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“Divine building”

Salisbury Cathedral
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Completed in 1258, this is one of the finest medieval cathedrals in Britain, which features the tallest spire in England that rises 404 feet into the air.
Leeds, United Kingdom
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“Divine building”
Reviewed November 2, 2012

we loved our visit but was a bit shocked to find a desk almost blocking the entrance where you felt you were obliged to pay your compulsary oh sorry voluntary donation, They didn`t seem to let anyone in without paying. Saying that it was well worth the money we paid as we stayed for a long time there was so much to take in. There was a shop where we spent more money and a lovely cafe (yet more money spent) The staff were very friendly and could answer all our questions. A good place to visit for young and old.

Visited October 2012
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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“Wonderful place to visit”
Reviewed October 31, 2012

Fantastic tower tour where you get to climb up inside the tower to see how it was built and what they've done to make it secure for the future. Our guide was very well informed and clearly loved the cathedral. Highly recommended despite the 332 steps. Fortunately there are lockers so so don't have to carry your bags up! Later we did the general tour of the cathedral which we also enjoyed.

Visited October 2012
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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“what a stunner”
Reviewed October 30, 2012

this is a must see if you are in the area, fabulous windows, architecture etc. lovely. the choir was practising so the atmosphere was very special.

Visited October 2012
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“Good, but too full of superlatives”
Reviewed October 28, 2012

This is a "superlative" cathedral: the tallest spire, the largest cloisters, the oldest choir-stalls - unfortunately, also the cheekiest entry procedure with an intimidating desk for compulsory "donations". I don't know what would have happened if we had refused to donate! (I don't mind paying to contribute to the preservation of these wonderful buildings, but I wish they would be honest about it.) However, once we were inside, we had an tour with an excellent guide who introduced us to the oldest mechanical clock before going ahead to fill us in on the history and point out many of the gems in the building. Highlight of course was the Magna Carta, and the accompanying explanation which reminded us just how much we still owe to this remarkable document, and the amazingly "modern"-minded men who wrote it.
As an absolute Romanesque addict, I found this cathedral slightly too Gothic for my particular taste, but still a beautiful place to visit.

Visited October 2012
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Welshpool, United Kingdom
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“Cathedral Tower Tour”
Reviewed October 27, 2012

I joined the Tower tour which only takes small parties (max 11) all the way to the base of the spire. After climbing numerous stone spiral steps you then ascend via two wooden spiral staircases pausing at each level to catch your breath and hear more interesting facts from the very knowledgeable guide. Our guide was a small sprightly lady who at first glance you woudn't have expected to go anywhere near the tower but was amazingly agile and had excellent knowledge of the cathedral and the surroundings. The view from the parapets outside were amazing. We also got to hear and see the bells chiming. The tour takes around 2 hours and although I was initially put off by the £10 price tag, this was well worth it.

Visited October 2012
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