Salisbury Cathedral and Magna Carta

Salisbury Cathedral and Magna Carta

Salisbury Cathedral and Magna Carta

Salisbury Cathedral and Magna Carta
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Architectural Buildings • Churches & Cathedrals
10:00 - 15:00
Monday
10:00 - 15:00
Tuesday
10:00 - 15:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 15:00
Thursday
10:00 - 15:00
Friday
10:00 - 15:00
Saturday
10:00 - 15:00
About
Prepare to be amazed by one of the finest cathedrals in the UK, home to Britain’s tallest spire and largest cathedral close and cloisters. Our original 1215 Magna Carta is the best-preserved copy in existence and our 14th century clock is the oldest working mechanical clock in the world. We suggest 1.5 – 3 hours for your visit, but you can see most highlights in 45 minutes if you are pressed for time. You can enjoy delicious snacks and meals prepared freshly on-site in our Refectory Restaurant and browse our unique range of souvenirs in our Gift Shop. 10-minute walk from Salisbury Train Station | 20-minute drive from Stonehenge| 1.5 hours from London. We recommend you book your tickets in advance online to avoid disappointment (pre-booking also saves you £1!)
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1-2 hours
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705barryt
Hook, UK20 contributions
A must-see. A little staff training would not go amiss.
Jul 2021
My wife and I are frequent visitors to religious establishments and the sheer size and beauty of this cathedral is absolutely breathtaking. it is a must on anybody's list. Certainly worthy of five stars. However, I am only awarding three stars on account of problems encountered during our visit.

1) As well as taking in the historical features, we also wished to spend five or ten minutes in private prayer and we were advised, on entry, that we could use any one of the chapels for this purpose. However, mid prayer with our heads bowed, we were confronted by a female guide who told us that sitting was not allowed. I found this to be woefully embarrassing. Fortunately, another guide, who it seemed had overheard the incident, came to our rescue and offered a quiet chapel on the other side of the cathedral, promising that we would not be disturbed again.

2) When we spoke to a male guide about deceased personalities buried at the cathedral, he told us that Edward Heath featured among them. He then went on a tirade explaining how Heath was far superior to our current buffoon of a prime minister. Maybe he has his reasons but these comments were not appropriate to the moment.

3) I agree with a previous correspondent that the video showing in the Magna Carta room of individuals pulling down statues is inappropriate.

