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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  • More information on the cathedral opening times. The cathedral is closed for next 10 days unless you are here for a service We were not told this by girl on door so wasted a load of money on... 
    More information on the cathedral opening times. The cathedral is closed for next 10 days unless you are here for a service We were not told this by girl on door so wasted a load of money on...  more »
  • I booked a "Tower trip" on the cathedral website, which as the name implies, involves a climb up stairs and spiral staircases to the upper reaches of the cathedral. Some quite stunning views of the... 
    I booked a "Tower trip" on the cathedral website, which as the name implies, involves a climb up stairs and spiral staircases to the upper reaches of the cathedral. Some quite stunning views of the...  more »
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  • When you see something like this in front of you, you automatically become reverent. This is such an important piece of writing that could tell so many incredible stories. As part of Satisbury Cathedral, it is also kept in an appropriately historic place. Pause for a moment and consider the significance of the Carta....
  • Well worth seeing and included in the cathedral admission price. The chapter house is spacious and airy with light flooding in through the huge stained glass windows. Was fascinated by the little stone heads of medieval people from all walks of life that adorn the walls. The copy of the Magna Carta displayed here is the best preserved of only four that are still in existence. It's protected in a darkened tent and only two or three people can enter at a time. No photography allowed. There's lots of background information about the Magna Carta, King John and how medieval documents were produced.

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