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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
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We went on a weekend and parked at the Bishops School just next door. The church is magnificent and pretty. Loads of history and those buried there. Understandably there's an admission charge that serves its purpose....to upkeep the place. A good 1 hr spent here.

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Reviewed yesterday

My family and I enjoyed visiting this Cathedral. While perhaps not the most spectacular we have seen, I think it is well looked after, and the Cloister was especially beautiful. Definitely worth a visit.

Thank JulieDsTravels
Reviewed 4 days ago

The setting of this cathedral is wonderful with approaches across a large green surrounded by old buildings. Both the interior and exterior are well worth exploring. The Magna Carta was well displayed with an informative attendant. The cafe is also worth a visit, with great...More

Thank Andrea W
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Was disappointed to find that despite the church claiming to be a charity, you are charged to see the inside of the cathedral! This isn’t a charity. Asking for ‘voluntary donations’ would class as being a charity. Charging does not, especially when it’s an extortionate...More

Thank sarahwilsonpearce94
Ch0rister, Guest Relations Manager at Salisbury Cathedral and Magna Carta, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi Sarah, we are glad you enjoyed seeing Magna Carta, it is a truly remarkable document! Salisbury Cathedral receives no regular funding from the government or the Church of England and has to raise the £14,000 it costs to open the building to the public...More

Reviewed 6 days ago

Having done most of the cathedrals in middle/southern England I must say we found Salisbury quite dull with none of the 'wow' factor that you get walking into say Ely or Lincoln or Exeter. Maybe it was just the grey day or the fact they...More

Thank MAilliwN
Ch0rister, Guest Relations Manager at Salisbury Cathedral and Magna Carta, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

We are sorry your were disappointed when you visited and hope that this was more down to the weather than anything else. You will be pleased to know that we are working on providing audio tours for visitors for our 2018 season which starts in...More

Reviewed 6 days ago

I went to Salisbury Cathedral during a visit to the Salisbury Christmas market. It is well worth a visit with much of historical interest, including only one of four surviving original copies of Magna Carta (in Latin). The Cathedral has free entry, but it is...More

Thank B7152FJpeterw
Reviewed 6 days ago

We were`nt looking for the cathedral but whilst shopping at the Christmas markets we came across the street leading into a large open area with this stunning building in the middle. It is breath taking and thoroughly deserves a visit. The architecture is astounding and...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Made very welcome by the stewards on duty. Great refectory serving delicious food. Very interesting place to visit with lots of information and a relaxed and unhurried pace

Thank Jenney R
Reviewed 1 week ago

trip to Salisbury 40 years since childhood visit, town is dull but the Cathedral magnificent. Very helpful informative volunteer guide at the Magna Carta display,

Thank StefSarah186338
Reviewed 1 week ago

Even if you don't believe, you can't help being impressed with the architecture, no, how about the oldest clock? Oh just go for a walk around the longest cloisters and work up your appetite you will need it when you get into the refectory, really...More

Thank markcambridge1
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kdstevenson
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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.
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robvF2476HO
27 August 2017|
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Response from AndrewCyclist | Reviewed this property |
Best check their website for the Sunday hours and any restrictions due to Services.
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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
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