Salisbury Cathedral and Magna Carta

Salisbury Cathedral and Magna Carta

Salisbury Cathedral and Magna Carta
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11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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. Book online for the best price.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • lamarbradley
    Nashville, Tennessee1,258 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must see if you are in Salisbury
    We visited this cathedral, but unfortunately, we didn't allow enough time to visit the inside. In looking at other travelers' photos, i feel that we missed a treat, but we had seen so many beautiful cathedrals on this trip with more to come in London. The grounds are very nice and if you come to Salisbury, this is a must-see place.
    Thank you, we agree that we're a must-see!
    Written June 28, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2023
    Written June 26, 2023
  • Glen B
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Salisbury Cathedral Tower Tour
    I can highly recommend doing the Tower tour. Our tour guide was called Michael and what he didn’t know wasn’t worth knowing. Not only that, he was a lovely, polite man who made the tour even more enjoyable. I strongly urge everyone to visit.
    It's so good to hear this! We also recommend the Tower Tour for a unique look at our beautiful Cathedral and the city it is nestled in. We will pass your compliments on to Michael.
    Written July 3, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 2, 2023
  • Kev B
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Salisbury Cathedral
    Are guide was a gentleman called Micheal. He was professional, helpful and extremely knowledgeable in the way he conducted his tour. He was extremely clear in his diction pronunciation and pitched it at the perfect level. The entire tour of the upper levels was very interesting and informative. A wonderful way to spend a few hours immersed in hundreds of years of British history. I would strongly recommend a visit to this beautiful historic building. Thank you Micheal for a incredible experience.
    We are very happy to hear you had such a positive and fulfilling experience with us. We'll pass your compliments on to Michael.
    Written July 3, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 2, 2023
  • eur0star
    575 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must-see if you are within an hour of Salisbury
    It is an amazing structure. Take your time. Nice eatery inside the grounds for lunch. The tomato soup was excellent. Best to tour the cathedral with a guide. You will miss a great deal on your own. My favorite room is off the one side. It is a circular room of stained glass. It is magical.
    We're so happy to hear that you had such a good time at our stunning Cathedral. Our free tours are excellent, and we are incredibly proud of all of our knowledgeable volunteer team. If you are interested in the stained glass, we run free stained glass tours of the Cathedral, every Monday at 12 pm.
    Written July 4, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 4, 2023
  • Matt F
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Exceptional Salisbury Cathedral Tower Tour Experience with Michael
    We had an exceptional and informative Cathedral Tower Tour led by Michael, whose specific and wide ranging knowledge was expertly delivered throughout. The tour starts in the cathedral naive and takes narrow circular stairs to multiple levels, all the way up the tower with manageable effort and good breaks to ensure all in the group could manage the stairs. Throughout the tour, our guide Michael, was well informed and expertly delivered stories and anecdotes made for an experience I will not easily forget. Standing in the same reletive place where King Charles II appreciated the inscription on the hour bell admonishing his reign was a highlight. The tour concluded with views from the spire over Salisbury and back toward the North where Old Sarum (iron age hill fort) is still visible. Go there!!
    We're so happy to hear you enjoyed our brilliant Tower Tour, and we'll be sure to pass your positive feedback on to Michael.
    Written July 12, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 8, 2023
  • pdjroberts
    Gosport, United Kingdom147 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wondeful cathedral with lots of history, make sure you ask for a personal guide
    My fiancee and I had a wonderful visit to Salisbury cathedral and would definitely recommend it to anyone visiting the city. I had visited Salisbury many times previously, but never realised that the entry fee is valid for one year and includes a personal tour guide (should you wish to have one). The lady that guided us through the cathedral was an absolue delight, very knowledgable and enthusiastic about the history of the site.
    Hi, we are so happy to hear you had such a positive visit to our spectacular Cathedral. Yes, your ticket grants you free readmission for one year, so we would be thrilled to welcome you back anytime. There is no guarantee of a personal tour guide with your ticket, subject to availability you may get a private tour with a guide. On our website you can find a regular schedule of free tours and demos that we run. These include a stained glass tour, tower tours, and demonstrations of our medieval clock. We are incredibly proud of all of our volunteers, and highly recommend all of the tours.
    Written July 31, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 30, 2023
  • chrisJT400XI
    Teignmouth, United Kingdom4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Salisbury Cathedral visit especially up the Tower!
    Brilliant day at Salisbury cathedral, do book in advance for the Tower Tour. This is spectacular and so informative the guide was really amazing I learnt so much and will never forget the views of the inside of the cathedral nave, the roof spaces and then outside 220 feet up just amazing. You get a badge that gives access all day to all parts of the Cathedral. Guides everywhere so helpful and knowledgeable. This place was built 1220 it is huge so astonishing. I learnt about the development of architecture, how people could make the tallest spire in England so long ago. And then there is stunning modern art and so many different sections. Then Magna Carta the real thing written in 1213! again a guide brought this to life for us; 63 clauses written in the Magna Carta are still are on our stature book today, this is the start of 'being innocent until proven guilty' and it is kept in this beautiful room called the Chapter House which is off the largest Cloisters in the county, beautiful space to walk around. Go and see this place the feeling of calm and love is gorgeous; the space around the building and the many very old building close by give a special air to this ancient part of Salisbury, go visit, but put a day aside for the wonderful Cathedral, I am going again and I live a long way away; I want to take other love ones to visit this Cathedral it is special!
