Salisbury Cathedral and Magna Carta, Salisbury

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Considered a masterpiece of Early English Gothic architecture, Salisbury Cathedral and Magna Carta 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. Use our Salisbury online vacation planner to arrange your visit to Salisbury Cathedral and Magna Carta and other attractions in Salisbury.
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  • A typical medieval masterclass in building. The cathedral can be seen far and wide by virtue of the enormous steeple. I visited with my wife as part of a double date with Stonehenge. A great day...  more »
  • Set in the centre of Salisbury the cathedral is an imposing beautiful gothic building made all the more imposing by standing alone in its grounds having fortunately avoided any advances of...  more »
  • I do love a good cathedral Lovely location surrounded by green and interesting sculptures in the gardens Despite the kids saying cathedrals all look the same and why do we have to go around another...  more »
  • Really well managed and a lovely friendly volunteer who knew all about the Magna Carta.
  • Beautiful part of the cathedral which houses the best preserved copy of the Magna Carta, one of 4 remaining in existence. It is a must see! In addition, the room itself is incredible with stained glass windows on each wall and when the sun shines outside, they light up the central column. No photography is allowed inside the Magna Carta viewing room for preservation purposes. Translations are provided.
  • Beautiful historic place to visit
  • Atmosphere, history, living in the present too. Went round the cloisters rather than into the Chapter House this visit
  • This is a lovely part of the cathedral and houses one of the copies of the Magna Carta. This means that it is not empty (such as York's Chapter House). The Magna Carta itself is housed within an enclosure and is subject to stringent security; the damaged glass screen from an attack (which prevented damage to the document) is also on display.

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