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Salisbury Cathedral and Magna Carta
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Ranked #2 of 77 things to do in Salisbury
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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 guides (one hour), finishing with evensong. Alternatively, you can explore the Cathedral at your own pace with our free printed guides. Our interactive Magna Carta exhibition is not to be missed!
Reviewed 15 September 2012

Recently we were treated to a day visit to Salisbury by our British friends. The highlight of the day was our tour of Salisbury Cathedral where we also enjoyed lunch. There was a fee but it was certainly worth the cost. This beautiful piece of history is still an active holy place full of memories. Please don't pass this site by when visiting Salisbury.

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Reviewed 14 September 2012

The guided tour of the tower was a real highlight of our visit. You'll need book a time and be reasonably fit with a head for heights though. Evensong was an uplifting spiritual experience, the service is beautifully sung by the choir.

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Reviewed 9 September 2012

Good place to see a working cathedral with lovely gardens to have a picnic in.
Do not miss out to see the Magna Carta which is housed at the Cathedral
Fees to see the place are discretionary £16 for family is recommended. Please do try and leave the recommended amount as we saw a lot of people leaving nothing which is a shame as these places take a lot of money to maintain and to be able to keep it open for public viewing relies on people generous donations.

Thank 3tree
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Reviewed 9 September 2012

We had a very charming old English lady give us a tour of the Cathedral. She kept us interested and she had lots of history about the Salisbury Cathedral.

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Reviewed 8 September 2012

I don't know if it was the beautiful day, the lovely town of Salisbury, or the fact that I made it to the cathedral (I have never driven on the left before), but I found this to be a fabulous experience. I took the tower tour and thought that it was well worth it. The tours are small only 12 people and the guide was excellent. There are a lot of stairs, but you get to take breaks along the way while the guide tells you about each floor you ascend, where you get lots of details about how the cathedral was constructed. While the cathedral itself is beautiful, without the tour I would not have the same type of appreciation for the magnificent structure.

In terms of getting there, if you are not staying in Salisbury, but are just driving there for the day, I recommend using the park and ride (especially if you are not used to driving on the left). You can park in one of several large parking lots outside the downtown area and then ride a bus into the downtown. It cost only a few pounds to do and made the experience much more enjoyable, as I didn't see much parking near the cathedral. You can find information about the park and ride under the "Visitor Information" "Getting Here" section.

Thank Heather M
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