    We're so glad to hear you had such a fantastic experience at our beautiful Cathedral. We are immensely proud of our volunteers and the work they do. You also get free readmission to the Cathedral within a year from your original ticket, so we look forward to welcoming you back again soon!
    Written August 8, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 1, 2023
  • 16Bonnie
    Parker, Colorado406 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning Salisbury Cathedral
    We spent the day in Windsor and Salisbury on a recent extended layover in London. We were, unfortunately, too late for a full afternoon inside the cathedral as it was a Sunday and they were getting ready to start a church service. We were, however, able to go inside and see its beautiful interiors. Well worth seeing! We spend quite a bit of time walking around its beautiful exterior—truly stunning. The cloisters were also very beautiful. A must see when in Salisbury.
    We're pleased you managed to make it to our Cathedral, even if you were a bit late! As a living church, sometimes services and events can impact visitation. All of our service times and closures are clearly listed on our website, and we recommend checking prior to your visit to avoid this happening again.
    Written August 8, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 3, 2023
  • Lisa-globalwanderer
    London, United Kingdom83 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful tower tour with Caroline
    We went on a 10.15am tower tour with Caroline. There are lots of steps but they are in stages so no single flight feels too arduous and you get a break while you listen to the history. I particularly liked the long run of wooden rafters which smelled divine. You see so much that you don’t see if you just visit the cathedral or do a standard tour. It was well worth it.
    We're so happy to hear this, and will pass your praise on to Caroline. While the Tower Tours do require a basic level of fitness and agility, the tour is done in stages with breaks in between to rest and take in information.
    Written August 8, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 5, 2023
  • Katy G
    London, United Kingdom256 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Cathedral
    Salisbury Cathedral is absolutely stunning both inside and out. Two of our party joined a guided tour and loved it, others of us just enjoyed wondering round the Cathedral and taking everything in. The cloister is beautiful also, as is the Chapter House. It is such a wonderful opportunity to see one of the remaining copies of Magna Carter, truly a unique experience.
    We're so pleased to hear this! We strongly recommend taking advantage of our guided tours, some of which are free to attend. Our volunteers are incredibly knowledgeable, and their passion for our Cathedral shines through.
    Written August 8, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 6, 2023
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garyc645
Manchester, UK121 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Visited the Cathedral while in Salisbury on a holiday with my wife. You book tickets online and pay a donation recommended to be £7.50 each, this is NOT mandatory, but pays for the upkeep of this magnificent building. the sheer size and architecture of the place left me personally awestruck. a visit to see one of the original Magna carta manuscripts is also on the agenda, over 800 years old and 38 years to build.A must see if you are in Salisbury.
Written August 25, 2020
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Thank you for the review. Please note from 1 September 2020 we are charging for visitor entry. For full information please visit our website.
Written September 8, 2020
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954lawrencem
Huntingdon, UK38 contributions
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Sep 2020
The sign at the entrance to the cathedral suggested applying for tickets online or by phone. We wanted to buy tickets and find the shop and cafe which were not sign posted. After some time we found an attendant who told us the shop and cafe were inside the cathedral. When we went in there was a ticket booth near the shop - amazing! It was good to walk around ( there was a one - way system due to COVID - 19 ), but nowhere to sit and rest. The main stained glass window behind the alter was very dark as though something was covering it. The Magna Carta was on display within the chapter house and an attendant was on hand to explain how it was produced and copied. There is restoration work in progress and outside the exit were some examples of new carved stones.
Written September 30, 2020
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Thank you for your feedback. We will look at how we can signpost our Welcome Desk better. We do have seating provided throughout the Cathedral, but it has been kept to a minimum to allow for regular sanitising and disinfecting.
Written October 5, 2020
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dingle0072016
Reading, UK184 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
We visited Salisbury and toured the cathedral today, great experience such a magnificent place steeped in history very informative volunteers and super cool place. We paid the £15 donation as its run solely on donations and must say worth every penny. Very pleased indeed
Written August 10, 2020
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Thank you so much for supporting our work with your generous donation.
Written August 17, 2020
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drizw11
Colchester, UK3 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
We wanted to like this but much preferred ambling around the Close after dinner admiring the houses, many with fine gardens, external shutters and oriel windows.
There were some interesting carvings and plaques in the Cathedral, including that of oculist Dr Daubeney Turberville, but most were in latin (natch) so uncomprehensible.

