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Salisbury Cathedral

Cathedral Close, Salisbury, SP1 2EF

Tel: +44 (0)1722 555156

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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 (groups@salcath.co.uk 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.

Groups:
Salisbury Cathedral offer a range of day package options for groups of 10 people and more - whether you would like a short introductory talk or a tour tailored to your group’s interests. Advance group bookings will receive: free tours with knowledgeable guides or a short introductory talk, orientation leaflets (available to pre-order in 15 languages) and fast track entry.
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Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)

* 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

The above times should be used as an indicator during the recovery phase from the global pandemic.

Please double-check details by visiting the website via the link above before you visit

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TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

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Recent Reviews:

  • 393suel
    Truro, United Kingdom
    Stunning architecture and history
    4 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 31st March 2020
    How can you visit Salisbury and not go to the Cathedral. It is set in beautiful grounds and the building itself is stunning. Don't get put off by the entrance fee, it is only a recommendation... Read full review
  • Tricmart
    Eleuthera
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    A journey into the unknown
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 3rd May 2020
    A History of the past embedded into our future. This will take you way back in time. Dating from about 1386. The Magna Carta and the oldest, faceless working clock in the world, found at Salisbury... Read full review
  • MelissaR6
    Melbourne, Australia
    Incredibly beautiful
    5 of 5 stars
    Friday, 29th May 2020
    I adored so much of my visit to Salisbury Cathedral. The grounds are beautiful and the cathedral architecture is awe-inspiring. The worlds oldest surviving working clock dating from 1386 is very... Read full review

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