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Salisbury Cathedral and Magna Carta

| 6 The Close, Salisbury SP1 2EF, England
+44 1722 555120
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Discover nearly 800 years of history, including Britain's tallest spire, the world's best preserved original Magna Carta 1215 and Europe's oldest working clock, on a free tour with one of our knowledgable volunteer guides. Built between 1220 and 1258 in one architectural style, Salisbury is Britain's finest 13th century Gothic Cathedral. With over 70,000 tons of medieval craftsmanship to admire there is plenty to see, do and learn at Salisbury Cathedral. Ideally we suggest you allow between 1.5 - 3 hours for your visit but you can see most of the highlights in 45 minutes if you are really pressed for time. For the ultimate experience we recommend you take in the breathtaking views of our tower tour (approximately 90 minutes) followed by a floor tour with one of our knowledgeable volunteer guides (one hour), finishing with evensong. Alternatively, you can explore the Cathedral at your own pace with our free printed guide. Our interactive Magna Carta exhibition is not to be missed!
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| 6 The Close, Salisbury SP1 2EF, England
+44 1722 555120
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Reviewed yesterday

I went to Salisbury Cathedral during a visit to the Salisbury Christmas market. It is well worth a visit with much of historical interest, including only one of four surviving original copies of Magna Carta (in Latin). The Cathedral has free entry, but it is...More

Thank B7152FJpeterw
Reviewed yesterday

We were`nt looking for the cathedral but whilst shopping at the Christmas markets we came across the street leading into a large open area with this stunning building in the middle. It is breath taking and thoroughly deserves a visit. The architecture is astounding and...More

Thank mevs44
Reviewed 2 days ago

Made very welcome by the stewards on duty. Great refectory serving delicious food. Very interesting place to visit with lots of information and a relaxed and unhurried pace

Thank Jenney R
Reviewed 5 days ago

trip to Salisbury 40 years since childhood visit, town is dull but the Cathedral magnificent. Very helpful informative volunteer guide at the Magna Carta display,

Thank StefSarah186338
Reviewed 6 days ago

Even if you don't believe, you can't help being impressed with the architecture, no, how about the oldest clock? Oh just go for a walk around the longest cloisters and work up your appetite you will need it when you get into the refectory, really...More

Thank markcambridge1
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Magna Carta is beautiful displayed in the wonderful Chapter room. There is a clear explanation and translation of this important document and staff on hand to offer advise. The cathedral is a must but do try and avoid the rather officious guides who seem...More

Thank James Bischoff
Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful Cathedral, free entry, set in gorgeous grounds, with surrounding attractions, ie museum and national trust building. Easy walking distance to the town.

Thank nannysue2014
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of the best cathedrals I have ever been to and the staff and volunteers made it a superb experience. It gave me goosebumps walking in and it has to be seen to be believed! A huge thank you to the lovely volunteers...More

Thank naomi-a
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped on the way back from Devon to London and had booked the tour in advance. Parked easily in central car park midday on a Friday. The tour took us behind the scenes above the internal roof spaces and up the tower, so we...More

Thank TonyRoJo
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a truely beautiful building, from it's impressive exterior to the grand, tall and stunning interior. You are given a free cathedral plan as you enter so you can make sense of what you are looking at. On the day we visited an orchestra...More

Thank ReeneHolds
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23 October 2017|
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Response from Startupguy | Reviewed this property |
We were there Oct. 2017 very little scaffolding, but it is massive and well worth the visit. Pictures were wonderful. They were doing some cleaning of the outside, but it was minor.
27 August 2017|
Response from AndrewCyclist | Reviewed this property |
Best check their website for the Sunday hours and any restrictions due to Services.
Rajendra S
8 June 2017|
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Response from Kathy S | Reviewed this property |
I'm not completely certain I understand your question, but the first priority when visiting Salisbury is the cathedral. If you're not afraid of heights, take the tower tour. If you have time, within a short walk of the... More