Maybe we were disheartened by the cold, wet weather as left as soon as the sun shone despite paying £9 each for entry. Knowing that the tickets are valid for a year is unlikely to entice us back, though the sculptures on the lawns made us laugh out loud. One resembled a bright blue crashed flying saucer and another a pile of rusty beams on legs.....
BTW I I'm a member of the Round Tower Churches Society church art and an Art Fund pass holder for many years.
Written May 26, 2021
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We are so sorry your visit did not meet your expectations - we have worked hard recently to improve our visitor experience so this is disappointing. We would be interested to know more about your visit so please do contact us through our website so we can learn what we can improve (we are unable to share links on this forum).
Written July 7, 2021
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Hotel inspector
13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
Booked a tour of Salisbury Cathedral with my husband, the guide Rodney was engaging, informative, incredibly knowledgeable and very amusing with his stories and facts about the Cathedral and it's surroundings. To end a perfect insight into the roof space, bell tower and spire, we ended literally on a high with unspoilt far reaching views from the spire across the city of Salisbury. WELL DONE 👍
Written March 9, 2020
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Yorkterrier01
York, UK2,607 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
This is a really good place to visit. It is the third cathedral in Salisbury (the first two were at Old Sarum) and it has the tallest spire in the UK (as the certificate from the Guiness Book of World Records shows). A copy of the Magna Carta is held, under tight security, in the chapter house.

It is worth going on a spire tour as you get to go up, in stages, to the base of the spire, seeing its inner workings and also being able to go out and look across Salisbury with great views of teh city and Old Sarum.
Written January 11, 2020
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Gonzolongo
Edenbridge, UK187 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
The whole experience was well managed and the site itself impressive. There was a one way system in place and you need to book a time slot, but that did not impact the experience. The team on site were all very friendly and the actual cathedral towered above and had plenty to awe at. The kids also enjoyed the visit and there were plenty of fact files around to read. There was also art around the building which added an extra element that mixed the old with the new. The Magna Carta is available to see but there is a queue.... there was a replica in the main part of the cathedral which means you don’t have to wait. The grounds are also worth a wonder as there are several large art works to contemplate. Overall a good experience.
Written August 22, 2020
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Edward
Santa Rosa, CA2,484 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
This is a magnificent cathedral, important especially for the tall spire and because it holds one of the four surviving Magna Carta documents. The Magna Carta is in a small covered cubicle in the chapter house,. Visitors go in to the chapter house and are allowed to see the Magna Carta one person/group at a time but it does not take long. The copy is in excellent condition. No photos of the document are allowed but outside there is a copy.

The cathedral is a magnificent example of English Gothic, basically at the earlier style prior to the later version known as English Perpendicular. The spire is the tallest in the UK. They offer tower tours at set times and one may book this in advance. I highly recommend it. It includes tour inside the ceiling vaults and inside the spire up to the top balcony, with views outside. The tour is informative and very enjoyable. The initial climb is a spiral staircase in the stone structure but there is a freestanding spiral staircase for the last part which some may find unpleasant.

I would allow a total of at least 2 hours and 3 hours easily with the tower tour, maybe more.
Written August 22, 2022
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JuliaG
21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
I visited on the 9th of August having prebooked a time slot. There did not appear to be a long wait if I had not done so. Due to the time I arrived, I did not take part in a cathedral tour but I did watch the clock demonstration and would recommend that people stop and watch this if they have the time.

The Magna Carta exhibition is worth a visit (and included in your ticket price) as the part of the cathedral it is housed in is beautiful.

I found the cathedral interesting with lots of fascinating history as well as plenty of quieter spots for prayer and contemplation.

The gift shop was not overly expensive and had the expected souvenirs. I had lunch at the café and the food was tasty and inexpensive.
Written August 18, 2022
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sue j
jersey, ci21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Following a wet & windy February, we were fortunate to enjoy our time in Salisbury in bright sunshine & under blue skies. The breathtaking view of the cathedral & the surrounding cathedral close in the spring sunshine was such a joy. We attended choral evensong & the Sunday morning service, immersing ourselves in the splendour of traditional cathedral music. We would recommend the tower tour which we experienced on a previous visit. Would suggest that you leave sufficient time to enjoy all that this beautiful cathedral has to offer, including The Refectory & the cathedral shop!
Written March 12, 2020
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Thank you for your review. We hope to welcome you back again soon.
Written July 15, 2020
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