I greatly appreciate the work of the guides but I feel that , when operating in the House of God, they need to be a little more sensitive in the way they work. Full marks, however, to the lady guide who did find us a place for private prayer.
Written 22 July 2021
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Thorntons23
Cambridge, UK54 contributions
The building and its location defy description: just go there!
Jul 2021
We had been told this was one of the most perfectly preserved examples of English gothic cathedral buildings but that meant little to us, then we saw it. It simply takes your breath away. Inside, there is a well designed and carefully explained route to follow. All the main features are described and their Christian purpose and meanings simply explained, with volunteers on hand to explain further. The contemporary and today’s contexts for the Magna Carta are also brilliantly explained (including references to why some people might think compulsory wearing of a face mask is a denial of their freedoms).
Outside, the Cathedral Close is massive, surrounded by huge palace-like houses, museums and schools. It is a delightful place to simply wander, stare and admire. We watched the peregrine falcons diving from the spire as the neighbourhood birds all let out loud warning cries. Each of the two museums has a cafe offering lovely lunchtime fare, that’s if you don’t want to eat in the Cathedral’s own restaurant. You could easily spend a whole day here, no trouble.
Written 22 July 2021
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Lark2713
Stroud, UK94 contributions
Lovely visit on a hot day
Jul 2021
We had a lovely experience at the cathedral, with helpful staff to explain certain aspects of the cathedral and it's history and a useful map to follow so you don't miss anything. Very well organised one-way system, and easy to book online.
Written 21 July 2021
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Stephen S
Macclesfield, UK71 contributions
Cathedral visit
Jun 2021 • Couples
Well organised well run well priced and beautiful. If you like building with history then this is for you. Even refectory sold good coffee stand cake at a reasonable price. The font is an extraordinary piece of modern beauty in a amphitheater of history and architecture. Gardens are great for relaxing. Magna Carta held in an amazing building . Loved it
Written 19 July 2021
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D F
Marlborough, UK128 contributions
Felt awed by the Cathedral.
Jul 2021
Walk in and feel the history. Amazing.
Café is good for a very nice snack. Some good deals.
Walking to the café is walking through a bit of history. Worth a visit if in Salisbury.
Written 17 July 2021
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J2143X
Stratford-upon-Avon, UK168 contributions
Excellent
Jun 2021
Really interesting and impressive building. Plenty to see here.Staff are really helpful. Good toastie at the cafe too
Written 15 July 2021
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Sharon J
Liverpool, UK43 contributions
A bit of a letdown but worth a visit
Jun 2021
It was an ok cathedral as cathedrals go but you have to go through the cathedral to get to the Magna Carta. The Magna Carta is very uneventful and a sheet of paper although a very important one. The chapel where it is is spectacular though. The guides that were there were not really very really charming so I would not be back in a hurry to see it again or see these gentleman! The lady on the reception desk though was lovely.
Written 14 July 2021
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We are so sorry your visit was disappointing and would like to understand why it was - please could you contact us via our website (we cannot share links here) and tell us about your experience so that we can address any issues we can improve on.
Written 15 July 2021
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littleoldlady2015
Maidstone, UK46 contributions
Beautiful
Jun 2021
Very impressive as you walk into the cathedral. Please look at the font reflection. Ask one of the docents to explain the Medieval Clock. If you time your visit correctly you can attend a Communion mid morning. The Magna Carta was there when we visited
Written 12 July 2021
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We are so glad you enjoyed your visit - you may be interested to know that our Magna Carta is the only original 1215 document on permanent display, it never leaves the Cathedral!
Written 19 July 2021
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S2701RVdiana
Chelmsford, UK51 contributions
Wait for restrictions to be lifted.
Jul 2021
The Cathedral is beautiful as expected but unfortunately the guided tours were not available and there is not a lot of information around the cathedral to read. Some of the guides were dotted around and were happy to give further information.
However one of the guides inside the Magna Carta room jumped infront of us when we were reading the translation outside the room and was rather rude. Also peoples phones were going off inside the room and they were answering them and having loud conversations. I hoped that the guides would ask them to go outside but they didnt so it was difficult to concentrate.!!
Written 12 July 2021
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We are so sorry your experience with us was not as good as it could have been. We will be reintroducing tours for small groups of visitors when restrictions are lifted on 19 July and hope to offer tower tours again in the near future. We are concerned that the guide you encountered in the Chapter House with Magna Carta did not make you feel welcome and would like a little more detail about your visit so that we can follow up on this. Please could you contact us via our website and tell us the date and time of your visit along with any other relevant detail?(Unfortunately we cannot share email addresses or links on this platform).
Written 19 July 2021
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janeysomerset1
Ilminster, UK31 contributions
Cathedral was disappointing but the Magna Carta was magnificent.
Jun 2021 • Couples
The cathedral is beautiful and full of history. However the information available is poor. The guides who usually give tours were not allowed to due to Covid rules. I bought a guide but really it should have been read before we went. The leaflet that was available didn’t answer any questions and seemed to be dumbed down.
We would have liked some information about the people who are remembered in the cathedral but there was very little.
The Magna Carta was outstanding and I was thrilled to see it. The guide in the room with it was very knowledgable and it made my visit to see the Magna Carta.
Written 11 July 2021
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We are sorry that you were disappointed not to be able to take a tour when you visited. Now that restrictions have been eased we are able to run some tours for small groups of visitors so we invite you to return another day so that you can join on of these. The visitor map that we provide needs to provide information about the Cathedral to a wide range of people and age groups and as such, may seem a little basic to some. We hope the guide that you bought has answered your questions - if not please do get in touch with us through our website so that we can respond to them.
Written 19 July 2021
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