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Salisbury Cathedral, Salisbury
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Considered a masterpiece of Early English Gothic architecture, Salisbury Cathedral features the tallest spire in the UK, rising 123 m (404 ft) into the air. Completed between 1220 and 1258, this majestic building includes the largest cloister and cathedral close in the country, as well as the world’s oldest working clock, in service since 1386. Perhaps the cathedral’s most famous feature is a copy of the Magna Carta, regarded as the best preserved of the four originals still in existence. Stop by the cathedral’s chapter house to see this historic document and discuss its significance through the ages with knowledgeable guides. Visit the gift shop for Magna Carta memorabilia and other souvenirs. Put Salisbury Cathedral on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Salisbury vacation builder.
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Salisbury Cathedral is quite simply breathtaking. So much history and spirituality packed into one space. The Magna Carta is housed here. Regardless whether you are religious or not, there is no doubt... read more »
It's well worth booking a Tower Tour we did this online ahead of our visit. The tour can be two hours in length so take this into consideration if you have other plans. There are a lot of steps to cli... read more »
This is such a treasure of a building with a rich history. The cost to maintain it is huge and donations can be given to preserve it for future generations. There are a wealth of interesting things to... read more »
The cathedral is the perfect compliment to Stonehenge, and both sites are worth going to during any tourist day trip. This cathedral, like Stonehenge, is an engineering masterpiece during its time, and even today. So many good photo ops, as well as a great history on the area. Finally to top it off, of the four copies of the magna Carta left in the world, the most well preserved copy is found in this cathedral. Did I mention that going here is all free?
A magnificent Cathedral inside and out. Architecturally and historically fascinating, with the magna carta in the chapter house as a not insignificant bonus. The entrance fee for all is a donation to suit your budget.
Jui Hong Teoh
2015 is a year of many anniversaries, the most crucial in my opinion is the 800th Anniversary of the Great Charter, or Magna Carta. The Magna Carta proclaims the fundamental liberties and rights and its significance has impacted constitutions around the world. The very ideals contained within the Magna Carta have become cornerstones to the way of life of nations, including my birthplace. Everything from the system of government, the statues of law, the Constitution, can all be somewhat traced to this faithful charter in 1215. 50 miles from the historical docks of Portsmouth, I reach Salisbury where the most well-preserved copy of the Magna Carta rests. The first sight that catches my eye when I drove into Salisbury is the spire of its great cathedral. The Salisbury Cathedral’s spire is the tallest in all of Britain and as I reflect upon this, it almost feels as if it is acting as a beacon and standing guard over principals that still stand true today: "To no one will we sell, to no one will we refuse or delay right or justice." I took my time admiring the character of this cathedral. I have a fascination for architecture yet have almost no knowledge of it. But architecture do tell tales of history and the Salisbury Cathedral, a English Gothic style cathedral has almost 800 years of it to tell. I wonder what she has witnessed over those years. The Salisbury Cathedral nave is breathtaking. As I gaze slowly along the columns to its ceiling, I could hear the choir softly ring its song across the halls. It was almost time for service to begin and I was merely a visitor, not a parishioner. Yet the voices were soothing and calming. It felt like I belonged. The Salisbury Cathedral Chapter House, home to the most well-preserved copy of the Magna Carta can be packed with visitors. Fortunately, when I arrived the crowd has dwindled (it was almost closing time) and the space is no longer as crowded. On the walls of the house are carved scenes depicting the Old Testament including stories about Adam & Eve, Noah’s Ark, etc. The Salisbury Cathedral’s cloister is strangely quiet the day I visited. It is largest in Britain and I would imagine on any given day, this place would be packed. But it’s nearly at the end of the day, closing time, and the beauty of visiting late evening in the summer is the long daylight and the almost empty space.
What a fantastic Cathedral - I particularly enjoyed the cloisters and the Magna Carta
The cathedral and grounds are beautifully kept. Entrance is free but if you like there is a suggested donation. There are lots of volunteers around to ask questions and the couple we spoke to seemed to know their stuff. The oldest working clock was an impressive site as was the Magna Carta which was also free to see. There wasn't any parking that I could see but there is a multi story car park opposite The Wig and Quill pub which wasn't expensive and the pub was great for Sunday lunch too.
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