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Salisbury Cathedral and Magna Carta

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About Salisbury Cathedral and Magna Carta
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!
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Beautiful building very helpful guides. The most amazing font. Sadly Magna Carta was having its frame renovated so we could not see it. The ladies toilets are twinned with a latrine in Africa! Brilliant.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The Cathedral itself is super impressive and well worth the visit! The grounds could do with a bit of energy put back into them. And inside staff should encourage you to look around rather than frown upon small children being there. Tea and coffee is...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank RileyR16
Ch0rister, Guest Relations Manager at Salisbury Cathedral and Magna Carta, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

We are so sorry you felt that your young children were not welcome to visit - this really is not the case and we would very much like to understand your experience better. Please can you contact us by email through our website so that...More

Reviewed 5 days ago

The soup was generous and delicious - unlike the coffee which was awful. Do be aware that filter coffee has a shelf-life!

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Take your time: there is masses of history here. Of course Magna Carta is an attraction but from nave to aisle to trancept to altar there is much to wonder at.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank XL-EBCA
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Decided to stop here for coffees, but saw they serve Hotel Chocolate- hot chocolate so changed our minds. Glad we did as it tasted lush, rich & decadent. Good range of cakes & lunchtime menu.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Vicki T
Reviewed 1 week ago

Have been here many times and Still find it the most beautiful building i have ever been to. Incredible towering spire, perfect surroundings, so much to see inside - magna carta, world's oldest mechanical clock, prisoner of conscience window. The set iced are accessible to...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Ch0rister, Guest Relations Manager at Salisbury Cathedral and Magna Carta, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

What a fantastic review - thank you for taking the time to write it (and we certainly agree about the soup. It's always freshly prepared on site and delicious!). We do recommend visitors make a donation to help us remain open to all, but paying...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our guide, John Hurle, was excellent. Knowledgeable, courteous and thoughtful of our respective interests and backgrounds. The 322 steps to the top were split into five flights so easy. I was a little wobbly on the spiral staircase but it was well fenced in so...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank barbararJ9654NN
Ch0rister, Guest Relations Manager at Salisbury Cathedral and Magna Carta, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for your review. I will pass on your lovely feedback to John. Well done for climbing to the top of the tower and we're very glad you enjoyed our Cathedral's medieval design (as well as the more contemporary additions!).

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

like it alot very big and garden is beautiful will come again was put off by the russian thing but now i have been its ok. lots of nice space around except homeless was scary. thank you

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank YanXiaoo
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really enjoyed my visit we had been lucky enough to arrive just as a guide was ready to show a small group around. No charge was made for this service as they are offering their services free. The lady was really informative and made the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Mary C
Ch0rister, Guest Relations Manager at Salisbury Cathedral and Magna Carta, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We're glad we did not disappoint! Thank you for visiting our Cathedral, and we'd just like to assure you that we are working to make sure the case for Magna Carta is repaired and it is back on display as soon as possible.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited on a bitterly cold day when it actually felt warmer inside the cathedral than out! There were not very many visitors (we'd been told that normally it is packed with tour parties), but as it was early in the year we had plenty of...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank doasyouwldbedoneby
Ch0rister, Guest Relations Manager at Salisbury Cathedral and Magna Carta, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for understanding why we have temporarily put in a high-quality facsimile. We hope to have the original Magna Carta back on display very soon.

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You can always come back the next day for a short time
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teacher12, Yep , London to Salisbury is about a 2 hour trip by Train and is directly West of London ! Driving in the UK , especially London is Worse then LA !! Trust me I have done both ! The British rail system is really... More
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Sunday is an important day of worship here so access to some areas of the Cathedral is restricted to general visitors during services. We warmly invite you to attend a service to see the Cathedral in all its glory - Sunday... More
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