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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 2 days ago

Can't add anything to other reviews; well worth a visit and is steeped in the history that's found all over this area. No reason not to go if you're in the area, the expense is high but will maintain the cathedral for future generations

Thank extased
Reviewed 2 days ago

We arrived just in time for a free tour of the cathedral, which is one of the most beautiful in the UK. It takes an hour and our volunteer guide was friendly, engaging and knowledgeable. The cafe is pretty good too. We were happy to...More

Thank PSPanda
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We recently had a short break in Salisbury and whilst there paid a visit to the cathedral. A beaufitul Gothic type building this also contains a copy of the Magna carta. There is a suggested entry fee and it's made pretty clear you are expected...More

Thank Leandy1911
Reviewed 4 days ago

A truly impressive visit to this Cathedral and Chapter house . Home to the Magna Carta. Very helpful and informative guides on hand makes this Cathedral's rich history come alive . I especially enjoyed the Medieval frieze dating from late 13thc which tells the story...More

Thank mumsypops
Reviewed 4 days ago

Looks very impressive from a distance even better close up amazing architecture around Magna Carta very interesting and free to see very rare in this day and age

Thank malefamily
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Spent a couple of hours wandering around the cathedral, didn't manage to get on a guided tour as the wait was too long but did manage to eavesdrop on an ongoing tour! Whilst I'm not remotely religious I'm interested in history. A guide did explain...More

Thank Jedijacka
Reviewed 6 days ago

The tallest cathedral spire in Great Britain could be viewed at a great distance away from Salisbury. This magnificent 13th C Gothic Cathedral was outstanding and impressive especially with the frontage with an incredible number of superb statues and carvings. The Tower Tour up 332...More

Thank pbtravel589
Reviewed 6 days ago

You can park in the Cathedral Close itself for just £7 per day. To see the Magna Carta is free too. We attended a lunchtime recital: spine-tingling.

Thank TonyIOM
Reviewed 6 days ago

We got to the the cathedral late in the afternoon and therefore could not go in. We did walk around the cathedral grounds and it was very pretty as there is lots of green space. The architecture of the church is really spectacular. Well worth...More

Thank Yogeshn
Reviewed 6 days ago

Unlike several Cathedrals you do not have to pay to enter, but at the entrance there was a stand with a list of suggested prices. As many cathedrals such as Chichester suggest a donation of £5 I felt £6.50 which I gift aided was about...More

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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