Photo: Steve Cadman

Consecrated in 1258, Salisbury Cathedral is one of the finest examples of early English gothic architecture. Because it was built in less than 30 years, it is one of the few buildings in England with no substantial later additions. It is a pilgrimage site for hundreds of thousands of visitors every year as one of the major centres of Christianity.

Salisbury Cathedral cuts an impressive figure with the tallest church spire in the UK. At 404 ft, when it was originally constructed it was the tallest building in Europe! You can take the Tower Tour to view the interior of the hollow spire, with its very old wooden scaffolding sagging under the weight of the spire. While admiring the spire, make sure to gaze up at the ceilings and appreciate the astonishing ceilings and stained glass windows.

The cathedral is also home to the world’s oldest working clock, dating back to 1386 AD. It is unique in the fact that it has no face because in olden times the clocks rang with bells all day and a face was unnecessary.

A must-see in Salisbury Cathedral is the best-surviving copy of one of the four original Magna Cartas, which is displayed in the Chapter House.

Salisbury is also home to the largest cloisters and cathedral close in Britain, covering more than 80 acres! The well-maintained gardens are the ideal place for a picnic where you can sit back and enjoy the magnificent architecture.

 

33 The Close, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP1 2EJ
Tel: 01722 555 120
Times: Monday – Saturday
Cathedral, 09:00 – 17:00
Chapter House, 09:30 – 16:30 (opens at 10:00, November – March)
Restaurant & Shop, 09:30 – 17:30
Sunday: Cathedral, 12:00 – 16:00
Chapter House, 12:45 – 15:45
Restaurant, 10:00 – 17:00