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Salisbury Cathedral and Magna Carta

Visitors take a selfie in the beautiful lawns, Ash Mills, 2021.

Visit Salisbury to see ‘the cathedral that moved’ and the best preserved original Magna Carta

See Britain’s tallest spire and the best preserved original 1215 Magna Carta set within extraordinary architecture at Salisbury Cathedral.

Bring the whole family (well behaved dogs included) to explore this medieval masterpiece where you can walk in the same wide open spaces that pilgrims and travellers have roamed for centuries.
Discover how 800 years ago the Cathedral moved (yes, moved)! two miles from Old Sarum to where it stands today.  Get a close up look at Magna Carta, one of most important documents in the world, and learn about its lasting legacy. Watch the world’s oldest mechanical clock at work and admire the reflections of the colourful stained glass and vaulted ceiling in the tranquil surface of the infinity font by William Pye

The cathedral, which visitors have described as ‘hypnotic in the evening light’ stands at 123m and remains amongst the tallest medieval churches in the world. Its calm and atmospheric buildings and surrounding gardens have are also home to an impressive collection of art and sculptures including work from renowned sculptor Anthony Gormley. The cathedral employs various forms of art including painting, sculpture, architecture, textiles and more. The stained glass windows are a spectacle not to be missed including a breathtaking memorial to Lady Katherine Grey alongside an intricately detailed commemoration to Prisoners of Conscience. 

Wander through Britain’s largest alluringly decorated Cloisters and visit the beautifully carved octagonal Chapter house with towering windows which dates from 1266 and houses the Magna Carta. If you peer up into the sky from the largest (80-acre) Cathedral Close in Britain you may see the cathedral’s resident peregrine falcons swooping overhead, they nest 68 metres above ground in the tower.
New for 2021, the fascinating history of this iconic structure and the communities who have cared for it in the past and to this day, is now brought to life with video clips and special displays. This cathedral continues to elegantly share its history whilst operating as an active place of worship.

With an indoor Restaurant and outdoor Tea Rooms, you can enjoy lunch no matter the weather. The restaurant has a glass ceiling which allows an impressive view of the spire whilst you enjoy a warm meal or indulgent scone with cream. The idyllic lawns surrounding the Cathedral also make for a perfect picnic spot.
Located in the heart of picturesque Salisbury, the Cathedral is just a 10-minute walk from the train station, a 20-minute drive from Stonehenge and a 1.5 hour journey from London.

Check on their events page for exciting guests such as Swing Unlimited Big Band who will play on the close on the 1st of July and 4th August ‘21

Book your visit today here and for more information on events click here.