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Salisbury Cathedral

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Salisbury Cathedral


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 ( or via their groups booking service ( 01722 555120)

Salisbury city centre, is a short stroll away via the High Street gate.

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Recent Reviews:

  • WoodyWalker55
    East Sussex, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Walking in history
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 17th February 2019
    A visit to the Cathedral is an absolute must whilst visiting Salisbury. The architecture is stunning, the peace and tranquility you feel as you sit in the main body, even the ladders of light did not... Read full review
  • S R
    Wiltshire, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Love visiting Salisbury Cathedral
    5 of 5 stars
    Monday, 18th February 2019
    we visit the cathedral often, it is so beautiful and serene and if we time it right we get to hear the choir. We have done the tour of the spire several times, but always learn something new. The... Read full review
  • Florendia
    Cambridge, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Fam trip to Salisbury
    5 of 5 stars
    Monday, 18th February 2019
    Had a guided tour of Cathedral, absolutely amazing. Our Guide was extremely well informed and made the tour extra special for the group. Read full review
Cathedral Close

Tel: +44 (0)1722 555156

Opening Times

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:

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