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.
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TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Certificate of Excellence 2019
- Very Good1321
- Ann SLaunceston, United KingdomAn amazing piece of architecture and worship.Sunday, 13th October 2019Knowledgable and helpful guides, amazing stained glass, fabulous architecture full of history, worship and some amazing modern structures. The central font is incredible. Read full review
- mrbill17Grimsby, CanadaA beautiful church and groundsMonday, 14th October 2019The church is a beautiful representation of the period and we were able to participate in the Sunday evensong service which was a special treat. The display of the Magna Carta is excellent Read full review
- Jacqueline vNijmegen, The NetherlandsFantastic tower tourMonday, 14th October 2019We visited the cathedral and went up the spire with a guided tour with a very enthusiastic guide, Chris, a former teacher. A very inspired one is my guess because he was telling so fascinating about... Read full review
Tel: +44 (0)1722 555156
|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