Salisbury Cathedral and Magna Carta, Salisbury

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Considered a masterpiece of Early English Gothic architecture, Salisbury Cathedral and Magna Carta features the tallest spire in the UK, rising 123 m (404 ft) into the air. Completed between 1220 and 1258, this majestic building includes the largest cloister and cathedral close in the country, as well as the world’s oldest working clock, in service since 1386. Perhaps the cathedral’s most famous feature is a copy of the Magna Carta, regarded as the best preserved of the four originals still in existence. Stop by the cathedral’s chapter house to see this historic document and discuss its significance through the ages with knowledgeable guides. Visit the gift shop for Magna Carta memorabilia and other souvenirs. Use our Salisbury online vacation planner to arrange your visit to Salisbury Cathedral and Magna Carta and other attractions in Salisbury.
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  • The Cathedral is a must see in Salisbury, its majesty, craftsmanship and atmosphere are amazing. In addition, there is the attraction of the Magna Carta which is one of the best preserved versions. I....  more
    The Cathedral is a must see in Salisbury, its majesty, craftsmanship and atmosphere are amazing. In addition, there is the attraction of the Magna Carta which is one of the best preserved versions. I....  more »
  • What a place. Awe inspiring. Incredible to look at and find out how it was built. Guides and other volunteers very helpful but not intrusive. Also checked the water level under the building. It’s... 
    What a place. Awe inspiring. Incredible to look at and find out how it was built. Guides and other volunteers very helpful but not intrusive. Also checked the water level under the building. It’s...  more »
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  • When you see something like this in front of you, you automatically become reverent. This is such an important piece of writing that could tell so many incredible stories. As part of Satisbury Cathedral, it is also kept in an appropriately historic place. Pause for a moment and consider the significance of the Carta....
  • Well worth seeing and included in the cathedral admission price. The chapter house is spacious and airy with light flooding in through the huge stained glass windows. Was fascinated by the little stone heads of medieval people from all walks of life that adorn the walls. The copy of the Magna Carta displayed here is the best preserved of only four that are still in existence. It's protected in a darkened tent and only two or three people can enter at a time. No photography allowed. There's lots of background information about the Magna Carta, King John and how medieval documents were produced.

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