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“An amazing Cathedral both inside and out ”

Salisbury Cathedral and Magna Carta
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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 16 October 2018 via mobile

This is a stunning building within easy walk of the town centre. Aside from the Cathedral it is also worth walking the outer walls to see the many other buildings of interest.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 16 October 2018

This magnificent building is reason enough to make a special visit to Salisbury. Its setting in an expansive cathedral close allows you to take in the whole exterior, including that wonderful spire. The interior warrants at least a couple of hours, even if you don't take the tour. Read the inscriptions on the monuments, wander in the cloisters, and don't miss the chapter house for the stained glass. (There's an original copy of Magna Carta in there, but it's kept in pitch darkness to preserve it, so it won't occupy more than a few seconds of your time.) And check out a more distant view of the cathedral from the Town Path across the water meadows, where sheep still graze. Surprisingly little has changed since Constable made his famous paintings of the scene. There's a nice cafe in the cathedral with a close-up view of the spire through its glass roof. And you don't have to fight hordes of daytrippers either, thanks to recent unfortunate events in Salisbury.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 16 October 2018 via mobile

Entry is free (with suggested donations).

They have onsite loos and a cafe.

A few minutes walk from the city centre / shopping area, the Cathedral is a peaceful location.

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank mrbazuk
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Reviewed 15 October 2018

I went to Salisbury on a day trip from London for a tour of Stonehenge and arrived early so I could visit Salisbury Cathedral and see their copy of the Magna Carta. The cathedral is beautiful! Despite all the other tourists, and the fact that a wedding was going on inside so a part of it was closed off, you can still feel the majesty of the place.

After seeing the British Library's copies of the Magna Carta, I was interested in seeing this one. It's in a darkened booth in a room of its own, with lots of explanatory info all around. This copy looks different from the ones I saw in London so I am glad I had the chance to see this version. If you are in Salisbury, the cathedral is a must-see place to visit!

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Lanhua
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Ch0rister, Guest Relations Manager at Salisbury Cathedral and Magna Carta, responded to this reviewResponded 22 October 2018

Thank you for your lovely review. We're very proud of the fact that we have the best preserved of the four remaining Magna Cartas and we're glad it didn't disappoint.

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Reviewed 15 October 2018

I had been here 10 years ago and had the chance to re-visit. Glad we did. Good news - bad news - BBC was there at the same time recording a concert so didn't get to show off the beauty to my travel-mates. Lovely grounds, view, courtyard. Do it!

Date of experience: August 2018
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