This is one of the greatest cathedrals in Britain situated in the heart of Salisbury. It is about 800 years old with spectacular medieval architecture, glorious interiors, beautiful stained glass windows, little chapels, cloisters, decorated tombs, sculptures, elaborated ceilings and above all- it has the tallest church spire in the UK. Salisbury cathedral is also the proud home of one of the four copies of Magna Carta (means ‘Great Charter’) which is issued by King John of England in 1215 in an attempt to prevent civil war between him and his barons. It was listed as one of the World’s most important documents by UNESCO in 2009. In addition to all of the above, you can also see the world’s oldest working clock inside this cathedral!!
Address: 6 The Close, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP1 2EJ
Opening times: Cathedral is open for visitors Monday to Saturday 9am-5pm &Sunday 12pm-4pm
Entry: there is no fixed entrance fee and you can donate whatever you like prior to entry. However please bear in mind that this iconic building is not funded by government hence they heavily depend on the visitor donations to run and maintain the building.
Tower tour: Allows you to go up the tallest Cathedral Spire of England and enjoy the spectacular view of the beautiful old Salisbury. Tickets cost £12.50 for adults, £8.00 for children and £30.00 for a family of 2 adults+ 3 children (children under the age of 7 cannot participate due H&S reasons). Each tour is led by an experienced guide and you can book the tour in advance but keep in mind that in the event of high winds, it could get cancelled. Also, each tour is about 90minutes long and don’t forget to wear sensible footwear as you will be climbing narrow spiral staircases (332 of them!). With the same ticket you also can enter the Chapter House where Magna Carta is kept. (Due to lack of time, we couldn’t attend the tower tour hence no photosL)
Parking: There is no parking places owned by the cathedral, we have parked in the town and walked about 15 mins to get to the cathedral. There is street parking (paid) available nearby but time restrictions apply.
Things to remember:
- Plan your visit, as you need at least 3hours to see the cathedral plus to attend the tower tour if you have booked it in advance.
- Pets are allowed inside the cathedral (not for tower tours!!) providing they are on leads and well behaved J
- There are several trails (Cathedral Trail and Ghost Knight Trail) available to engage the kids and they will be provided with an ‘Explorer bag’ if they are participating. It is free of charge too; ask at the reception for more details.
- Guided tours take place throughout the day if you are interested. Read above for the guidance regarding the tower tours.
- Cathedral is wheelchair friendly.
- Restaurant, tea rooms, toilets and gift shops present inside the cathedral.