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Salisbury Cathedral & Magna Carta

Salisbury Cathedral and surrounding close - credit Ash Mills


Salisbury Cathedral offers one superlative after another, including Britain’s tallest spire (123m) and the world’s oldest working mechanical clock, dating back to 1836.

Visible from miles around, the Cathedral sits within an 80-acre walled Close with rolling green lawns fringed by historic houses. It is one of the finest examples of Early English Gothic architecture, built in just 38 years between 1220 and 1258.

Visitors can stroll around the Cloisters that enclose a landscaped Garth, shaded by two large cedars planted by Queen Victoria. The Cloisters are the largest in the country and afford fabulous views of the Spire. Wooden crosses dedicated to soldiers who fought and died in the First War line the West Cloister Wall.

The Cathedral is home to the finest surviving copy of the 1215 Magna Carta, one of only four remaining in the world. The priceless document is UNESCO protected and sits within a permanent Magna Carta exhibition in the Chapter House, a beautiful space in its own right that boasts a magnificent 13th century carved frieze depicting sixty Old Testament scenes.

The Cathedral has two restaurants serving fresh, made-on-the-day cakes, snacks and lunches – plus fair-trade teas and coffee. The Refectory is open year round and the Bell Tower Tea Rooms are seasonal, opening at Easter and closing at the end of September. The Cathedral shop sells a wide range of gifts, books and jewellery and has a policy of locally sourcing where possible.

For an unforgettable experience take a Tower Tour to the base of the Spire, 225 feet above ground - remarkable architecture and fascinating history combined with adventure and spectacular views of the surrounding countryside.

Free guided Cathedral tours are available alongside specialist Graffiti and Library tours that can be booked online ( or via our groups booking service ( 01722 555120)

Salisbury city centre, is a short stroll away via the High Street gate.

Guide Prices

Tours available for individuals and groups - see website for information.

Opening Times

Winter Opening Times (1 Jan 2019 - 27 Mar 2019)
Monday - Saturday09:00 - 17:00
Sunday12:00 - 16:00
Summer Opening Times (28 Mar 2019 - 30 Oct 2019)
Monday - Saturday09:00 - 17:00
Sunday12:00 - 16:00
Winter Opening Times (31 Oct 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)
Monday - Saturday09:00 - 17:00
Sunday12:00 - 16:00

* During the winter the Chapter House is open 10:00-16:30 and the restaurant and gift shop are open 09:30-17:30.
During the summer the Chapter House is open 9:30-17:00 and the restaurant and gift shop are open 09:30-17:30.
On Sundays the Chapter House is open 11:00-16:00 and the restaurant and gift shop are open 09:30-17:00.


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Recent Reviews:

  • Peter C
    Bournemouth, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    5 of 5 stars
    Friday, 15th March 2019
    We have all seen the painting (John Constable - Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows), we have read the book (The Spire – William Golding) so a visit to the cathedral was long overdue. Like many... Read full review
  • bigmctriple4
    Trip Type:
    5 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 16th March 2019
    Been here many times. Beautiful building. Great photo opportunities. The magna Carter is awe inspiring, so much history almost at your finger tips. On a sunny day it's lovely to just sit in the... Read full review
  • Peter J
    Chichester, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Magnificent cathedral
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 17th March 2019
    This is a magnificent cathedral. A great monumental space, almost too large in fact in relation the human size. The ever flowing font in the nave is a wonder to behold. I shall visit again. The cafe... Read full review

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