted screen must have had an impact on worshippers. The difficulty was the lack of written guides and it would have helped to have these available for those who could not access the code.The images and paintings were well preserved and full of interest.
Written 15 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Claire C
United Kingdom23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
An amazing small church well worth a visit for its ancient heritage. So glad we paid it a visit and got to look around. A donation was appreciated for its upkeep.
Written 21 April 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

vin2308
London, UK146 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
wonderful church to visit - friendly volunteers who were really interesting and had all the time to explain and discuss the Doom painting.

This is a very historic church and as good as going to the Cathedral without the cost - but please leave money for the upkeep as it is a only run by the Friends and they have made a great job of restoring the Church so far -
Written 15 February 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

on_the_go_98765
Tucson18,350 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
We "doodles" came here in search of our common history and maybe just to take a glimpse at our roots. So many things separate us, like how we use eating utensils, but that is another story. And so many things unite us. This special era 1548 monument (as per the last "iteration") historical Grade 1 Historic Registry designation spoke volumes.

Whew! Let me mop my cowpoke brow and let loose a whistle of deeelight!

We read history, we know who Henry II was, and we know that Thomas of Canterbury fell on the wrong side of his agenda. We also know (or are so informed) that 4 Knights read between the lines and fulfilled the unspoken desires of the King to silence a burr under his saddle (sorry, that is the 'Meerican speaking).

And so he was (permanently) silenced; one of those glorious knights now either resides or is memorialized (or some of his lineage is so memorialized, for all eternity) who now must rest upon the gaze of the murdered Thomas of Canterbury aka Thomas a Becket.

The church is filled with so many Medieval treasures that managed to survive the Reformation cleansing (not unlike other religious purges elsewhere) and some here managed to survive those tumultuous times.

Back to the church ... it is named for both the patron saint of England (Edmund the Martyr) who died at the hands of the Viking-Danish invaders. He was martyred. Not a pretty death. He was 30 years old. Died 870.

The other martyr was Thomas Becket of Canterbury. Assassinated in 1170. Four knights decided to "do the deed" and one was Sir Richard Le Breton or Richard de Brito but it is not him to whom the church floor marker dignifies: it is one of his ancestors who must (apparently) bear the gaze of Thomas of Canterbury.

During the Reformation, the original statue of Thomas was pulled down and destroyed but the new addition occupies the space (and the gaze).

The church is an amalgam of regimental honors, Medieval architecture, and modern day fitting in. The church rafters show the angels from history, the "Doom" scene (circa 1470) over the pulpit shows the 2-way traffic lanes of sinners and saved. And the regimental banners remind us "Doodles" that here, in this country. church and state are not separate (as we try to imagine it is here, state-side). It honors their brave heroes of WW I.

An especially special memory was the carving by an old man (Humphry Beckham) who sculped his memorial. He was a joiner (read that to be furniture maker) and his diorama shows Abraham before he slits his son's throat and other biblical scenes. Quite exceptional.
Written 28 January 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Grover R
Pensacola, FL18,062 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
The Cathedral is not the only great church in Salisbury. In the center of town sits the community's parish named for the hometown English saint, St. Thomas Becket, the murdered Archbishop of Canterbury. What it lacks in size, it more than makes up in detail. It is an old church and a beautiful one, started when New Sarum began as the parish church for the regular citizens in the early 13th century. It is a gothic, stone church with a central nave and side aisles and a beautiful wood ceiling with carved angles overlooking the congregation.

While it has beautiful stained glass, what you come here to see is the best Dooms painting in England. Dooms paintings portray the judgement day foretold in Revelations at the end of time to remind parishioners of the importance of being accepted in heaven. This painting on the chancel wall was made in 1470 when the church underwent modifications. However, in less than 100 years later it was whitewashed during the Reformation and forgotten until 1819 when parts showed through the paint but was not displayed until 1881. Today about 60 Dooms paintings have been discovered and restored in England but this is regarded by an archeological article I read as the best.

It is beautiful and symbolic. Christ sits at the center on a rainbow with Mary on his right and John the Baptist on his left and the 12 disciples below representing the 12 tribes of Israel. The left side on the painting, Christ's right side is the dead being awakened by trumpets and angels taking them to Heaven. On the left side, distorted souls emerge from their graves to be taken by demons and the devil to Hell. While the symbolism is interesting, it is the beauty of the Dooms painting combined with the stained glass and wood carved ceiling that make this a great visit. Don't just visit the Cathedral, and you will be rewarding with a beautiful church. In fact my daughter said this was her favorite church over all the amazing cathedrals we saw.
Written 10 January 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Mary Ann King
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Not very keen on churches but the beauty of this one is breathtaking, see it with a Credited Blue Badge Guide, wonderful visit
Written 18 October 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Showing results 1-10 of 309
Revenue impacts the experiences featured on this page, learn more.
Is this your Tripadvisor listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim your listing

St Thomas’s Church, Salisbury

Frequently Asked Questions about St Thomas’s Church

St Thomas’s Church is open:
  • Sun - Sun 08:00 - 16:00
  • Mon - Sat 08:00 - 17:00


Restaurants near St Thomas’s Church: View all restaurants near St Thomas’s Church on Tripadvisor