Salisbury Cathedral offers one superlative after another, including Britain’s tallest spire (123m) and the world’s oldest working mechanical clock, dating back to 1836.
Visible from miles around, the Cathedral sits within an 80-acre walled Close with rolling green lawns fringed by historic houses. It is one of the finest examples of Early English Gothic architecture, built in just 38 years between 1220 and 1258.
Visitors can stroll around the Cloisters that enclose a landscaped Garth, shaded by two large cedars planted to commemorate Queen Victoria accession to the throne. The Cloisters are the largest in the country and afford fabulous views of the Spire. Wooden crosses dedicated to soldiers who fought and died in the First War line the West Cloister Wall.
The Cathedral is home to the finest surviving copy of the 1215 Magna Carta, one of only four remaining in the world. The priceless document is UNESCO protected and sits within a permanent Magna Carta exhibition in the Chapter House, which is a beautiful space in its own right and boasts a magnificent 13th century carved frieze depicting sixty Old Testament scenes.
The Cathedral has two restaurants serving fresh, made-on-the-day cakes, snacks and lunches – plus fair-trade teas and coffee. The Refectory is open year round and the Bell Tower Tea Rooms are seasonal, opening at Easter and closing at the end of September. The Cathedral shop sells a wide range of gifts, books and jewellery and has a policy of locally sourcing where possible.
For an unforgettable experience take a Tower Tour to the base of the Spire, 225 feet above ground - remarkable architecture and fascinating history combined with adventure and spectacular views of the surrounding countryside.
Free guided Cathedral tours are available alongside specialist Graffiti and Library tours that can be booked online (www.salisburycathedral.org.uk) or via their groups booking service (firstname.lastname@example.org 01722 555120)
Dogs are welcome as long as they are on a lead.
Salisbury city centre, is a short stroll away via the High Street gate.
|Open (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)|
* The Cathedral is open 365 days a year but as a living church, access can be restricted during major services especially during Easter and Christmas. Please check for closures before you travel by visiting the page below: https://www.salisburycathedral.org.uk/visit-plan-your-visit/closures
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- TrvljhnTrip Type:Solo travelFantastic two-ferTuesday, 3rd December 2019I’m not one for cathedrals in general, but Salisbury was exceptional. First of all, the actual building is remarkable for its size and beauty. They also do a great job of supplying visitors with lots... Read full review
- Caroline WHampshire, UKSuperb Guided Tour - highly, highly recommendedThursday, 5th December 2019Yesterday evening we did the Twilight Guided Tour up to the top of the Salisbury Cathedral Tower. After an interesting early history of the cathedral we climbed over 300 narrow steps right inside the... Read full review
- temporaryfacilitiesBrilliant guided tourFriday, 6th December 2019On Wednesday evening my wife and I joined the twilight guided tour having both lived within 15 miles of Salisbury all our lives we had never been on a tour of this magnificent building, Kathi our... Read full review